EFPF is a federated smart factory ecosystem and a digital platform that interlink different stakeholders of the digital manufacturing domain. The EFPF platform offers unified access to a vast number of interoperable tools and services that include among others digital solutions for factory connectivity, distributed workflow design & execution, distributed production planning, shop-floor monitoring & alerting, digital twins, risk management and data analytics. The platform is based on common interoperability standards and security protocols, which allow seamless interactions and data exchange between multiple tools and service while preserving security and privacy concerns. The platform enables users to utilize innovative functionalities, experiment with disruptive approaches and develop custom solutions to maximize connectivity, interoperability and efficiency across the supply chains.
The second review for the EFPF consortium was a complete success, despite the limitations and requirements that a global pandemic brings with it. The project convinced in the evaluation with good progress and good cooperation. Now in the final stage, we continue with the blockchain pilots and start opening the platform for open-call experiments between September 2020 and August 2021. More information about the call and the achievements is available on the project’s website:
As the COVID-19 pandemic requires to avoid meeting and more or less all of eFactories partners are in lock-down situation, the eFactory project has completely switched to using digital technologies to stay in touch with partners and make progress in these difficult times.
CNet is currently managing the efforts in supply chain blockchain applications for the eFactory pilot use cases.
The eFactory consortium of 30 partners, consisting of 3 large industrial partners, 6 Research organisations, 1 industrial association in the aerospace network, 6 SME end-users from different areas of manufacturing and 14 SMEs technology providers met from the 4th to 7th February 2020 at CNet in Stockholm. The technical meeting addressed the integration of practical requirements of the pilot use cases and the application of standards.
These 30 partners have spread across 10 different European States namely: UK, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Romania, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Germany and Austria, covering thus the diverse end-user and market needs in the field of digital manufacturing. This provides a well-balanced combination of complementary skills and expertise in the eFactory project.