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December 2016
The FOCUS partners have published a series of strategic research and innovation roadmaps our areas of research. You can view and download our findings here
 
November 2016  

On 24 November, the FOCUS partners and the 4ZDM Cluster hosted an event in Brussels titled, “FOCUS Demo of how to sustain and implement new members in project cluster”.

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Event overview   GoodMan project
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FOCUS partners and the 4ZDM Cluster hosted an event in Brussels titled, “FOCUS Demo of how to sustain and implement new members in project cluster”
   
April 2016

Download the presentations from our expert workshop

The FOCUS consortium recently invited international experts from five fields of the manufacturing industry to participate in a "Factory of the Future" workshop. You can download their presentations here:

Introduction
An overview of the FOCUS clusters and the expert speakers
  High Precision Manufacturing
Dr. Fukuo Hashimoto, The Timken Company, USA
Zero Defect Manufacturing
Dr. Dan Frayssinet, DP Technology
  Robotics
Clay Flannigan, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Aruro Baroncelli, Comau
Maintenance
Jason Tranter, MOBIUS Institute
  The European view
Professor Engelbert Westkämper, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation
The FOCUS consortium recently invited international experts from five fields of the manufacturing industry to participate in a "Factory of the Future" workshop.
 
March 2016

FOCUS on FoF Issue 5

The FOCUS consortium hosted a two-day workshop in Brussels to formulate future research priorities for the Factories of the Future (FoF) initiative. Almost 100 delegates attended the event, which took place from 15-16 February in Brussels.

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FOCUS on FoF Issue 5
 
February 2016

Maintenance & support cluster update

The maintenance & support cluster consists of eight Factory of the Future (FoF) projects: iMAIN, Power-OM, SUPREME, EASE-R, T-REX, SelSus, ReBorn and white-R. Of these, iMain, iMAIN, Power-OM, SUPREME, form the core of the cluster, involving 25 partners from eight European countries.

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Maintenance & support cluster update
 

FOCUS Expert Workshop

Andrea Gentili of the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation will join 10 international industrial experts at the FOCUS experts to deliver a presentation on perspectives in relation to the Factories of the Future PPP program.

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FOCUS Expert Workshop
 
January 2016
 

High precision manufacturing update

The High Precision Manufacturing cluster consists of eight Factory of the Future (FoF) projects: HI-MICRO, 3D-HIPMAS, HIPR, SMARTLAM, MICRO-FAST, FABIMED, HINMICO, NEXTFACTORY. These projects have been brought together through FOCUS to work collaboratively and interact with industrial partners, especially with SMEs.

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High precision manufacturing update
 

FOCUS announces diverse speaker line-up for upcoming workshop

The FOCUS consortium has announced the addition of 10 global experts industry speakers to the programme of its upcoming workshop on 16 February 2016 in Brussels.

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FOCUS announces diverse speaker line-up for upcoming workshop
 
December 2015
 

FOCUS on FoF Issue 4

Interview: Cluster leader Markus Wabner explains how the maintenance & support cluster is paving the way for the factories of the future.

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FOCUS on FoF Issue 4
 

A quick guide to FOCUS projects

Each of the five clusters that make up FOCUS consists of a number Factory of the Future (FoF) projects. In fact, there are a total of 30 individual projects with FOCUS.

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A quick guide to FOCUS projects
 
November 2015
 

FOCUS on FoF Issue 3

Interview: Juanan Arrieta of Ideko, leader of the 4ZDM cluster, talks about the industrial impact of zero defect manufacturing (ZDM).

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FOCUS on FoF Issue 3
 

Robotics cluster leader presents FOCUS at two key industry events

October was a busy month for the University of Padova’s IAS-Lab, with representatives from the team presenting FOCUS at both the International CAE Conference and the MEDiT Health Innovation Fair.

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Robotics cluster leader presents FOCUS at two key industry events
 

Putting the FOCUS on clean manufacturing at annual aerospace conference

A team from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, United Kingdom, recently attended international aerospace conference TRAM, where they promoted the work of FOCUS.

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Putting the FOCUS on clean manufacturing at annual aerospace conference
 
September 2015
 

FOCUS: Current status and upcoming Expert Workshop

In September, Tecnalia and IK4 Ideko hosted a two day consortium meeting in Bilbao and Eigoibar at their premises.

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FOCUS: Current status and upcoming Expert Workshop
 

4ZDM: Cluster on Zero-Defects Manufacturing

Zero-Defects Manufacturing (ZDM) is an emerging paradigm aiming at going beyond traditional six-sigma approaches in highly technology intensive and strategic manufacturing sectors through knowledge-based approaches.

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July 2015
 

FOCUS Cluster "Maintenance & Support"

Creating clusters of FoF project activities is an effective way to enhance the impact of FoF projects. The five participating clusters in FOCUS will share experiences and best-practices to stimulate the take-up of project results and investigate how to best exploit synergies. The goal is not only to support the actual participating projects but also to define an approach that can work for future clusters.

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June 2015
 

FOCUS on FoF Issue 2

FOCUS is a methodology oriented project and will deliver a proven model and associated methodology for future effective cluster creation, execution and monitoring based upon the experience of the five participating clusters in FOCUS. This methodology will considerably ease the process of creating clusters thus maximizing the possibilities of increasing the impact of ‘exploiting’ cross-project synergies.

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FOCUS partner cluster “High-precision Production Technologies”

The “High-precision Production Technologies” consists of in total 8 FoF projects, HI-MICRO, 3D-HIPMAS, HIPR, SMARTLAM, MICRO-FAST, FABIMED, NEXTFACTORY, HINMICO. With the support from the Commission, this cluster has been proactive in inter-cluster collaboration in order to enhance the impact of these projects. This Cluster brings together a critical mass of industry facing R&D programmes with common development objectives and complementary technologies to underpin a number of key application areas for Europe competitiveness.

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May 2015
 

Green growth for Clean Manufacture cluster

Three additional research projects have joined the Clean Manufacture eco-factory research cluster. Clean Manufacture brings together European-funded projects which share a common goal – to help manufacturers improve the efficiency of their factories and compete worldwide. The cluster now includes seven projects involving 93 industrial and academic partners in 19 countries, covering sectors including marine, automotive, steel, civil engineering, woodworking, textiles, foodstuffs and aerospace.

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"Robots for Automation of Post-Production and other Auxiliary Processes": Cluster on Robotics

The Robotics cluster was composed by 4 FP7 projects under the same topic FoF.NMP.2011-3: “Robots for automation of post-production and other auxiliary processes”, namely Miror, Cablebot, Mainbot, and Thermobot. The four projects initially belonging to the robotics cluster grouped together with another three European projects on industrial robotics funded under different calls to enlarge the experience and the range of applications of innovative application of robots in the industry. These three projects are: COMET, AUTORECON, and X-act.

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April 2015
 

FOCUS in the spotlight again at RoboBusiness Europe

The IAS-Lab at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy presented the FOCUS project at an event joining together important players from the industry and robotics community in Europe. The event is RoboBusiness Europe, held in Milan, Italy, on April 29-30, 2015. It was meant to let the main players from industry and academy meet and summarize the current status of industrial automation. It is a place where robotics developers meet end-users and work on the essential connection between the development of the industrial processes and the end-users’ needs.

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4ZDM Cluster on zero-defect manufacturing to participate in the ZDM Industrial Conference

The 4ZDM Cluster on zero-defect manufacturing (ZDM), one of the five clusters integrated within FOCUS, will participate at the ZDM Industrial Conference on 22nd April in Oslo, hosted by IFaCOM as part of their final review meeting (www.4zdm.eu/index.php/news/83-zdm-conference). The event will be fully industry oriented and it will address a new paradigm in manufacturing. The event will tackle zero-defect results in manufacturing processes & systems, obtained in the cluster member projects: Midemma, Muprod, Megafit, Ifacom. Furthermore, it will enable identification of exploitation and commercial opportunities of the four projects that compose the 4ZDM cluster. The event has been arranged in line with the completion of one of the member projects (Ifacom), in the same way that other member projects (Midemma, Muprod) did last year. Industrial workshops will be analysed within FOCUS as one of the ways to best communicate project results to an industrial audience.

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March 2015
 

FOCUS on FoF Issue 1

Many of the projects within the framework of the Factories of the Future Public Private Partnership (FoF-PPP) have very good results in terms of meeting the technological objectives, but take-up of the outcomes by the European manufacturing society may to some extent have been behind expectations. The impact expectations of PPPs such as sustainable growth and competitiveness through the renewal of industry and creation of jobs are critical for Europe.

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FOCUS partner, University of Padova, showcases the project at MECSPE

The IAS-Lab at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy presented the FOCUS project at the MECSPE fair, held in Parma, Italy, on March 26-28, 2015. It is the reference fair for the manufacturing industry, with a focus on the whole toolchain needed for high-tech manufacturing. The exhibition ranges from mechanic construction to parts assembly, rapid prototyping, plastic production and innovative materials. The FOCUS project was presented at the booth granted to the IAS-Lab by the fair organizers, that wanted to stress the topic of intelligent manufacturing. FOCUS gained strong interest from the public and other exhibitors: MECSPE joins together lots of actors involved in innovative manufacturing, which is the field in which the clusters involved in the FOCUS project are actively contributing.

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Clean Manufacturing cluster project, REFORM, sparks interest at EWEA 2015

REFORM (Resource-Efficient Factory Of Recylable Manufacturing composite components) is a 4 year project that sits within the Clean Manufacturing cluster. The project aims to develop clean and resource-efficient technologies for the manufacture and disposal of composite material, looking at each individual production stage. Dr. Rosemary Gault of the University of Sheffield, a partner within FOCUS, Clean Manufacturing cluster leader and project coordinator of REFORM, took REFORM to EWEA 2015, the leading conference for Offshore Manufacture, to demonstrate the project results, which generated a lot of interest.

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4ZDM: Cluster on Zero-Defects Manufacturing

Within the FOCUS context, 4ZDM has been the first in starting the clustering engine, with four EC-funded FP7 projects forming the Zero-Defect Manufacturing concept (www.4zdm.eu). In this press release there is further detail about its activities and future plans. Indeed, 4ZDM believes that this is much more than four individual projects together; the cluster aims to share technological approaches and results for common applications and processes, and is planning to contribute to a common ZDM system architecture, to a European ZDM paradigm and even to international standards on ZDM.

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FOCUS Kick-Off Meeting: project gets off to a flying start!

The Kick-Off meeting for one of the European Commission’s (EC) newest CSA (Coordination and Support Action) projects got underway in Brussels with representatives from all consortium partners being present and ready for action! The FOCUS project aims to support methods for improved exploitation of FoF project results from its five participating FoF clusters – Zero Defect Manufacturing, Clean Factory, Robotics, High Precision Manufacturing, and Maintenance & Support.

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