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The Factory2Fit External Advisory Board to meet in Helsinki

The Factory2Fit External Advisory Board will meet on Monday 30 January 2017 in Helsinki. This first face-to-face meeting between the Advisory Board members will be hosted by the Finnish Metalworkers’ Union in the heart of the Finnish capital. Read more

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The Factory2Fit Project kicks off

The Factory2Fit consortium met on 9th and 10th November 2016 to officially kick off the three year project.

Partners from all nine organisations in the four participating countries (Finland, Germany, Greece and Ireland) travelled to Brussels to begin work on this exciting project.

By developing solutions  to make the factory environment more flexible and adaptable, the Factory2Fit project will bring increased worker motivation, satisfaction and productivity. It will help people to become knowledge workers in smart factories with fulfilling careers.

Work is now underway on the first task – defining industry’s needs and requirements for adaptation solutions. This will be done locally with participating industrial partners, and globally with stakeholders from industry, scientific experts and user communities.

 

Factory2Fit is funded under the EU’s H2020 research programme. Follow us on Twitter (@Factory2Fit_EU) for project updates.

 

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Introducing ‘Co-Bots’

Ever heard of a ‘co-bot’? It’s a robot who becomes your co-worker – working hand-in-hand with you to complete tasks. In this article, originally published on www.autonews.com, author Zac Palmer looks at some automotive factories using co-bots to help workers get more jobs done faster. Watch the video below to see a co-bot in action.

 

To read the original article, visit: http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/BLOG06/307169999/fist-bumps-and-shock-installation-ford-co-bots-do-it-all

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What is A ‘SMART FACTORY’?

The emerging industrial environment is often referred to as the ‘Smart Factory’. But what exactly does the term mean? In this article, which was published by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) on www.industrie4.0.gtai.de, they explore the ‘Smart Factory’ concept as defined in Industrie 4.0 (the German strategic initiative to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions).

 

Smart Factory

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The deployment of cyber-physical systems in production systems gives birth to the “smart factory.” Smart factory products, resources and processes are characterized by cyber-physical systems; providing significant real-time quality, time, resource, and cost advantages in comparison with classic production systems.

 

The smart factory is designed according to sustainable and service-oriented business practices. These insist upon adaptability, flexibility, self-adaptability and learning characteristics, fault tolerance, and risk management.

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