The EXPLOITT methodology

OPTIMISED Project has used the EXPLOITT® methodology which has been developed by IDEKO for Industrial Exploitation and Take-up of results generated in European Projects – has been used along project execution. The main objectives of using this method are to drive strategies and actions for fine-tuning Technology development of a future effective industrial exploitation and take-up of the results generated within a R&D EU project by providing guidelines for all stakeholders including partners, project initiators and the European Commission.

The EXPLOITT® method complies with the main steps and tools in a framework for incorporating innovation into R&D collaborative projects by defining an exploitation plan based on a process of reflection to evaluate real technologies, products and market opportunities. The development of the process leads to design business model drafts to define the best exploitation forms of the project results.

At the beginning of the project, the Technology Identification phase starts. In this phase, EXPLOITT defines some processes which help in identifying project exploitable results, characterising the technology which will be developed during the project and prioritising those results taking into account aspects such as innovation, exploitability and the impact in the industry of them. As a result of this first phase, partnerships will have project Key Exploitable Results (KER) identified.

In a second phase, called Technology Evaluation, a deeper analysis of identified KERs is realised. EXPLOITT provides some indications and templates to carry out the analysis. With all information obtained in this phase, partnerships are able to identify which is the more exploitable KER to develop a business plan. In addition, they have a global view of what the target market, potential competitors in the sector, Intelligence Property Rights issues and major risks are, among other aspects.

In the Business Plan phase, an analysis of  all aspects around the creation of a new  business is purposed. This analysis is centred on the KER selected for this purpose. As results of the analysis made in this phase, a business model is designed, a marketing plan is defined and a business risk management plan is developed. Finally, it concludes by giving a guide to define an action list which should be followed to achieve the new business goals. These actions are reflected in a road-map that also describes the linkages between  them. Apart from these phases, EXPLOITT defines another two phases which are carried out during the entire project life-cycle. On the one hand, Competitive Intelligence  Activities are realised. These activities provide partners with information on all issues around the project, technologies, possible entry barriers to the market (such as existing patents for example), legislation, competitors, market etc.  On the other hand, Clustering Activities intend to promote business competitiveness by exploiting opportunities jointly. Clustering Activities aim to support new precompetitive technologies (and family of technologies) within actual and future manufacturing  paradigms, in order to combine different and cross-sectorial research results that share the same scope to facilitate a bigger impact, additional added value, better exploitation and take-up for industrial competitiveness.


FOCUS: Contract No: H2020 FoF-7-2014 – 637090

1.      Universal messaging system as an fab wide information backbone

The universal messaging system for information and data exchange between various distributed data sources and data consumers consists of a software tool-set and protocol specifications for a universal and standardised way for real time data collection, transportation, storage and processing of various manufacturing data with there respective context.

The information backbone is realised using a fast, stable working, reliable and fault tolerant Message oriented Middleware (MoM) which is based on TCP/IP. The solution is easily scaleable to customer needs due to the load balancing capabilities. Hence it is most suitable for incorporating IoT devices and Industry 4.0.

In particular, the universal messaging system offers the following advantages:

  • TCP/IP based with various communication patterns

  • Middleware based on reliable open source message queuing ZeroMQ / RabbitMQ

  • Scalable and with the opportunity to implement redundant components for fault tolerance

  • Easy to implement interface and message structure (JSON-document)

  • Support for various programming languages

  • Cross-platform data messaging

  • Sensors acting as data source can be realised with minimal hardware requirements

What advantages does the system offer:

  • Low costs for the initial system

  • Existing data sources and consumers can be integrated by data adapters

  • Highly scalable and easily extendable

  • Data storage (HBase, MS SqlServer, Oracle, Cloud storage...) can be chosen freely

So with the introduction of the universal messaging system data can be collected from very different and distributed sources, stored in a central or distributed data store and it can be accessed and processed by various data processing engines.

Advanced Data Processing GmbH


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 2.      Simulation toolboxes and model libraries

Holistic factory simulation models: The simulation models are holistic in the sense that material handling, logistics, energy, and manpower are considered. And the models are used not for mid-term manufacturing engineering only but for short-term forecast to support production control.

The OPTIMISED simulation libraries support and enable integrated consideration of energy, manpower, and material and it is connected to the plant IT systems. On top of that, an easy-to-use rail transportation network simulation has been developed and is available for further use.

SimPlan AG



3.      Industrial Energy Management Platform

The Industrial Energy Management Platform is built on the Smarter Grid Solutions ANM Strata software for Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS). Energy production, storage and flexible consumption assets are monitored in real time and scheduled and controlled to manage on-site, behind the meter energy consumption

The Industrial Energy Management Platform has the following capabilities:

·       Monitoring of any and all energy consuming, storage or production asset on a site

·       Dashboard for real-time and historic energy metrics

·       Scheduling and control of energy flexibility across asset base and equipment

·       Management of Energy KPIs including energy consumption, energy tariff costs, carbon content of energy, energy flexibility, energy services revenues and cost savings.

·       Integration to ERP and MES systems for simulation, optimisation and data services

·       IoT device and Web Services system connectivity

·       Cloud hosted and on premise implementation

·       Management and grid integration of clean energy production assets

·       Operation of factory sites and facilities as micro-grids

Bringing together advanced, proven DERMS capabilities with industrial energy management and power grid and energy market know how creates multiple value streams for Industrial and Commercial customers.

Smarter Grid Solutions