FOF-09-2017: Novel design and predictive maintenance technologies for increased operating life of production systems

Main pillar: 

  • Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology


85 000 000



Call deadline: 

Thu, 19 Jan 2017


  • Forthcoming


Specific Challenge:

The elevated complexity and costs of production assets combined with the requirements for high-quality manufactured products necessitate novel design and reliability-based maintenance approaches that are able to provide the required levels of availability, maintainability, quality, safety while considering the system as a whole and throughout the production lifecycle.

Analysis of operational parameters and in-service behaviour, self-learning features and condition prediction mechanisms could contribute to improve smart predictive maintenance systems capable to integrate information from many different sources and of various types, in order to more accurately estimate the process performances and the remaining useful life. That will lead to a more efficient management, reconfiguration and re-use of assets and resources, avoiding false alarms and unforeseen failures which lower operators' confidence in such systems.


The aim would be to design optimal maintainability solutions into production systems to improve operating life at maximised performance and reduce costs by carrying out maintenance activities at the most optimised time before failure occurs, thus minimising the degree of intervention required and maximising the system availability.

More trustworthy predictive maintenance and cause-and-effect analysis techniques should be developed to aggregate and interpret data captured from production systems and effectively share the massive amount of information between users. Measurements of a range of parameters at the level of components, machines and production systems should be carried out to provide data for building trend reference models for prediction of equipment condition, to improve physically-based models and to synchronise maintenance with production planning and logistics options. The dependability of the techniques would be demonstrated for a range of components and machines.

While the focus will be on demonstrating the design approaches and maintenance technologies, R&D activities supporting the integration and scale-up are expected as well.

Demonstration activities should address all of the following areas:

  • Methodologies and tools for improved maintainability and increased operating life of production systems.
  • Methodologies and tools to schedule maintenance activities together with production activities.
  • Predictive maintenance solutions, combined with integrated quality-maintenance methods and tools, as well as failure modes, effects, and criticality analysis (FMECA) techniques, that effectively share information among different data sources in a secure way. Exploitation of networks of Smart Objects Technologies is an option.
  • Versatility, in order to make solutions transferable to different industrial sectors.
  • The project must include two complex demonstrators in real industrial settings to represent a clear added value.

In order to ensure the industrial relevance and impact of the demonstration effort, the active participation of industrial partners, including SMEs, represents an added value to the activities.

Activities are expected to focus on Technology Readiness Levels 5 to 7 and to be centred around TRL6.

This topic addresses cross-KET activities.

This topic is particularly suitable for SMEs, as well as for international cooperation.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 4 and 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

The developed new technologies should lead to a significant impact in the following terms:

  • 10% increased in-service efficiency through reduced failure rates, downtime due to repair, unplanned plant/production system outages and extension of component life.
  • More widespread adoption of predictive maintenance as a result of the demonstration of more accurate, secure and trustworthy techniques at component, machine and system level
  • Increased accident mitigation capability.

Proposals should include a business case and exploitation strategy, as outlined in the Introduction to the LEIT part of the Work Programme.

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