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W2.4 ETP ManuFuture Sub-Platforms and Other ETP's

Chair: Annamalai Arun Junai, EU Manager, TNO Industrial Innovation

Sub-Platforms: ETP ManuFuture Sub-Platforms address mainly Enabling Technologies or represent a sector. Enabling Technologies: Agriculture Engineering Technology, Clean Environmental Technology, Additive Manufacturing, Micro Nano Manufacturing and Joining technology. Sectors: European Foot Wear Industry, European Concept (Consumer Industry) & European Tooling Industry.
Main Activities of the Sub-Platforms are:
1. Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (Updating to align with the challenges and priority areas identified by Horizon 2020)
2. Link with Member state Activities
3. Networking (Innovation, future challenges, technologies, markets & Increase industrial participation)
The presentation of the Sub-Platforms will cover the activities carried out by them and the results of some of their projects.
Other ETPs: ETP ManuFuture cooperates with other ETPs related to Manufacturing like Textile, European Materials & Food for Life. ETP Food for Life has initiated a project on FoodManuFuture with an aim to provide a vision and a conceptual design for a trans-disciplinary research infrastructure for food manufacturing. They will present the results of this project.

 Presentations & Speakers: 

  • Sustainable Concepts in Agricultural Production Systems. Visions of the ManuFuture AET Sub-ETP
    Prof. Peter Pickel, Chairman of MANUFUTURE Agricultural Engineering and Technologies Sub-ETP

One important activity within MANUFUTURE is the Agricultural Engineering and Technologies Sub- Technology-Platform (Sub-ETP) which was established in 2006 in the beginning mainly driven by the German VDMA and the VDI-MEG and represents Europe’s agricultural engineering research community at the EC Directorate General Research. The AET has developed technology visions with a strong focus on two issues:
1. Development and implementation of visionary production technologies in alignment with MANUFUTURE’s main organisation
2. Development of agricultural automation technology in combination with methodologies from industrial production for highly sustainable agricultural manufacturing This is connected to new power trains in agricultural mobile machinery. As in on-road transport, agricultural machinery will have to meet future greenhouse gas emission goals. There are basically two paths possible. While the conventional path is the biofuels, the second path is the “electric path”. In front of automatic machine guidance and control, the essential feature of this electric drive technology is to enable agricultural vehicles becoming mobile“factory like”but mobile tool machines and thus, for developing highly-integrated agricultural platforms in seamless cooperation with next generation farm management software. Furthermore, electric mobile machinery will open a new field for electromobility beyond on-road transport systems.

  • MINAM: Micro and NanoManufacturing on the Horizon 2020
    Konstantin Konrad, Project Manager for Production IT, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA)

MINAM has extended the micro and nanomanufacturing community with relevant European, national and regional initiatives, such as European clusters, Networks of Excellence and ETPs to drive forward an application approach harmonized with common values and goals to reach industrial leadership. On the agenda of MINAM for Horizon 2020 are issues such as key societal needs and to support the full manufacturing cycle by providing innovative high added value manufacturing solutions. With the released SRA and Roadmap end of 2012 in the framework of the European funded project MINAM2.0 CSA, the MINAM community has designed a contribution which is in line with the “value chain approach” introduced by the “key enabling technologies” HLG and, as well as the ManuFuture “valley of death”, addressing similar topics. The acceleration of the adjustment of technological capabilities with application requirements needs to be facilitated.
This presentation shows some ideas of different services and instruments to interact especially with regional clusters, which are playing a most relevant role for technology transfer and in order to reach SMEs. MINAM will provide a “one stop shop” to the micro and nano manufacturing linked community.

  • Additive Manufacturing in Hybrid settings towards Higher TRL Level Applications
    Frits Feenstra, Senior project manager at TNO

Additive Manufacturing (or 3D printing) is currently at the top of the hype cycle. Experts recognize that Additive Manufacturing alone will not deliver advanced products in one go with sufficient surface quality or multi material consistency. Hence advanced manufacturing systems emerge where Additive Manufacturing technologies are used in a smart combination with other advanced technologies such as robots and laser. This enables the full exploitation of the advantages of both technologies to deliver custom-made individualized end products. Some examples will be presented as well as guidance and directions for future (AM based) developments and related products.

  •  The European Footwear Technology Platform: from the 7th Framework Programme to Horizon 2020
    Dr. Emanuele Carpanzano, Chairman of the Footwear European Technology Platform

The results achieved by the Footwear European Technology Platform within Framework Programme VII will be presented, highlighting their exploitation by industry and their impact on the market and the society. The vision of the Footwear European Technology Platform and the challenges to be faced by the European Footwear sector within the Horizon 2020 programme will be addressed, enlarging the Footwear ETP perspective also to the larger design based consumer goods sector within the Prosumer.Net coordination action.

The European Tooling Industry has been identified as a strategic sector for the growth of the European economy and qualified employment in Europe, due to the support infrastructure it provides for the economy through its multi-disciplinarily competences, technological knowledge and multi-sector impact. The European Tooling Platform, is officially recognized as a MANUFUTURE’s sub-platform, being a key focal point for research and development at European level, specially for the implementation of HORIZON 2020. Tooling Industry is in the critical path of product development, becoming more and more capital and knowledge intensive. This strategic Industry, acts globally, not only to support “high-end markets” (aeronautic, automotive, medical devices, electronics & communications, packaging, etc), but also, to sustain the production of traditional products in new markets (China, India, Brazil, México, etc), embracing emergent challenges (bio & advanced materials, renewable energy, micro-technologies, etc). Considering all this, the European Tooling Platform is a focal point in Europe, to promote: the European Tooling Technological Roadmaps; HORIZON 2020 opportunities and the growth/strengthening of European Tooling Industry, in close action with ISTMA Europe - International Special Tooling and Machining Association.

  • The Joining Sub-platform - Joining, including traditional welding methods, as a core element to innovative and sustainable manufacturing
    Dr. Robert Scudamore, Group Manager - Joining Technologies, TWI

Dr Robert Scudamore as the Joining Sub-Platform Secretariat will refresh the concept of the Joining Sub- Platform and will provide an update on its activities to-date. The importance of joining and its traditional welding counterparts within the manufacturing framework will be highlighted. “The value added by manufacture and application of Joining technology in Europe amounted to around EUR 65 billion in 2010. Over 1.25 million employees were connected with this added-value within Europe in 2010” (Moos 2013).
Because Joining is recognised as a key enabler, and a core element of innovative and sustainable manufacturing, sufficient attention towards its future development across Europe is required. For this, the Joining Community is raising the awareness of its research priorities and its subsequent exploitation potential. The aim is to achieve a competitive, innovative and sustainable competence in the field of Joining that utilises advanced techniques and products, adds value, and generates economic growth and skilled jobs for the benefit of EU stakeholders.

The FoodManufuture project is aimed to provide a vision and a conceptual design for a trans-disciplinary research infrastructure for food manufacturing. The consortium is based on wide-spread networks of public and private stakeholders from the ETPs Food for Life and MANUFUTURE. FoodManufuture provides a structured, pan European dialogue with relevant stakeholders of the food sector and the manufacturing solutions sector to obtain their visions, challenges, opportunities and needs.
The needs and the available envisaged solution of manufacturing sector were identified for research infrastructures including facilities, resources, services necessary to serve the current and future needs of the European food industry, and also include their obstacles, difficulties of the adaptation, practical application and analyses, how can knowledge transfer be carried out and enhanced.
Main goals are therefore to explore new opportunities for the food processing sector through application of new, advanced manufacturing solutions, to search potential applications, to enhance their development and exploitation, and to identify the necessary enabling RIs. During the project numerous long and short- term research needs and more than 50 available and envisaged solutions representing both the food processing and the manufacturing sectors were identified. The missing elements of RI were also identified and screened for necessity and feasibility.

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