Achieve a significant reduction in reconfiguration time, which includes
all steps between stopping a production, reconfiguration of the
individual production steps, requalification, adjustment of the
intra-logistics processes, and ramping up to a full production speed.
Develop validated standardized interfaces and protocols to enable digitalised and thus flexible manufacturing processes.
Develop protocols for best practices in rapid reconfiguration applicable not only for the products and sectors present in the project, but also transferable to other sectors and application areas.
The projects should address reconfiguration of production systems in which the lines are running at medium or high volume manufacturing rates (MVM and HVM respectively), and include a variety of production steps, such as cleaning, forming, thermal treatments, cutting, joining, surface treatments, painting, printing, assembly, etc. It should also consider complex logistics and non-manufacturing operations enabling the production runs.
In order to achieve the expected outcomes, International Cooperation is encouraged, in particular with Japan, South Korea or Canada.