Virtual Factory Open Operating System


The primary outcomes of vf-OS are an: - Open Operating System (vf-OS) and Software Development Kit (OAK) for Factories of the Future that aims to be the reference system software for collaborative manufacturing and logistics processes including its associated resources and data - Open vf-OS Platform, including a Multi-sided application marketplace and development studio, that aims to become the Apps Store for Manufacturing industry The multi-sided marketplace will allow Manufacturing Users, Manufacturing Resource providers, Service Providers and Software Developers to cooperate and demand, build, select, and use vf-OS applications with the vf-OS exploiters, like classical App stores, having a business model based on taking a share of purchases of applications and services from the platform. vf-OS is composed of a Virtual Factory System Kernel (vf-SK), a Virtual Factory Application Programming Interface (vf-API) and a Virtual Factory Middleware (vf-MW) for interoperable and secure collaboration among supply networks, enterprises, machines, data and objects. The Virtual Factory Platform (vf-P) will be a infrastructure, either in-cloud or on-premise, that supports the Manufacturing Apps Store and Virtual Machines. vf-OS especially addresses SMEs by providing a full functionality at affordable cost and with Cloud availability. The Manufacturing Apps will be developed with an Open Applications Development Kit (vf-OAK), freely provided to software developers, for rapid and cost effective deployment of advanced industrial applications running over vf-OS, allowing fast time-to-market and world-wide base industrial clients.

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Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-10-2016
End date: 30-09-2019
Number of participants: 14
Total budget - EC contribution: 7758580 Euro - 7758580 Euro
Call topic: Digital automation - Collaborative manufacturing and logistics (FoF.2016.11-i)
Instrument: Collaborative project (generic)

Challenges - (9)  

  1. Economic sustainability

    1. Realising reconfigurable, adaptive and evolving factories capable of small scale production

    2. High performance production, combining flexibility, productivity, precision and zero-defect while remaining energy-efficient

    3. Resource efficiency in manufacturing, including addressing the end-of-life of products.

  2. Social sustainability

    1. Safe and attractive workplaces

  3. Environmental sustainability

    1. Optimising the exploitation of materials in manufacturing processes

      1. Reduction of scraps (defective workpieces) and reworks

Technologies and enablers - (12)  

  1. Advanced manufacturing processes

    1. Integration of non-conventional technologies and conventional technologies

  2. Information and communication technologies

    1. IoT - ICT solutions for factory floor and physical world inclusion

    2. ICT solutions for next generation data storage and information mining

    3. ICT solutions for implementing secure, high performance and open services platforms

  3. Manufacturing strategies

    1. From Product/Services Systems (product centric approach) to Services through Product (solution oriented approach)

    2. Virtualisation and digitalisation of the interrelation between manufacturing and new business models

    3. Innovation

  4. Standards

    1. ICT standards

Applications - (No information available)  

Research priorities - (20)  

  1. Domain 3: Digital, virtual and resource-efficient factories

    1. RP 3.1 Integrated factory models for evolvable manufacturing systems

    2. RP 3.3 Integrated High-performance Computing in Factory Life Cycle Management

    3. RP 3.10 Design and management of Production Machinery and Processes

    4. RP 3.11 Design and management of Production Systems in Evolution

    5. RP 3.12 Design and management of manufacturing strategies

    6. RP 3.13 Integration of design methods and tools

  2. Domain 4: Collaborative and mobile enterprises

    1. RP 4.1 Cloud-based Manufacturing Business Web for Supply Network Collaboration

    2. RP 4.3 Mobile store and applications for an agile and open supply network

    3. RP 4.4 Connected objects for assets and enterprises in the supply networks

    4. RP 4.5 Complex Event Processing (CEP) for state detection and analytics in supply networks

    5. RP 4.6 Collaborative Demand and Supply Planning, Traceability, and Execution

    6. RP 4.8 Multi-Enterprise Role-Based Access Control (mRBAC) in manufacturing enterprises

  3. Domain 5: Human-centric manufacturing

    1. RP 5.4 New ways of interaction and collaboration between workers and other resources in manufacturing systems

    2. RP 5.6 Plug & Play interfaces for factory workers in dynamic work environments

    3. RP 5.10 New ICT-facilitated initiatives to make manufacturing more attractive for younger and older generations

  4. Domain 6: Customer-focused manufacturing

    1. RP 6.3 Collaborative product-service systems design environments for SME involvement

Diverse - (No information available)