Local flexible manufacturing of green personalized furniture Close To the Customer in time, space and cost.

Summary

The CTC project aims to support European Industry to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing methods and innovative enabling technologies towards local flexible manufacturing of green personalized products close to the customer in terms of features offered, place of fabrication, time to deliver, and cost. This vision is implemented and demonstrated within an European industrial sector of excellence: the furniture sector (151.000 companies, annual turnover of more than 130 Billion Euro, total workforce of 1,4 million). The ultimate implementation envisions a green factory behind a glass pane directly in the Shopping Mall, where the customer witnesses the manufacturing of its personalized furniture. CTC vision of local flexible manufacturing of green personalized furniture is to be implemented by the development of 5 pillars: 1) Development of a Formalized Design Approach and related software technologies for "design to manufacturing in one step"; 2) Development of a standardized mini-factory Production System Model; 3) Implementation of the local Context Aware Factory (which is the instantiation of the Production System Model afore mentioned in the second Pillar); 4) Development of the CTC woodwork machining system, capable to empower the Close to the Customer concept; 5) Development of the CTC Green Label. Anticipated results from the CTC project are expected to have a huge impact on the European economy, also considering the high number of actors involved and the overall dimensions of the furniture sector.

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Web resources: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/108533/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-06-2013
End date: 31-05-2016
Total budget - Public funding: 6 315 140,00 Euro - 3 999 746,00 Euro
Call topic: Mini-factories for customised products using local flexible production (FoF.NMP.2013-6)
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Economic sustainability Supply chain and value network efficiency Flexibility Circular economy Social sustainability Increasing human achievements in manufacturing systems Occupational safety and health Environmental sustainability Reducing the consumption of energy, while increasing the usa...
Reducing the consumption of water and other process resource... Reducing emissions in manufacturing processes Material efficiency Waste minimisation Reduction of energy consumption (in %) Reduction of CO2 emissions (in %) Reduction of waste (in %) Reduction of material consumption (in %)

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Manufacturing the products of the future Complex structures, geometries and scale
Customised products Resource efficient, sustainable products

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Advanced manufacturing processes Shaping technology for difficult to shape materials Methods for handling of parts, metrology and inspection
Control technologies Intelligent machinery components, actuators and end-effectors Advanced and ubiquitous human machine interaction