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Factory2Fit consortium meeting in Kauhava

The Factory2Fit project team gathered for the 5th consortium meeting in wintery Finland on 7–8 February 2018. The meeting was hosted by project partner Prima Power at their Technology and Training Center in Kauhava in Southern Ostrobothnia.

On 6 February, the day before the other partners arrived, Prima Power, VTT and CERTH held a separate workshop where Prima Power employees were invited to actively participate in the evaluation of the Factory2Fit concepts to support workers.

The two-day meeting included presentations of the progress made in each work package. VTT described the design and evaluation framework and methods relating to the concept framework and use cases. TUC presented the worker model measurements that can be utilised in the pilots. They also discussed the progress made in the validation of the measures of the user model. VTT illustrated the recent dashboard developments and evaluation plans. As for the work on the methods and tools for continuous adaptation of the manufacturing process, CERTH provided updates on their latest work and a presented a demo. Visual Components gave a Virtual Factory demo and VTT presented demo evaluations relating to the proposed toolkit for engaging the worker and the work community. Prima Power presented their training solutions, and students from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences collaborating with Prima Power were invited in to showcase their project work. When it comes to the Factory2Fit pilots, CERTH presented an updated architecture, AMS described the progress made on integration aspects, and the industrial partners presented their piloting plans. CARR updated the team on recent and upcoming dissemination activities and held an interactive networking workshop.

The meeting agenda also included an interesting tour around the Prima Power premises including the demo centre and the factory.

A relaxing dinner and sauna evening followed, and the adventurous ones even had the opportunity to try ice hole swimming in Hunurijärvi lake.

As well as a very productive meeting, Kauhava offered the consortium a real Finnish winter experience with plenty of snow, arctic temperatures and culinary treats including reindeer meat and traditional Fazer chocolates.

Next, the project team will gather for the mid-term review in Brussels in June. The subsequent project meeting will be hosted by CERTH in Greece in autumn 2018.