The efficiency and the stability of nearly all production processes as well as the product’s quality are inevitably a consequence of the tool’s quality. But still the tremendous potential of tools to optimise the production process is not fully utilised. Innovative tools should go beyond effectiveness and also offer tool users a more efficient production, regarding not only resources used for tool production but also resource consumption during the utilisation phase of a tool. The envisaged TEC project focuses on resource efficiency throughout the whole life cycle of a tool.

The goal of TEC is to enable tool makers as well as tool users in Europe a prediction of the tools’ consumption of resources as an innovative customer-specific and value added service to distinguish from competitors, especially from those of low wage countries, supporting the development towards an even more knowledge-based industry. The complex interdependencies in different stages of the tools’ life cycle will
be described and used to build a calculation tool for the knowledge-based estimation of the tools’ resource efficiency. A business model based on this knowledge shall be derived to strengthen the competitiveness of European SMEs lastingly.

The used research methodology will be a heuristic approach to solve the complex
structure of interdependencies of parameters related to resource consumption.
Research will be based on empirical data that will be analysed and transferred to a
simple model giving appropriate results in a short time (compared to an analytic
approach based on physical laws). 14 European SME (Germany and Austria) will
ensure that empirical data will be available and that the data is relevant for the whole
European market.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Clarence Darrow

The CORNET promotion plan 64EN of the Research Community for Quality (FQS), August-Schanz-Str. 21A, 60433 Frankfurt/Main has been funded by the AiF within the programme for sponsorship by Industrial Joint Research and Development (IGF) of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technologies based on an enactment of the German Parliament.

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