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1st C2NET Press Release

Atos leads the C2NET consortium to promote the creation of cloud-enabled tools for supporting the SMEs supply network optimization of manufacturing and logistic assets based on collaborative demand, production and delivery plans.

These tools will help SMEs to overcome the current economic crisis and to enhance their competitiveness in the global economy.

Madrid, 02 February 2017 - Atos, an international IT services company, leads the “Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks” (C2NET) consortium, whose main goal is the creation of cloud-enabled tools for supporting the SMEs supply network optimization of manufacturing and logistic assets based on collaborative demand, production and delivery plans. The consortium is made up of 19 beneficiaries and one third party with experience in the field of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management as well as ICT, such as industrial entities, associations, research centres and public authorities.

The objectives of the C2NET project are: (i) To master complexity and data security of the supply network, (ii) To store and share product, process and logistic data, (iii) To optimize the manufacturing assets by the collaborative computation of production plans, (iv) To optimize the logistics assets through efficient delivery plans, and (v) To render the complete set of supply chain management information on any digital mobile device (PC, tablets, smartphones) of decision makers enabling them to monitor, visualize, control, share and collaborate.

C2NET Project is working on the creation of cloud-enabled tools for supporting the SMEs supply network optimization of manufacturing and logistic assets based on collaborative replenishment, production and delivery plans. To do so, C2NET project is focused on the following domain modules: (i) C2NET Data Collection Framework (C2NET DCF) for IoT-based continuous data collection from supply network resources. (ii) C2NET Optimizer (C2NET OPT) for the optimization of manufacturing and logistics assets of the supply network. (iii) C2NET Collaboration Tools (C2NET COT) for providing support to the collaborative processes of the supply network. (iv) C2NET Cloud Platform (C2NET CPL) to integrate the data module, the optimizers and the collaborative tools in the cloud.

Atos is not only leading the consortium of this ambitious project but is also actively participating in the design and implementation of the C2NET platform components, and in the coordination of the implementation of pilot projects and in business model design.

Proving the concept

The C2NET results shall be validated in real cases through four pilots which will allow the supply network partners to facilitate the collaborative replenishment, production and delivery plans along the supply network, to support the supply network optimization of manufacturing and logistic assets, to securely store relevant information from supply network partners in public cloud, community cloud or private cloud and provide the ability of data sharing and data analytics and to support decision-makers with intuitive user interfaces that display in real-time the right data at the right time, for selective management functionalities across the supply network.

The C2NET four pilots consist of:

  • Automotive (Pilot 1): “Collaborative Production Planning and Synchronized Replenishment of Car Components”. This pilot aims to validate the computation of optimised plans from a collaborative and automated way, the continuous data collection (such as stock levels and machines status to increase the visibility of real time data along the supply network) and the share of information (such as releases, production plans, stock levels, volumetric production capacities, etc.).
  • Dermo-Cosmetics (Pilot 2): “Collaboration for an Agile Production and Distribution of Dermo-Cosmetics”. The main aim of this pilot is to develop a more collaborative, agile and distributed planning processes. In this case the C2NET infrastructure will be used to easily share logistic data (in transport, inventories, shortages, production allocations, sales), to develop an agile choreography of existing but independent supply chain processes, to easily introduce new short term pull processes and consequently propose new decision support services
  • SMEs Industrial Park (Pilot 3): “METALWORKING SME’s network: Sheet metal Supply Chain to metalworking industry”. This pilot aims to validate the C2NET platform for the management of logistic flows and resources, namely procurement, transportation and storage, in metalworking companies of the Ave Valley Region.
  • Hydraulic & Lubrication (Pilot 4): “OEM. Sub Supplier Value Stream Collaboration for product On Time Delivery (OTD) for customers”. In this pilot the main ideas are to provide our customers and suppliers with the information they need in a central location, accessible from anywhere by implementing C2NET platform, to have a centralized hub that collect information using C2NET Data Collection Framework, where the customer can access the necessary information for producing forecasts, identifying supplier delays or checking current delivery status, and to have access to process information to help decision makers to optimize the process with the use of C2NET Optimizer and C2NET Collaboration Tools wherever and whenever is needed.

C2NET successfully co-organized an industrial event together with CREMA project which took place in Hernani, Gipuzkoa (SPAIN). Four important speakers with wide experience in the Industry 4.0 were present in order to give a clear orientation towards the application of new technologies for the digitisation of industrial companies. About a hundred people from 53 organizations from 8 European countries registered for this event. The registration of SMEs was majority with a 60 percent of attendees. (http://www.crema-c2networkshop.com/)

Project Website http://c2net-project.eu

C2NET consortium

19 European organizations and 1 third party led by Atos make up the C2NET consortium: ATOS, Universitat Politècnica de València, Armines (Mines Albi as third party), IK4-Ikerlan, UNINOVA, Instituto Tecnológico de Informática, Tampere University of Technology, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, Linagora, Caixa Magica, Faurecia, Novatec, Pierre Fabre, Interop-VLab, Fluidhouse, TecMinho, Flexefelina and Antonio Abreu Metalomecánica.

This project is funded by the European Commission within the H2020 Framework Programme under the Grant Agreement nº 636909.