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A Web-based Collaboration System for Mass Customization

Objective

Mass production no longer seems suitable for today’s market and is being replaced by mass customization. The need for satisfying the individual customers’ requirements is now stronger than ever. Customers require that the product they buy fulfils their personal requirements in an individualised manner. New technologies can now make it possible to prepare unique designs of products, manufacture these products and communicate on a mass basis. The first objective of the proposed research is to engage customers in the design and development of personalised products from the initial product design up to the after market segment. A web-based system can now tailor information or products to the customer. Specifically, potential customers will be given the opportunity to modify a set of characteristics, including the choice of materials as well as the modification of the standard geometry and appearance specifications of parts belonging to a carefully chosen, personalisation-enabling, series of components of different models and variants. The second main objective is to reach an efficient level of decentralized manufacturing. The project aims to develop tools that will support the manufacturing and/or assembly of selected parts outside the central manufacturing site. Depending on the selected customization options certain manufacturing processes will be possible to be carried out by the material/parts suppliers or by the local distributors and/or service providers in a coordinated manner. Additionally, the project aims to measure the environmental footprint of the possible solutions in order to be considered when deciding on the most appropriate manufacturing solution (where, how, who and when). In order to facilitate this process, a multi-layer data exchange infrastructure will be built in order to ensure interoperability between all users.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data exchange
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 496 395
Administrative Contact
Vasso Velaora (Ms.)

Participants (11)

MICROFUSION ALFA, S. L.

Participation ended

Spain
Address
Avenida Otaola 4
20600 Eibar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez (Dr.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 232 500
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
PDTEC AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 318 250
Address
Albert Nestler Strasse 10
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hardy Krappe (Dr.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 266 625
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Naiara Insausti (Ms.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 341 200
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jivka Ovtcharova (Prof.)
AKEO PLUS
France
EU contribution
€ 313 750
Address
769 Rue De L'outarde Za En Beauvoir
01500 Chateau Gaillard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anne Julia (Ms.)
MECÁNICA MALLABI, S. L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Av. Urtiaga
48269 Mallabia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez (Dr.)
ALFA PRECISION CASTING SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Torrekua 3
20600 Eibar Gipuzkoa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez (Dr.)
PRIMA INDUSTRIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 173 900
Address
Strada Torino Pianezza 36
10093 Collegno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maurizio Gattiglio (Mr.)
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 200 980
Address
Platz Der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Berger (Prof.)
DELCAM LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 371 000
Address
Talbot Way, Small Heath Business Park
B10 OHJ Birmingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jan Willem Gunnink (Mr.)