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Sectors: Industry, Innovation, New technologies, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Corporations, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Training centres, Universities

Regions: Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries, Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims at helping EU manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by  developing the necessary key enabling technologies to support EU manufacturing across a broad range of sectors.

Priorities and funded actions:

This call for proposals is divided into 7 TOPICS

* TOPIC 1: ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies
– Innovative modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting tools for manufacturing at large, building on advances in ICT
– Integrated modelling, simulation and information management systems benefiting from recent advances in ICT
– Road mapping and constituency building for novel ICT-enabled concepts in manufacturing supporting the wide adoption of virtual, integrated, scalable, semantic factory models; merging design and production models; and integrating novel ICT for creativity. Stimulating EU-US collaboration on R&I related to modelling and simulation

* TOPIC 2:  ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS)
– Strengthening European SMEs along the value chain by adopting new concepts and business models based on servitisation, for product operation, or for end-of-life use

* TOPIC 3: Manufacturing of custom made parts for personalised products
– Development and integration of advanced design and manufacturing technologies able to transform such new product-service data descriptions and protocols into manufacturing operations and processes exploiting
– Development of new machines and processes integrating advanced materials for the manufacturing of personalised parts and products
– Seamless data integration across the process and supply chains for the fast production and distribution of custom made parts and products
– Methodologies and tools for the management and running of effective value chains for the fast production and delivery of personalised products

* TOPIC 4: Flexible production systems based on integrated tools for rapid reconfiguration of machinery and robots
– Integrated tools for the management of agile production systems as a whole (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and the fast reconfigurable individual machines and robots, optimising the changeover times and costs
– Standardisation of the communication protocols and data structures fitting the plug and produce philosophy
– Protocols for interconnecting the production system information with higher level plant management systems
– Integration of automatic monitoring and optimisation of energy usage in the production system
– Demonstration of the integrated solution in at least one existing production environment

* TOPIC 5: Industrial technologies for advanced joining and assembly processes for multi-materials
– Joining and assembly processes that will lead to improved performance of the joints for real operating conditions, and facilitate recycling, based on a deep understanding of the cause-effect relationships as well as of materials process interactions
– The implementation of numerical simulation techniques, including computational multi-scale modelling, which will lead to a better understanding of the considered joining processes as well as product development along all its different phases

* TOPIC 6: Re-use and remanufacturing technologies and equipment for sustainable product lifecycle management
– Eco-innovative approaches for product design which are capable to take into account re-use and re-manufacturing aspects for enhanced product recovery and spare parts/services support
– New manufacturing and equipment concepts for re-use and re-manufacturing, with improved resource efficiency and service lifetime

* TOPIC 7: Integrated design and management of production machinery and processes
– The development of integrated and accurate simulation models and algorithms for model-based control of production machinery based on cross-disciplinary input and actual machine lifecycle parameters
– Tool programming strategies that are easy to use and can be rapidly modified or re-adapted by workers on the machine
– Demonstration of the reliability of model-based machines with respect to production accuracy/quality, maintainability and lifecycle return-on-investment (e.g. through an industrially scalable demonstrator)