IMAGINE will design and develop a novel, user-friendly networked manufacturing management framework, based on an associated engineering methodology that respects the interplay between the lifecycle of processes, resources and policies between cooperating consumers and providers, notably SMEs. IMAGINE’s concept is distilled in a set of six inter-related objectives, which are closely associated with steps necessary to craft the IMAGINE framework and associated lifecycle methodology and supporting ICT Platform.
These are described as follows:
Collaborative Development and Delivery of the Best Service-enhanced Product
Automating Product-related Manufacturing Processes for Increased Productivity
Reusing Manufacturing Information for the end-to-end Supply Chain
Re-thinking, Designing and Improving Product-Related Processes & Supply Chains
Improving Product and Supply Chain Visibility
Measuring Controlling & Environmental Footprint
Effective end-to-end management of dynamic manufacturing networks is consistently touted as a top priority for manufacturing enterprises that need to strive to improve their efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of their production systems. Moreover, it is a crucial prerequisite for the emerging powerful new model of production based on community, collaboration, and self-organisation and openness rather than on hierarchy and centralised control.
IMAGINE addresses the need of modern manufacturing enterprises for a novel end-to-end management of dynamic manufacturing networks by developing a multi-party collaboration platform for innovative, responsive manufacturing that encompasses globally distributed partners, suppliers & production facilities (SMEs and/or OEMs) that jointly conduct multi-party manufacturing. The project will implement a novel comprehensive methodology for the management of dynamic manufacturing networks that provides consolidated and coordinated view of information from various manufacturing sources and systems and enables service-enhanced product and production lifecycle and responsive manufacturing processes throughout the value chain. Living Labs in major industrial sectors will drive the implementation, testing, evaluation and dissemination of the IMAGINE methodology and supporting ICT platform.
The IMAGINE manufacturing model is an innovative plug and produce approach that implements an end-to-end manufacturing interoperability solution. The IMAGINE solution is market-oriented with focus on value chain streamlining and support for emerging manufacturing business models.
Duration: September 1st 2011 till August 31st 2014
European Commission FP7-2011-NMP-ICT-FoF
Coordinator: INTRASOFT International S.A., BE
- SOFTWARE AG, DE
- SANTER REPLY SPA, IT
- LOGO Elektronik Ticaret Hizmetleri A.S., TR
- FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V (Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation), DE
- NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS, GR
- THE UNIVERSITYOF WARWICK, UK
- SCIENTIFIC ACADEMY FOR SERVICE TECHNOLOGY e.V., NL
- UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS, GR
- CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE , FR
- UNINOVA – INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS, PT
- EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS FRANCE SAS, FR
- ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACIÓN Y DESARROLLO EN LA INDUSTRIA DEL MUEBLE Y AFINES, ES
- CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA, IT