'Factories of the Future 2020': Roadmap 2014-2020

The 'Factories of the Future' public-private partnership (PPP) under Horizon 2020 is centred on the priorities of ‘Factories of the Future 2020’, an ambitious and far-sighted strategic multi-annual research roadmap produced by EFFRA.

‘Factories of the Future 2020’ is the basis for research call topics and the overall direction of research in the ‘Factories of the Future’ public-private partnership under Horizon 2020

The roadmap was developed over a period of 24 months though working meetings including discussions with the European Commission within the ‘Factories of the Future' public-private partnership Ad-hoc Industrial Advisory Group (AIAG) and close consultations with representatives of companies and RTOs organised in other related European technology platforms.

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Research Priorities

Against a background of mega-trends (such as globalisation, resource scarcity and the global knowledge society) and following the Manufacturing 2030 vision, European manufacturing sectors need to undergo innovation-driven transformations.

The 'Factories of the Future' PPP identifies and realises these transformations by pursuing a set of research priorities along the following research and innovation domains:

 - Advanced manufacturing processes

 - Adaptive and smart manufacturing systems

 - Digital, virtual and resource-efficient factories

 - Collaborative and mobile enterprises

 - Human-centred manufacturing

 - Customer-focused manufacturing

Each of these domains embodies a particular aspect of the required transformations towards the factories of the future.

Challenges and Opportunities

The research and innovation activities undertaken within the domains will focus on a concrete and measurable set of targets, described as manufacturing challenges and opportunities:

 - Manufacturing the products of the future: Addressing the ever changing needs of society and offering the potential of opening new markets

 - Economic sustainability of manufacturing: Combining high-performance and quality with cost-effective productivity, realising reconfigurable, adaptive and evolving factories capable of small scale production in an economically viable way

 - Social sustainability of manufacturing: Integrating human skills with technology

 - Environmental sustainability of manufacturing: Reducing resource consumption and waste generation

Addressing these challenges and opportunities is at the core of what the Factories of the Future PPP is determined to achieve.

Technologies and Enablers

Achieving the identified transformations requires a coordinated research and innovation effort, where manufacturing challenges and opportunities are addressed by deploying technologies and enablers identified as advanced manufacturing processes and technologies, mechatronics for advanced manufacturing systems, ICT, manufacturing strategies, knowledge-workers and modelling, simulation and forecasting methods and tools.

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