Factories of the Future

During the workshop‚ Factories of the Future‘ different successfactors in the exploitation of the Factories of the Future project were presented. Several projects and best practices were shared, in order to identify  the critical success factors for industrial exploitation.

Chris Decubber in action

Session chair Chris Decubber opens the session

Within the FoF-Impact project, a set of tools and guidelines is developed, which can be used by FoF project coordinators and beneficiaries (in particular exploitable results owners) to improve their chances to success with regards to the actual possibility to translate technical developments into new products and services for the market.

A strong consortium

During the workshop Liceth Rebolledo from EURECAT presented three examples of succesful projects developed in the FoF-Impact project. Rebolledo highlighted the most critical successfactors: a strong consortium, feasibilty from studies, continuous IP reviews, clear commercial agreements and a continuous technology watch and benchmarking. Eurecat serves over a thousand businesses, participates in over 100 national and international R&D projects, and owns 36 international patents and 9 technology-based companies.


The second presentation was hold by Enrico Callegati from CRIT. CRIT is a private company specialised in information analysis and project development which fosters enterprises dialogue on technical issues through sharing best practises and dedicated benchmarking activities. Callegati concluded CRIT TT services are relevant to several success factors. The FoF-toolkit provides guidelines for expanding the service range: business planning and business modelling, market analyses and accessing private funding.

Providing results

Robin Brink from the Netherlands Maritim Technology presented SMARTYards, a project developing smart technologies for productivity improvement of European small and medium-sized shipyards. SMARTYards is a consortium of 19 partners from nine European countries. Its purpose is to provide European SME shipyards with results from previous research done in European Projects and with other Maritime Technology related knowledge and technology.