TXT E solutions S.p.A.

Milano, Italy

TXT E solutions S.p.A.

Milano, Italy
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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.3 | Award Amount: 5.89M | Year: 2010

IoT@Work will develop the technologies required to enable Internet of Things (IoT)-based applications and processes in the manufacturing domain. The IoT architecture will allow production processes to adapt quickly and easily to new business models and processes. Process and industry automation, however, have strong demands for reliable communication and security guarantees, which the IoT architecture has to incorporate from the start. Today, deployment and commissioning of complex production processes or Internet-enabled applications interacting with production systems still require a time consuming and error-prone manual network configuration process. This is due to the need to maintain a high level of determinism, safety, and security of the production process itself and avoiding both safety-critical failures and costly production interruptions. Furthermore, the traditional concept of a systems boundary does not scale in scenarios where repurposed production systems have to fulfil new goals and adapt aspects like connectivity, dependability, security and privacy.\n\nIoT@Work will deliver tools and runtime mechanisms based on IoT technologies to significantly simplify commissioning, operating, and maintaining complex production processes. The contribution of this project will be focused on using self-configuration mechanisms, enabling what we call secure Plug&Work IoT. We want to contribute to the design ideas of the IoT architecture in order to dynamically and securely adapt networks and resources to better fit to change, where this change could be due to infrastructure change, failures, or even process adaptations.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.8.1 | Award Amount: 8.31M | Year: 2012

The TELL-ME project (Technology Enhanced Learning Livinglab for Manufacturing Environments) aims to develop and trial in authentic contexts (SME-driven human-centric and service-oriented manufacturing workplaces) an innovative cross-enterprise methodology and IT platforms for continuous education and training in heterogeneous business ecosystems, blending Precision Teaching (PT) lifelong learning and Living Lab (LL) participative co-creation aspects in ways that can address more business needs than traditional training.\nThis responds to several EU 2020 Strategy indicated in several Flagship Initiatives like An Agenda for new skills and jobs, An industrial policy for the globalisation era, Innovation Union and Digital Agenda for Europe and summarised in the two questions below:\n- How can SMEs blue collar workers in less advanced industrial sectors keep the pace of innovation of technologically advanced ones?\n- How can TEL-based training be positioned and improved, in order to have more impact on industrial sectors innovation and resilience?\nFive main challenges have been identified as fingerprints of the TELL-ME proposal:\n- Human-centred manufacturing and the increasing need to consider human factors and workers wellbeing in the production processes;\n- Service oriented Manufacturing and its increasing need to open, breed and govern globalised business ecosystems;\n- Learning Ecosystems are the new frontier of collaborative value networks on a global and cross-sector market;\n- Living Labs of SMEs and their need to constantly develop business-technical-social-market innovation via co-creation and inspirational environments;\n- Learning at the Workplace and its need for fast, punctual and personalized life-long learning that takes account of fluency-driven approaches to training, and trends in using TEL and OER for self-regulated learning.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-9 | Award Amount: 5.11M | Year: 2013

Competitive manufacturing industry must be able to react to change and to understand the balance of possible options when making decisions on complex multi-faceted problems. Understanding how best to configure and re-configure a global production network, set against rapidly changing product-service requirements is one such complex problem area. This project aims to provide services that support the design and provision of flexible interoperable networks of production systems that can rapidly and accurately be re-configured. The metaphor employed is to start with an new business idea in the morning and have all required data and networks understood by the afternoon To achieve this FLEXINET takes the view that new product-service global production network modelling methods and models are needed that can model business cases and identify the critical network relations and knowledge that underlies the business operation. In addition, FLEXINET takes the fundamental view that complex manufacturing systems which involve multiple partners and multiple complex network constraints, require a semantically rigorous formal foundation upon which to base the flexible re-configuration of global production networks. Based on the exploitation of these technologies, FLEXINET will deliver a set of configuration services for flexible network design, applicable to both OEMs and SMEs, that will enable what-if comparisons of costs, risks, configuration evaluations and product-service compliance requirements for alternative production network designs. FLEXINET will achieve this aim by working with its industrial partners from the industrial pump, white goods and food sectors and exploiting the world leading expertise of its partners in business modelling, business evaluation methods, risk management, manufacturing semantics, manufacturing knowledge sharing, manufacturing eco-systems, product-service systems, SME collaboration, SOA, Interoperability and standardisation.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FI.ICT-2011.1.8 | Award Amount: 17.96M | Year: 2013

According to the 2010 EC Competitiveness Report, Manufacturing is still the driving force of Europes economy, contributing over 6553 billion in GDP and providing more than 30 million jobs. It covers more than 25 different industrial sectors, largely dominated by SMEs, and generates annually over 1535 billion (42%) worth of value added services.\nThe mission of the FITMAN (Future Internet Technologies for MANufacturing industries) project is to provide the FI PPP with a set of industry-led use case trials in the Smart, Digital and Virtual Factories of the Future domains, in order to test and assess the suitability, openness and flexibility of FI-WARE Generic Enablers, this way contributing to the social-technological-economical-environmental-political sustainability of EU Manufacturing Industries.\nIn order to accomplish the mission statement, the FITMAN project will deliver:\n One FITMAN Generic Platform for Manufacturing Industries, as a collection of several Generic Enablers Implementations belonging to most of the identified technological Chapters of FI-WARE project;\n One generic and flexible Trials Verification and Validation Framework, encompassing concepts, methods and tools for a technical and business assessment of the eleven Trials\n One open-to-all FITMAN Phase III Package, to support FI-WARE PPP Phase III objective 1.8, Expansion of Use Cases, by providing access to FITMAN Reports and Prototypes for Phase III preparation and implementation\n Three FITMAN Specific Platforms for Smart, Digital and Virtual Factories, as a collection of several Specific Enablers Implementations belonging to the background of FITMAN beneficiaries and specifically derived from previous RTD projects in the Factories of the Future and Future Internet Enterprise Systems research\n Eleven FITMAN Trials Platforms as instantiation of the selected Generic and Specific Enablers for 11 industry-driven multi-sectorial Trials\n Eleven FITMAN Trial Experimentations by deploying the FITMAN Trials Platforms in realistic Smart-Digital-Virtual Factories IT and business cases, as well as assess and evaluate the achieved results:\ni. Smart Factories Trials: TRW (LE) automotive supplier Safe & Healthy Workplace, PIACENZA (SME) textile/clothing Cloud Manufacturing, COMPLUS (SME) LED smart lighting Collaborative Production, WHIRLPOOL (LE) white goods manufacturer Mobile workforce.\nii. Digital Factories Trials: VOLKSWAGEN (LE) automotive manufacturer PLM ramp-up for reduced Time to Market , AGUSTAWESTLAND (LE) aeronautics manufacturer Training services for blue collar workers, CONSULGAL (SME) construction As-designed vs. As-built Interoperability, AIDIMA (SME) furniture Mass Customised Production.\niii. Virtual Factories Trials: APR (SME) plastic industry Collaboration valorisation, TANet (SME) manufacturing resource management Networked Business Innovation, GEOLOC (SME) Machinery for wood industry Project-based Collaboration.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF-ICT-2011.7.3 | Award Amount: 15.21M | Year: 2011

VISION: By 2015, novel service-oriented management methodologies and the Future Internet universal business infrastructure will enable European virtual factories and enterprises to self-organize in distributed, autonomous, interoperable, non-hierarchical innovation ecosystems of tangible and intangible manufacturing assets, to be virtually described, on-the-fly composed and dynamically delivered as a Service, end-to-end along the globalised value chain.\nThe first Grand Challenge for MSEE project is to make SSME (Service Science Management and Engineering) evolve towards Manufacturing Systems and Factories of the Future, i.e. from a methodological viewpoint to adapt, modify, extend SSME concepts so that they could be applicable to traditionally product-oriented enterprises; from an implementation viewpoint to instantiate Future Internet service oriented architectures and platforms for global manufacturing service systems.\nThe second Grand Challenge for MSEE project is to transform current manufacturing hierarchical supply chains into manufacturing open ecosystems, i.e. on the one side to define and implement business processes and policies to support collaborative innovation in a secure industrial environment; on the other side to define a new collaborative architecture for ESA (Enterprise Software and Applications), to support business-IT interaction and distributed decision making in virtual factories and enterprises.\nThe synthesis of the two Grand Challenges above in industrial business scenarios and their full adoption in some European test cases will result in new Virtual Factory Industrial Models, where service orientation and collaborative innovation will support a new renaissance of Europe in the global manufacturing context.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2010-2 | Award Amount: 5.13M | Year: 2010

The objective of CoReNet is to address consumer needs and expectations of wide range of European citizens as well as specific target groups - such as elderly, obese, disabled, or diabetic persons -by supplying small series of functional and fashionable clothes and footwear of high quality, affordable price and eco-compatibility. Therefore the European Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry will be able to provide customised health fashionable goods for relevant social niches, so improving its market shares. In order to design, develop, produce and distribute the related small order quantities in a cost- and eco-efficient way a new framework and components for new collaborative networking will be developed, enabling to stay as long as digital and to produce on-demand. This includes: a) consumer integrated collaborative eco-oriented design, and configuration of healthy; wearables using web-enabled virtualisation and green; materials, b) a radical renewal of critical value creation steps by the adoption of Rapid Manufacturing technologies for optimised digital printing and laser engraving; and c) the overall integration and co-ordination of business processes and information exchange by a set of new (web)services for network design and ad-hoc (re-)configuration, for real-time planning, forecasting and replenishment, and for tracking and tracing of ecology and quality. Within COReNet framework, all partners of the value creating sectors will become able to co-ordinate value creation processes, with the end consumer as driving actor. CoReNet will be collaboratively tested and demonstrated within industrial plants, thus showing the full potential of the new sustainable collaborative cross-sector networking approach


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.57M | Year: 2013

The main objective of the OSMOSE project is to develop a reference architecture, a middleware and some prototypal applications for the Sensing-Liquid Enterprise, by interconnecting Real, Digital and Virtual Worlds in the same way a semi-permeable membrane permits the flow of liquid particles through itself.\nIn concrete terms, the OSMOSE project will design and develop:\ni.\ta Reference Architecture for modelling and managing shadow images of the same Sensing-Liquid Enterprise in the three interconnected worlds regarding both immaterial and material liquid flows under flexible security and privacy capability rules. A Triple A architecture is proposed where Actors (RW) Agents (DW) Avatars (VW), representing humans and smart objects, interact and negotiate;\nii.\tan Event-driven and Service-oriented Osmiotic Middleware (osmosis semi-permeable membranes) to constantly and automatically keep background consistency between the three worlds through the implementation of three pairs of basic processes: i) Virtualization RW-VW; ii) Augmentation VW-RW; iii) Digitalization RW-DW; iv) Actuation DW-RW; v) Simulation DW-VW; vi) Enrichment VW-DW;\niii.\ta Liquid Stargate which allows human users to browse the relevant real-digital-virtual assets in an integrated multi world representation view, to configure the behaviour of their human RW Actors- DW Agents- VW Avatars and to support knowledge sharing and experiences / emotions exchange, by crossing seamlessly the three worlds gates;\niv.\tan innovative Sensing-Liquid Maintenance & Support application in the Aerospace Domain concerned with helicopters flight simulators operation (Agusta Westland pilot);\nv.\tan innovative Sensing-Liquid Quality Inspection & Control application in the Automotive Domain concerned with camshafts supply and production traceability (EPC pilot).


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: FoF-05-2014 | Award Amount: 6.00M | Year: 2015

Product-service solutions are not a novelty for manufacturing domain, in particular for Europe. Services are becoming more and more not just an optional adjunct to products, but they are integral part of manufacturing industries offer, able to differentiate the product value proposition, to take a significant part of the revenue stream and even to substitute the traditional selling of products with more innovative service-oriented business models. There are still 5 main obstacles which are currently preventing service innovation to be pervasively adopted by all EU manufacturing industries, SMEs included: I. Products and Services : How to preserve the specific characteristics of product and services in a value chain, without creating isolated and not interconnected walled gardens? II. Design and Manufacturing: How to reconcile Real World and Digital World in PLM allowing multi-directional interoperability of the digital images of the same product between design-manufacturing? III. Knowledge and Sentiment: How to consider both professional knowledge and crowd sentiments, trying to mediate extreme product-push and market-pull positions? IV. Service-Oriented and Event-Driven: How to create a generic conceptual and implementation framework which could identify and implement the interoperability points between SOA and EDA in PLM value chain systems? V. Business and Innovation: How to reconcile current profitable and competitive product-oriented business models with more intangible, risky, service-oriented and Internet-based businesses? PSYMBIOSYS aims at improving the competitiveness of European Manufacturing industries by developing an innovative product-service engineering environment, symbolized by a five-pointed symbiosis star design-production, product-service, knowledge-sentiment, EDA-SOA, business-innovation and able to dramatically reduce the time-to-market of more attractive and sustainable product-service solutions.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.3 | Award Amount: 4.84M | Year: 2010

The Business Network of suppliers, distributors, customers and partners that a company acquires is becoming a competitive asset. The requirement is to continuously and dynamically optimize and adapt this network to the evolving business needs.\nThe protocol of Business Networks is the semantic interoperability between businesses enabling the realization of business meaning from the data being communicated within the network.\nIn principle, semantic interoperability is established by creating mappings between metadata and data elements that constitute the business documents that are exchanged among the nodes (businesses) of the network.\nThis project will look into innovative low-cost means of establishing mappings for semantic interoperability while addressing the ever-changing structure of the business network. We claim that this goal can be achieved by employing the inherently low-cost peer-to-peer and pay-as-you-go mechanisms. Specifically, we refer to the following features of low cost business networking mechanisms as The Wisdom of the Network:\n* As-you-Go Build-Up of the Mappings\n* Know your Neighbors. A sub-network develops its own business terminology and even its own interpretation of the terminology\n* Quick Setup. When a node joins a sub-network, it gets the mapping it needs and it benefits from the mappings accumulated in the sub-network\n* Tolerating Incomplete Information\n* Decentralized Control


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2013.7.1.1 | Award Amount: 5.77M | Year: 2013

The DREAM project will lay the foundations for a novel heterarchical management approach of complex electrical power grids, providing new mechanisms for consumer involvement in economical and ecological electricity use as well as stable and cost effective integration of distributed renewable resources. Applying the principles of autonomous agent-based systems to the control and management of the electricity distribution grid will allow the system to constantly adjust to current operational conditions and make it robust to exogenous disturbances. In turn, this will allow for greater penetration of intermittent resources and will make the distribution grid more resilient to failures. DREAM will include several layers of controls for normal, congested and post-contingency situations that will use different coordination strategies ranging from market-based transactions to emergency demand response and create ad-hoc federations of agents that will flexibly adjust their hierarchy to current needs. The system will transition smoothly between control layers depending on local operational conditions, so that responses to disturbances will be sized precisely, margins will be used parsimoniously and full network flexibility will be tapped. The system will involve only limited data transfers and no centralized control, promoting extensibility, heterogeneity and easy deployment across countries with different network architectures and hardware manufacturers. DREAM will demonstrate the economic and technical feasibility of these novel control mechanisms thanks to several real-world small-scale pilots dedicated to different use-cases, and computer simulations will be used to study further scalability. Furthermore, economic viability will be model and examined for the various actors in the grid taking into account the unpredictability of consumer power production, market dynamics, novel regulation schemes and the adoption of DREAM mechanisms over time.

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