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European Excellence in Manufacturing through ZDMP Industry 4.0 Platform

Published on 23.4.2019
Tampere University
Launched in 2019, the 4-year Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform (ZDMP) activity develops platforms for achieving excellence in manufacturing through zero defect processes and products. The 30 partner companies and the European Commission are investing €19 million in the project.

Today, manufacturing industry is undergoing a substantial transformation termed Industry 4.0. It has been enabled through the proliferation of new digital solutions applied across the production process chain. The Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform is a digital platform that will develop both zero defects manufacturing and connected smart factories. The aim of the project is to promote the manufacturing of high-quality industrial products in Europe.

“As the phone evolved into the smart phone, ZDMP will propel the factory to the Smart Factory and the Smart Zero Defect factory,” says CEO Stuart Campbell, Manager of the ZDMP consortium.

“ZDMP will ensure that European industry remains competitive and keeps its leading manufacturing position by producing high quality products at a low cost in the most efficient way,” Campbell continues.

Tampere University is one of the partner universities in ZDMP. Professor Jose Luis Martinez Lastra from the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences emphasises the significant impact of artificial intelligence and data analytics applications on future manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

 “TAU will participate in ZDMP by supporting the formulation of the platform’s architecture; the definition of the distributed and autonomous computing strategies; and will contribute to the creation of the project SDK,” Professor Lastra says.

Professor Lastra leads Tampere University’s FAST-Lab whose research areas include automation, industrial informatics, industrial cyber-physical systems, robotics and artificial intelligence.

“The most important application areas of our studies are factory automation, automated health care and intelligent transport. They provide the basis for smart factories, smart health care, and smart cities in the future,” Lastra points out.

Among other things, the production platform developed in the ZDMP project may be utilised in the automotive industry, machine tools, electronics and construction. The enhanced cooperation between companies can avoid and reduce product and process defects along various supply chains. It will focus on both process and product quality modules for pre-production, production, and post-production quality issues to ensure manufacturers are enabled for zero defects. The participating organisations will contribute €3.2 million for such developing.

The ZDMP Project combines state of the art technological approaches based on commercial grade standard or open-source software with an open development approach. It will focus on both process and product quality modules for pre-production, production, and post-production quality issues.

The project is coordinated by Research Centre UNINOVA and concepted and managed by SME Information Catalyst (ICE). In addition to them, other leading partners include Ford, Continental, Software AG, Mondragon Assembly, HSD, FIDIA, Formplast, Consugal, PT Mills, Flexeflina, CEI, AlfaTest, Ceteck, Video Systems, Ascora, Profactor, Softeco, Etxe-Tar, Ikerlan, ITI, and Rooter. These are assisted by the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Tampere University, and Southampton University as well as the German Standards Organisation DIN. Partners Martinrea Honsel, Siveco and ALONG are expected to join the consortium shortly.

The ZDMP project emerged in response to the European Commission H2020 call on Industry 4.0 and Factories of the Future under grant agreement 825631. Visit the website of the Zero Defects Manufacturing Platform project for further information on the partners and funders

Inquiries: Professor Jose Luis Martinez Lastra, tel. +358407794748, jose.martinezlastra [at]

info [at] (info[at]zdmp[dot]eu)