Better Factory

Grow your manufacturing business

Better Factory invites Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMEs) to redesign their current product portfolio together with Business and Arts mentors and Technology experts. Manufacturers can tap into disruptive product innovation that responds to new market demands while keeping production resources optimal with RAMP IoT platform.

During the project, Better Factory will assign high-skilled Business and Arts experts to analyse the current product / service portfolio with the core knowledge from manufacturers, to redesign customizable products and service portfolios using new digital technologies. This may spark new product designs, business models or brands.

  • November 17, 2020

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For SMEs to produce batches of new and personalized products requires transforming traditional factories into lean and agile production facilities. Better Factory provides an Open and Standardized Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (APPS) system for manufacturers to test commercial tools to optimize waste, energy, resources, and logistic. RAMP (Robotics Automation Marketplace) is a free and open IoT platform (FIWARE) running on state of the art servers, with access to cloud storage and computing, enabling connection with robots, sensors, cameras, AR/VR, and other equipment. RAMP will provide a 3D simulation tool to create Digital Twin for virtual testing, co-creation space for teams to collaborate online among other digital services. Better Factory will select eight teams of European manufacturing SMEs, artists, and technology providers in each Open Call (2021/2022)The selected teams will be supported through a period of 12 months where artists will be paired with technology suppliers to tackle the challenges proposed by the manufacturers. The successful teams will get to:
  • Explore new markets using digital technologies 
  • Test& develop new Agile-Production technologies with RAMP
  • Training to reskill staff
  • Business Support and mentoring
  • Up to 200,000€ equity-free funding /team
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 951813.


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