Smart Manufacturing Industry

  • Posted on: 11 August 2021
  • By: Jaakko

The objective of the Task Force Smart Manufacturing Industry is to create a common understanding between members of the BDVA interested in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence applications applied to the Smart Manufacturing Industry domain.

The subgroup frames the SMI initiative in the international context of the World Manufacturing Forum  (WMF) and in particular on the priorities identified at the 2019 event (Skills for the Future of Manufacturing) and the 2020 event on AI for Manufacturing. It seeks synergies and interactions with the domain of EU-funded “ICT for Manufacturing” projects, as well as with Factories of the Future (EFFRA), with special emphasis on Digital Manufacturing Platforms and Digital Innovation Hubs. Also, it conducts work on National and Regional initiatives, which have been generated in several EU Countries as a reaction to the German Industrie 4.0 movement, such as Smart Industry in the NL, Cluster Fabbrica Intelligente in Italy and Associazione Fabbrica Intelligente Lombarda in Lombardy.

The subgroup would also seek to explore Big Data and AI applications in Smart Manufacturing Industry that focus on transformation to climate neutrality and sustainable circular economy as a cross-topic that involves Factory, Supply Chain or Product Life Cycle areas.

Focus and activities

The Task Force Smart Manufacturing Industry has a specific focus mainly in the B2B area, which is distinguished in different areas:

• Smart Factory: applications for better information within a company;

• Smart Supply Chain: applications between suppliers and producers/manufacturers in a chain (e.g., e-PLM);

• Smart Product Lifecycle: applications giving data about the use of a product or service.

The TF’s goal is thus to create an exchange of views, so that BDVA members can better understand what activities are running in EU and within the different countries and can learn from the experience of each other. This early exchange will lead to innovations that are better tailored to real needs. Additionally, by identifying and comparing initiatives and results in the various member states, the BDVA can formulate overall insights on the state of the art in Smart Industry, thereby identify the future challenges to be addressed and provide input for policy-making in the EU.

Davide Dalle Carbonare
Engineering S.p.A


Sergio Gusmeroli
Politecnico di Milano