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EU-funded project ManuCloud yields combined OLED and organic photovoltaic panels By Julien Happich Funded for three years by the European Union, the project ManuCloud (distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure) presented a demonstrator of a façade module, which combines OLED- and OPV-technology. The objective of the ManuCloud project was the development of a service-oriented IT environment as basis for the next level of manufacturing networks by enabling production-related inter-enterprise integration down to shop floor level. Industrial relevance was guaranteed by involving industrial partners from the organic photovoltaic, organic lighting and automotive supply industries. The transition from mass production to personalized, customer oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing is considered to be a promising approach to improve and secure the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industries in the future, which constitute an important pillar of the European prosperity. One precondition for this transition is the availability of agile IT systems supporting this level of flexibility on the production network layer on the one hand and on the factory and process levels on the other hand. ManuCloud was setup in 2010 with project partners Heliatek, Fraunhofer COMED, Tridonic Dresden and GS Gebäude- Solarsysteme GmbH, with the mission to investigate the production IT-related aspects for this transition. Its aim was to develop and evaluate a suitable IT infrastructure to provide better support for on-demand manufacturing scenarios, taking multiple tiers of the value chain into account. On this path, the ManuCloud members implemented the vision of a cloud-like architecture concept, providing users with the ability to use the manufacturing capabilities of configurable, virtualized production networks, based on cloud-enabled, federated factories, supported by a set of software-as-aservice applications. Two seminal tech- nologies have been selected to demonstrate the application context for the ManuCloud concept: the organic photovoltaic (OPV) and the organic LED (OLED) technology. Each of them is driven by specific market needs. Both markets are currently in an early stage. However, market research predicts a multibillion dollar market for these products already in a few years. Due to the unique properties of large-area light generation and energy harvesting, coming with special features like adjustable colours, transparency and a thin and lightweight structure, OLAE (organic and large area electronic) technologies are expected to generate numerous new applications with a substantial share being customized solutions. The project has setup and evaluated a manufacturing cloud infrastructure for customized organic lighting and solar cell solutions. Tridonic Dresden defined application scenarios together with the partners based on discussions with potential customers of the manufacturing environment. The demonstrated façade element was identified as one interesting scenario. The definition of the façade element and the setup of the lamination process including setup and test runs were driven by Tridonic Dresden together with Fraunhofer COMED, Heliatek and GS Gebäude- Solarsysteme. The partners developed a process to integrate temperature and pressure sensitive OLED and OPV devices into glass to create an integrated active glass laminate. The ManuCloud consortium was composed of eight partners from four different EU member states (Austria, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom). The partners were advanced clean production Information Technology GmbH (acp-IT), Robert Bosch GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA, consortium leader), Fraunhofer Research Institution for Organics, Materials and Electronic Devices COMED, HELIATE K GmbH, Tridonic Dresden (formerly LEDON OLED Lighting GmbH & Co. KG), nxtControl GmbH, Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the University of Strathclyde. Demonstrator of the façade module with orange+white TABOLA® OLED modules and OPV. © Fraunhofer COMEDD 6 Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2013 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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