January 14, 2015

ProRegio – flexis enlarges research activities towards the EU

The ProRegio project aims at developing a manufacturing intelligence based product-service that will rigorously change the current way how customer requirements are addressed by manufacturing companies. The development of this new business approach is based on the design of customer oriented product-services for frugal innovation in a bottom-up development process, the optimization of production systems and networks based on interaction of stakeholders, and the planning and control of production networks and regional production systems to enable ad-hoc re-design.

The three goals are enabled by innovative cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions integrating production (shop-floor and supplier) as well as customer feedbacks using open IT-platforms and advanced multi-objective optimization methods in comprehensive decision support tools. The application of the methodology in any kind of globally engaging manufacturing company exploits potentials to shorten time-to-market of customized products as well as throughput times in globally distributed production tasks and reduce carbon footprint of global production networks.

Partners in the consortium are companies and universities from France, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Germany. Beside flexis the research institutes KIT in Karlsruhe, Politecnico di Milano, University of Patras, and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, the industrial partners Airbus Operations GmbH, Comau SpA, Gizelis Robotics, Arcelik A.S., and the software companies Audros Technology, teXXmo Mobile Solution GmbH & Co. KG, and EnginSoft SpA are engaged in the project.