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ManuFuturing - Self-innovative Extended Factory

Acronimo ManuFuturing 2

Abstract Companies face faster changes in economy, society and technology. To \"respond\" in strategic and tactic terms to markets and global competition (social needs, environment, technology), companies must constantly rearrange product- related processes (from design to production, distribution, use, maintenance and recycling). ZANUSSI, as prime proposer, and the participating partners - from end-users, such as PRECICAST and SULZER, to technology suppliers and research institutes - have decided that a \"response\" to the above changes should come from: - an appropriate model (MANUFUTURING) - a EUREKA project, shaped after such model. MANUFUTURING Model The rearrangements of products, processes and organisation to respond to the above-mentioned changes, may be carried out by developing, through innovation, new generations of products and related processes, and, hence, by changing them through an evolutionary process. Such an Inno-Evolution Process (IEP), enabling the continuous change of performances/qualities (DNAs) of products, processes, organisation requires: - an appropriate set of tools and methodologies, organised and integrated in order to form the \"production system\" of new DNAs (Virtual Factory, VF) - an appropriate pilot plant to test and evolve new DNAs, while producing products (Physical Factory, PF). The life cycle of products (from design to recycling), because of their complexity, requires an integrated system (\"factory\") of companies: the Extended Factory (EF). When considering just design and production, the EF ranges from final producers to component suppliers. Changes of DNAs (i.e. IEP, related processes or organisation) then require the EF to be involved as a whole. Hence, each company must \"change\" DNAs according to its position/role within the EF and its aim. Each company must be then composed of two integrated subsystems: - the PF, acting within the design and production chain towards the final products adopting the \"philosophy of generations\" - the VF, developing new DNAs of products, processes, organisation and integration within the EF following the \"philosophy of generations\". Both factories should work as a whole: the \"Self-Innovating Factory\" (SIF), integrated within the \"Self-Innovating Extended Factory\" (SIEF). This would include two networks: the PFs and the VFs. The proposed model may be defined as MANUFUTURING: manufacturing looking at the future. The MANUFUTURING project The study, development, implementation and testing of new methodologies and integrated design environment, to pilot plants following the above model, need the definition of the concerned area and the expected performances in relation to the problems facing the company: from global competition to market requirements, social expectations, environmental and technological innovation

Enti SUPSI coinvolti Istituto di ingegneria meccanica e tecnologia dei materiali

Persone coinvolte Jamal El-Chaar, Luca Diviani, Walter Amaro, Franco Barilone

Responsabili Bernardo Ferroni

Data di inizio progetto 1 ottobre 1997

Data di chiusura progetto 1 settembre 1998