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European Connected Factory Platform for Agile Manufacturing

Project description

Personalised manufacturing gets support from an innovative platform for smart factories

Mass production led to steep decreases in the costs of goods for consumers around the world. The 'lot size one' (LSO) scenario – literally referring to the production of one item in one lot – seems like the least efficient manufacturing concept around. However, it turns out that mass production has a lot of downsides, including large amounts of stock of both components and finished products that end up in a secondary liquidation market, sold at drastically reduced prices. LSO and Industry 4.0 have come together to produce a product after the customer has been found, a system in which a customer orders exactly what they want and 100 % of the manufactured items are sold. The EU-funded eFactory project is developing a connected factory platform to enable the agile manufacturing and personalisation required for LSO, positioning the EU as an innovation leader on the global stage.


The EFPF project realises a federated smart factory ecosystem by primarily interlinking 4 smart factory platforms, from the FoF-11-2016 cluster, through an open and interoperable Data Spine. The federation of the 4 base platforms is complemented by industrial platforms, collaboration tools and smart factory systems, specifically selected to support connected factories in lot-size-one manufacturing. The federated EFPF platform delivers enhances value and reduces the barrier to innovation by providing seamless access to services and solutions that are currently dispersed. In parallel the platform provides the necessary infrastructure, tools and support for novel service creation and validations by third parties. Further, by fostering healthy competition in the smart factory ecosystem, the EFPF platform will ensure that the needs of the evolving smart manufacturing industry are met for the long term. The EFPF federation is offered to the manufacturing and logistic companies as an open platform; to utilise the offered functionality, experiment with innovation approaches and develop custom solutions based on specific needs. The project demonstrates the power of federation through 3 embedded large scale pilots focusing on lot-size-one manufacturing and sustainable value networks in diverse sectors, while a cross sectorial circular economy pilot is also incorporated. The results of the pilots are openly made available as lessons learned and best practices. The creation of the European smart factory ecosystem is supported by offering interested companies technical and financial support. A dedicated budget is allocated to offer financial support to companies who are interested in using the EFPF platform to enhance their businesses. The project is primarily composed of SMEs who have the agility to quickly react and adopt innovative solutions, while experience and market reach of big players such Siemens and others is also leveraged.


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Net EU contribution
€ 387 500,01
Calle leonardo da vinci 38 parque tecnologico
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

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