Innovative end-to-end Management of Dynamic Manufacturing Networks
The Furniture, Wood and Packaging Technology Institute, AIDIMA, has participated in the R&D European Project IMAGINE: “Innovative end-to-end Management of Dynamic Manufacturing Networks”, (http:// http://www.imagine-futurefactory.eu) in 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 26 and 27 of February 2015 the last review meeting of the European Project IMAGINE has been arranged, obtaining an optimal final evaluation. IMAGINE has been an initiative resulting of the agreement between 14 organizations from 10 European countries. These companies belong to heterogeneous sector such as defence and aerospace, automotive, production, engineering and furniture. The approach proposed by IMAGINE is an innovative idea and it becomes a solution for the interoperability problems between different manufacturers. Furthermore this is a market-oriented solution and it is focused on the value chain to support the new emerging manufacturing models.
The IMAGINE Project has addressed the problems related to the management of dynamic manufacturing networks, developing a collaborative platform for the production activities, considering also innovation aspects, which covers in a global and distributed way stakeholders, mainly SMEs, and equipment which perform production activities in a collaborative manner. Furthermore, methods for the management of these dynamic manufacturing networks have been implemented in order to provide a global and coordinated view of the information about the different systems involved in the whole value chain during the production activities. The definition and launching of “Living Labs” in the industrial sections previously introduced has allowed the implementation, testing, evaluation and dissemination of the ITC platform and the methodology proposed by IMAGINE. These five virtual laboratories have enabled the starting up of the developed methodology applying it to the corresponding industrial environments.
The furniture sector is characterised by product with short lifecycles so the time-to-market is essential in order to maintain the demand and to ensure the customer satisfaction. AIDIMA in collaboration with UNINOVA have been in charge of the implementation of the platform for the furniture industry, which is focused on the processes executed along the whole value chain, from the detection of new business opportunities until the product delivery. This experimental laboratory or Living Lab has been developed so that the enterprises could work collaboratively in dynamic manufacturing networks enabling the search of new providers and manufacturers to face problems during the production process or when the company is trying to enter new markets.
In order to validate the functionality of the IMAGINE platform, a “demonstrator” which covers two key aspects has been developed. On the one hand, the first part of the demonstrator shows the resolution of the problems associated to the selection of providers. The proposed scenario considers parameters such as the cost, time and quality of requirements in order to make an optimal selection. The second part covers the simulation of the dynamic manufacturing network operation, focusing on the impact produced in the values of the production Key Performance Indicators. It should be noticed the participation of the companies Muebles Romero S.A. and Diseño Tapizados Muñoz during the validation of the platform.
During the final review, the tools and the experiences of the Living Labs of each industrial sector represented in the project were presented. The use of the tools was shown in order to illustrate the functionalities and capabilities of each one of them.
The members of the project consortium (http://bivee.eu/partners/) are the following:
- AIDIMA (Spain).
- CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (France)
- CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA (Italy)
- Engineering and Automation) (Germany)
- EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS (France)
- FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V. (Institute for Manufacturing
- INTRASOFT International SA (Belgium). Coordinator
- LOGO Elektronik Ticaret Hizmetleri A.S. (Turkey)
- NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (Greece)
- NISSATECH (Lithuania) (new partner in 2013)
- SANTER REPLY SP (Italy)
- SCIENTIFIC ACADEMY FOR SERVICE TECHNOLOGU e.V. (Holland)
- SOFTWARE AG (Germany)
- THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK (UK)
- UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS (Greece)
- UNINOVA (Portugal)
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Explanatory video about the project.