Expected Results

Reference Framework for Collaborative Supply Networks

The reference framework will address, orientate and integrate all aspects both at organizational and technological level concerning interaction of organisations and business processes in two concurrent sectors, considering co-ordination and synchronisation of contents, as well as information exchange and software application modularity, in order to create a seamless flow of information from market to design and development, to production and distribution.

Innovative consumer-driven environments for product design

This result will address the implementation of innovative environments for collaboration and knowledge management during design phase. The goal is to create a novel concept that enables the vision of an “empowered-to-design” consumer from one side, and the creation of market and design knowledge from the history of consumer-to-designer, consumer-to-consumer and designer-to-designer interactions within a social network environment.

Methods and tools for supply network configuration and distributed production planning including consumer-oriented Collaborative Planning

Innovative and adaptive services for production process modeling and supply networks formation and management will be based on a distributed interaction system to integrate different actors (components suppliers, outsourcers, service providers, retailers, customers) of different sectors collaborating in dynamic networks. Product quality control based on environmental impact parameters will be developed through a shared platform for eco-monitoring.

Small series and personalized products will require totally different supply networks structures, where each company should be able to produce the complete product (all or most of the operations) and will be specialized by the type of product or market segment.

In this context a supply network will have to be configured for each customer order and tend to include a small number of companies. The key selection criteria will be the ability to perform the required operations for the desired delivery date, with the expected cost.

Rapid manufacturing technologies for small series industrial production

This result will enable the flexible, energy and eco-efficient production of specific added value components/parts of consumer personalized goods through rapid manufacturing multi-purpose machines. In particular reduction of set-up time is crucial in the production of small series in order to avoid loss of time when changing models. Two particular phases of production process (printing and engraving) will be taken into consideration because they represent critical steps for the personalization of fabric and leather in the definition of the new collections.

These results will be all integrated in real demonstration environments. Integrated demonstrator can be considered a result in terms of functioning pilot collaborative supply network offering integrated small series of clothing and shoes to target groups. The pilot demonstrator will be composed of manufacturing companies collaborating with technologies providers along product lifecycle where coordination has to be managed at supply network and not at company level.