The EFPF organised on 2nd of December 2020 a Webinar to present an Introduction to the common EU Data Space for Manufacturing Industry and presenting Data Spaces pathway focusing on the specifics of connected factories detailing Data Sharing within Marketplaces and Models for B2B Data Exchange. The Webinar detailed:
The Hyper-connected Factories pathway: towards networked enterprises in complex, dynamic supply chains and value networks.
The Autonomous Smart Factories pathway: towards optimised and sustainable manufacturing including advanced human-in-the-loop workspaces.
The Collaborative Product-Service Factories pathway: towards data-driven product-service engineering in knowledge-intensive factories.
The European Factories Platform (EFPF) in conjunction with the European Commission is delighted to inform you that their €2.5mil Euro Manufacturing and Industry4.0 Open Call is now open for submissions on www.f6s.com/efpf.
The European Factory Platform (EFPF) project team invites you to submit a bid for a share of EFPF’s €2.5million EC H2020 Open Call. European SMEs, software developers, tech companies and manufacturers can be funded to create, test, validate and/or integrate innovative tools / services / applications / solutions / platforms for Industry4.0. You can find out more about this EC/EFPF funding opportunity on www.efpf.org/funding-call or by watching our Promo Video below.
EFPF Industry4.0 Open Call
Total available funding
Funding range per project
€50,000 – €150,000
October 19th 2020
February 19th 2021
6, 9 or 12 months
Type 1: Develop digital manufacturing applications and services
Type 2: Validate/test EFPF platform and services in digital manufacturing domains
Type 3: Integrate 3rd Party applications, services and/or platforms with EFPF
EU SMEs (including micro-SMEs)
EU technology providers and software developers (including start-ups) EU manufacturing and logistics companies (any size)
EU Research Institutes and Universities
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:
We have been elected as a member of the OPC Foundation. OPC is the interoperability standard for secure and reliable exchange of data in the industrial automation space and in other industries. It is platform independent and ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. The OPC Foundation is responsible for the development and maintenance of this standard.
The OPC standard is a series of specifications developed by industry vendors, end-users and software developers. These specifications define the interface between Clients and Servers, as well as Servers and Servers, including access to real-time data, monitoring of alarms and events, access to historical data and other applications. With the introduction of service-oriented architectures in manufacturing systems came new challenges in security and data modeling. The OPC Foundation developed the OPC UA (Unified Architecture) specifications to address these needs and at the same time provided a feature-rich technology open-platform architecture that was future-proof, scalable and extensible.
Today the acronym OPC stands for Open Platform Communications.