PNO Spain boosted one of the 23 projects that the European Commission has funded with 128 million Euros under their 2nd call for projects related to behavior, socioeconomic, cohorts, manufacturing, medical and digital solutions to battle COVID-19. The CO-VERSATILE project aims at increasing the adaptation capacity, resilience and flexibility of the European manufacturing sector, focusing on vital medical supplies and equipment, to support Europe in improving its response and preparedness to deal with pandemics. CO-VERSATILE builds upon research and innovation industry-driven initiatives to deliver demonstrators of a flexible 48-hour industrial response capability at scale, to cope with sudden spikes in demand of strategic products, for requalification or release of Manufacturing Settings. The project foresees three key objectives:
- Deliver a rapid response to the ongoing emergency situation in the re-orientation and repurposing of production capacities through repurposed manufacturing facilities for 7 manufacturing settings, allowing for an increased production capacity of vital medical supplies and equipment
- Set up an accessible and democratic Digital Technopole for the re-orientation and repurposing of production capacities to meet the urgent needs of the European society for vital medical supplies and equipment.
- Validate the proper operation of the Digital Technopole to demonstrate a flexible 48-hour industrial response capability at scale, to ramp up production in response to sudden future spikes in demand of strategic products (for instance medical equipment such as PPE, respirators), for requalification or release of production lines.
Stay tuned to more interesting updates on the CO-VERSATILE Digital Technopole.