Digital innovation invites manufacturers to fundamentally rethink their products and processes – as it opens the door to product optimization, increased efficiency, competitive advantages and (ultimately) cost-savings and higher profit margins. As such, digital innovation is one of the main drivers behind the so-called ‘factory of the future’.
Today’s manufacturing and digital innovation go hand in hand.
MoniCow develops an automated data system for animal monitoring and localization, by focusing on real-time, advanced health parameters and energy efficiency. The techno-economic work focuses on the business case for the system as a whole and the cost-benefit analysis of using such a data system for the farmer.
SENCOM develops a new energy-aware scheduling technology for manufacturing processes, and applies it in practice on a blow moulding production plant. The techno-economic work consists of drawing a complete cost breakdown for this production plant, both qualitatively and quantitatively and indicate the saving potentials of the new scheduling technology.
The Comacod project investigated how various sensors that are part of three different use cases (garbage bin monitoring, fleet management and container & crane monitoring) can enable the same services – using a single service back-end platform and the (open standard) constrained CoAP protocol for data communication. A techno-economic study further explored the potential economic value of smart containers.
MoCo proposes to develop a cheap generic connectivity solution based on IEEE 802.15.4 sensor technology for communication between 3D stacked containers and supply chain management servers via communication gateways. The techno-economic work focuses on (i) the development of a cost model for installing and operating a wireless sensor network in a container environment, (ii) investigation of the optimal industrialization process of the needed components, e.g. production in law-wage countries will reduce the labour costs, but will lead to an increase in transport and customs costs, and (iii) the establishment of a business model that will convince stakeholders to do the necessary investments.