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Programme funding

EUR 12 million
The overall objective is to initiate well-balanced collaboration between industry, universities and research institutes in projects that successfully develop interdisciplinary solutions to satisfy the manufacturing industry's need for thorough change. Another objective of the programme is to develop interdisciplinary expertise in the research system.
The programme aims to improve the manufacturing industry's products and processes through a more strategic use of IT, especially in the management of product-related information.


The needed holistic approach is a problem for research, science is divided in narrow areas, where deep knowledge is searched for Industrial change with IT is a multifaceted problem, where the effects in the whole company must be covered.

The research program IT in Manufacturing Industry is trying through projects, executed in industry, with researchers from several disciplines and several backgrounds, in cooperation on holistic problems.
What is necessary to create the outstanding industrial system?
- Integration between the main processes
- Room for structural changes
- Must coop with constant upgrades in technology.
No single answer to what is the best solution, depends on business strategy.

Average approx. annual budget: 2.15 M EUR.


Areas covered in IT in Manufacturing Industry:
- Management of IT, how should management control the IT use
- Future production logic, a foresight looking for the challenges for prod. industry
- Methods for virtual companies
- IT support for cooperation in virtual companies
- Integrated development of product and production process Based on heavy use of simulation
- IT-support for management of early product specification The design solutions are traced back to early design criteria's
- Management of design tolerances and the deviations in all steps of production, a new approach to selection of references based on simulation
- New ways to build the control-system for better flexibility in production
- IT-tools for the shop floor operator I flexible production.


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