This January, a new Horizon 2020 project was launched to simplify the establishment, management, adaptation, and monitoring of dynamic, cross-organisational manufacturing processes following Cloud manufacturing principles in Europe.
European researchers have been awarded over €5 Million to develop the means to model, configure, execute, and monitor manufacturing processes, providing end-to-end support for Cloud manufacturing by implementing real systems and testing and demonstrating them in real manufacturing environments.
While the theoretical foundations for Cloud manufacturing are manifest and easy to follow, there is a lack of real world implementations and applications of this concept, let alone production-line demonstrations. Still, no proven tools and technologies exist in the market to provide valuable end-to-end integration ICT solutions applying Cloud manufacturing principles. Thus, current approaches do not allow for the necessary innovation and higher management and operational efficiency in networked operations – this project aims to change this fact by providing Cloud-based Rapid Elastic MAnufacturing (CREMA).
CREMA focuses on cross-organisational processes, realizing “Design Anywhere, Manufacturing Anywhere”. Hence, it does not matter where single parts of the manufacturing process are carried out – CREMA will provide the means to integrate data from distributed locations as if the complete manufacturing was carried out on the same shop floor, by integrating extra- and inter-plant manufacturing assets and making them “mobile”.
CREMA brings together Ascora (Germany) , TANet (UK) , DFKI (Germany), Ikerlan (Spain), Technische Universitat Wien (Austria), Ubisense, Tenneco-Walker (UK), Fagor Arrasate (Spain), Goizper (Spain), ICE (UK) and Dot Net IT (UK).