Within the eManufacturing experiment, platform(s) will be used and services will be created with the objective of benefiting SMEs. The objectives within APOLLON are:
- to adapt and evaluate a platform which will be capable of integrating real-world objects and resources (devices, business systems, humans, and processes) under the same roof
- to create a “plug-and-play” functionality which will facilitate different SMEs, irrespective of their business and technological expertise, to use and experiment each others’ services and entities.
- to provide an environment that will foster product innovation and exchange of ideas.
The thematic objective of the eManufacturing vertical experiment is to improve the innovation lifecycle for SMEs in the manufacturing supply chain.
For this three main challenges need to be addressed.
- Firstly, there is need for a stronger integration on the operational and management level. For example, a more tight integration between the board room and the shop floor is a fundamental challenge in the manufacturing domain.
- Secondly, in terms of Interoperability there is a need for collaboration frameworks in order to facilitate seamless exchange of information between suppliers, subcontractors and consumers.
- Finally, on the level of innovation itself there is, together with the development of suitable policies, a need for both producers and consumers to address sustainability requirements for the products they are manufacturing and using.
Therefore the vertical experiment on eManufacturing will cluster three Living Labs within the automotive sector in three different countries:
- the Future Factory Living Lab in Germany,
- the FIAPAL Living Lab in Portugal and
- the Hungarian Vehicles Engineering Living Lab in Hungary.
In contrast to the previous experiments the eManufacturing experiment will use a variety of projects, which differ strongly in terms of set-up and approach.
Through the application of an Integration and Service platform that will act as a collaborative platform, this experiment will assess how and to what extent this platform, through which new services can be developed and evaluated, can address the challenges mentioned above.
Moreover it will assess how this can help networked Living Labs in setting up cross-border activities.