Engineering Ingegneria Informatica announced the launch of the H2020 Eur3ka project, a major research and innovation effort focused on helping the manufacturing and health care industries respond quickly and efficiently to current and future major medical crises. The project, coordinated by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, is part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and brings together 24 partners of excellence from 11 countries to improve global emergency preparedness.
Angelo Marguglio Engineering’s Research Area Manager and Eur3ka Project Coordinator said, “When unexpected events happen, there’s no time to custom-model individual approaches for different industries and production facilities to work at scale — and we’ve seen this play out with the COVID-19 pandemic. We need flexible, robust and pre-certified solutions, rather than static and predefined ones. Eur3ka will help to define and implement those solutions for the global health care and medical space, supported by a secure data-exchange ecosystem.”
Dr Oscar Lazaro, Innovalia Association Managing Director and Eur3ka Innovation Manager said, “In order to master rapid manufacturing response protocols with impact; as it is the ambition of the Eur3ka project, we should consider transformations at multiple levels: factory, manufacturing and supply networks as well as regulatory level. Only with new protocols, digital infrastructures, and investments in the modernisation of European factories at large with best of breed Industry 4.0 advanced production platforms, our countries will be empowered with the critical manufacturing capabilities to successfully address future global outbreaks: i.e. better preparedness, agility, information sharing mechanisms, anticipation, coordination, availability, efficiency and efficacy. Individual initiatives, will not suffice. Coordination and collaboration are the key to succeed at global scale. For this reason, we the Eur3ka project, are calling public authorities, digital and manufacturing industries of all sizes to join forces with us under the Digital Factory Alliance (www.digitalfactoryalliance.eu). This should become the trusted international digital factory community for manufacturing repurposing knowledge sharing in (1) development of global, resilient and coordinated rapid manufacturing strategies to medical crisis and (2) modernisation and digitisation of next generation European manufacturing capabilities, factories and supply chains to leverage a “Plug & Respond” manufacturing network at scale”.