WPs Description



End-User Requirements

The objective of WP1 is to define the end-user requirements in terms of improving production performance. Therefore, the first step is to compare the actual ramp-up performance of the industrial partners with best practice companies. Hereby, best practices in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), automation technologies and management systems that increase the performance of production systems are identified.

Flexibility, robustness and rapid learning are the key enablers as far as small lot production and frequent ramp-up industries are concerned. These strategies are additionally benchmarked. Subsequently, the gap between industrial partners and best practice of today´s production and production management systems is determined. Finally, end-user requirements for the ARUM framework will be derived to achieve future production targets.

The WP1 will manage the ARUM requirements (end-user requirements from WP1 and further detailed requirements, like functional and system requirements from WP3, 4, 5) along the complete ARUM project and will support all ARUM WPs with tool-based management functions needed for requirements derivation, tracking and validation.


Use Cases

The WP2 objective is to define, model and implement the industrial use cases the ARUM solution is built for and will be validated against. The defined use cases will drive the development of business strategies in WP3 and technical solutions in WP4 and WP5 and form the main axis for their validation and demonstration in WP7 and WP8. For these reasons, the use cases definition includes the definition of key performance indicators for benchmarking and the assessment of the quantitative ARUM targets in WP7.

Two use cases will address vertical and horizontal integrated planning and control for the ramp-up phase. Both use cases will be developed as a field trail in a real industrial environment in WP7. A third use case shall be elaborated to prove the applicability of the ARUM architecture to other sectors, like ship yards or automotive. The scope and complexity of the third use case will be defined until the end of the 1st year (e.g. case study).

WP2 has to identify the scope for each use case and has to detail and formally model it and to define the KPI settings. The use case implementation shall include discrete-event simulation (stimulus) models to run in the ARUM test bed and provision of data sets from industrial partners. All use cases will be deployed to WP7 and integrated into ARUM test bed for validation and benchmarking.


Ramp-up & Production Strategies

The WP3 objective is to develop new beneficial business strategies in order to optimize ramp-up and production management (in particular small lot production management).

Strategies for risk reduction and mitigation in product system planning phase of production ramp-up and small lot production (flexible versus robust production strategy and associated resource planning, shop floor layout, etc.) and risk management strategies in real-time management of production ramp-up and small lot production (decision making logics) are in focus.

WP3 will transfer the developed risk mitigation and management strategies into formal representation (ontologies for knowledge representation, decision rules) for usage in knowledge-processing tools supporting automated control and optimization in WP5.


System Architecture and Interface

This activity will result in an enterprise-wide system integrating advances in scalable interoperability provided by service-oriented architectures with intelligent information processing and manufacturing control provided by holonic multi-agent systems. It will establish the conceptual and technical foundations of an integrated platform, ensuring purposeful and unobstructed flow of information between decision makers, intelligent planning, scheduling, optimization and control tools and legacy systems providing real-time information about the processes' status. In order to reflect these characteristics, we call the main system “intelligent Enterprise Service-Based Platform (i-ESB Platform)”.


Methods & Tools for Adaptive Planning, Scheduling, and Optimization

WP5 develops a comprehensive set of methods and tools for advanced capacity planning, resource scheduling and production optimization at strategic, tactical and real-time levels. The development is driven by functional and performance requirements defined in WP 4.1. The result of this WP is a set of independent software tools, implementing methods for advanced planning, scheduling and optimizations. The tools are integrated by means of the i-ESB Platform (WP4) into a holistic software environment, supporting the implementation of manufacturing use cases (WP2) and relevant business strategies (WP3).



The WP6 objective is to integrate the ARUM Platform with ontology and virtual market mechanisms and connect the ARUM Platform to the existing legacy system. The modelling of the use cases gives an overview about technologies solutions for adaptive manufacturing ramp-up management.

The ARUM test bed will be compiled by computation infrastructure (server, communication means) and connections to industrial environment (legacy systems of industrial partners) and simulation systems used by use cases for scenario implementation. The ARUM test bed will be installed at EADS / AIB premises and for the second use case  at MGS premises.


Trials, Assessment & Validation

In WP7, the ARUM technical results (integrated ICT solutions) will be validated through the use cases defined in WP2 and against the end-user requirements derived in WP1 and detailed into functional requirements in WP3, WP4 and WP5. Based on trails for technical performance assessments, the ARUM solution will be benchmarked with today’s industrial ICT solutions of industrial partners.

Secondly, the operational, economic and ecological benefits will be assessed and the achievement of global ARUM targets of the developed solution will be validated.


Show cases

The objective of the WP8 “Show cases” is to disseminate and exploit ARUM research findings across scientific and industrial communities. Within the work package, a set of show cases for the ARUM solutions will be performed in front of end-users.

Based on show case workshops with end-users (industrial partners, EAB members), a validation of ARUM solution shall be carried out.


Exploitation, Standardisation & Dissemination

The overall objective of this WP is to ensure visibility and mid- and long-term exploitability of the project results, especially by means of dissemination and exploitation of the ARUM research findings across scientific and industrial communities. The WP is organized in four activities, implemented as Tasks. Specifically, Dissemination (Task 9.1) is focused on providing visibility and cross-sharing of the project results in the scientific community, the broader community of users and stakeholders, and other relevant FP7 projects. Standardization (Task 9.2) is aimed at ensuring that the project’s decisions are aligned to current developments in relevant standardization bodies and to pave the way for the wider adoption of ARUM achievements and maximization of its impact by means of feedback and contributions to the standardization bodies. End-user training (Task 9.3) will assure the proper implementation of the project achievements within the ARUM end-user organizations, as well as their continuity. Finally, exploitation and IPR issues are dealt with by Task 9.4, fostering the exploitation of the project results beyond the project lifetime and targets and the management of intellectual property of the project results.


Overall project management

To manage and coordinate the project to a high standard: management activities will be carried out according to specific strategies, organizations , specifications and rules.