All projects under this objective shall carry out a critical mass of equipment assessment experiments related to laser or sensor-based tools. Suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment are expected to install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. The primary aim is to strengthen the ICT equipment supplier base, predominantly SMEs, through a close cooperation with globally acting manufacturers, by improving the manufacturing processes in relation to quality, speed, environmental and resource efficiency. Equipment assessments require the following steps: (i) definition of requirements for a specific application scenario; (ii) establishment of productivity metrics and (iii) assessment of experiences and results. Special emphasis is on SMEs on the supply side. Proposers are referred to the general description of take-up actions in the introduction to this Challenge.
a) Intelligent equipment solutions in custom manufacturing and/or re-manufacturing: Equipment assessment of sensor-/actuator-driven equipment targeting smart production flexibly through an effective monitoring and control of small volume, small lot size customisation requirements and/or end-of-life manufacturing operations – such as dismantling, recycling, material reuse. The assessment framework shall address improvements related to precision, speed, cost, flexibility and efficiency of (re-) manufacturing operations.
b) Innovative laser applications in manufacturing: Equipment assessment of all equipment relevant to laser manufacturing such as the laser itself, power supplies, handling tools, beam guiding/manipulation and quality, sensors to monitor the equipment and manufacturing process, periphery in general (materials, housing, safety issues etc). The assessment framework shall address improvements related to quality, speed, flexibility and resource efficiency of laser-based manufacturing and processing.
c) Establish a network of innovation multipliers in the manufacturing sectors across all take-up projects of this Challenge taking an interdisciplinary approach to achieve broader technological, applications, innovation, and regional coverage thereby maximising impact and addressing better the needs of SMEs.
d) Support a rapid build-up of new manufacturing skills: training methodologies and ICT-based tools to attract the interest of young talents in manufacturing and engineering.
Relevant challenge: 7. ICT for the Enterprise and Manufacturing
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