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Computerized Automotive Technology Reconfiguration System for mass customization

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 035030

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 623 821

  • EU contribution

    € 3 349 600

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER IAF

Germany

Objective

Automotive enterprises are becoming more customer-centric to meet today's challenging market demands. Thus, mass customization adds industrial value to the enterprise in gaining competitive advantage. The automotive industry has furthermore become highly networked and requires improved communication on products and components in its B2B relations. In this context, CATER is tailored to bridge the gaps in existing ICT through an integrated system that caters to the needs of customers, manufacturers and suppliers.

There are three major aspects of the proposal. First, CATER is a design philosophy and showcases best practices of networked business. The goal of n-business is to achieve at mass customization over the Internet through coherently integrating manufacturing production automation with supply chain management and sales-service support into a collaborative web. A suite of innovative solutions for n-business will be developed in CATER.

Second, CATER introduces ICT innovations in various business processes. The innovations include: citarasa engineering, 3D do-it-yourself design system with virtual reality interface, teardown reconfiguration system, design history system, and integration of CATER databases within supply chain management.

Third, CATER demonstrates the need for a semantic driven system that ties together customers and designers. Customers are supported in their online customization of cars; their affective and cognitive needs are addressed to provide e-catalogues of design options. Designers, on the other hand, need to be supported in their design activities through teardown and design history management systems so that they can provide reliable and timely solutions. CATER-generated semantics provide a common vocabulary and platform that connects and integrates designers, suppliers and related stakeholders within a supply chain management framework.

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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER IAF

Address

Tullastr. 72
79108 MÜNchen

Germany

Participants (13)

CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI

Italy

DAMAI SCIENCES SDN BHD LTD

Malaysia

ICIDO GESELLSCHAFT FUER INNOVATIVE INFORMATIONSSYSTEME MBH

Germany

IMARTIS AG

Switzerland

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY

Singapore

SIGMA CONSULTANTS

France

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

UNIVERSITAET BASEL

Switzerland

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SARAWAK

Malaysia

VAASAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 035030

  • Start date

    1 September 2006

  • End date

    31 August 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 623 821

  • EU contribution

    € 3 349 600

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER IAF

Germany