fabbrica_sostenibileTitle: Sustainable Factory Semantic Framework

Area: 4 – Factories for Sustainable Production

Call topic: 4.1 – Sustainable and Interoperable Factory

Coordinating Institute: ITC – Construction technologies institute (San Giuliano Milanese (MI))


  • ITIA – Institute of industrial technologies and automation (Milano)
  • IMATI – Institute for applied mathematics and information technologies (Genoa)

Industrial Interest Group:

  • GINKO S.r.l. (Origgio (VA))
  • IPS – Insediamenti Produttivi Savonesi S.c.p.A. (SV)
  •  ESAOTE S.p.A. (GE)
  • Parco Tecnologico Val Bormida S.r.l. (Montenotte (SV))

Abstract:  This project proposes an holistic framework integrating digital models and tools for supporting both the design and management of a real factory thanks to its complete virtual representation. In particular, the proposal intends to extend an already existing framework while focusing on the energy and environmental sustainability. The framework, developed in the European project Virtual Factory Framework (VFF), provides an extensible factory data model for products, processes, resources and buildings to support interoperability among different software tools. In order to address the environmental issues the framework will integrate specific data models and tools. The project will also study the feasibility of a specific monitoring system of the main energy‐environmental indicators that cannot be calculated during the factory design stage. The prototype will represent a first step for the factory Life‐Cycle Assessment (LCA) and will be a valid tool for achieving the Horizon 2020 purpose.

The topic addressed by the project SuFSeF has been selected by NSERC-Automotive Partnership Canada in order to be included in the “Concurrent Call on Automotive Manufacturing R&D”, which was launched within the bilateral cooperation agreement signed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) (Memorandum of Understanding for Scholarly and Scientific Cooperation). This agreement aims at promoting cooperation between Italian and Canadian researchers through the financing of joint cooperation projects.