ADaptive Virtual ENTerprise ManufacTURing Environment (Adventure) is Small or Medium-Scale Focused Research Project (STREP) funded by the European Seventh Framework Programme in Virtual Factories and Enterprises. The goal of the project is the creation of a framework that provides the tools to combine factories in a pluggable way to manufacture a particular product. This includes the creation of manufacturing processes, finding partners as well as real-time monitoring of the processes that are put into play.
The concept of combining the power of several independent factories to achieve complex manufacturing processes as so-called virtual factories is not new and has been addressed by several research projects in recent years. However, most of them are limited to create virtual factories at a business level and in many cases they concentrate on the partner-finding and factory-building processes. Still, no proven tools and technologies exist in the market to provide valuable end-to-end integrated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in such environments.
ADVENTURE will help virtual factories and enterprises move beyond existing operational limitations by providing concrete tools and approaches for leveraging the information exchange between factories. Factory process optimization will be enabled by the integration of runtime factory selection, forecasting, monitoring, and on-the-fly collaboration.
ADVENTURE aims at simplifying the establishment, management, adaptation, and monitoring of dynamic manufacturing processes in virtual factories by building on concepts and methods from the field of Service-oriented Computing and therefore benefiting from the progress that has been made in this domain over the last few years. Technologies from the field of Ubiquitous Computing and the Internet of Things, e.g., wireless sensors, will be adopted in order to support the monitoring and governance of processes, i.e., give information about the current status of manufacturing and delivery, as seen above.