FoF-Impact

FoF-Impact is a two-year European project coordinated by EFFRA and funded through the Factories of the Future PPP (Grant agreement number 637212). The project's objective is to increase the impact of the European Union’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership under Horizon 2020. The project ultimately aims to speed up and increase the exploitation and up-take of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results.

  • Call for Service Offers in Support of Exploitation & Up-take of ‘Factories of the Future’ Project Results

    Within the FoF-Impact coordination action a small subcontracting budget (up to €10,000) has been allocated to the financing of services to projects or project participants. These services would help the project or project participants in increasing the potential of exploitation of project results.     


    Two requests for services have been identified and an anonymous description of the services can be found below (i.e. Service Request 1 and Service Request 2).    

    EFFRA is now looking for services providers that are interested in providing the requested services. Interested service providers are invited to contact EFFRA by 15 October with a brief description of their offer in relation to the requested services. The services would have to be carried out before 15 December. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Service Request 1

    Scope of the requested services: Furniture customisation by means of design tools enabling designers and customers respectively to easily parameterize furniture (designers), thus configure them by means of a configuration tool dedicate to non-expert users (customers).

    Further development and exploitation of a “design to manufacturing platform” relying on cloud applications, networking three level of users:
    (i) Designers, by offering basic design tools enabling to generate parametric furniture;
    (ii) Customers, offering a customizable/personalizable furniture marketplace enabling the selection and simple configuration of products;
    (iii) Manufacturers, replenishing low production levels by locally manufacturing customers’ configured products.

    Requested services:

    1. An analysis of competing “design to manufacturing platforms”.
    2. Market positioning of the platform. Identification of target markets and market volumes.
    3. Generation of a detailed business plan, including detailed estimation of costs and revenue.
    4. Generation of a coherent exploitation strategy/business plan, including detailed estimation of costs and revenue.
    5. Identification of required future investments.

    Service Request 2

    Scope of the requested services: Technology: Innovative algorithms and methods to predict and optimize the energy consumption in manufacturing

    Requested services:

    1. The organisation requesting the service is envisaging to start a spinoff that would own and exploit the algorithm developed by the project.
    2. Another party would be the owner of the associated software tool and would commercialise the software tool.
    3. The organisation requesting the services would like to identify the best option to be compensated (for instance through a license agreement) for the use of the algorithm by the third party that commercialises the software tool the associated services.
    4. The organisation requesting the services wishes to explore the option of patenting the algorithm if this is in accordance with the most suitable business model, which needs to be identified as well.

    More information: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 22 & 23 November: Factories of the Future for Aerospace Workshop

    On 22 & 23 November EFFRA (supported through the FoF-Impact coordination action) and Aerospace Valley in a collaboration with CAPPADOCIA European project and Regional Council Nouvelle Aquitaine, will hold a workshop under the theme “Factories of the Future for Aerospace”.

    The aim of the workshop is to stimulate the take up of results of pre-competitive projects in Aerospace industry and present the actual and future innovative trends and emerging technologies. This event will include four Parallel ‘Pitch’ sessions:, which are focused on providing short and to-the-point presentations (‘pitches’) about innovative manufacturing technologies and approaches. Presentations will be approx. 10 minutes long.

    The sessions will cover the following themes:

    • Pitch Session 1: Product and process Simulation
    • Pitch Session 2: Factory automation
    • Pitch Session 3: Advanced Material processing
    • Pitch Session 4: Collaborative supply chain

    Invitation to Present

    Should you be interested in giving a ‘pitch’ presentation in one of these session, promoting concrete exploitable technologies and approaches, preferable resulting from an FoF project, then please let us know and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Draft Agenda | Registration (coming soon)

    1 December: FoF-Impact Concluding Event: Factories of the Future – Making Innovation Happen
     
    The FoF-Impact project will hold its concluding event on 1 December at the Diamant Building (Brussels). This event will focus on the successful industrial exploitation of FoF project results is organised by EFFRA through the FoF-Impact Coordination Action in cooperation with the Co-FACTOR, EFFECTIVE, FOCUS and FOFAM Coordination Actions.

    Event Aims

    • Show the tangible outcome of the FoF-7-2014 CSAs, in particular in terms of services that stimulate industrial exploitation
    • Promote services offered by other service providers
    • Promote exploitable results

    By addressing the three points, the event will not only discuss services, but will also be a service to the projects.

    Pitch Sessions & Exhibition

    This event will include ‘Pitch’ sessions which will focus on providing short and to-the-point presentations (‘pitches’) about innovative manufacturing technologies and approaches.   Presentations will most likely be 10 minutes long. Participants interested in giving a ‘pitch’ presentation in one of these session, promoting concrete exploitable technologies and approaches should contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    The workshop will also host an exhibition area in which projects will promote their achievements.

    Agenda | Registration (coming soon)

  • Increasing Impact

    To achieve the transformation to an innovation programme, FoF-Impact will integrate a set of guidelines, tools and measures in support of the exploitation of ‘Factories of the Future’ project results. FoF-Impact will build upon the existing work including the EFFRA Innovation Portal (see www.effra.eu) which offers a dynamic community-based environment for sharing and retrieving information about exploitable results.

    Tailor-Made Tools & Guidelines

    FoF-Impact envisages the creation of a ‘Factories of the Future’ Help-Desk that will service both individual ‘Factories of the Future’ projects and clusters of ‘Factories of the Future’ projects.

    Facilitating Collaboration

    FoF-Impact will facilitate collaboration between stakeholders who are capable of enhancing the impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership at a local level. These stakeholders include manufacturing companies, European, national and regional initiatives, technology transfer and market-uptake experts, RTOs, investors and potential users of the project results.

    Stimulation of networking among the projects

    The interaction among projects, including project clustering, is supported by the EFFRA Innovation Portal and through thematic events (e.g. technologies, challenges, application sectors etc.). FoF-Impact encourages such interaction in order to identify additional opportunities for the exploitation of project results.

    Project Consortium

    EFFRA | Agoria | CRIT | LMS | Mondragon | Swerea IVF | Tecnalia | TWI | VDMA

     

     

    The FoF-Impact project is funded by the European Union through the 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership under Horizon 2020.

  • The backbone of the toolkit is set of success factors for industrial exploitation of project results.

    See the full list of success factors here.

  • Additional Impact Projects

    In addition to FoF-Impact, four other projects under FoF-07-2014 call topic are working to support the enhancement of the impact of the ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership. These projects are:

     

     

    The impact projects are funded by the European Union through the 'Factories of the Future' Public-Private Partnership under Horizon 2020.