These are innovative materials with high mechanical and thermal performance or which incorporate additional functions designed to provide information or to behave in a certain manner.
Innovative manufacturing processes group together the new technologies which allow greater production flexibility, either because the cycle times are shorter, or because they limit or eliminate finishing operations or because they allow a high level of product customisation (e.g. Additive manufacturing).
Eco-responsible processes correspond to technologies which protect the environment by reduced energy consumption or lower level or zero waste generation.
Intelligence, for machines, is being able to learn and take autonomous decisions, even in unplanned situations. There is then collaboration between the machine and the human.
This category groups programmable or numerical control machines which makes it possible to implement automated production requiring little human presence. Man is above all present for quality monitoring operations and to reflect upon the optimisation of manufacturing and handling times.
Intelligent components are sub-systems of intelligent machines which can take simple decisions at their level. They make it possible to eliminate the central control of actions very close to the ground and to the product.
Closely related to operational intelligence, the multiplication of multi-physical sensors provides information about the behaviour of production during development and about the production tool. This makes it possible to respond as quickly as possible, to obtain a correlation with the virtual model of the production system and to check the results of the digital engineering of products and processes in advance.
This corresponds to all electronics and distributed IT which allows the complete control of the production system, to pilot the system, and to store the data which will enable the validation or invalidation of the digital models.