Manufacturing is the driving force of Europe’s economy, contributing over €6,553 billion in GDP and providing more than 30 million jobs. A strong manufacturing sector is vital to European economic growth and stability but this sector is facing increasingly difficult challenges.
The economic crisis has decreased industry output by around 20%, while global competition is growing dramatically. Furthermore, new trends and paradigms like an increasing demand for sustainable manufacturing and mass customization are increasing. ICT is the key enabler for coping with these changes to push engineering and manufacturing excellence as driver for European success. LinkedDesign is intended to boost today’s engineers by providing an integrated, holistic view on data, persons and processes across the full product lifecycle as vital resource for the outstanding competitive design of novel products and manufacturing processes.
To achieve this goal the project will develop the Linked Engineering and mAnufacturing Platform (LEAP) as an integrated information system for manufacturing design that federates all relevant product lifecycle information, independent of its format, location, originator, and time of creation.
The LinkedDesign project aims for user-centric lifecycle information management. LEAP will therefore provide specific knowledge exploitation solutions such as design decision support systems and collaborative reporting. LEAP will provide a context-driven access to federated information and knowledge and foster cross-discipline collaborations between users by novel approaches for collaborative engineering. LinkedDesign will provide tight feedback connections to existing engineering tools (e.g., CAx Systems) in order to push back formalised knowledge to enable the automated design of elementary product components.
|Total budget - Public funding:||12 561 115,00 Euro - 8 061 848,00 Euro|
|Call topic:||Digital factories: Manufacturing design and product lifecycle management (FoF.ICT.2011.7.4)|
Within the project, a life cycle costs optimization of industrial system is performed, combining it with life cycle environmental impacts and building a multi-objective optimization
Part of the project covered the field of KBE (Knowledge Based Engineering). In detail, the project developed a methodology to codify product development, in order to automate codification and knowledge acquisition. Furthermore, “rule interchange format” is developed, enabling an application-independent management of rules and algorithms.
Part of the project covered the development of algorithms for the multi objective optimization of life cycle costs and environmental impacts. The tool developed aimed to support designers activities since the early design stages, supporting them in the creation and identification of the optimal lifecycle oriented solution. The developed platform aims at including all involved user grops to improve the production and design process of the products and processes.
Different partners of the projects are involved in the QLM Open Group (http://www.opengroup.org/subjectareas/qlm-work-group). The project contributed to the development of this open standard about product lifecycle management.
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