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Smarter Report Summary

Project ID: 610675
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: United Kingdom

Periodic Report Summary 1 - SMARTER (Sustainable Manufacturing Adaptive Services with Cloud Architectures for Enterprises)

It is paramount and timely for European manufacturing companies to adopt evaluation, planning and monitoring systems for energy consumption to enhance their sustainable competitiveness. This SMARTER project ( is aimed at establishing effective industry-academia partnerships and pathways for sustainable manufacturing management. Intelligent Cloud-based services (SMARTER services) will be developed, deployed and demonstrated to address dynamics and complexity in product development and manufacturing. The project aim is achieved through the following three objectives:

Objective 1: To team up and second intersectoral researchers to enrich knowledge bases and achieve research synergies in sustainable manufacturing by sharing the latest research on know-how, strategies, technologies and industrial case studies, and to provide cross-sectional engineering training to researchers to develop versatile and multi-disciplinary applied research skills;

Objective 2: To integrate and demonstrate the complementary expertise of the intersectoral teams to devise Cloud-based sustainability services and supporting platform. The services and platform will be developed through integration and further development of core technologies from academic and industrial partners, and verification by real-world case studies in product development and manufacturing. The services and supporting platform will address the multi-faceted requirements and dynamics of modern manufacturing;

Objective 3: To showcase as real-world shop-floor demonstrators deployed in various venues of European industries and research institutes for technical demonstration, promotion and adoption; and to organise knowledge sharing and outreach activities for relevant communities and stakeholders in wider regions of the EU to increase the awareness of the project outcomes and to exploit the proposed solutions in order for EU manufacturers to shift towards sustainability efficiently.

The SMARTER consortium is comprised of 8 partners (3 research universities, 1 research centre, 1 multi-national manufacturing company, 1 large energy/carbon technical consultancy company, and 2 SME companies related to manufacturing simulation and energy/carbon-related product development) from 4 European countries (UK, Sweden, Germany and Spain). The complementary expertise of the academic and industrial European partners in the project enables effective knowledge sharing, dissemination and exploitation of scientific and technical know-how, findings, and industrial applications across the EU.

The technical achievements and impact generation of the project include:
- 40.80 person-month secondment activities (and 17 researchers participated) have been conducted to achieve academia-industry knowledge transfer and integration;
- An innovative and low-cost energy monitoring system has been developed based on a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) and Cloud technology by the Smarter consortium;
- An industrial demonstrator has been deployed in the industrial partner Swegon’s Kvanum factory at Sweden. 12-month energy consumption information for industrial equipment has been collected and visualised for energy awareness indication and energy saving;
- A Smarter Workshop has been organised to disseminate the research to over 20 manufacturing companies from 7 countries in EU;
- Two more system deployment in European machining companies are ongoing for further technology exploitation.


A list of project publications has been uploaded as a separate document, titled:
1. [Journal-1] X.X. Li, W.D. Li, X.T. Cai, F.Z. He, A hybrid honey-bee mating optimization and simulated annealing approach for sustainable process planning and scheduling, Integrated Computer Aided Engineering, 2015, 22, 311-326.
2. [Journal-2] S. Wang, X. Lu, X.X. Li, W.D. Li, A systematic approach of process planning and scheduling optimization for sustainable machining, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015, 87, 914-929.
3. [Conference-1] X. Lu, S. Wang, W.D. Li, Development of a WSN based real time energy monitoring platform for industrial applications, Proceedings of IEEE 18th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, Italy, May 6th-8th 2015.
4. [Conference-2] A. Gomez, D. Cuiñas, P. Catala, X. Lu, W.D. Li, D. Lack, S. Conway, Use of single board computers for manufacturing industry, Manufacturing Engineering Society International Conference (MESIC) 2015, Barcelona, Spain, July 22nd-24th 2015.
5. [Conference-3] Pau CATALÀ1, Daniel CUIÑAS1, Agustín GOMEZ1, Donald LACK2, Stewart, CONWAY2, Weidong LI3, Xin LU3 (1CIM-UPC, 2NIFES, 3COVENTRY), Sustainable Manufacturing Adaptive Services with Cloud Architectures for Enterprises (SMARTER), Poznan, IV Manufacturing Conference, Poland, December 8th-10th, 2014.
6. [Conference-4] X. Lu, W.D. Li, A systematic review on industrial Wireless Sensor Networks, Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, Cardiff University, UK, April 28th-30th, 2014.

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