Project Description

FORTISSIMO2 – Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2

Period: 2015-11-01 – 2018-12-31 (36 months).

Funded by: Comisión Europea

The Fortissimo 2 project is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 framework Programme for Research and Innovation through grant agreement no 680481. And part of the ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) action is a follow  on action to the Fortissimo project established in 2013 (see for details on both initiatives ). As its predecessor, Fortissimo 2 is a collaborative project that will enable European SMEs to be more competitive glob ally through the use of simulation services running on a High Performance Computing (HPC) cloud infrastructure. The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves Fortissimo 2 manufacturing companies, application developers, domain experts, IT solution providers, HPC cloud service providers and HPC centres.

Fortissimo 2 will drive the uptake of advanced modelling, simulation and data analytics by European engineering and manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps. Such an uptake will deliver improved design processes, better products and services, and improved competitiveness. For the European Union as a whole, this means improved employment opportunities and economic growth.

The importance of advanced ICT to the competitiveness of both large and small companies in the engineering and manufacturing domain is well established. Despite early successes in this area, there are still many barriers to the uptake of such solutions, not least of which are the initial cost and complexity of adoption, particularly in the context of challenging trading conditions.

At the core of Fortissimo 2 are three tranches of application experiments. These experiments will be driven by the requirements of first time users (predominately SMEs) and will bring together actors from across the value chain, from cycle providers to domain experts via the Fortissimo 2 experiments.

This will enable innovative solutions to manufacturing challenges, leading to new and improved design processes, products and services. A key feature of Fortissimo 2 will be the adaption of the Fortissimo Marketplace based on feedback from the application experiments.

An initial tranche of Fortissimo 2 experiments started on February 1 st, 2016 with two further tranches resulting from the competitive calls.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 680481