ABOUT The project


Creating a longer life-cycle for manufacturing systems

Reusing production assets to create a viable pathway towards “closing the loop”

Many current production assets, such as industrial robots, conveyor belts, and other stand-alone assets, do not reach their maximal lifetime and become prematurely obsolescent. Experience from the automotive industry suggests that 60 % to 70 % of production resources are prematurely taken out of operation, scrapped, or, at best, sold for spare parts. This state-of-play constitutes a severe wastage of resources and goes against attempts by the EU to move away from the “take-make-consume-throw away” model and “optimize resource yields by circulating products, components, and materials in use at the highest utility at all times […]”, as stipulated by the EU’s 2016 New Circular Economy Package and the 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan.

Source: European Parliamentary Research Service – Closing the loop – new circular economy package (2016)

The goals


reduction of material and energy requirements for new assembly systems


reuse rate of used assembly systems

The main objectives contributing to ALICIA


The first goal is to build a novel standardized framework for capturing factory-owner and factory staff requirements related to production lines to pave the way for seamless data/business process exchange between various stakeholders in the value chain (suppliers of second-hand assets, machine builders, system integrators, providers of remanufacturing/recycling services).

Digital Tools

The second goal is to develop a set of integrated digital tools (AI-matchmaking engine, Digital Shadow and Twin, and Plug & Produce middleware) to provide factory owners, their engineers, and technicians with a one-stop-shop service for planning, constructing, ramping up, and sustainably running second-hand production lines.

Integration and Demonstration

The final goal is to integrate all ALICIA digital tools developed into a small-scale system and test it in a controlled environment (“small scale CME”) by connecting it to the existing Market 4.0 online marketplace and a second-hand production resource database and running tests on real data.

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