Are you interested in digital manufacturing platforms? Do you want to learn about existing projects and initiatives in this area and discuss the challenges ahead? The European Commission and EFFRA are organising a dedicated workshop.

Digital Manufacturing Platforms will be fundamental for the development of industry 4.0 and Connected Smart Factories. They are also seen as a strategic requirement for Europe and they are one of the topics of the Work Programme 2018-20.

In accordance with the strategy defined in the multi-annual roadmap of the Factories of the Future Public-Private Partnership, this topic requests proposals that target ‘grand challenges’ such as agile value networks, excellence in manufacturing or sustainability.

In order to discuss the challenges ahead and future opportunities for digital manufacturing platforms, the European Commission and the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) are organising a dedicated workshop.

The purpose is to discuss what specific platforms would need to be addressed, developed and piloted at EU level in the near future. During the workshop previous and ongoing activities in this area will also be taken into account, as well as the opportunities for future development.

The workshop will be held on 19 October 2017 in Brussels, from 10:00 to 17:00. Participation is free and already open but it will be limited by room capacity in a first come first served basis. You can register your participation here.

Preliminary agenda

  • 09.15 – 09.45 Welcome by host, introduction by the European Commission
  • 09.45 – 10.15 ConnectedFactories scenario building exercise, mapping and first analyses:
    • Presentation of the mapping of ongoing projects and initiatives that the ConnectedFactories CSA is developing.
  • 10.15 – 11.30 Baseline results from ongoing projects:
    • Showcase of results in order to identify what can be used as a basis for other projects and what needs should be addressed in the future.
  • 11.30 – 12.30 Industrial Platform Approaches
    • Discussion on future trends and needs of vendors that already have digital manufacturing platforms available.
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 – 15.00 Grand challenges and future digital manufacturing platforms
    • Discussion around the four Grand Challenges identified in EFFRA’s recommendations for the H2020 Work Programme 2018-20, which may result in different platforms, pilots, applications, and standards.
  • 15.00 – 16.30 Elements of future platforms
    • Discussion on the role of piloting, standardisation, ecosystem building and links with national and/or regional initiatives for the future development of platforms.
  • 16.30 – 17.00 Discussion and Closing

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