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Smart Systems for Production and Processes - Augmented information

Introduction

The main drivers and barriers identified in the EPoSS SRA are also addressed in the analysed documents:

  • Drivers: “Increased functionality” is addressed in the EPoSS SRA as the main driver for Smart Systems. This corresponds with the identified application opportunities and technology challenges links, which demand new functional materials, cognitive capabilities and human-worker interaction for Smart Systems.
  • Barriers: in the EPoSS SRA, “fragmented supply chain” appears to be the most obstructive difficulty. This corresponds with what was found in the analysed documents, showing manufacturing capabilities and supply chains as missing capabilities for a reasonably priced mass production of diverse materials, and to manufacture the first batches of products.

 

This reinforces the actions claimed in the EPoSS SRA that should be complemented with additional actions on:

  • Positioning EPoSS as a key actor for collaboration regarding Smart Systems Integration.
  • Building collaboration streams with other more application oriented (sectoral) ETPs, defining collaborative programs with user, societal, and advanced manufacturing needs as “pull” forces to foster innovation based on smartness of new technology.
  • Fostering the urgent definition of interoperability standards, protocols, and interfaces.

 

Regarding research priorities, priority and long term actions identified in the EPoSS SRA match with the application opportunities identified in the links. Obviously, as the spectrum of analysed ETPs was very wide, there would be more actions that should be added. Nevertheless, it would require a prior collaboration task between platforms as suggested in “Drivers and barriers”, in order to agree on common priorities. Additionally, a new level of technology challenges was identified that is closer to KETs. This new level set some more basic technology challenges. These should be aligned with application opportunities related actions, and an adequate time-phased prioritisation should be agreed in collaboration between the corresponding platforms.
There is also a match between the technology challenges derived from the links identified in the analysed documents and the resulting benefits that can be obtained by meeting them. Three main benefits were identified in the EPoSS SRA: Miniaturised and networked sensors; Smart tooling; Smart processes and products. This corresponds with the main technology challenges derived from links:

  • Micro-nano technologies looking for miniaturisation.
  • Sensors for analytical purposes and equipment condition monitoring.
  • Control/Actuators oriented to medical devices and drug delivery mechanisms.
  • Power technologies to enable autonomous smarts systems.
  • Interfaces and communications for interaction with users, cooperative devices and data exchange.
  • Cognition to implement intelligent manufacturing.

 

Augmented Information

 

The following table highlights (yello) the European Technology Platforms (ETPs) involved in this sector and for which the integration of Smart Systems does represent a potential benefit and competitive advantage. It provides also access to the results of analysis of opportunities, drivers & barriers as well as technical/research challenges for the specific sector.


Bio-based economyEnergyEnvironmentICTProduction and processesTransport

EATIP
(European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform)

Biofuels
(European Biofuels Technology Platform)

WssTP
(Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform)

ARTEMIS
(Embedded Intelligent Systems)

ECTP
(European Construction Technology Platform)

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ACARE
(Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovation in Europe)

ETPGAH
(Global Animal Health)

EU PV TP
(European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics)

ENIAC
(Joint Technology Initiative on nanoelectronics)

ESTEP
(European Steel Technology Platform)

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ALICE
(Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe)

FABRE TP
(Farm Animal Breeding & reproduction Technology Platform)

TP OCEAN
(European technology and Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy)

EPoSS
(European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration)

EuMaT
(European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies)

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ERRAC
(European Rail Research Advisory Council)

Food for Life ETP

RHC
(European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling)

ETP4HPC
(European Technology Platform for High-Performance Computing)

FTC
(Future of Textiles and Clothing)

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ERTRAC
(European Road Transport Research Advisory Council)

Forest-based
(Forest-based Sector Technology Platform)

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SmartGrids
(European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future)

euRobotics

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Manufuture
(European manufacturing industry)

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Waterborne
(Maritime Industries)

Plants
(Plants for the Future)

SNETP
(Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform)

NEM
(New European Media Initiative)

Nanomedicine

TP Organics
(organic food and farming)

TPWind
(European Technology Platform for Wind Energy)

NESSI
(Networked European Software and Services Initiative)

SMR
(Sustainable Mineral Resources)

ZEP
(European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants)

Networld 2020
(European Technology Platform for communications networks and services)

SusChem
(Sustainable Chemistry)

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Cross-cutting ETP Initiatives

Nanofutures
(European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies)

Industrial Safety
(Cross-ETP initiative on industrial safety)

ConXEPT
(Consumer Goods Cross-ETP)