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European project aims to implement CPPS in SMEs

Sep 21, 2016 European Union
European project aims to implement CPPS in SMEs
Cyber Physical Production Systems (CPPS), a key enabling technology at the basis of the fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), are now the main object of the EU project BEinCPPS I4MS Phase II developed in a wide consortium of entities
BEinCPPS Innovation Action aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based Machine-Factory-Cloud service platform and will be firstly intensively used in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, North of Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), and later it will extended to all European regions, involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs.

The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPS-driven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs.

The BEinCPPS project stems upon three distinct pillars:
• A FI-based three-layered (machine-factory-cloud) open source platforms federation, integrated from state-of-the-art R&I advances in the fields of Internet of Things, Future Internet and CPS / Smart Systems and able to bi-directionally interoperate data pertaining to the machine, the factory and the cloud levels.
• A pan-European SME-oriented experimentation ecosystem. In a first phase of the project, the five Champions will provide requirements to the platforms integrators. In a second phase, an Open Call for IT SMEs developers (applications experiments) will award 10 third parties. In a final third phase, the extended platform will be instantiated and deployed in additional 10 third parties equipment experiment SMEs.
• A well-founded method and toolbox for Innovation management, where an existing TRL- based methodology for KETs technology transfer will be enriched by a CPPS certification, education and training programme for young talents and experienced blue collar workers and by a well-founded three-fold (objectives- variables-indicators) method for results assessment and evaluation.

The BEinCPPS innovation action will be conducted by a consortium of 23 beneficiaries from 8 different countries (Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Austria, Serbia, Switzerland). Such a large number of beneficiaries is needed to ensure the integration in one single platform federation three major R&I streams in FP7 (IoT FI and SS). On top of that, such network allows the implementation of regional demonstrations and experimentations (five regional ecosystems) to validate the ICT platform, while it allows a pan-EU expansion of the experiments both in the field of innovative ICT applications and of additional equipment assessment.

BEinCPPS is a project funded by the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon.

For more information please refer to the project website.