Manufacturing SErvice Ecosystem

”By 2015, novel service-oriented management methodologies and the future internet universal business infrastructure will enable European virtual factories and enterprises to self-organize in distributed, autonomous, interoperable, non-hierarchical innovation ecosystems of tangible and intangible manufacturing assets, to be virtually described, on-the-fly composed and dynamically delivered as a Service, end-to-end along the globalised value chain.” The first grand challenge for the MSEE project is to make SSME (Service Science Management and Engineering) evolve towards Manufacturing Systems and Factories of the Future, i.e. from a methodological viewpoint to adapt, modify, extend SSME concepts so that they could be applicable to traditionally product-oriented enterprises; from an implementation viewpoint to instantiate ‘Future Internet’ service oriented architectures and platforms for global manufacturing service systems. The second grand challenge for the MSEE project is to transform current manufacturing hierarchical supply chains into manufacturing open ecosystems, i.e. on the one side to define and implement business processes and policies to support collaborative innovation in a secure industrial environment and, on the other side, to define a new collaborative architecture for ESA (Enterprise Software and Applications), to support business-IT interaction and distributed decision making in virtual factories and enterprises. The synthesis of the two grand challenges above in industrial business scenarios and their full adoption in European test cases will result in new Virtual Factory Industrial Models, where service orientation and collaborative innovation will support a new renaissance of Europe in the global manufacturing context. The MSEE system will be implemented by an ecosystem of models and services distributed at the level of: i) the single manufacturing enterprise, ii) its value network and business ecosystem and iii) the ‘Future Internet’ of knowledge models and services. Alignment of the distributed heterogeneous enterprise models, as well as interoperability of the relevant applicative and utility services will be the two main technical challenges of the project.
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Start date: 01-10-2011
End date: 30-09-2014
Total budget - Public funding: 15 206 520,00 Euro - 9 870 000,00 Euro
Call topic: Virtual Factories and enterprises (FoF.ICT.2011.7.3)