5.09 New forms of collaborations for enabling the factory of the future: experiments with machinery producers and original equipment manufacturers

Marco Taisch
Ottobre 2023
Ottobre 2024
Politecnico di Milano

Cavanna S.p.A., SCM Group, ITEMA S.p.A., Camozzi Group S.p.A.

5.09 New forms of collaborations for enabling the factory of the future: experiments with machinery producers and original equipment manufacturers

The research project addresses the theme of new forms of collaborations in the industrial context for machinery producers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as a mean to create new circular factories, increasing the economic and environmental sustainability. The project will focus on three main themes of interest: new forms of collaborations, new customer needs and requirements, new enabling technologies. The project will analyze and characterize factory configurations and companies’ offerings based on the specific needs of target markets.

In details, the project aims to focus on the following elements:

  • The study and analysis of the peculiarities of Italian industrial manufacturers.
  • The study and analysis of offerings that companies can offer to their clients. This analysis will also consider the network dimensions and how companies can collaborate with each other to orchestrate their activities.
  • The exploration of how the “Made in Italy” philosophy can be applied to manufacturers’ offerings.
  • The study and analysis of selling channels through which companies can propose new forms of relationship.
  • The opportunities to increase sustainability in the proposed context.

Finally, the project will leverage on the digital technologies that enable new forms of collaboration paths and the required digital and data architecture. The themes of interest are:

  • The study and identification of enabling technologies, processes, and competences, particularly technologies for equipment data collection, storage, sharing and analysis of data.
  • The identification and characterization of relevant equipment data and how they can be leveraged in their integrated offerings.
  • The analysis of architectural alternatives to enable the sharing of data, and its integration among stakeholders within the collaborative manufacturing system.

The project aims to investigate the new forms of collaborations for machinery producers and OEMs to create new circular factories. It aims to characterize circular industrial configurations; by studying the new forms of collaborations, the targeted customer base, and the enabling technologies.

The expected results of the project are:

  • Proof of concept of new industrial circular manufacturing configurations and forms of collaboration. The identified configurations will be characterized according to the acceptance level of target customers. They will focus on the circular and environmental dimension and will propose possible offerings to enhance it.
  • Analysis and definition of target clients, their behavior models, needs and requirements, cultural barriers, and possible involvement strategies to facilitate the sharing of operational data for the implementation of the previously mentioned forms of collaboration and industrial configuration.
  • Identification and analysis of digital technologies required to enable the form of collaboration. It will identify and characterize the necessary data and methodologies for collection, sharing and analysis.
  • The proposal of educational and training activities for manufacturing companies and their customers on topics relevant to the new collaboration configurations, with the objective of increasing the acceptance rate of customers and raising awareness among manufacturers.