Experiments - Lighthouses

Cross-Border Experiment in Automotive Sector – Smart Supply Chain


Lighthouse description

The main objective for this experiment is the improvement of the efficiency and innovativeness of FCA Supply Chain, implementing and using MIDIH solution that, by mean of both FIWARE and custom components, allows a better knowledge and understanding of events that can happen during the shipment of components from the supplier plant to the production plant.

The adoption of this solution allows to have information in case any issues occur, in order to improve availability and timely scheduling of the production, thanks to the real-time tracking and monitoring of materials during the supply.

The i4.0 Smart Logistic application, developed by Cefriel, and that leverages on MIDIH Platform, has been used for the scope of this part of the CRF Lighthouse experiment. The application leverages on custom tracker devices, called Ologer (Outdoor Logistics Tracker). These devices permit the tracking of the parameters needed for the monitoring of the environmental and mechanical events impacting the components status during transportation from a starting plant to destination plant.





    Inbound logistics is sometimes characterized by a low level of visibility and information sharing on one side, and, on the other side, on the complete absence of measurable indicators enabling to monitor the level of quality of the transport. In the AS-IS situation, only localization at starting and arrival point was indicated, by manual input, and data about the status of components weren’t available, as for example vibrations or temperature data.

    This implies that, in case of delays or quality issues during the supply of components needed for the production, the plants were informed with a delay of possible logistics issues, with a negative impact on the efficiency and timing of the production processes and product delivery.

  • SOLUTION (Main results expected to be achieved):

    The implementation of MIDIH solution allows:
    • Creating a trustworthy ecosystem for transfer of valuable engineering data, sensor data and logistics data
    • Process industrial Additive Manufacturing orders in a fast, traceable, and reliable manner
    • Protect IP and assure quality

    The idea is to establish a self-organized distribution network as part of a digital self-organized supply chain. The dynamic forming of the supply chain should be realized by a service application. This application plans an order-related distribution by exploring an open market for logistic services, based on a customer designed, preferred distribution network. The range of services covers the complete process handling across several processes.

    The technical approach consists of the creation of a data space. The software architecture represents the reference architecture of the Industrial Data Space. The elements Connector and Broker from the Industrial Data Space are also used. For the customer, the distribution network organizes itself via apps in the Industrial Data Space. Within MIDIH, a distribution planning app is installed in the manufacturer's IDS connector.



Julien Mascolo