What is DIMOFAC?
The Manufacturing Context & Challenges
Did you know that…more than 1/3 of consumers are willing to purchase more personalised goods and services and a majority would even accept to pay more in this respect.
As a consequence…we have moved from an era of mass-production to an era of mass-customisation. The flexibility of reconfiguration of production plants has become a vital stake to be able to meet customer expectations.
But…factories, regardless of their size, face financial, training and technical obstacles on their way to more responsive production lines.
The DIMOFAC Solution
The DIMOFAC initiative came to life to help factories overcome these challenges.
The project is sponsored by the European Commission and is supported by a consortium of 30 European partners led by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).
Together, and over a period of 4 years, the partners of the consortium will be working on testing, validating and disseminating a homemade technology and process (the DIMOFAC Modular Factory Solution) meant to make assembly lines more flexible to rapid demand changes.
How does the process look like?
STAGE 1: 6 manufacturers from various industries and part of the consortium, will aim at demonstrating the efficiency of the DIMOFAC Modular Factory Solution by setting up reconfigurable pilot assembly lines in their factories.
The manufacturers are: Albea Services (cosmetics packaging), Éirecomposites (Aerospace Components), Philips Consumer Lifestyle (Shavers), VDL Industrial Modules (medical beds and telescope parts), Schaltag (interactive displays), Sculpteo (3D printed parts).
STAGE 2: The aforementioned manufacturers will act as factory “lighthouses”. They will set up industrial showrooms for companies interested in investing in modular and reconfigurable production lines.
STAGE 3: The consortium will provide modular production benchmarking services to more than a hundred existing companies belonging to the newly formed network of open pilot lines including in particular DIMOFAC partners and companies having expressed interest in DIMOFAC’s solution.
STAGE 4: DIMOFAC will extend its modular production benchmarking services to more than a thousand companies throughout Europe.