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Mastering the art of collaboration

Hybrid lean-agile manufacturing systems are emerging as smart approaches that can connect industry with cyber-physical systems. They can also support the manufacturing of new and personalised products. The EU-funded Better Factory project will create a network of artists and manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate in the development of such products. The artists will analyse the deep knowledge within the manufacturing SMEs and support them in diversifying their product portfolio to meet new market demands. The project will also provide state-of-the-art technology for SMEs to maximise their production capacity. A portfolio of 16 cross-border Application Experiments by 48 SMEs selected through 2 competitive Open Calls will test the SME-artist collaboration and other services.


Better Factory will provide methodology for Manufacturing SMEs to collaborate with Artists to develop new and personalized products. At the same time Better Factory will provide technology for SMEs to become fully connected cyber-physical-systems, transforming them into Lean-Agile production facilities capable of manufacturing new and personalized products alongside existing products.
Main results:
- An Advance Production Planning and Scheduling (APPS) system which can be deployed on a free and open IoT platform at 10% of the cost in 50% less time. APPS will automatically reconfigure the collaborative robots considering the individuality and gender of worker, and will also reduce 10% assets, 25% area, 30% resources, 35% logistics, 40% machines and tools and workplaces, resulting in 13% cost reduction, 15% production increase and 30% time to market.
- A Marketplace, a one-stop-shop, where Manufacturing SMEs can buy services from Technology suppliers, Artists, CCs, training providers and financial brokers.
- A portfolio of 16 cross-border Application Experiments by 48 SMEs selected through 2 competitive Open Calls, that will test APPS, SME+Artis collaboration and other services, and leveraging 11M€ of public and private funding becoming success stories.
- Services, including Technical, Business and Art mentors, infrastructure, training and access to finance.
Better Factory network consists of 28 members. 18 DIHs (10 CCs, 8 industry associations), 6 Technology suppliers and 4 service providers for marketing, access to finance, FSTP management and legal framework. Partners are currently engaged in I4MS-Go, DIH², HORSE, L4MS, MIDIH, AMABLE, BOWI, SHOP4CF. Better Factory covers 16 EU countries, 17 regions with 10 of them from EU-13.
Better Factory will demonstrate that public funded research can help manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through Lean-Agile production for the manufacturing of new and personalized products.


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Net EU contribution
€ 613 487,50
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 613 487,50

Participants (29)