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The focus of this project is ‘An advanced circular and manufacturing ecosystem based on rapid reconfigurable manufacturing process and individualised consumer preferences’.  The 48 month programme will address the challenges of delivering new concepts and technologies that allow manufacturing companies, especially mid-cap and SME sizes, to fulfil the demands arising from changing supply chains and value networks.

KYKLOS 4.0 will demonstrate, in a realistic, measurable and replicable way, the transformative effects that augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies and methodologies will have on the Circular Manufacturing (CM) framework.

The aims of KYKLOS 4.0 include to:

  • Perform large-scale pilots to demonstrate the technical, environmental and economic viability of the KYKLOS 4.0 Ecosystem to reshape intra-factory processes and services
  • Show KYKLOS 4.0’s value in terms of improving operational efficiency by at least 15%
  • Deliver resources and reusable solutions (material, part and components) for the whole manufacturing sector
  • Ensure scalability of future, novel CM technologies and services, transferring knowledge and technology to increase take-up of KYKLOS 4.0
  • Strengthen the position of EU CM technologies providers and sectors, fostering a market share of up to 12% 

Through penetration of the Ecosystem in the CM market, KYKLOS 4.0 will also show a reduction in environmental impact due to lower use of fossil fuels and raw materials.

TWI Hellas is responsible for the design and implementation of the rapid prototyping module for additive manufacturing (AM) and the online 3D component configurator within KYKLOS 4.0.  The project is co-ordinated by Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain.

Partners: there are 29 in total representing 13 countries

KYKLOS 4.0 was co-funded by the Horizon 2020 of the European Union under Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories.