• The ‘Digitisation of manufacturing’ connects people, devices, machines and enterprises, and includes notions such as 'Industrial Internet', 'digital manufacturing platforms' and the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).
    The ConnectedFactories project establishes a structured overview of available and upcoming technological approaches and best practices. The project identifies present and future needs, as well as challenges of the manufacturing industries.

    The project will explore pathways to the digital integration and interoperability of manufacturing systems and processes (“Future visions”). Hence, ConnectedFactories will enhance the awareness among companies of the use of digital technologies in the manufacturing sector, but also equip them with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding technology and business model choices. It will reinforce the European manufacturing industries’ position in the international scene.

    Please find below the ConnectedFactories Work Packages overview:
  • Download the Digital Mapping Framework document (Del 1.1)

    The main goal of the 'digital mapping framework' is to have a solid approach for describing and analysing what is present on the market in terms of technologies that support the deployment of digital manufacturing platform.  In a nutshell, digital manufacturing platforms support the interaction between manufacturing systems, devices, workers and different software-based tools and services.

    The mapping framework should addres questions such as: Which technologies and approaches are supporting the deployment of integrated digital manufacturing platforms? What are the services that they deliver?  What are the standards that support these platforms?   

    The ConnectedFactories project uses this mapping framework for characterising available technologies and approaches that are on the market or on their way to the market.    The same framework is being applied for the characterisation of R&D projects.   In addition, if it is possible to use such a structure for supporting the identification and structured description of challenges as well as the development of scenario’s, there will be a coherent approach throughout the whole ConnectedFactories project.

    What is the benefit of using the reference structure or 'mapping framework' for collecting the information?

    • The application of the mapping framework will allow us to analyse specific aspects (coverage of life-cycle stages, applied technologies, standards, security approaches,…) much more systematically.   The information is collected through the EFFRA Innovation Portal, which will make the analysis and the extraction of information for analysis and dissemination purposes much easier
    • With respect to the mapping of research and innovation projects, the mapping will bring to the surface the commonalities, overlaps and difference in the approaches of these projects.  It will enable the projects to take into account what other projects are doing are even cooperate across projects.

    Existing structures or frameworks served as a baseline for this reference structure, for example the RAMI 4.0 Reference Architecture Model Industrie 4.0 or work done by other FoF related projects, European and regional initiatives.

    The mapping framework has developed into a comprehensive structured list, which also lays the foundation of a 'structured glossary'.  
  • The ConnectedFactories CSA, is closely associated to the Factories of the Future FoF-11-2016 Research & Innovation projects.  
    These are 6 projects focussing on digital platforms for factory automation:
    and 4 projects focussing on supply chains and logistics:
    The ConnectedFactories CSA has already involved more projects within and outside the FoF PPP within its activities in order to stimulate synergies and cross-fertilisation.
    The ConnectedFactories facilitates meetings among these projects twice a year and will support exchange of information on Standards and Standardisation, State of the Art Platforms, CPS Legacy System Integration, Common API and SDKs, Interoperability aspects, Core ICT Technologies, Business Models and Ecosystems, and other topics of relevance.
    Furthermore, ConnectedFactories CSA also involve all projects when appropriate in the different work packages of the CSA, e.g. the scenario building.
  • The ConnectedFactories Coordination and Support Action project should give a response to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The project has 16 participants (please see the map below) and runs during three years from September 2016.