I4MS concepts

Specifies a role played by a user or any other organization that interacts with the innovation ecosystem, e.g. SME, Innovation centres/clusters, experts, code providers.
Refers to a new generation of robot based solutions in the fields of:
  • Reconfigurable Interactive Manufacturing Cells
  • Shop Floor Logistics and Manipulation
  • Plant inspection and servicing
Agile Engineering refers to a group of development methods in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery, continuous improvement and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.
Application experiments provide first users with novel products and services and assist them in the application in their respective environments.
Assessment Experiments support suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment to assess and validate their prototypes or products in production-like environments.
A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. (From Wikipedia)
The second phase of the I4MS initiative will be dedicated to share best practices and lessons learnt in the fields of Advanced robotic solutions, Simulation, Laser based applications and sensors.
Brokerage activities are a tool dedicated to setting up new partnerships and for launching new collaborative project proposals. It is a way to strengthen the cooperation between European SMEs, industries and research units and to give to European organizations a simple, direct and accessible way to find partners all around Europe.
Cloud services means services made available to users on demand via the Internet. Cloud services are designed to provide easy, scalable access to applications, resources and services.
Refers to a team, a shared facility or an entity that provides leadership, evangelization, best practices, research, support and/or training for a focus area.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are integrations of computation, networking, and physical processes. Embedded computers and networks monitor and control the physical processes, with feedback loops where physical processes affect computations and vice versa.
Refers to SMEs that use or integrate I4MS technologies to their manufacturing processes.
An individual or business that uses a new product or technology before others.
In the diffusion of innovation theory, the majority group (comprising about 34 percent) of population which (after innovators and early adopters but before late majority and laggards) tries new ideas, processes, goods and services. Members of this group generally wait to see whether the new thing proves to be successful in practice.
Members of this group generally wait to see whether the new thing proves to be successful in practice.
Refers to new technologies which are currently developing or will be developed over the next five to ten years, and which will substantially alter the business and social environment.
I4MS projects are developing the following:
  • Robotics
  • High-performance computing cloud based simulation services
  • Laser applications
  • Intelligent sensor-based equipment
  • Cyber-physical systems
It is the European Public-Private Partnership (PPP) launched in 2008 which looks to engage the EU manufacturing industry and deliver the technologies needed for the new sustainable and competitive factories of the future.
Third parties whose experiment proposals are selected will be eligible for EU funding (typically in the order of 50K-150K EUR).
High-performance computing (HPC) is the use of parallel processing for running advanced application programs efficiently, reliably and quickly.
ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning.
We define innovation ecosystems as complex structures formed by the interaction of the participating community within an environment. A healthy ecosystem is one, which participants can thrive and grow, it self-regulates and adapts as the market needs evolve. The community consists of industry participants, start-ups, and collaboration institutions, technical and business services. The environment is core markets where the community coexist and the adjacent markets from which know-how is shared. The structures are the linkages within communities and environments.
Refers to experiments where the I4MS emerging technologies are applied by SMEs in real-like situations to validate and assess the solutions performance.
These are collaborative research projects funded by the European Commission.
Refers to laser technologies for (micro) fabrication.
Network of organizations at European, national, regional and local level whose aim is to incentive, facilitate and stimulate the innovation ecosystem.
Refers to the way an organization e.g. an SME, makes money. I4MS brings innovative technology solutions in the field of manufacturing to SMEs so they can experiment and try to work out new ways to access to the market.
Refers to solution that offers a multitude of services to a client or a customer in the same location, for instance a cloud-based service. The idea is to provide convenient and efficient service and also to create the opportunity for the company to sell more products to clients and customers.
It is a particular type of competitive call for proposals within EU Projects to integrate more participants to the projects via pilots, demonstrations and or experiments.
Are small scale preliminary studies conducted in order to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, adverse events, and effect size (statistical variability) in an attempt to predict performance of a full-scale research project and suggest improvements prior to a bigger scale test.
Small and Medium Enterprises.
Refer to SMEs that supply I4MS technology (hardware/software) for the development of innovation experiments.
Refers to the process of transferring the results of research from the simulation lab or academic environment to the production environment.
A value chain is a chain of activities that a company operating in a specific field performs in order to deliver a valuable product or service for the market.
Short for Web-based seminar, it is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Web using video conferencing software. A key feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information.