The pressure caused from the Asiatic and American competitors, in terms of volume manufacturing, forces the European automotive industry to continuously promote the development of cost efficient-innovative vehicles, with high-added customer value, increase d personalization capabilities and environmental sustainability.
Main objective of the FUTURA IP is to develop vehicle production setups of the future, by integrating cost validated, up to proof-of-concept level, production technologies of MFMs, reducing a t the same time manufacturing costs up to 25% and ensuring key production attributes: TTM efficiency, flexibility, robustness and environmental sustainability.
A straight forward, objective-driven research approach, will be utilised, based on the scheme:
- Technology Development
- Technology Integration
- Technology Validation
- Technology Exploitation.
The FUTURA Factory will result as the outcome of integrating MFMs and related processing/production techniques in production setups for manufacturing body modules and a flexible vehicle chassis structure consisting of 4 major segments. FUTURA IP will address the state of the art forming and joining processing concepts and requirements of MFMs, including sandwich materials, nano-materials, HSSs, etc.
Furthermore, novel vehicle concepts that facilitate MFMs implementation will be addressed, including modular, scalable, hybrid body and chassis structures. The efficient operation of the production setups and their interrelation will be based on production simulation and control. Vehicle variety, safety and environmental friendliness are the major customer/society oriented perspectives to be addressed as well.
The consortium embraces major stakeholders of the European automotive industry, i.e. a group of OEMs, a group of material manufacturers and parts/equipment suppliers and a group of RTD partners, all well known for their expertise and infrastructure. DaimlerChrysler AG will act as the IP's Co-ordinator.'
- FP6-NMP - Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices: thematic priority 3 under the 'Focusing and integrating community research' of the 'Integrating and strengthening the European Research Area' specific programme 2002-2006.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project