Objectives and content The SAVE project aims to enhance the competitiveness of European Industry through the use of standards in support of the Engineering Supply Chain. It will show how data and information can be delivered to the right place at the right time in the right format and with the right CAD-CAM tools and applications being made available at lower cost for SME members of the supply chain. A working prototype will be delivered that will show how a supplier can gain remote access to the lead contractor CAD- CAM/Product Data Model/Enterprise Resource Planning systems to pull the latest data and information relating to a particular task he has been asked to carry out. The technical objectives of the project are: To develop a Virtual Enterprise Data Model - This will take and extend existing information modelling standards (STEP AP 203,AP214, AP232) to create a central model which represents the different contractual relationships and business protocols which govern engineering information exchange in a Virtual Enterprise. To develop tools to support a mapping methodology which will allow members of a Virtual Enterprise to translate their own, proprietary models and ways of working into the Virtual Enterprise Data Model. To implement a Virtual Enterprise Framework based on standards (CORBA, AIT Reference Model, AIT Implementation Platform) which will enable companies at whatever level from prime contractors to 2nd tier suppliers (and beyond), to, at low cost, rapidly join, participate in, and leave a Virtual Enterprise, exchanging and sharing information and applications with high degrees of integrity. The use of Java Applications and remote access to high cost tools through Intranet/Internet technology will be a key element of reaching this goal. Expected benefits from the project are: A 10% reduction in the number of requests for change created during the design and manufacture of complex components and assemblies by the supply chain. A 10% improvement in lead-time towards the creation of first component or assembly. A time improvement in the selection of strategic suppliers and the implementation of a data exchange strategy. A reduction in the need for face to face meetings arising from queries over data mis-interpretation. Reduction in waste material from manufacture of incorrect specifications. A significant reduction in the average cost incurred by an SME when joining a new extended enterprise as a member of its supply chain. The SAVE project will contribute directly to the goals of 2.2.2S on the development of easy to use integrated tools for applications in traditional sectors (and in particular by SMEs). It also addresses the integration of design (and other) tools based on standards as in 2.2.3.S and the application of methods and tools to support the configuration stages of design in 2.2.3M.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts