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Zero-defect manufacturing strategies towards on-line production management for European factories

Objective

Manufacturing represents approximately 21 % of the EU’s GDP and 20 % of its employment, providing more than 30 million jobs in 230 000 enterprises, mostly SMEs. Moreover, each job in industry is considered to be linked to two more in related services. European manufacturing is also a dominant element in international trade, leading the world in areas such as automotive, machinery and agricultural engineering. Already threatened by both the lower-wage economies and other high-tech rivals, the situation of EU companies was even made more difficult by the downturn.
The Z-Fact0r consortium has conducted an extensive state-of-the-art research (see section 1.4) and realised that although a number of activities (see section 1.3) have been trying to address the need for zero-defect manufacturing, still there is a vast business opportunity for innovative, high-ROI (Return on Investment) solutions to ensure, better quality and higher productivity in the European manufacturing industries.
The Z-Fact0r solution comprises the introduction of five (5) multi-stage production-based strategies targeting (i) the early detection of the defect (Z-DETECT), (ii) the prediction of the defect generation (Z-PREDICT), (iii) the prevention of defect generation by recalibrating the production line (multi-stage), as well as defect propagation in later stages of the production (Z-PREVENT), (iv) the reworking/remanufacturing of the product, if this is possible, using additive and subtractive manufacturing techniques (Z-REPAIR) and (v) the management of the aforementioned strategies through event modelling, KPI (key performance indicators) monitoring and real-time decision support (Z-MANAGE).
To do that we have brought together a total of thirteen (13) EU-based partners, representing both industry and academia, having ample experience in cutting-edge technologies and active presence in the EU manufacturing.

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2016
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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece

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Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 627 500

Participants (13)

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 494 375
Address
77, John Kennedy Avenue
1077 Nicosia

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ATLANTIS ENGINEERING AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 355 250
Address
Antoni Tritsi 21
55102 Thessaloniki

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 717 757,50
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HOLONIX SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 339 500
Address
Corso Italia 8
20821 Meda (Mb)

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DATAPIXEL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 266 875
Address
Carretera Asua 6
48930 Getxo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY CALDICOT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 187 880
Address
Phase 2 Castlegate Business Park
NP26 5YW Gwent

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERSEALS SRL

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 16 388,50
Address
Via Liguria 30
25031 Capriolo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SERVIZI CONFINDUSTRIA BERGAMO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 127 750
Address
Via Clara Maffei 3
24121 Bergamo

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INOVA+ - INNOVATION SERVICES, SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 188 562,50
Address
Rua Dr Afonso Cordeiro 567
4450-309 Matosinhos

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIR SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 440 125
Address
Strada Canaletto Centro 450
41100 Modena

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DURIT METALURGIA PORTUGUESA DO TUNGSTENIO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 224 977,38
Address
Arruamento C, Zona Industrial 24
3854 909 Albergaria-a-velha

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NUEVA HERRAMIENTA DE CORTE, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 219 312
Address
Bº Urkizuaran, S/n
48230 Elorrio

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)