Collaboration at the borderlines is often fruitful for generating new ideas and new applications. This type of collaboration is however often difficult to achieve in traditional research programs where groups are competing for funding and forced to stay within their traditional research areas. This is why it is an added value having a centre with its own budget. Also the possibility to prioritize and decide abound funding within the centre provides a great possibility to explore new ideas. Small projects can be started and, if successful, be allowed to grow in a generic way without short-term expectations on applicable results.
As a result of the new collaboration within the centre, the research groups from PPD and S2, traditionally strong within computer aided product development and automation, have been further strengthened by collaboration with math experts from FCC. Algorithms and simulation strategies can then be further developed, tuned and optimized for optimal industrial performance.
All industrial partners are operating under similar conditions. New products need to be developed and produced faster and with higher quality or more added values to the customer. This drives the need for better and faster ways to develop both product and production systems. Research in the centre is therefore driven by the vision of a fully virtual product realization process where product and production system is developed and verified together, without physical prototypes or testing. Competing companies are collaborating in the centre and are able to share this vision because the research is about processes, not products.
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