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Eco Process Engineering System for composition of services to optimize product life cycle

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Objective

EPES will develop a collaborative system supported by a methodology, which will provide dynamic services to optimize the product life-cycle management, specially the product manufacturing and operation phase (maintenance and upgrades), with a focus on sustainability. To achieve these goals, the EPES project will develop:

  • A set of ICT tools allowing

o   easy configuration/adaptation of EPES Services 

o   storing and re-using knowledge in order to improve existing services and develop new ones

  • An application methodology

The set of ICT tools, together with the methodology will enable the manufacturing companies to enter a continuous process of upgrading their products, along with their life cycle, within the frame of the Virtual Factory and PSS concept through a configurable and adaptable set of services.

The key components of the EPES solution include, as shown in Figure 4:

  • Virtual Collaborative Network (VCN): to allow the tracking of business optimization opportunities through a networked infrastructure. It also provides collaborative web content and document content management capabilities
  • Service Generator Module (SGM): to allow configuring services, deploying them and to provide a cockpit/portal to access EPES solution.
  • Decision Making Module (DMM): to support and guide the user in the decision making process and to enable analysis and processing of information gathered from the life cycle of the product, allowing its comparison with the “should be” performance metrics which are the output of the simulation system. DMM can also help the human expert to identify the “best” solution from among a set of reasonable alternatives, which are the output of the optimization
  • Simulation Module (SM): to allow the execution of external simulations and provision of parameters for calculation of key performance indicators (KPIs)

 

Figure 4. EPES concept

Main objectives for the EPES project are grouped as follows:

S/T Objectives:

  • Develop a set of tools, which will constitute the Eco Process Engineering System enabling the industrial companies to generate innovative dynamic life-cycle services oriented to a continuous improvement of PPS operation along their life cycle
  • Develop a supporting methodology and working handbook to help users to change the working paradigm. This methodology will support the virtual factory concept along the product value chain as well as the leverage of life-cycle services (LCS) within the concept of the PPS
  • ICT tools for intelligent identification, acquisition/monitoring, annotation, and structuring of eco-constraints in the form of Key Performance Indicators
  • Elaboration of business models for the eco process engineering system
  • Providing methodological support to put in place the composition of “eco-advice” services

Project Strategic Objectives: 

  • To gather and manage eco-constraints relevant for all stages of the PPS life cycle based on global and regional market
  • To deploy eco-constraints into context-specific software services providing advice on life cycle strategies to allow for efficient building/reconfiguration of services around products and process, which in turn may allow to:
    • To pave the way towards a Virtual Eco-factory: green, cleaner, eco-efficient and more effective production of advanced high added-value products
    • To achieve continuous improvement of the environmental friendliness of manufacturing processes
    • To achieve the highest operative equipment efficiency in the production process
    • Improving efficiency in production
    • Reduction of the environmental impact

Business objectives:

  • Increased efficiency in generating and reconfiguring services for PPS by at least 20%
  • Increased flexibility of such services, especially in the cases where eco constraints play key role
  • Reduction of costs along PPS and of the ecological impact of improved PPS, e.g. reduction of energy and material consumption in processes

Patrocinadores

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 285093