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Digital innovation for railway production value chains

The makeITrail project will contribute to improving the efficiency of the Swedish transportation industry by further integrating the capabilities and systems for suppliers, producers, and consumers; in addition to using the latest technologies in planning, communication, and transport 4.0 in order to create a complete value chain connecting raw materials to end users. The potential of achieving this is a reduction in waste found in miscommunication, excessive acceptance testing, and production-distribution misalignments. To achieve this, and demonstrate the portability of any developed technologies, the main industrial partner, BT, will provide the case study and the development goals focusing on transforming conventional assembly processes of propulsion systems to a digitally integrated and automated processes, with all the side developments needed. The project partners are looking at automating the conventional assembly process of railway propulsion systems, thus moving towards more modular designs that are easier to customize according to market needs.

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Production2030, Rail, Value Chain

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