Welcome to FoFdation website

Introduction

The FoFdation project is initiated within the ‘Factories of the Future’, a €1.2 billion program in which the European Commission and industry are collaborating in research to support the development and innovation of new enabling technologies for the EU manufacturing sector.

Today’s major challenges for manufacturing companies are clear:

  • Managing global cooperation with multiple supply chain partners

  • Achieving continuous and high quality operations under productivity pressures and environmental constraints

  • Tracking and managing information in order to meet new requirements (traceability, security and sustainability)

There is also a need for a universal manufacturing information system based on a data exchange standard that can share data seamlessly in a common format. Whilst doing all of the above, factories must continue to meet the highest standards of lean, agile, flexible and sustainable production. These are the issues that the FoFdation project is keen to address.

Addressing productivity and sustainability issues in global manufacturing through a
fresh and agile concept
- Jean-Bernard Hentz, Airbus Operations SAS



Partners:

16 technical partners from 8 countries in Europe and also Korea are combining their expertise and knowledge to conduct research into the issues detailed above.  Click here to find out more about the members of the Consortium.

Airbus Delcam IK4-Tekniker Mecadtron Artis GmbH EPFL ECN PARAGON Centro Ricerche FIAT University of Patras Siemens Fidia SpA Postech CADCAMation GF Agie Charmilles ETH Zurich

Acknowledgements:

This project is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP) adopted in 2008.  The EERP proposes the launch of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in three sectors one of them being Factories of the Future (FoF).
Factories of the Future is a EUR 1.2 billion program in which the European Commission and industry are collaborating in research to support the development and innovation of new enabling technologies for the EU manufacturing sector.  For further information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/research/industrial_technologies/factories-of-the-future_en.html