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Zero Defect Manufacturing Platform

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ZDMP (Zero Defect Manufacturing Platform)

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-06-30

ZDMP – Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform (www.zdmp.eu) runs from January 2019 until December 2022. It engages 30 partners (Users, Technology Providers, Consultants and Research Institutes) from 11 countries with a total budget of circa 16.2M€.
The goal of ZDMP is to develop and establish a digital platform for connected smart factories, allowing to achieve excellence in manufacturing through zero-defect processes and zero-defect products. This extendable platform aims to support factories with a high interoperability level, to cope with the concept of connected factories to reach the goal of zero-defect production. In this context, ZDMP will allow end-users to connect their systems (ie shop-floor and Enterprise Resource Planning systems) to benefit from the features of the platform.
ZDMP is a suite of components:
• To build applications that monitor, manage, and control connected devices
• To collect and analyse data from connected devices
• To enable secure connectivity and privacy between devices and throughout the platform
• To manage interconnectivity from device/sensors, to machines, to factories, to partners
• To offer core API services to facilitate use
• To allow integration with 3rd party systems/services and provide interoperability with other platforms
• To automate and provide services for the intelligent zero-defects ecosystem of the platform

Key societal impacts:
- Since manufacturing defects are a significant issue for industry, one of the main objectives for the digitization of manufacturing must be the achievement of a zero-defect scenario.
- A key objective of the ZDMP project will be to create a whole ecosystem around the platform, to engage additional stakeholders, establishing links with existing initiatives and finding synergies with them, and attracting end users.
- The ZDMP Platform will provide companies in the manufacturing sector a set of advanced and non-existing services aimed to attain a zero-defect scenario in their processes.

Project primary objectives?
O3 To ensure that the project results will be effectively exploited in the market
O4 To provide ZDMPs architecture, specification suite, mock-ups, and standardisation approach
O5 To deliver the core Industrial IoT/ Network support of data acquisition, interoperability, and AI/analytics supported by orchestration, monitoring, and autonomous computing
O6 To provide the user/developer a runtime platform including environment, marketplace, 1st/3rd party service framework, developers engagement framework, and internal integration support
O7 To ensure outstanding process quality, through equipment, resource, and energy efficiency, by deploying novel AI based solutions
O8 To ensure the quality of the product along the value chain of the manufacturing process by deploying advanced modelling, detection, inspection, and predictive techniques
O9 To act as the experimental base for the ZDMP Platform targeting Traditional Sector specific use cases: Automotive & Machine Tools
O10 To act as the experimental base for the ZDMP Platform targeting Extended Sector specific use cases: Construction & Electronics
O11 To provide cross domain validation of ZDMP which will assert the development of the project solution and validate ZDMP outcomes
O12 To develop the ZDMP ecosystem for fostering manufacturing excellence through cascade funding to support SMEs in piloting/developing prototype applications
The key work was as follows:
• Management: Procedures, Metrics, Coordination and Reporting (WP1): The project is on track for its first 18 months, Milestones 1-3 have been completed on track. KPIs in the period have largely been achieved or have minor discrepancies. Tasks have broadly started and finished on time. 54 deliverables have been completed that were due in the first period with 2 outstanding user-orientated deliverables delayed due to COVID.
• Business Challenge: Vision, Market, Use Cases, and Interlinking (WP2): This is the primary operational WP that kicked-off the project in 2019-01 in Valencia, Spain, with presence of all partners, the European Commission, and clustering opportunities with the eFactory and Qu4lity sister projects. The aim was to set the cohesion of the project: the partners, the individuals, the goal, and the overall vision. Most of the activity was completed in the initial 6 months
• Business Approach: Market, Exploitation, and Sustainability (WP3): This activity represents a methodological approach to the future exploitation of the projects and its components. The project addressed the following exploitation aspects: Market Analysis and Competition, Market and Business Opportunity Analysis including value propositions and multiple business-model canvases, Business Models / Business Cases, as well as partners individual and joint exploitation plans. In terms of joint exploitation, one of the primary exploitation routers of the project has been to set up a joint exploitation company named i4FS (Industry 4 Factory Solutions) of which 5 SME technology partners (and 2 others) are the current shareholders/investors and which will join the project in the next months (pending EU approval).
• Technical Challenge: Requirements, Specifications, and Standardization (WP4): This work started around Jul 2019 once the preparatory information of the previous WPs was complete. With this scene-setting, the more technical aspects of the project could be shaped, and this continued effectively until the project review in 2019-11.
• Initial Technical work on components related to:
• ZDMP Core Services and Middleware (WP5)
• ZDMP Platform Building (WP6)
• ZDMP: Process Quality Assurance (WP7)
• ZDMP: Product Quality Assurance (WP8)
• ZDMP Traditional Sector Cases: Automotive & Machine Tools (WP9) and ZDMP Extended Sector Cases: Construction & Electronics (WP10):Work was started on use case definitions
• ZDMP Experimentation Facility, Cross Domain Demonstrator, and Reference Implementation (WP11): The majority of the activity in this WP will be in the period from Month 30 onwards.
• ZDMP Ecosystem Outreach and Cascading Call Management (WP12):The activity set up the entire strategy, plan, contracts, proposal templates, evaluation forms and process, and materials for the rest of the tasks in the work package which commence after this period.
• Impact (WP13): The ZDMP impact activities establish awareness and commitment from the numerous different project partners.An initial strategy/plan was established and updated both in terms of results/metrics and also the curating of existing and new activity. The activity included 3 website updates, social media, production of around 20 blogs, several brochures and banners, a newsletter, and leading and stimulating clustering activity with other projects.
The following concepts are the most challenging and are key to achieve ZDMPs mission.
• Zero-defect Manufacturing (ZDM): ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
• Quality Inspection Technologies: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement: Production
• Quality Inspection Analytics: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
• Manufacturing Process Optimisation: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
• Self-Learning Systems: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
• Big Data and Semantic Interoperability: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
• Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Edge Computing: ZDMP Innovation/SOTA Enhancement
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