Excellent results have been achieved by EPES (Eco Process Engineering System), an International Consortium for composition of services to optimize product life cycle constituted by ESTECO and other European companies. EPES is an EU funded research project, supported under the Factories of the Future Public-Private Partnership initiative, in manufacturing and sustainability engineering aiming to produce a set of tools for improving products, services and processes along their lifecycle.
Inside this project a new cloud-based, easily customizable, modular software platform has been developed for improving the sustainability performance of industrial products by lowering production costs and reducing emissions. The development of this new system, based also on ESTECO’s SOMO platform, has initially been tested in collaboration with international manufacturing companies operating in different industrial areas, by studying three application scenarios: aircraft wing design (in AIRBUS), windmills (Tamoin) and high voltage cable design (Nkt Cables).
Thanks to the SOMO platform, AIRBUS was able to make decisions related to new wing and factory concepts in a virtual collaboration environment, where emissions and use of materials were also taken into account. In order to do so, collaboration and multidisciplinary optimization played a significant role in the project, where product and process design optimization were applied by considering also several measures of environmental impact.
Nowadays, a growing interest for eco engineering system is giving more and more importance to sustainability and product life cycle evaluation, and it is making the whole optimization process more complex and critical. In order to produce a set of ICT tools and methodology to help companies entering a continuous process of upgrading and performance improvements, EPES developed this powerful cloud-based software platform thanks to the collaboration of other companies, institutes and research centers.
ESTECO’s research and development team has offered the Consortium its know-how and provided a SOMO technology –based solution to manage the complexity of this project. This case proves how SOMO can be easily adapted and customized to face complex optimization problems, crossing company’s borders and taking into account also external factors and therefore making a more accurate and well-informed decision.
The final results of the EPES project will be officially published very soon on its website, where it is possible to find more information on the initiative and the institutions involved.