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Factory ECO-friendly and energy efficient technologies and adaptive autoMATION solutions

Objective

The production landscape is changing. Traditionally, energy costs represented a small part of the production expenses, meaning that the design of production facilities usually neglected efficient energy usage in favour of maximization of production throughput; the energy consumption of factories has been always high, but energy cost has increased dramatically in the last decades, pushing industrial representatives to search for higher level of efficiency. According to the International Energy Agency, manufacturing is responsible for approximately 37% of global primary energy consumption being the largest energy consumer and CO2 producer. Improvement of energy/resource efficiency is the key to reduce environmental impact and is mentioned as driver to reach European 20/20/20 goals.
In order to achieve such results, an overall optimization of the whole concept of Factory has to be pursued, introducing a new holistic vision of the production environment both at methodological and technological level. Factory-ECOMATION project will aenable European manufacturing industries to overachieve Europe 2020 program targets developing breakthrough innovations for cost-effective, highly productive, energy-efficient and near-zero-emissions production systems, by means of:
• Definition of a holistic perspective of the economically and ecologically oriented production environment;
• Development of a comprehensive sensing, monitoring and data evaluation system which could grant access to an organic view of all the materials, energy, wastes and emissions flows within the factory;
• Extension and development of new technologies to increase energy efficiency by reducing its consumption at machinery and production level, and by recovering it whenever wasted;
• Development of advanced emissions abatement technologies
• Introduction of a new adaptive management and automation platform to optimize production taking into account not only productivity targets but also eco and energy-oriented ones.
Factory-ECOMATION will focus on two industrial sectors, relevant for European economy and crucial to achieve the EU 20/20/20 objectives: the iron&steel industry, a highly energy intensive industry, and the woodworking industry, a high carbon footprint industry, to demonstrate the effectiveness of project outcomes on low-energy domains characterized by discrete processes. This two-pilots approach will grant the inter-applicability of the project results to other continuous and discrete industrial sectors as well.
To assure the impact on European economy, Factory-ECOMATION partnership includes relevant Industrial players in technology development and manufacturing, together with highly-recognized Research Centres and IMS partners granting a global scope to the project objectives. The project results will therefore lead to a sustainable, as well as economically profitable, energy efficient, near-zero emissions factory framework, based on new measurement and control technologies.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FoF
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

SCUOLA UNIVERSITARIA PROFESSIONALE DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
Address
Stabile Le Gerre
6928 Manno
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 977 500
Administrative Contact
Paolo Pedrazzoli (Dr.)

Participants (11)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 773 750
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonella Decorato (Dr.)
SWEDWOOD INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 302 000
Address
Kuvettgatan 2
26271 Angelholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Sigbo (Mr.)
SCM GROUP SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 576 000
Address
Via Emilia 77
47900 Rimini
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Lucisano (Dr.)
SPIRAX-SARCO LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 416 650
Address
Cirencester Road Charlton House
GL53 8ER Cheltenham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Senior (Mr.)
BREMBO POLAND SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 297 500
Address
Ul. Rozdzienskiego 13
41-308 Dabrowa Gornicza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rzymek Pawel (Dr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO Y DE ESTUDIOS SUPERIORES DE MONTERREY
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 380 000
Address
Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501
64849 Monterrey Nuevo Leon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arturo Molina (Prof.)
ACT OPERATIONS RESEARCH UK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 299 250
Address
10 Foster Lane 3Rd Floor
EC2V 6HH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Vullo (Mr.)
NXTCONTROL GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 583 100
Address
Amuhlweg 3/B1
2544 Leobersdrof
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arnold Kopitar (Dr.)
SYNESIS-SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 689 250
Address
Via Cavour 2
22074 Lomazzo Co
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Chiara Tagliaferri (Dr.)
CTP CHEMISCH THERMISCHE PROZESSTECH GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 471 500
Address
Schmiedlstrasse 10
8042 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sophie Thalhammer (Mrs.)
SIMON PROCESS ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 205 250
Address
Ellerbachstrasse 16
55546 Neu-bamberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralf Simon (Prof.)