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      Virtual Factories of the Future

      Research Group
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      Virtual Factories of the Future

      Research Group
      Resarch Environment Virtual Engineering

      Quick Facts

      Full project name

      Virtual factories with knowledge-driven optimization, (VF-KDO)

      Duration

      October 2018 – September 2025

      Partners

      Volvo Group, FlexLink, SCANIA, IKEA Industry, Volvo Car Engine, Arla Foods, ABB.

      Financing

      KK-foundation and collaborating partners.

      Virtual factories with knowledge-driven optimization (VF-KDO) is an eight-year research profile that is being coordinated by the University of Skövde. Research within this profile aims to help strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish industry.

      In order to do this, the research within this profile aims to deliver the kinds of knowledge and innovations in virtual development and optimization techniques that are crucial for designing and operating next-generation manufacturing systems. In this way, industrial enterprises can pursue development without needing to invest in unfinished solutions.

      Production facility of the future

      This profile conducts research into how a smart and connected factory (VF) can utilise autonomous decision-making processes to optimise operational planning, prioritisation, logistics and changeovers in the manufacturing process. The results of this research will be decision support that permits flexible and cost-effective production.

      The other aspect of this research profile – knowledge-driven optimization (KDO) – works to manage the ever-shorter product life cycles in industry. This work includes data from many process and production levels. It allows the optimization of the entire production chain – unlike today, where each part of the chain is optimized separately.

      Seven partner companies

      Besides the University of Skövde, this research profile includes Volvo Car Engine, AB Volvo, SCANIA, IKEA Industry, FlexLink, Arla Foods, and ABB. Companies today that lie the forefront of technological development, but which are also aware of the challenges of the future and the importance of further strengthening their expertise. This profile is financed by the Knowledge Foundation, the partner companies and the University and is situated within the INFINIT research environment.

      The profile's unique combination

      The range of industry solutions within this profile fall within seven different areas of research: OPT-KNOW (knowledge-driven optimisation), INTERACT (interactive and visual analyses), LINK (data, models and data-linked infrastructure), FLOW (flow modelling and reconfiguration at many levels), ROBOT (virtual robotics), HUMAN (digital modelling of human beings), and PROCESS (virtual processes). Together, these cover the entire production chain, generating knowledge and innovations so that Sweden’s manufacturing industry can continue to lie at the forefront. 

      For more information, please visit the external webpage.

      Project Leader

      Professor of Automation Engineering

      Professor of Production Engineering

      Participating Researchers

      Partners and financing

      ABB
      Volvo Cars
      Arla Foods
      Volvo Group
      FlexLink
      SCANIA
      IKEA Industry
      Knowledge Foundation
      Published: 1/17/2020
      Edited: 1/17/2020
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