Sapienza Università di Roma, Università degli Studi di Padova, Leonardo S.p.A., Camozzi Group S.p.A., SCM Group
Design of new products is getting more and more driven by customers’ requirements. New products must be designed and realized with sustainable materials, produced over low energy production lines and possibly equipped with sensors and printed electronics to monitor their use by customers, to collect data about the product status over its entire lifecycle, for analyzing them and extracting useful insights and feedbacks for further design and manufacturing improvement. We refer to this kind of products as smart products.
This project is focused on the application of ICT technologies for the concrete realization of a smart product through:
The aim of the project is to provide a proof-of-concept framework, i.e., a set of methodological steps and a dedicated platform to guide the application of Digital Thread principles to different use cases that are interesting for the MICS context:
The project will enable a methodological approach to the design of smart products, bringing to production chains resilient and sustainable, where the term “resilience” not only refers to the capability of balancing anomalies occurring over the production line, but also the ability of promptly and flexibly react to new emerging customers’ requirements.
The expected results of the project will be a portfolio of models, techniques and methodologies to rule the emerging notion of Digital Thread in different use cases, built around the concept of smart products creation in a sustainable and resilient way, all over the steps of the production and logistics processes. The outcome will be a framework, that is, a set of methods and techniques and a set of methodological steps to demonstrate how to combine different elements, including new materials and techniques to add sensors to smart products, implementation of flexible service-oriented architectures, to improve production and logistics processes, ensure product usability and to implement flexible production.
Specifically, in the 24 months of the project, the following results are expected, organized over the analysis of the state of the art, development of new methods, models and techniques, their integration in a proof-of-concept methodology: