IDS lea­ves a foot­print in Euro­pean rese­arch – the­se pro­jects are important pil­lars in order to bring IDS to life, to deve­lop fun­da­men­tal con­cepts, to test first pro­ofs of con­cepts and to sti­mu­la­te adop­ti­on and pro­li­fe­ra­ti­on of IDS con­cepts.

AMa­ble (Addi­ti­ve Manu­fac­turA­BLE)

Enab­ling adop­ti­on of addi­ti­ve manu­fac­tu­ring (AM) tech­no­lo­gies by SMEs in order to faci­li­ta­te the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­ti­ve busi­ness and ser­vice models, and new value chain models, in a ful­ly digi­tal envi­ron­ment.

Over­all Goal: Brin­ging inno­va­ti­ve ide­as and busi­ness cases to life and making inno­va­tions addi­tively manu­fac­tura­ble (AMa­ble).

BOOST 4.0 – Big Data for Fac­to­ries

Boost 4.0 is the big­gest Euro­pean initia­ti­ve in big data for Indus­try 4.0. With a bud­get of 20 mil­li­on euros, and lever­aging 100 mil­li­on euros of pri­va­te invest­ments, Boost 4.0 will lead the pro­li­fe­ra­ti­on of the Euro­pean Indus­tri­al Data Space to impro­ve Europe’s com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness regar­ding Indus­try 4.0. Fur­ther­mo­re, the pro­ject will gui­de the Euro­pean manu­fac­tu­ring indus­try in lever­aging big data for fac­to­ry pro­ces­ses.

Over­all Goal: Pro­vi­ding the manu­fac­tu­ring indus­try with the necessa­ry tools to explo­it the full bene­fit of big data.

AI4EU (Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence for the EU)

AI4EU is the Euro­pean Union’s land­mark arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence pro­ject, which seeks to deve­lop a Euro­pean AI eco­sys­tem brin­ging tog­e­ther the necessa­ry know­ledge, algo­rith­ms, tools, and resour­ces, making it a com­pel­ling solu­ti­on for users

Over­all Goal: Mobi­li­zing the ent­i­re Euro­pean AI com­mu­ni­ty to make AI’s pro­mi­ses real for Euro­pean socie­ties and eco­no­mies and crea­ting a lea­ding col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve Euro­pean AI plat­form to nur­tu­re eco­no­mic growth.

QU4LITY (Digi­tal Manu­fac­tu­ring Plat­forms for Con­nec­ted Smart Fac­to­ries)

QU4LITY demons­tra­tes – in a rea­listic, mea­sura­ble, and repli­ca­ble way – an open, cer­ti­fia­ble, high­ly stan­dar­di­zed, SME-friend­ly, trans­for­ma­ti­ve, shared, data-dri­ven pro­duct and ser­vice model for zero-defect manu­fac­tu­ring (ZDM) for Fac­to­ry 4.0 sce­n­a­ri­os, and it does so by means of five stra­te­gic ZDM plug&control light­house equip­ment pilots and nine pro­duc­tion light­house faci­li­ty pilots.

Over­all Goal: Demons­tra­ting how the Euro­pean manu­fac­tu­ring indus­try can build uni­que and tailor-made ZDM stra­te­gies and com­pe­ti­ti­ve advan­ta­ges through an orches­tra­ted open-plat­form eco­sys­tem, ZDM-ato­mi­zed com­pon­ents, and digi­tal enab­lers across all pha­ses of pro­duct and pro­cess lifecy­cles, buil­ding upon the QU4LITY auto­no­mous qua­li­ty model to meet Indus­try 4.0 ZDM chal­len­ges.

DIH² (Digi­tal Inno­va­ti­on Hubs)

DIH² is a net­work of twen­ty-six DIHs aiming at sup­por­ting SMEs in agi­le pro­duc­tion (i.e. 50 % incre­a­se in pro­duc­ti­vi­ty) and unlea­shing their digi­ta­liz­a­ti­on poten­ti­al by enab­ling robot solu­ti­ons that are more cost-effec­ti­ve at smal­ler lot sizes. DIH² will trans­form this net­work into a self-sus­tainab­le non-pro­fit asso­cia­ti­on with mem­bers all over Euro­pe (the goal is to inclu­de over 170 DIHs). DIH² will demons­tra­te that publicly fun­ded rese­arch can help SMEs and mid-caps achie­ve digi­tal excel­lence and glo­bal com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ness by adop­ting advan­ced robo­tics solu­ti­ons in agi­le pro­duc­tion.

Over­all Goal: Spar­king incre­men­tal (cut 50 % of cost of advan­ced robo­tics solu­ti­ons, dou­ble the growth of robo­tics mar­ket) and dis­rup­ti­ve (maxi­mum pro­duc­ti­vi­ty and opti­mum agi­li­ty) inno­va­tions in over 300,000 manu­fac­tu­ring SMEs and mid­caps.

Mus­ke­teer – Machi­ne Lear­ning to Aug­ment Shared Know­ledge in Fede­r­a­ted Pri­va­cy Pre­ser­ving Sce­n­a­ri­os

The mas­si­ve incre­a­se in data collec­ted and stored world­wi­de calls for new ways to pre­ser­ve data pri­va­cy while still allowing data sharing among mul­ti­ple data owners. Data can con­ti­nue to be stored in dif­fe­rent loca­ti­ons with dif­fe­rent pri­va­cy cons­traints, but data sharing needs to be secu­re. The MUSKETEER cross­do­main plat­form will vali­da­te pro­gress in the indus­tri­al sce­n­a­ri­os of smart manu­fac­tu­ring and health­ca­re. MUSKETEER stri­ves to crea­te machi­ne lear­ning models over a varie­ty of pri­va­cy-pre­ser­ving sce­n­a­ri­os, ensu­re secu­ri­ty and robust­ness against exter­nal and inter­nal thre­ats, pro­vi­de a stan­dar­di­zed and exten­d­a­ble archi­tec­tu­re, demons­tra­te and vali­da­te the solu­ti­ons in two dif­fe­rent indus­tri­al sce­n­a­ri­os, and enhan­ce the data eco­no­my by boos­ting data sharing across domains.

Over­all Goal: Crea­ting a vali­da­ted, fede­r­a­ted, pri­va­cy-pre­ser­ving machi­ne lear­ning plat­form to be tes­ted on indus­tri­al data that is inter­ope­ra­ble, scala­b­le and effi­ci­ent enough to be deploy­ed in real use cases. Alle­via­ting data-sharing bar­ri­ers by pro­vi­ding secu­re, scala­b­le and pri­va­cy-pre­ser­ving ana­ly­tics over decen­tra­li­zed data­sets using machi­ne lear­ning.

MARKET 4.0 – A Mul­ti-Sided Busi­ness Plat­form for Plug and Pro­du­ce Indus­tri­al Pro­duct Ser­vice Sys­tems

MARKET4.0 will offer advan­ced web pre­sence of pro­duc­tion equip­ment SMEs exten­ded with addi­tio­nal func­tio­n­a­li­ties, such as simu­la­ti­ons or VR/AR capa­bi­li­ties. It will also be a P2P Indus­tri­al Data Space that offers smart user ser­vices, a secu­re API to try and test the digi­tal twin of the pro­duc­tion equip­ment, on top sup­plier and cus­to­mer data that enab­le direct tran­sac­tion bet­ween mar­ket peers (sup­plier-to-sup­plier, sup­plier-to-cus­to­mer, cus­to­mer-to-sup­plier and more) during the who­le B2B pro­cess from equip­ment search to pro­cu­re­ment and com­mis­sio­ning. MARKET4.0 will crea­te trust in the busi­CON­NECT & PRODUCE ness tran­sac­tion bet­ween the SME pro­duc­tion equip­ment manu­fac­tu­rer and the cus­to­mer, as indi­ca­ted in in the IDS refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re.

Over­all Goal: Defi­ning, deve­lo­ping, and vali­da­ting an open, mul­ti-sided mar­ket­place, based on a trus­ted P2P data sharing infra­st­ruc­tu­re for Indus­try 4.0, which brings tog­e­ther Indus­tri­al Pro­duct Ser­vice Sys­tems (IPSS) pro­vi­ders (sup­ply side) and cus­to­mers (demand side), and which allows direct inter­ac­tion among the dif­fe­rent sides in order to impro­ve the sales power of pro­duc­tion equip­ment SMEs.

MIDIH (Manu­fac­tu­ring Indus­try Digi­tal Inno­va­ti­on Hubs)

MIDIH is a one-stop shop of ser­vices gran­ting manu­fac­tu­ring SMEs access to the most advan­ced digi­tal solu­ti­ons, the most advan­ced indus­tri­al expe­ri­ments, pools of human and indus­tri­al com­pe­ten­ci­es, the “ICT for Manu­fac­tu­ring” mar­ket, and finan­cial oppor­tu­nities.

Over­all Goal: Lever­aging net­works of local Com­pe­tence Cen­ters spe­cia­li­zed in pecu­li­ar aspects of the CPPS/IIOT (Cyber Phy­si­cal Pro­duc­tion Sys­tem / Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things) tech­no­lo­gies and able to attract, men­tor and nur­tu­re local manu­fac­tu­ring SMEs towards Indus­try 4.0 pro­jects, expe­ri­ments, and busi­ness. Estab­li­shing a com­mon plat­form of know­ledge, methods, and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on tools to be shared among the mem­bers of the MIDIH net­work, allowing cross-fer­ti­liz­a­ti­on, con­ti­nuous impro­ve­ment, and open inno­va­ti­on.

OPEN DEI – Aligning Refe­rence Archi­tec­tures, Open Plat­forms and Lar­ge Sca­le Pilots in Digi­ti­zing Euro­pean Indus­try

In the Hori­zon 2020 fun­ding pro­gram­me, the Euro­pean Commission's "Plat­forms and Pilots" sec­tion aims to imple­ment digi­tal plat­forms in the four basic are­as of manu­fac­tu­ring, agri­cul­tu­re, ener­gy and health­ca­re. OPEN DEI is loca­ted in this con­text: OPEN DEI aims to leverage syn­er­gies, iden­ti­fy gaps, share best prac­ti­ces, rein­for­ce regio­nal and natio­nal rela­ti­ons­hips and take joint actions to dis­se­mi­na­te, com­mu­ni­ca­te, train and explo­it the dig­ti­al inno­va­tions, thus imple­men­ting the EU Digi­tal Trans­for­ma­ti­on Stra­te­gy.

Over­all Goal:

  1. Plat­form Buil­ding: a refe­rence archi­tec­tu­re, a set of open source refe­rence imple­men­ta­ti­ons and an Indus­tri­al Data Plat­form
  1. Lar­ge Sca­le Pilo­ting: a digi­tal matu­ri­ty model, a set of assess­ment methods and a migra­ti­on jour­ney bench­mar­king tool
  1. Eco­sys­tem Buil­ding: an Inno­va­ti­on and Col­la­bo­ra­ti­on Plat­form, a pan-EU net­work of Indus­tri­al DIHs, an Indus­tri­al Skills cata­lo­gue and obser­va­to­ry;
  1. Stan­dar­di­z­a­ti­on: a cross-domain sur­vey, a pro­mo­ti­on and imple­men­ta­ti­on plan and a stra­te­gic alli­an­ce with exis­ting EU and Inter­na­tio­nal SDOs.


LEVEL UP – Pro­to­cols and stra­te­gies for exten­ding the use­ful life of major capi­tal invest­ments and lar­ge indus­tri­al equip­ment

Euro­pe is still lacking an effi­ci­ent sys­temic mul­ti-level approach that enab­les a recur­si­ve, cost-effec­ti­ve, holistic and inte­gra­ted app­li­ca­ti­on of cir­cu­lar princi­ples to the digi­tal uplif­ting of fac­to­ry 4.0 capi­tal invest­ments; addres­sing issu­es at pro­duct, pro­cess, sys­tem as well as the ent­i­re value-chain levels, inte­gra­ting best prac­ti­ces from emer­ging enab­ling digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies and avoid a two speed digi­tal trans­for­ma­ti­on across indus­tries in dif­fe­rent sec­tors. LEVEL-UP will offer a scala­b­le plat­form covering the over­all lifecy­cle, ran­ging from the digi­tal twins set­up, moder­ni­sa­ti­on actions to dia­gno­se and pre­dict the ope­ra­ti­on of phy­si­cal assets, to the refur­bish­ment and rema­nu­fac­tu­ring acti­vi­ties towards end of life. In-situ repair tech­no­lo­gies and the rede­sign for new upgraded com­pon­ents will be faci­li­ta­ted through vir­tu­al simu­la­ti­ons for incre­a­sed per­for­mance and life­time. LEVEL-UP will the­re­fo­re com­pri­se new hard­ware and soft­ware com­pon­ents inter­fa­ced with the cur­rent faci­li­ties through IoT and data-manage­ment plat­forms, while being orches­tra­ted through eight (8) scala­b­le stra­te­gies at com­po­nent, work-sta­ti­on and shopf­loor level. The actions for moder­ni­sing, upgrading, refur­bis­hing, rema­nu­fac­tu­ring, and recy­cling will be struc­tu­red and for­ma­li­sed into ten (10) spe­cial Pro­to­cols, lin­ked with an Indus­tri­al Digi­tal Thread wea­ving a seam­less digi­tal inte­gra­ti­on with all actors in the value chain for impro­ved future ite­ra­ti­ons. LEVEL-UP will be demons­tra­ted in 7 demo sites from dif­fe­rent sec­tors. The impact of LEVEL-UP to the Euro­pean manu­fac­tu­ring indus­try, but also the socie­ty its­elf, can be sum-mari­sed in the fol­lowing (with a hori­zon of 4 years after pro­ject ends): (i) incre­a­se of the mate­ri­al and resour­ce effi­ci­en­cy by 11.5%, (ii) incre­a­sed relia­bi­li­ty by 16% of the equip­ment in an exten­ded life­time by 20%, (iii) over 50% incre­a­se of the Return on Invest­ment (ROI), (iv) about 810 new jobs crea­ted and (v) over 80M EUR ROI for the con­sor­ti­um.

The­se pro­jects have recei­ved fun­ding from the Euro­pean Union‘s Hori­zon 2020 rese­arch and inno­va­ti­on pro­gram under grant agree­ments Nº825619, Nº768775, Nº780732, Nº824964, Nº825030, Nº822064, Nº767498 and Nº824988.