The Foundation for the Smart Factory of the Future

Summary
Today’s major challenges for manufacturing companies are clear: global cooperation with multiple supply chain partners, the boosting of productivity and finally the tracking and management of information so as to meet new requirements in terms of traceability, security and sustainability. FoFdation will establish a universal manufacturing information system based on a “data integration” standard such as STEP and its EXPRESS language, which allows individual entities and their associated devices to share data in a common format. This foundation will then allow the Smart Factory architecture to be implemented based on a high bandwidth ‘manufacturing information pipeline’ for data interoperability. Incorporation of the project into the Smart Factory sub-domain, in view of real-time networking and adaptive capability, also includes: • Optimisation of numerically-controlled machining systems, including programmable logic controllers through an embedded Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. • Support for an advanced Manufacturing Execution System (MES), providing not only integrated process automation but also an extension of its scope to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability objectives and promote e-manufacturing and waste reduction. • Reduction of time-to-market costs and costs related to resource diagnosis-maintenance through a common control and monitoring platform. • The use of homogenous information sources which generate data from the entire process, achieving information binding from the extended MES to innovation in product lifecycle management and incorporating the business dimension of enterprise resource planning.
More information
Web resources: http://www.fofdation-project.eu
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/95899/factsheet/en
Start date: 01-06-2010
End date: 31-05-2014
Total budget - Public funding: 10 348 387,00 Euro - 6 659 910,00 Euro
Call topic: Smart Factories: ICT for agile and environmentally friendly manufacturing (FoF.ICT.2010.10.1)
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Original description

Today's major challenges for manufacturing companies, operating under productivity pressures, greater product variability and environmental constraints, are clearly identified as global cooperation with multiple supply chain partners, production optimization, and tracking and management of information to meet new requirements like traceability, security, sustainability. These requirements lead to the need for a universal manufacturing information system based on a data exchange standard that allows disparate entities and their associated devices of a manufacturing system to share data seamlessly in a common format. This future digital manufacturing foundation, that represents the brain and knowledge repository of the manufacturing system, will then enable the implementation of the Smart Factory architecture based on a high bandwidth Manufacturing Information Pipeline for data interoperability. The Smart Factory integration towards real-time networking and adaptive capability also envisions:•\tOptimizing the numerically controlled (NC) machining systems including programmable logic controllers (PLC) through an embedded Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system•\tSupporting an advanced Manufacturing Execution System (MES) providing not only integrated process automation but also extension of its scope to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability goals as well as waste reduction and e-manufacturing.•\tReducing product integration, time-to-market costs and resource diagnosis-maintenance costs through a common control and monitoring platform.•\tImplementing homogenous information sources generating data from the whole process, thus achieving information binding and integration from the extended Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to both vertical (innovation) dimension with the Product lifecycle Management (PLM) and horizontal (business) dimension with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)•\tUsing STEP and related standards to form an interoperable and scalable solution.The project will deliver:(a) a proof-of-concept Smart Factory based on an open-architecture foundation allowing the demonstration for selected user case study scenarios providing an instantiation of the generic and standards-oriented framework together with(b) a technology exploitation model supported by a living-lab infrastructure covering the complete product-manufacturing lifecycle.

Status

CLO

Call topic

FoF.ICT.2010.10.1

Update Date

07-11-2021
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Economic sustainability Supply chain and value network efficiency Flexibility Circular economy Social sustainability Increasing human achievements in manufacturing systems
Environmental sustainability Reducing the consumption of energy, while increasing the usa... Reducing the consumption of water and other process resource... Material efficiency Waste minimisation Co-evolution of products-processes-production systems (‘indu...

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Domain 2: Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems

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Advanced material processing technologies High productivity and “self assembly” technologies developme... Innovative physical, chemical and physicochemical processes Mechatronics and robotics technologies Control technologies Advanced and ubiquitous human machine interaction Measurement, sensing, condition and performance monitoring t... Energy technologies Information and communication technologies
IoT - Internet of Things ICT solutions for next generation data storage and informati... ICT solutions for modelling and simulation tools Integrated knowledge based systems Modelling and simulation methods of manufacturing processes ... CAE models interoperability to allow fast and complete compl... System modelling, simulation and forecasting Modelling and simulation for the (co-)design and management ...