BIFOCAlps

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

WP2: Methodology Building

The WP2 is an intermediate activity that builds from best practices and success factors investigated in the WP1 in order to define potential ways to stimulate cross-fertilisation of these best practices to enhance a successful and sustainable growth of manufacturing sector at all levels of value chain in all countries involved. The definition of a set of critical success factors is crucial for understanding how to build factory of the future value chain and to integrate them in a preliminary methodology for innovation and knowledge transfer.

D.T2.1.1 Case studies analyses

The aim of this deliverable is to collect case studies among organizations reached by the survey performed in A.T1.2 in order to define good and best practices performed by the different actors (companies, SMEs, higher education and research centers, policy makers). Between July and November 2017, each project partner has identified and interviewed several of these actors in its country in order to gain better knowledge on successful and sustainable implementation of practices towards Factory of the Future (FoF) paradigm. In total, 96 organizations were interviewed in the BIFOCAlps regional space (Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, and France). Companies were interviewed about three dimensions: investment capabilities in digital technologies, knowledge transfer, and ability in perceiving and facing the path towards digital transformation. Academic and policy makers were interviewed about their ability in perceiving digital transformation challenges for FoF companies, their partnerships with FoF companies, and their support to innovation and competitiveness.

D.T2.1.2 Critical Success Factors (CSF) report

Starting from the case studies, project consortium have identified a set of 5 Critical Success Factors (CSF) which enable successful and sustainable implementation of practices towards FoF paradigm. These 5 CSF are: strategy, technology, innovation capacity, ecosystems support for innovation, and skills and change management. For each of these CSF, project consortium have created a scale and established different steps, from 0 to 4, in order to show the way towards FoF best practices because all companies were not in the same level of readiness and maturity. The aim of this deliverable is to share these CSF and their readiness levels.

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D.T2.2.1 Set of guidelines to spread and integrated best practices

The aim of this deliverable is to provide a set of guidelines to spread, transfer and apply the good practices and success factors that have been identified during the case studies analysis (activity A.T2.1). It is hoped that this deliverable will stimulate the cross-fertilization of the best practices in order to enhance a successful and sustainable growth of manufacturing sector at all levels of value chain and in all Alpine Space countries involved in the project. The guidelines have been divided according to the five Critical Success Factors investigated during the case studies analysis (activity A.T2.1): strategy, technology, innovation capacity, ecosystems support for innovation, and skills and change management. They have been illustrated with examples from the case studies, and enriched with target groups during dedicated workshops.

The deliverables of previous activities (CSF and guidelines) were tested and enriched with target groups through two dedicated regional workshops.

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D.T2.3.1a Thematic workshop for good and best practices transfer: industry workshop Udine

Innovation paths for the digital age in the Factory of the Future: challenges, best practices and actions for the manufacturing sector

The workshop held in Udine on October 16th 2017 was an important opportunity to disseminate the project among all stakeholders, as well as allowing a proactive exchange of information among the key actors of the innovation system. In fact, the workshop experienced an active participation of members from academia, research institutions, business world, politics and civil society.

The various sessions articulated during the day allowed to address the main issues related to digital transformation, starting from the relationship between "human" and "digital" innovations, focusing on the importance of human resources in the journey.

The following sessions of the workshop focused on the analysis of the technologies on which to invest, the ability to perceive the path towards the factory of the future and the importance of transferring knowledge from academic research centres to and from the business world.

Two main issues emerged from the workshop: the clear need to tackle digital transformation through a network and ecosystem approach by connecting companies with service providers and research institutions to achieve an active and continuous exchange of knowledge; the requirement for the CEOs and innovation managers to have and share a clear mind-set and strategic orientation toward adoption of FoF technologies.

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D.T2.3.1b Thematic workshops for good and best practices transfer: Industry Workshop St. Etienne

How to improve policy tools and methods in order to sustain companies towards the Factory of the Future (FoF)?

The objective of the workshop held in Saint-Etienne on November 28th 2017 and organized by ViaMeca and Grenoble INP was to disseminate the results of work package 2 among all target groups. With more than 50 participants from business, academic and public sector, the workshop stimulated a cross fertilization of competences and experiences about Factory of the Future (FoF) paradigm.

The workshop format was structured in three different sessions. The introductive session (16h-16h30) was devoted to the presentation of the BIFOCAlps project and the FoF paradigm in France and worldwide. The second session (16h30-18h30) aimed to share WP2 results (e.g. Critical Success Factors and guidelines) and to discuss them through the organization of two round tables. The first one was composed of companies, laboratories and policy makers which reacted and enriched on each Critical Success Factor (CSF), while the second one reunited providers of technology and innovative SMEs which presented their offer in connection with industry 4.0. The third session (18h30-21h) was devoted to the launch of a club which aims to perpetuate the cross fertilization of experiences between providers and end-users of digital technologies beyond the workshop.

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D.T2.3.2 Reports on innovation processes in pilot tests

The aim of these deliverables is to show the methodology applied in the organization of the event, highlight the main topics and points of discussion, and outline competences, behaviours and synergies emerged during the workshop. For Udine, it was also to test and compare the set of critical success factors (CSF) identified in deliverable D.T2.1.2 with the concepts emerged in the workshop.

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