Boosting Innovation in Factory of the Future Value Chain in the Alps

WP1: Manufacturing sector studying and mapping

WP1 has the goal of defining a Manufacturing sector map at transnational level in order to provide an in-depth and multilevel description of FoF competences and technologies along  manufacturing value chain and among main innovation actors in AS region, highlighting shared and different features in the involved countries. Enterprises and SMEs are identified at various levels of the manufacturing value chain and actively involved and surveyed in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of the sector considering FoF challenges.

D.T1.1.1 FoF Manufacturing Framework

The aim of this document is to provide an overview of the FoF manufacturing framework in the Alpine Space regions. The work  started from the definition and identification of concepts related to the Factory of the Future as drivers, megatrends, enabling technologies and challenges affecting the sector. Section 2 presents the national initiative for the implementation of the FoF in  the five countries involved in the project: Austria, France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia. National and regional implementation  actions for the FoF represent the focus of Section 3 which particularly highlights clusters and related roadmaps, enabling technologies considered, strategic priorities and long term visions. In Section 4 are then described the manufacturing priorities  and competencies identified in each of the different Alpin Space regions according to the specific Smart Specialization Strategy defined. The specialization areas related to manufacturing have been selected and each of them has been described according  to a schema which first presents an overview of the related production and research systems highlighting the main actors involved. Moreover, the priority themes of technological development and the most significant enabling technologies of the area are subsequently detailed. According to this view, this document provides a framework to investigate the FoF scenario in the Alpin Space highlighting visions, priorities, actors and key research issues at each regional level. Moreover it represents the first input to build deliverable D.T.1.3.1 "Manufacturing sector maps at national level" and project output O.T1.2 " Manufacturing sector map at transnational level".

D.T1.1.2 Workshop on FoF adoption in manufacturing value chain

The aim of this deliverable is to provide the description of the BIFOCAlps Industry Workshop held in Milan on the 30th of March 2017. This Industry Workshop represented a public event at transnational level aimed at providing information on the state of the art and growth opportunities of manufacturing sector in terms of Factory of the Future practices and technologies to specific target groups, especially SMEs and policy makers, in order to actively discuss the challenges related to their adoption and implementation. Moreover the workshop had also a dissemination objective: an overview of the BIFOCAlps project was given and first results were presented. The major issues addressed within the different sessions of the program included:
• An overview of the BIFOCAlps project
• The presentation of first results related to WP1 and in particular the FoF Manufacturing Framework and the survey
• Four parallel round tables on the following topics:

   Collaborative robots
   Virtual and Augmented Reality
   Artificial Intelligence

• A final recapp and related discussion

The workshop was organized by CNR with the support of project partners and was held at the CNR premises in Milan. Participants included representatives from most of consortium members, PMI and policy makers of the Alpine Space regions. The complete list of attendants is also provided.

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D.T1.2.1 Questionnaire template

This document aims to provide a survey instrument that investigates the state of the art of Factory of the Future issues in manufacturing companies of the Alpine Space countries (i.e. Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia). The questionnaire is structured in five main sections according to dimensions of analysis: Strategy, Organization, Management and Technology. For each dimension, specific aspects are analysed: for example, for what concerns Management, supply chain, customers and operations issues for the company are addressed. The included items have been defined building on a literature review that allowed identifying the main industrial reports and empirical studies investigating topics of Factory of the Future and digitalization in companies. This deliverable is structured in two main sections. The first part focuses on the concepts and dimensions of analysis that have been the base for defining the questionnaire items. The second section shows the questionnaire distributed. The questionnaire was then made available online.

Each project partner distributed the questionnaire via email to the relevant stakeholders of its local territory, eventually with the help of external experts. Finally, some conclusions are also derived.

The questionnaire builds from main themes identified in the deliverable D.T.1.1.1 “FoF Manufacturing Framework”. Moreover, it represents an input to build deliverable D.T.1.3.1 "Manufacturing sector maps at national level" and project output 1: "Manufacturing sector map at transnational level". Collected data and descriptive and statistical results of the survey are then reported in deliverable D.T.1.2.2 “Questionnaire results reports”.

D.T1.2.2a Questionnaire results reports

This report has the aim of providing the results of the survey that investigates the current state of awareness and adoption of Factory of the Future solutions in the manufacturing companies of the Alpine Space region. The deliverable collects the answers from the 90 companies which participated in the survey According to D.T.1.2.1, the questionnaire was structured in five main sections where results are presented for each specific country based on graphical representations. For each country the list of respondent companies is also provided. Following the first section collecting general information of the company, the main sections are structured to highlight main strategic, organizational, managerial and technological issues linked to Factory of the Future in the manufacturing environment. In details, the second section analysis strategy and in particular readiness, enabler and weaknesses for a company willing to implement FoF. The third section addresses organization and investigates organizational culture, human resources and man-machine relationship. The section on management studies supply chain, customer and operations issues and finally technology focuses on readiness and technology use level. The questionnaire was available online at the following link: from March to May 2017. This deliverable is provided in two versions. This first one represents the confidential version including all the results. Another version is public and will be released during period two. It will include a summary of some relevant aspects presented at consortium level. Data gathered and further analysed are the base for building manufacturing sector maps at national (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia) and transnational level, where differences among countries and peculiarities are discussed and highlighted.

D.T1.3.1 Manufacturing sector maps at national level

This deliverable collects the manufacturing sector maps built at national level for all the countries involved in the Alpine Space. Each map is designed according to a framework aiming at providing an overview of most relevant characteristics of the manufacturing supply chain in the AS regions analyzed and collected in the previous tasks, namely the FoF manufacturing framework and the survey on FoF adoption. For each country a first map presents at national level main economic policies and initiatives (national plans, clusters, …), strengths and trends. Then for each of the most important regions analysed a map is also provided to highlight in a graphical way most relevant aspects addressing regional initiatives, smart specialization areas and related peculiarities as: facts and figures of the areas, regional manufacturing clusters, most relevant industrial and research players, manufacturing challenges and priorities.

D.T.1.3.2 Report on features of FoF in manufacturing chain in AS countries (Output 1 - Manufacturing sector map at transnational level)

The aim of this deliverable is to design the transnational map of the manufacturing sector in the Alps comparing and contrasting the maps obtained at country level along the main FoF issues and the levels of manufacturing value chain. Starting from the activities performed in the previous tasks, the work first analysis and compares in Section 1 the national initiatives for the implementation of the Factory of the Future in the Alpine Space (AS) developed by the five countries involved, namely Italy, France, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Comparisons have been performed in terms of objectives, targets, funding schemes and first achieved results highlighting peculiarities and commonalities of the different approaches and measures undertaken. For what concerns the regional level, on the basis of the Smart Specialization Strategies defined by the different regions and analysed in D.T.1.1.1 - FoF Manufacturing Framework, the different specialisation areas identified by the regions have been mapped. In a further step, manufacturing priorities and related most relevant enabling technologies defined for each area have been then matched and compared according to marcoareas in order to offer a transnational view of manufacturing research themes and related peculiarities along the AS. Moreover, a transnational perspective is also provided for what concerns FoF practices along the manufacturing supply chain: specific issue related to the four main domains analysed in the survey performed are presented comparing results from different countries and highlighting singularities. This document represents output O.T1.2 " Manufacturing sector map at transnational level". The comparisons provided in the report enables to identify and highlight commonalities which can be further exploited through integration and cross-fertilization opportunities properly addressed and supported by regional and national actions and policies.