Data spaces for flexible production lines & supply chains

For resilient manufacturing

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic have forced manufacturers to rethink not only their supply chains but also the adaptability of their production facilities. Achieving resilient manufacturing is crucial to maintain high-quality production at efficient rates while reducing non-value-adding activities.

The European research project Flex4Res, which stands for Data spaces for FLEXible production lines and supply chains FOR RESilient manufacturing, concentrates on making supply chains more resilient.

To achieve this, Flex4Res develops an open platform for secure and sovereign data exchange along the supply chain that supports the reconfiguration of production networks. It also develops two toolboxes: one for resilience assessment and one for reconfiguration planning. These toolboxes allow different players in the supply chain to effectively and rapidly adjust to various disruptions, both in their supply chains and production processes.

Flex4Res Concept

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Use Cases

The integrated solution will be tested and validated in four industrial use cases on the reconfiguration of different hierarchical layers, from the value chain to machines and devices.

Hans Berg GmbH & Co. KG

Reconfiguration measures after a tool change

Challenge: Adjustment measures are necessary when a tool or material has changed, but its duration and success depend on the experience of the employee executing it.

Goal: Reducing the time required to reconfigure the tools, the amount of produced defective components, and the need for the experience required to perform the adjustment tasks.

Sidenor Group

Constant reconfiguration of supply plans

Challenge: Disruptions require reallocating the production, which takes place manually. Decisions taken at network level aren’t connected to the reconfiguration needed at the factory level.

Goal: Reducing the time required for reconfiguration of the production plans for the production network by supporting the user throughout the reconfiguration planning.

GOIMEK

Production planning optimisation

Challenge: The process steps within the production of one part are performed in several working centres. They need to be fixed according to the daily production needs.

Goal: Increasing the efficiency and competitiveness as well as the predictability of production by developing a cross-site production planner, which can be constantly reconfigured.

voestalpine High Performance Metals Digital Solutions GmbH

Reconfiguration of manufacturing processes during production

Challenge: The products vary in size and shape and can only be machined on machinery providing the necessary capabilities, which also vary on other factors such as tools.

Goal: Highly flexible production planning and scheduling, also depending on the current machine state and manufacturing utilities with the opportunity to reconfigure the processes during production.

Latest Updates

Project-partner-LMS

Meet our project partner LMS

The Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation (LMS) focus on cutting-edge scientific and technological fields for research and development. LMS […]

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Five innovative research projects, one pioneering ecosystem

The research project Flex4Res is part of the project ecosystem around EuProGigant, which focuses on data spaces to exchange and use data from production securely and sovereignly.

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EuProGigant Open House Day 2023

Insights into data sharing, discussions about data ecosystems and effective networking: On October 10 and 11, representatives from politics, industry and research met to discuss the sovereign, Gaia-X-compliant use of data based on the EuProGigant project ecosystem.

Flex4Res Use Cases

Industry-oriented research for resilient supply chains

The Horizon Europe research project Flex4Res aims to strengthen the European manufacturing industry by boosting supply chain resilience. Its four use cases are challenges that can be translated to the majority of production companies.

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Project meeting in Elgoibar, Spain

IDEKO hosted the second Flex4Res Project General Assembly, which took place in Elgoibar, Spain, on 16 and 17 May 2023. Besides discussions on the latest developments, site visits of Goimek S. Coop and IDEKO were on the agenda.

Kick-off Meeting for Flex4Res project

Boosting supply chain resilience

The new Horizon Europe project Flex4Res supports the European manufacturing industry in the flexible reconfiguration of production processes. 17 partners from six countries have started working on the project.

Consortium

17 partners from 6 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxemburg, Germany and Spain). The number of different countries in the project ensures a rounder approach to the problems that are met by different European countries.