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Innovative networks of SMEs for complex products manufacturing

Innovative networks of SMEs for complex products manufacturing

Objective

European SMEs will have to adopt new business models and to establish dynamic and non-hierarchical networks to respond to market opportunities, assuring quick response, fast time to market, differentiated offerings and competitive prices. Sustainability for SMEs will be found in high-variety low-volume businesses, related with complex products manufacturing. However, there are currently no proven, effective methodologies, approaches or tools to support SMEs in creating, managing and dissolving this type of dynamic and non-hierarchical networks. Net-Challenge covers this gap with the design and development of effective methodologies, processes and ICT decision support tools. The project outcomes will be: - a methodology to help SMEs in the qualification, formation and operation of dynamic networks (able to quickly respond to market opportunities characterized by low volume, high variety and customer centred products); - reference collaboration processes for non-hierarchical networks, to be used in promoting and facilitating real collaborative business processes; - distributed decision support tools to help companies to manage, manufacturing and logistic processes, including: aggregate collaborative planning with dynamic capacity management and real-time order promising; real-time monitoring with event management and performance management; - real industrial demonstration of the new methods and tools in three business cases from the following industrial sectors: textile and apparel, footwear, and machine tools; - training materials to promote the project concepts and to train key users in pilot companies; - wide dissemination of the project results in industrial companies, technology suppliers and the scientific community; and preparation of their exploitation; - creation of links with standardization activities and relevant international research and business communities.

Coordinator

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Address

Rua Dr Roberto Frias Campus Da Feup
4200 465 Porto

Portugal

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 557 105

Administrative Contact

Marta Barbas (Ms.)

Participants (14)

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RPB - Têxteis e Vestuário, SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 96 020

Riopele - Têxteis, SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 114 780

ONA ELECTROEROSION, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 107 135

ROBOCONCEPT S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 105 540

SYNESIS-SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 183 000

Italian Converter S.r.l.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 110 775

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 248 766

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 342 663

VAASAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 272 780

CENTRO DE INTEGRACAO E INOVACAO DE PROCESSOS ASSOCIACAO DE I & D

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 271 520

WAPICE OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 240 060

TIE NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 441 225

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 53 600

RIOPELE FASHION SOLUTIONS SA

Portugal

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 229287

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2009

  • End date

    29 February 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 336 327,73

  • EU contribution

    € 3 144 969

Coordinated by:

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Portugal