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Intelligent Systems Configuration Services for Flexible Dynamic Global Production Networks

Objective

"Competitive manufacturing industry must be able to react to change and to understand the balance of possible options when making decisions on complex multi-faceted problems. Understanding how best to configure and re-configure a global production network, set against rapidly changing product-service requirements is one such complex problem area. This project aims to provide services that support the design and provision of flexible interoperable networks of production systems that can rapidly and accurately be re-configured. The metaphor employed is ‘to start with an new business idea in the morning and have all required data and networks understood by the afternoon’

To achieve this FLEXINET takes the view that new product-service global production network modelling methods and models are needed that can model business cases and identify the critical network relations and knowledge that underlies the business operation. In addition, FLEXINET takes the fundamental view that complex manufacturing systems which involve multiple partners and multiple complex network constraints, require a semantically rigorous formal foundation upon which to base the flexible re-configuration of global production networks.

Based on the exploitation of these technologies, FLEXINET will deliver a set of configuration services for flexible network design, applicable to both OEMs and SMEs, that will enable ""what-if"" comparisons of costs, risks, configuration evaluations and product-service compliance requirements for alternative production network designs. FLEXINET will achieve this aim by working with its industrial partners from the industrial pump, white goods and food sectors and exploiting the world leading expertise of its partners in business modelling, business evaluation methods, risk management, manufacturing semantics, manufacturing knowledge sharing, manufacturing eco-systems, product-service systems, SME collaboration, SOA, Interoperability and standardisation."

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 668 641
Administrative Contact
Christopher Malins (Dr.)

Participants (13)

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 369 889
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Popplewell (Prof.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE INFORMATICA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 212 375
Address
Camino De Vera S/n
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nieves Ruiz Alberola (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 503 204
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
TXT E-SOLUTIONS SPA

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Frigia 27
20126 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eva Coscia (Ms.)
AINIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 995
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 5-11 Valencia Parc Tecnologic
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jose Garcia-Llisto (Mr.)
CONTROL 2K LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 200
Address
Waterton Technology Centre Waterton Industrial Estate
CF31 3WT Bridgend
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gash Bhullar (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET ST. GALLEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 205 126
Address
Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St Gallen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hubert Oesterle (Prof.)
WHIRLPOOL EMEA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 226 250
Address
Via Carlo Pisacane 1
20016 Pero
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Cimarra (Mrs.)
KSB AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 231 184
Address
Johann Klein Strasse 9
67227 Frankenthal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerd Janson (Dr.)
CUSTOMDRINKS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 78 786
Address
Poligono Industrial Os Acibros
27500 Chantada Lugo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabel Pérez (Ms.)
HIGHFLEET INC FOR PROFIT CORPORATION
United States
Address
O Donnell Street 3600 Suite 600
21224 Baltimore Md
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Davis (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 153 750
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Esther Rahma (Ms.)
HOLONIX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 324 600
Address
Corso Italia 8
20821 Meda (Mb)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacopo Cassina (Dr.)