Welcome to LinkedDesign
Manufacturing is the driving force of Europe’s economy, contributing over €6,553 billion in GDP and providing more than 30 million jobs. A strong manufacturing sector is vital to European competitiveness, economic growth and stability but this sector is facing increasingly difficult challenges.
The economic crisis has decreased industry output by around 20%, and global competition is growing dramatically. Further, we witness new trends and paradigms like an increasing demand for sustainable manufacturing and mass customisation. ICT is the key enabler for coping with these changes to establish engineering and manufacturing excellence as a long-term driver for European success.
LinkedDesign will boost the productivity of today‘s engineers by providing an integrated, holistic view on data, persons and processes across the full product lifecycle as a vital resource for the outstanding competitive design of novel products and manufacturing processes.
To achieve this goal the project will develop the Linked Engineering and mAnufacturing Platform (LEAP) as an integrated information system for manufacturing design. LEAP federates all product lifecycle information relevant to drive engineering and manufacturing processes, independent of its format, location, originator, and time of creation. Apart from the unified access to the integrated information, LEAP will provide specific knowledge exploitation solutions like sentiment analysis and design decision support systems to analyse the integrated information.
LinkedDesign will enable user-centric lifecycle information management. To prevent from information overload leading to long search times, LEAP will provide a context-driven access to federated information and knowledge, such that each user is equipped with all information required for his/her specific role and engineering task. Further, LinkedDesign aims to foster cross-discipline collaborations between users by novel approaches for collaborative engineering. The front-end of LEAP will be developed as a Virtual Obeya, a virtual control center where all information confluence and are shared at desks for each involved participant, independent of location and context.