The Furniture, Wood and Packaging Technology Institute, AIDIMA, has developed together with 8 European partners the R&D Project BIVEE: “Business Innovation in Virtual Enterprise Environments”, (http://bivee.eu) from the Factories of the Future FP7 programme financed by the European Union. The project lasted 3 years and it has finished in December 2014.
During the days 25 and 26 of February 2015 the last review meeting of the European Project BIVEE has been arranged. The final evaluation rated the outcomes of the project with “Excellence”.
The BIVEE project has developed a distributed and collaborative platform of ICT services with two well differentiated scopes: the Enterprise innovation management and the production processes improvement of the SMEs. The two main tools developed regarding both scopes are the VIF (Virtual Innovation Factory) and the MCR (Mission Control Room). The VIF component is the one in charge of supporting and fostering the innovation in SMEs, while the MCR component is in charge of improving the production processes of these companies. Both tools communicate with each other so that innovation and improvement ideas managed through the VIF are consumed to feed and enrich those processes managed by the MCR and vice versa. Both in the innovation area and the production area, tools developed are oriented in particular to collaborative environments where different and heterogeneous organizations participate in innovation projects or production activities in a collaborative way.
Tools and experiences from the end users were presented during the last Project review meeting. This included the presentation of the impact produced by BIVEE both in the innovation scope (represented by Loccioni) and the production scope (represented by AIDIMA). The use of all the BIVEE tools was presented in both scopes in order to illustrate the functionalities and capabilities of the BIVEE environment.
Regarding the production improvement scenario, AIDIMA illustrated the use of the tools in a Virtual Enterprise centered in the furniture manufacturer Muebles Romero, showing how BIVEE is able the detect and support the implementation of particular improvement in the process involved in the production network.
Scenarios proposed by Loccioni and AIDIMA have been considered as success stories in the adoption of the outcomes achieved from a European Project oriented to the SMEs needs inside the industrial sector.
On the other hand, one of the important latest outcomes of the project has been the elaboration of the “Innovating Innovation Manifesto”, which contains 21 strategic objectives to improve the innovation capability of the SMEs. This can be found at the following link:
The members of the project consortium (http://bivee.eu/partners/) are the following:
- AIDIMA (Spain).
- ATOS (Spain).
- BIBA – Bremer Institut Für Produktion und Logistik (Germany).
- BOC Asset Management (Austria).
- CNR-IASI – Institute for Systems Analysis and Computer Science (Italy).
- Engineering (Italy).
- Loccioni (Italy).
- SRDC – Yazilim Arastirma ve Gelistirme ve Danismanlik Ticaret (Turkey).
- TAL – Telemetry Associates (UK).
- UNIVPM – Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy).
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