H2020 DT-FOF-08-2019 - Industrial partners sought for developing pilot lines for modular factories in automotive, naval and defence sectors.

REQUEST from United Kingdom, reference: RDUK20181101001, valid from 01-11-2018 untill 21-12-2018

Research & Development
  • Start date:
    1 november 2018
  • End date:
    21 december 2018
  • Summary:
    A UK Midlands based university is seeking technical industrial partners in the automotive, naval, and defence sectors for the H2020 call DT-FOF-08-2019. The project aims at developing modular production systems for industrial sectors that can be adapted to individual use-cases as are necessary. This would allow creating efficient, highly adaptable production lines.
  • Description:
    A UK University based in the Midlands who already has partners from the UK, France, Portugal and Russia is now seeking industrial partners for the Horizon 2020 call DT-FOF-08-2019 to demonstrate the developed modular systems and their advantages of modularity in production lines and their impact in configuration time, production costs, and resource efficiency.

    The project objective is to develop and demonstrate modular production equipment capable of creating highly adaptable production lines to enable efficient production of small series tailored to customer demands for different sectors (i.e. automotive and naval/defence), whereas it is aiming to achieve a reduction by 15% in reconfiguration/downtime and in the overall production costs, an increase of 10% in resource efficiency, as well as improvement from run-to-run for small lot sizes.

    To this extent, the following specific objectives (SO) have been defined by the lead:

    - SO1: To develop highly flexible and real-time reconfigurable modules capable of producing a wide variety of complex products (to be detailed by use-cases), of adapting to rapid changes in production lines through automated processes or manual intervention, that count with accessible and secure interfaces.

    - SO2: To demonstrate the advantages of modularity in production lines and its impact on configuration time, production costs, resource efficiency.

    The operative objectives (OO) are related to the defined work packages and are detailed below:

    - OO1: To develop and integrate a range of production modules covering different disciplines (i.e mechanical cutting tools, thermal processes, later treatments, additive manufacturing) into pilot lines.

    - OO2: To integrate all the production management systems, including real-time process control, into a reconfigurable line.

    - OO3: To deal with data interoperability between modules and process line (including legacy hardware and software).

    - OO4: To deal with all the safety related aspects.

    - OO5: To demonstrate the proper functioning of the pilot line through the implementation of different use-cases (production of different products covering processing technologies and features such as multi-functionality (mechanical, electrical, thermal, optical), multi-materials and complex shapes.

    - OO6: To elaborate a successful exploitation plan, by means of different modules and tools in order to design the most profitable potential business models considering economic, financial and strategic aspects.

    - OO7: To disseminate project information and project results in different settings, including academic and scientific, industrial and divulgation environments.

    The university is now seeking technical industrial partners ideally from the naval, automotive and defence sectors to help them develop a modular system and demonstrate the advantages of modularity in production lines and its impact on configuration time, production costs, and resource efficiency.

    EOI Deadline 21st December 2018
    Call Deadline 21st February 2019
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    Research cooperation agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    Partner: Industrial partners based in the automotive, naval, and defence sectors (other sectors will be considered)

    Role: to demonstrate the developed modular systems and their advantages of modularity in production lines and its impact in configuration time, production costs, and resource efficiency.

    Industrial partners

    Ideal sectors:


    Roles and skills:

    - Reconfigurable pilot line integrator.
    - End user (one or many) of the different sector use cases (complex products) that will be produced in the reconfigurable pilot line.
    - Production management systems expert.
    - Expert in safety of modular process units.
    - Process technologies experts (one or many) (the technologies will be defined in a due course).

    SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

  • Development stage:
    Proposal under development
  • IPR Status:
  • Market keywords:
    Numeric and computerised control of machine tools
    Machine tools, other metal working equipment (excl. numeric control)
    Other industrial equipment and machinery
    Engineering services
    Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)
  • Technology keywords:
    Operation Planning and Scheduler System
    Communications Protocols, Interoperability
    Manufacturing plants networks
    Mechanical Technology related to measurements
    Assessment of Environmental Risk and Impact
  • NACE keywords:
    Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
    Manufacture of motor vehicles
    Other manufacturing n.e.c.
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    Manufacturing is a key enabler for Europe’s grand societal challenges.

    The manufacturing sector employed 31 million people in 2009, generated € 5,812 billion of turnover and € 1,400 billion of value added, with SMEs being the backbone of the manufacturing industry in Europe.

    They provide around 45 % of the value added and 59 % of manufacturing employment.

    The trend in the production industry is going away from mass-produced products, towards individual products, which are adapted to the customer requirements (small series tailored to customer demands). Therefore, current important business challenges for manufacturing companies are related to:

    - increasing the flexibility through a reduction in the time needed to reconfigure the production line/downtime,
    - increasing resource efficiency when producing customised products
    - keeping the overall costs of production down.
    - improving yield from run-to-run for small lot sizes.

    In this context, modularity is the strategy that many industrial sectors are adopting (i.e. which are the sectors the university are covering with the project), either in product development or in industrial production configuration, to create efficient highly adaptable production lines. Modular production is seen as an opportunity for competitiveness and survival of many large companies and SMEs in Europe.

    In this context it is crucial to come up with flexible, modular production systems, as the ones developed within the project, that can be adapted to individual use-cases are necessary.
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
  • Year Established:
  • Turnover:
  • Country of origin:
    United Kingdom