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ICP4Life Report Summary

Project ID: 636862
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ICP4Life (An Integrated Collaborative Platform for Managing the Product-Service Engineering Lifecycle)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The European manufacturing industry faces new challenges, which are currently not addressed by today’s products and systems. Most of the products are still in essence ‘simple’ in nature, with no capability for adapting to the consumers’ needs and no integrated methods exist for the holistic acquisition and processing of feedback information emanating from product-services. ICP4Life proposes an integrated, collaborative platform for the design, development and support of product-service systems for SMEs (99% of companies in Europe), equipment manufacturers and energy suppliers in order to maximize the impact in the European industry.

Two separate pilot cases have been defined in ICP4Life in an early stage so as to enhance the applicability of the developments in real life scenarios:
• The first pilot case (Equipment manufacturer) focuses on the configuration of a requested manufacturing equipment which will include sensors regarding energy monitoring, process fault detection and prediction and an additional Wi-Fi connector. The requested services will deal with maintenance support, product evolution (SW updates) and monitoring of the energy consumption and the overall performance of the equipment. The equipment manufacturer will use the ICP4Life Designer together with a sensor company in order to design/configure the requested product and services. The ICP4Life Planner will be used at the same time in order to configure the supply of the necessary extra parts (including sensors). Finally, one of the equipment manufacturer’s departments will create the necessary services using the ICP4Life Customizer templates and generate the UIs related to providing the necessary data and updates.

• The second pilot case (Energy supply) focuses on the management of the energy demand creating benefit for both the customers of the energy supplier and the supplier. The customers of the energy supplier, especially the industrial ones, will use the ICP4Life Customizer to request services related to the monitoring of the energy consumption in different levels (e.g. shop floor, machine), towards changing their usage pattern and having more efficient and environmental friendly energy use behavior. This will also give the energy supplier the opportunity to balance the energy demand of customers supported by the services through encouraging them to move their energy demand away from the peak hours.

During the first year of the ICP4Life project, all deliverables were submitted in due time. In particular the following targets were achieved:
• Finalization of the ICP4Life Platform requirements;
• Finalization of the functional and non-functional specifications of the ICP4Life platform;
• Compilation of existing development of product-service design and applications in the manufacturing and energy supply sector;
• Identification of baseline scenarios with application to the equipment manufacturing design and use and the energy use of industrial customers.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first year of the ICP4Life project the main tasks performed are summarized as follows:
• The definition, validation and classification of the ICP4Life requirements was finalized.
• The analysis of current practices was completed.
• The transformation of ICP4Life requirements into specification of the different components was performed and the design of the ICP4Life components was initiated.
• Clear exploitation and dissemination plans were created forming the basis for the relevant activities throughout the duration of the project.
The results of the performed tasks during the first year of the project have been included in the deliverables that have been submitted in this period.

The work carried out during the first year of the project basically concerns the specification of the different ICP4Life sub-components towards the achievement of each listed objective. More specifically:
• The specification of the ICP4Life Designer and Planner requirements will contribute to the reduction of the lead times in product development and process planning for product-services, as well as improve the sustainability of products.
• The reduction of set-up and ramp-up times will be achieved through the services that will be offered to the customer, i.e. web-based process monitoring and machine health monitoring services. The requirements of the services have been specified during the first year of the project and their design has begun. These two services are expected to help customer reach faster the desired production levels.
• The reduction of the environmental footprint of products is an objective that will be achieved through offering a set of different services to the customers, the requirements of which have been specified in the first year of the project. The web-based process monitoring service offered by will provide energy consumption an environmental impact information to customers, enabling them to change their behavior towards reducing the environmental impact of the machine. Furthermore, the energy demand service offered by TAURON will enable customers to change their daily energy profile, reducing the energy-related costs and consequently the environmental footprint of their industry.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The ICP4Life project will address the current needs of today’s manufacturers, providing faster design of modular equipment and components, the seamless collaboration of engineers across a wider network of companies as well as within a single company with disperse engineering offices and production sites and the reuse of knowledge regarding both products, services and processes for new projects or the configuration of existing lines. Finally, an opportunity arises through the use of three different components covering the whole lifecycle of a product, to measure and control the entire environmental impact of a product, through relevant services.

The project achievements are realized through six distinct sub-projects:
• WP1: Elicitation of all requirements and specifications for the elements of the ICP4Life platform.
• WP2-WP5: Design and development of the product-service design component, the customization component, the component responsible for the realization of the product-service and the services supported by the products.
• WP7-8: Definition and setup of the industrial use cases and validation of the ICP4Life platform.

The expected results of the ICP4Life developments are:
• Reduced lead times in product development and process planning for modular product-services by 30%
• Improved sustainability and decreased time-to-market by 20%
• Reduced set-up and ramp-up times by up to 40%
• Reduced environmental footprint of products by up to 30%
• Improved energy behavior of industrial customers.

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