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  • Developed on-line calibration and optimization of machining process during prototype machining.
  • Developed in-process detection of tool wear and breakage to reduce down time and scrap rate.
  • Developed in-process compensation of work-piece and tool deformations for precision machining.


Project Summary – SIMON

Final Report – SIMON



  • Realization of software tools for substantially improving process chains starting with physical or digital models of the product and leading to validated physical parts
  • Development of technologies to rapidly produce parts with mass production materials in small or medium sized series using innovative tooling technologies.


  • Development or transfer of technology made easier because of systematization and standardization for Quality Engineering method as general technology.
  • Contributes to the efficiency of extended technology development by utilizing Quality Engineering software.
  • Allows for production development that improves Customer satisfaction (CS)


  • Developed a group communication protocol stack in SDL, the Specification and Definition Language
  • implementation was a first-of-a-kind, prototype implementation providing new insight on the composition of Group Communication protocol stacks


  • Use, Service and Maintenance or MOL and EOL
  • Feedback of information from these phases to BOL (Design and Production).




The DiFac project aimed to develop an innovative Collaborative Manufacturing Environment (CME) for next-generation digital manufacturing. The DiFac CME intended to be used as a framework to support group work in an immersive and interactive way, for concurrent product design, prototyping and manufacturing, as well as worker training. It will provide support for data analysis, visualisation, advanced interaction and presence within the virtual environment, ergonomics analysis, and collaborative decision-making.


DiFac Success 1010



1.1     R&D Objectives

  • To expand to the international level the clustering efforts of four European regions to develop common approaches in order to support the development of high resource-efficient production systems.
  • To develop strategies for a better establishing of TCO aspects in investment decisions of the machinery customer on the one but also for a better support of the R&D and manufacturing processes of the machine manufacturer in order to reach a consistent and marketable relationship between investments and savings concerning the consumption of energy and materials
  • To expand a EU-centred SWOT analysis to one that considers all participating regions in the identification of weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that affect all sides of the production process: the manufacture of the machine, its users, and the consumers as well.
  • To use suitable dissemination activities in order to stimulate the interest for efficiency aspects in relevant steps of the production of goods

1.2     Overview of the Initiative

The manufacturing sector is one of the most important resource consumers of the modern society. On the one hand it is responsible for the energy and material efficiency of production tools, on the other hand it uses such tools by its own. Facing the first role, the manufacturing sector has to face continuously challenges like shrinking margins, an increasing cost pressure and extensive customization demands. To be competitive the manufacturer of industrial engineering products has to develop individual solutions with respect to flexibility, cost-efficiency, reliability, safety and security.

Against this resource-efficiency is given often only a low priority concerning the investment decisions of the procurement of new machinery. In the Refitting sector of old machinery also an only low readiness to invest in resource efficiency can be observed, although in nearly every production system many potential sources for repayments could be identified. The reasons for this inadequate low priority are manifold. One the one hand, the purchaser of the machinery is not willing to take account of its total cost of ownership (TCO). In other words: purchasers often show favoritism to a short-term saving of investment over long term savings resulting from energy consumptions. But also the production management is not able or willing to make changes within a “running system”. So the manufacturer of the machinery takes often a high risk regarding the investment in R&D for more resource efficient solutions that are mostly also more expensive for the customer. This dissatisfying situation demands for new strategies in order to overcome the numerous reserves on the way to high resource-efficient  production systems with respect to technical reasons and non-technical reasons as well.

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  • Developed “Plug and Participate” IT infrastructure from the enterprise level down to the shop floor
  • Combines Java-based Jini technology with mobile and residential software agents
  • Minimizes time for set-up of new machines
  • New methods in job control enhance efficiency



Final Report – PABADIS

  • A blueprint for the integration of future manufacturing systems into the new forms of manufacturing enterprises.
  • Competitive advantage from a more rapid adoption of advanced systems, processes and technologies.
  • More rapid and “right first time” establishment of manufacturing processes and networks of autonomous units through the application of new types of simulation methodologies and tools.
  • Greatly improved response times to changing customer needs through the adoption of new forms of modeling and simulation systems.
  • Defined the scope of the “Digital Factory” concepts
  • Developed an integrate-able set of models and simulators merging a bottoms-up view of the factory floor as found in NGMEs with a top-down view of the globally distributed virtual enterprises


Final Report- NGMS PHASE I, II, III


Project Outcome – NGMS PHASE II White Paper

Presentation IMS Vision Forum – NGMS

  • Researched metamorphic material handling systems which respond to varying demands in a flexible manufacturing system.
  • Developed prototype automatic guided vehicle (AGV) and support software
  • Method of Path-planning/Guide-planning proposed in WP2 and WP3 will raises efficiency of manufacturing systems.



Final Report – MMHS

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