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Digital Systems 4.0

Sub-Project Type: 1

Sub-projects for the development of digital manufacturing applications and services for the EFPF platform


This sub-project develops and integrates a TeamCreator module in the EFPF Platform. The module is based on the Team Composer (TDMS) output from the DIGICOR project, one of the four base EU projects in EFPF. TeamCreator provides a semantic search service that uses "Semantic Spine", enriching the EFPF Data Spine with ontology-encoded knowledge. TeamCreator supports (a) searching for a team of suppliers who can jointly provide a product when a single supplier cannot be found, and (b) creating a team capable of responding to a tender.

Manufacturers are increasingly searching for systems rather than components to simplify their supply chain and increase agility. Unfortunately, this favours Tier 1 suppliers and creates a barrier to innovation sourced from Tier 2 and 3 suppliers.  A previous EC-funded project (DIGICOR, one of the founding EFPF projects), discovered the need for OEMs to search and find teams of suppliers who can deliver a system together and for SMEs to pool capabilities when responding to invitations to tender.  This capability was developed in DIGICOR as the TDMS module. Yet, so far, such functionality was not ported to EFPF.  This sub-project resolves this to develop a commercially licensed version of TDMS called "TeamCreator".  This module will be incorporated in the EFPF platform and will be used to provide semantic search and team composition functionality as described above.

Success will be defined as the TeamCreator module fully incorporated in EFPF and visible to potential customers, passing usability and usefulness testing in two test domains from the three supported by EFPF.

To find more information about the TeamCreator project, the presentation slides can be downloaded here, and seen to the right. Alongside this, the Open Call Story, and Exhibition Pitch videos can be seen below.

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