ActionPlanT - The European ICT Forum for Factories of the Future


ICT plays multiple roles in all of Europes major industrial sectors, and manufacturing is no exception. Its contribution to the industry is set to increase even more markedly in the near future and it will become increasingly interwoven within the Factories of the Future initiative over the coming years. Europe has been investing heavily in efficient ICT-enabled manufacturing over the past decade, but in spite of this, Europe’s profitability and innovative capacities have been on the decline. To counter this, a thorough analysis is needed to determine how to deploy R&D resources most effectively so that productivity and innovation may once again contribute to Europe’s economic growth to the fullest degree. Such an analysis will take into account current trends in technology and business, as well as social, environmental and political considerations. To do this, the project has three main objectives: - To draw up a ‘vision’ for ICT-enabled manufacturing to serve future users and service providers, based on the above-mentioned analysis. - To elaborate a detailed roadmap which will prioritise and schedule the most promising topics submitted for the upcoming Eighth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP8). - To develop a concept for ‘industrial learning’ within the framework of ActionPlanT, which means defining methods for bringing results into application through dialogue with the various industrial stakeholders, bringing the latter into contact with the results of research already carried out. This concept will be validated and extensively piloted through summer schools and workshops held for all the relevant stakeholders, from industry, academia and the various European technology platforms.

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Start date: 01-06-2010
End date: 31-05-2012
Total budget - Public funding: 2 104 954,00 Euro - 1 499 964,00 Euro
Call topic: Smart Factories: ICT for agile and environmentally friendly manufacturing (FoF.ICT.2010.10.1)