Project Targets

Factory-ECOMATION project foresees a new development in the production scenario in which integrated assessment of environmental benefits, health benefits and energy efficiency are based on quantitative and reliable key parameters. Such an assessment will be the key factor in determining quality of service associated to material production and product manufacturing.

Factory-ECOMATION methodological approach aims at comprehensively addressing such problems by developing inter-operable methods, scalable tools and technologies at process/machinery level in a unique framework. Its overall solution will be proven on two different industrial fields that are normally faced separately and independently, despite the fact they cause very similar problems.

The focus of the project will be on two industrial sectors, relevant for European economy and crucial to achieve the EU 20/20/20 objectives:

  • The iron&steel industry, a highly energy intensive industry;
  • The woodworking industry, a high carbon footprint industry;

On the whole Factory-ECOMATION is expected to produce the following results:


A dramatic improvement in consumption phases is expected from the combined efficiency coming from different areas involved within the project.Such improvement areas are:

  • Optimization of manufacturing set-up and configuration routines;
  • Optimization of coordination between single processes and end-effectors;
  • Identification of bottlenecks in manufacturing plants due to systemic inefficiencies;
  • Use of recovery energy technologies;
  • Optimization of supplier selection;
  • Opportunities in identification for energy recovery from material flows from gases and materials;
Improvements in reduction of process emissions are expected with reference to the following areas:

  • “Emission areas” related to dangerous emission will be monitored in real time in order to identify areas of action;
  • Application of extractor/intake equipment will be optimized through proper application in emission areas by reducing volatile emissions such vapors, dust and small particulate. The same intake equipment will be thought to optimize at the same time employee health and energy recovery.
  • The identification of flow impact involved in the use stage will be extended to upstreams and downstreams evaluations in order to maximize beneficial impact to all transversal flows life cycle (i.e. energy inputs, processed materials, auxiliary material etc.)


This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [314805].