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Cape tools and technologies for the 21st century

Building upon the work of the cape.Net, capri and pure
networks, develop detailed proposals for a programme of
development, demonstration and technology transfer to
strengthen competitiveness of the european process industry.

CAPE-21 will take forward the work started under the BRITE-EURAM CAPE.NET, INCO PURE and CEFIC CAPRI Networks, in order to strengthen and enhance the ability of the European Process Industry to compete in the modern global marketplace. This will be achieved by the provision of a new generation of CAPE (Computer Aided Process Engineering) tools and techniques to facilitate the achievement of sustained excellence in research, development, design and operations. Over the last 20 years or so, CAPE tools and techniques have largely developed by a process of evolution of systems which originated many years ago. The business environment is, however, currently undergoing a step-change, rather than a period of evolution, and so the technologies which it uses to address these challenges must also under a step-change. A whole new generation of capabilities is required, with dramatically improved functionality and integration and exploiting the results of the most up-to-date IT research, to help process engineers in developing and operating this new range of processes. There is also the opportunity to extend the use of such tools and techniques, both across the life cycle and into the smaller and less sophisticated organisations and as a part of the current "levelling up" process to bring the industry in Central and Eastern Europe into line with current EU Member States, in preparation for joining the EU. Definition Phase: (Note that we are seeking support only for the Definition Phase at this stage) Specific objectives and activities of the Definition Phase will include: a) Confirm, update and broaden findings of studies/surveys carried out by CAPE.NET, PURE and CAPRI. b) Broad-based consultations, for example, with CEFIC and network members and at industry fairs and exhibitions (including Achema and CHISA) and via National Trade Associations. c) Ensure relevance and applicability to the needs of SMEs (see footnote below) and to the industry of Central and Eastern Europe ("the EU of tomorrow)"). d) Encompass other subsectors of the Process Industries (such as food, waste & water treatment, pulp and paper, mineral and metal processing, etc.) and their Trade Associations. e) Involve appropriate vendors and researchers. f) Investigate cross-sectoral opportunities for importing and adapting key technologies (for example, from the vehicle, aerospace and IT sectors). g) Review technology options and flesh out specific proposals to address the principal dimensions: - Networking - Development (possibly including a preliminary investigation of key architectural issues) - Technology Demonstration and Transfer and discuss with appropriate other EU schemes, such as IST, CSG, etc. h) Refine estimates of costs and schedules for the Implementation Phase and develop "before & after" scenarios as a basis of estimating potential impact. i) Develop business plan options to enable the initiative to become self-sustaining in the longer term. j) Review implications for Education & Training. Footnote: The direct involvement of SMEs in the Definition Phase is low, reflecting their current low level of usage of CAPE technologies. It is a specific objective to take their needs into account in developing the proposals but it is important that these proposals are primarily assembled by companies with in depth experience of the technology and what it can achieve. SMEs will be more directly involved in the Implementation Phase (*). (*) (Note we are seeking support only for the Definition phase at this stage). Implementation phase: Turning the Vision into Reality The primary deliverable of the Definition Phase will be a Business Plan: specific and costed proposals for a managed programme of: * Networking: both within the cluster and with other relevant communities and activities (or even other industrial sectors where there may be overlapping technological interests); to identify and exploit potential synergies and to generate new and productive partnerships; * Tools Development: projcts aimsed at developing new and more effective tools to enable the industrial sector to address the challenges which it faces; * Infrastructure Development: projects aimed at developing necessary infrastructures, generic technologies and standards to support and integrate the above tools and thus enhance their overall effectivess. Development initiatives such as STEP and CAPE-OPEN are valuable but address only a small fraction of the overall problem; * Dissemination and Technology Transfer: activities aimed at promoting the more widespread adoption of best practice and maximising industrial competitiveness, particularly amongst SMEs. Duplication must be avoided, critical mass must be established and effective coordination must be established within a clear framework, leading to a cohesive whole. There is thus a need for the application of multi-national skill-sets and multi-national resources to address this task and ensure a cohesive and comprehensive response to industry's needs. Only in this way can progress be achieved and the competitiveness of the industry in the increasingly volatile and challenging global marketplace be protected and enhanced. The full scope of the programme will only become clear, of course, at the end of the Definition Phase. It is probable that the programme would be implemented by a series of calls for proposals to address the main themes. Inevitably, delivering the whole Vision will take time and so particular attention will be given to ways of delivering early and intermediate benefits to the industry. Throughout the process industries (oil and gas, chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, waste and water treatment, pulp and paper, metals and minerals processing, etc.): a major industrial sector in virtually all countries of Europe and beyond. The CAPE-21 Definition Phase report was issued in July 2001 and highlighted such areas as modelling & working environments across the lifecycle, thermophysical properties, dynamic simulation, CFD, particulate processes, batch processes, and so on. Fundamental underpinning work is now required in the areas of multi-scale modelling and intelligent working environments and this is being pursued via proposals to the various National & European RTD funding schemes, which it is anticipated will lead to new implementation proposals to both Framework & EUREKA! Further information on these activities, a copy of the report and a range of other materials can be found on the CAPE Alliance website .
Acronym: 
CAPE.21
Project ID: 
2 311
Start date: 
01-08-2000
Project Duration: 
34months
Project costs: 
530 000.00€
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.