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EU FIRST Project on Virtual Factory Technologies: Project update

The EU FIRST project has achieved most of the goals planned for the 1st Periodic Report (first 24 months), regarding virtual factory and smart manufacturing research, training and networking activities. The consortium has achieved relevant scientific contributions, created new collaborations and enhanced existing ones, and proposed and implemented well-attended training and networking activities.

The concrete scientific and technical achievements from the first reporting period are established the foundational notions and requirements of interoperability of a virtual factory and operationalizes them. Existing manufacturing-oriented service description languages, service classification, service management, service discovery methods, and service-oriented process verification are reviewed. Related new approaches, architecture, methods are discovered and researched. Some works have been prototyped. 


Match Funding Received from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), P.R. China

Our Chinese Partners, SSPU and KMSoft received their match funding from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to support the FIRST project. See more detailed information



Mid Term Review Meeting 20 September 2018 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

EU FIRST virtual factory project mid term review meeting hosted at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. 

Group photo 


EU FIRST Project Group photo 


During the mid-term review meeting, the EU FIRST virtual factory project advisor Irina Elena Tiron giving a talk on RISE projects.


Serial Seminars about EU FIRST Virtual Factory Research Project at SSPU, Shanghai, China


The report attracted different audiences.  

Dr Paul de Vrieze gave a talk to update the EU FIRST Virtual factory research Project SSPU team. 


Visit Computer School, Wuhan University, China - Virtual Factory Lecture

Prof. Peng Liang and Dr. Chong Wang invited Dr. Lai Xu to visit Computer School, Wuhan University on 8th May, 2018. A seminar was given on the topic of 'Interoperability of  Virtual Factory: an Overview of Concepts and Research Challenges'.  A 4-hour lecture is delivered about 'Business Process Modelling, BPMN and Virtual Factory' for Master students at Computer School, Wuhan University. 


Conference: Discussing Business Process Modelling, BPMN and Virtual Factory

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Visit KM Software at Wuhan, China

Dr. Lai Xu visited KM Software at Wuhan. She is learning Virtual Factory Manufacturing Software and general knowledge of manufacturing processes. 


Mr. Hua Mu and Dr. Wanling Chen hosted this visit. 

Virtual Factory Seminars at Shanghai Polytechnic University, China

Dr. Lai Xu and her PhD Student John Kasse give two interesting talks related to the EU FIRST Virtual Factory Research Project. Vice-director  of Research Office Prof. Hong Lu and Prof. Bai hosted the seminars. Students and Colleagues from College of Engineering attended the seminars.  


Dr. Lai Xu gave a talk on topic of  Building Distributed Virtual Factory Organisation Model.  from 14:30 to 15:30. During the panel some European projects were presented (among which the EU FIRST project), and then there was an open discussion about the proposed topics.

Mr. John Kasse gave a talk on topic of  Data Protection and Process Oriented Authorisation


Visit Huida Co. Ltd at Shanghai, China

Dr. Lai Xu visited Huida Co. Ltd. Shanghai, China. The company specialises in manufacturing and machining of core auto parts of engineering systems, steering system, clutch systems and transmission systems as part of her virtual factory research for the EU FIRST project. 

Visit KM Software at Wuhan, China

Dr. Paul de Vrieze visited KM Software, which is one of our partners of the EU FIRST Virtual Factory Research Project. The Chinese Version of this vising can be found from here. 

GK Innovation Center Online

At the occasion of the inauguration of the new building at GK Software AG on September 18, 2017, the“GK Innovation Center”with the Innovation and Research Group and other new units, the EU-project was launched and announced by a Press Release in German.

The GK Innovation Center and the EU FIRST Virtual Factory Research Project was presented in a Press Briefing by the CEO at GK Software AG as well as at the GK Innovation Day and reception on September 18, 2017 in Schöneck, Germany.

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Created by Jake Knight on 2019/04/08 22:05
Copyright 2017-2018, FIRST Consortium - This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 734599