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An East of England based research centre is developing a proposal for the H2020 - NMBP-20-2018. The project aims to develop a digital platform that will enhance the capability and capacity of EU manufacturers and suppliers of welding equipment to provide consumables of the highest quality. This will boost the global market competitiveness of European welding equipment manufacturers. They require a software house who will be required to design and build the digital platform.
The reduction in workforce (welders and technicians to monitor welding operations – 1 technician to 50 robots vs 1:20 a decade ago) in the automotive industry and increased quest for efficiency in all industries using welding equipment and consumables creates the need to eliminate non-value-added activity (or activities not directly contributing to throughput). Welding equipment standardisation, preventive maintenance and optimised product selection can lean operation and provide opportunities to improve process flow and operational efficiency.
The main objective of the project is to enhance the capability and capacity of European manufacturers (especially SMEs) to manufacture and supply welding equipment and consumables of the best quality and precision, thereby boosting the global market competitiveness of European welding equipment manufacturers. This will be achieved by creating a digital “plug and produce” online welding equipment and consumables platform.
The proposed solution will include the following:
• Design and build the digital platform that brings together suppliers and users in a transparent and efficient way; and
• Populate the platform with adequate product information.
This will constitute a set of pilot implementations intended to sell ‘plug and produce’ industrial equipment and services to customers globally. It will cover the incorporation of suppliers and users of the equipment pilots and/or developers of additional applications and services where appropriate. Pilot implementation third-parties will be funded via open innovation funding competitions organised by the consortium. The third-parties will be supported throughout the implementation of their projects by the consortium partners.
The platform will incorporate accurate and adequate information of off the shelf market-ready products and innovative prototypes from EU SME equipment manufacturers/suppliers. It will facilitate B2B transactions and host associated services (FlowPhys simulation tools (CFD, FEM etc), Knowledge Based Engineering – KBE, life-cycle assessment – LCA and cost modelling) that allow users to digitally test and cost the capabilities of the equipment on offer as well as their compliance to standards such as the energy legislation (e.g. Minimum Energy Performance Standard - MEPS). The digital platform will ultimately enhance product quality, transparency and usability based on Return Experience. The digital platform will enable:
• Transparency of product features, capabilities, resource use, associated add-on services and price;
• Anonymised customer feedback based on real-time use to be used to rate and optimize products;
• Scalability with respect to technological development and manufacturing application domains;
• Information about standards and regulatory compliance (e.g. the facilitation of re- and de-manufacturing) as well as security requirements to be readily available to end-users to help inform their choices.
A well renowned European software house is required to complete the project consortium. During the project the partner would be expected to design and build the digital platform, integrating outputs from other consortium partners and third-party beneficiaries.
A well renowned European software house is required to complete the project consortium. The partner will be required to design and build the digital platform within the project. They will also be expected to integrate the outputs from the other consortium partners and third-party beneficiaries.