Integrated framework for a cost-effective and ease of Repair, Renovation and Re-use of machine tools within modern factory

The current maintenance strategies, like Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), are useful to answer questions such as frequency of maintenance, range of replacement of machine parts, stocking of spare parts and scheduling of shutdowns.

It is generally accepted that the vast majority of maintenance models are aimed to answer questions of efficiency and not effectiveness, such as:

  1. How can reliability, repair and End of Life (EOL) be included in a robust and integrated Life Cycle Cost (LCC) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) model of the factory (to be used for decision making along the factory life cycle)?
  2. Which machine and/or components should be improved and how can repair time and cost be reduced?
  3. How the remaining life of Re-usable components be assessed and which are most valuable Renovation technologies for the machine tools? 

EASE-R3 aims at developing a novel integrated framework for a cost-effective and easy repair, renovation and re-use of machine tools within a modern factory (machine shop floor), covering the entire life cycle of the system (from design stage to operative life). It is addressed to SME, large OEM as well as end users. Reduction of downtime of machine tools within production systems, extension of their performances and life, solutions for re-use and ease of renovation are essential to increase cost-efficiency and environmental sustainability of a factory in future markets.

Aims, e.g.:

- novel integrated framework for a cost-effective and easy machine maintenance

- transfer of project results into standardization activity with the aim to develop a standardization document, e.g. CWA or IWA and support the dissemination of project results

Project Partners:

Werkzeugmaschinenlabor (WZL) an der RWTH Aachen
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Politecnico di Torino
Ideko S. Coop.
EKIN Sociedad Cooperativa
Newburgh Engineering Co. Ltd.
Mach4 Lab Srl.
CE.S.I. Centro Studi Industriali Srl.
The University of Huddersfield
Wires Engineering Srl.
DIN e. V.


July, 1st 2013 till June, 30th 2016


European Commission / Directorate-General for Research & Innovation

FP7-FoF.NMP.2013-8 Innovative strategies for renovation and repair in manufacturing systems (Project Number 608771)