Socially sustainable manufacturing for the Factories of the Future – SO SMART

Summary
The objectives of the “Socially sustainable manufacturing for the Factories of the Future” – SO SMART are to: • Develop a socially sustainable ecosystem assessment framework, including guidelines to describe scenarios and a set of indicators needed in order to evaluate them, under the perspectives of economic and social sustainability. • Define and validate a future vision for socially sustainable FoFs, and a number of future ecosystem scenarios in which industrial strategies drive interactions with human workers and society at large. • Develop recommendations for companies and beneficiary groups on how to apply these scenarios and from the analysis of the gaps between “AS IS” and “TO BE” pilot scenarios, build-up a future research roadmap. SO SMART will create support actions aiming to ensure social well-being of the employees in the Factories of the Future. SO SMART will provide a set of guidelines and perspectives to address new forms of interaction between process, machinery and human beings in new kind of socially, economically and environmentally sustainable workplaces. By following the guidelines SO SMART will outline why and how the Factories of the Future can operate profitably while at the same time providing a stimulating environment for the employees. SO SMART emphasizes on life-long learning and self-improvement of employees through stimulation and motivation for job satisfaction. In Factories of the Future the social capital is seen as a valuable asset and thus SO SMART will provide tangible results for capturing and utilizing this knowledge for sustainable business in Europe. The SO SMART concept combines the individual, industrial and societal perspectives of manufacturing, in order to ensure that all the different interactions and interrelations are captured in one picture, namely the SO SMART ecosystem.
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Web resources: http://www.chalmers.se/hosted/sosmart-en
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/109048/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-09-2013
End date: 28-02-2015
Total budget - Public funding: 542 407,00 Euro - 490 000,00 Euro
Call topic: Innovative methodologies addressing social sustainability in manufacturing (FoF.NMP.2013-4)
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