3 FIT4U project aims at developing a New engineering framework for both products & processes integrating: new functional devices for consumer personalization new design technologies advanced materials new consumer differentiated production technologies targeting in particular the safety and sport footwear and accessories sectors FIT4U Project Main Goals
4 FIT4U Project Concept and Objectives New competitive strategies based on new industrial paradigms and on new consumer centred products capabilities must be conceived and developed. Specific addressed consumer oriented market segments will be footwear and accessories, particularly gloves for professional, free time, and sport (outdoor/trekking) activities, with major focus on differentiated consumer-centred products in order to provide: comfort, safety, health, well being new functionalities/services to the consumer environmental friendly products
5 WHY - Needs and demands from market and sectors Consumer needs: major correspondence from a Geometric point of view (safety-sport): ergonomics and comfort (overall and footbed) Functional (safety-sport): product with right features for the application/use (sole performance, lightness, material advanced features) Companies ask for: Capability of being closer to the consumer geometrical and functional needs, but finding affordable solutions Need for new solutions for functional customization but Find solutions which are compatible with everyday production processes
8 Problems addressed: diabetic footwear 1.Health care problems (biomechanical and biomedical aspects) 2.Footwear design problems ( new design technologies) 3.Footwear product problems (comfort, health welfare and service to customers) 4.Footwear components and materials problem (eco- sustainability and high performing materials) 5.Footwear manufacture problems (adaptive production processes and engineering framework) SPECIAL SHOES MOVEMENT
9 In 2008: 50 million diabetics in Europe Lack of sensitivity in foot: neuropathy 15% of diabetics: problems with diabetic foot syndrome High risk of amputation High sanitary costs (10 million European diabetics represent 29.000 million ) DIABETIC FEET
10 Social and economic need: DIABETIC FEET 250 million people around the world have diabetes more than 5% of diabetic patients will have a history of foot ulcers up to 85% of amputations are preceded by foot ulcers there is a potential new global market for personalised shoes for diabetics estimated for about 80 million users
11 Sustainable, consumer-centred production of footwear and insoles
12 3D CAD system using biomechanical data Foot Deformation Fitting flat foot to shank last curve Fitting flat foot to shank last curve Fitting flat foot to shank last curve Critical measures for insole design Rocker Shoe Design Parametric bio-mechanical design Parametric bio-mechanical design Parametric bio-mechanical design Last Rectification Modelling and fitting final last Modelling and fitting final last Modelling and fitting final last
13 A-FOOTPRINT The objectives of the project are: To improve the accuracy of clinical prescriptions for customised foot and ankle orthoses; To improve the fit and functionality; To significantly decrease manufacture time to 48 hours; To develop a cost-effective, fully integrated orthotic solution, To disseminate and demonstrate the results widely among multiple end-users to exploit the benefits for SME partners.
14 A-FOOTPRINT Expected Results To develop a software based Patient Information System; To develop Computer Aided Design (CAD) software; To develop optimisation software routines; To evaluate, benchmark and develop rapid manufacturing techniques; To integrate these results to produce a fully integrated orthotic design and manufacturing solution with prototype devices, To address important health and policy objectives.
15 Multidisciplinary approach: biomechanics, sports, health, electronics, materials, ICT, manufacturing POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER COLLABORATION
16 R&D Objectives (1/2) To create an international IMS community that will discuss aspects, disseminate knowledge and initiate new actions along the following four main areas: User centred specialised footwear and components conception requires the understanding of consumer needs and requirements and consumer interaction in the product creation phase. advanced technologies for body acquisition, standards for consumer data management, methodologies and tools for product personalization and co-design, algorythms to transform biomechanical data into product features, Footwear product personalization to design, encapsulate and evaluate aesthetic and emotional aspects, as well as functional and operational features of the product. KB-CAD tools with advanced functionalities for product multi- criteria evaluation, simulation and performance assessment embedded smart devices
17 R&D Objectives (2/2) Advanced sustainable materials by covering: aspects of performance/functionality/comfort – so targeting consumer needs and requirements aspects of eco-compatibility and sustainability – so reducing/eliminating the environmental impact. Rapid production technologies, flexible manufacturing systems and advanced-integrated ICT solutions play a key role in efficient and cost effective production of heterogeneous user centred products. Advanced rapid production techniques, for added value multipurpose processing, Integrated ICT tools for extended networks of SMEs new flexible logistic systems and manufacturing cells/lines, capable to handle and to adapt to continuous production changes. overall production flow and data dispatching, both at enterprise and at shop-floor levels.
18 Planned Work, Resources and Timing Set up of thematic investigation lines and dedicated working groups for each R&D Area Activity 1 - Discussion Forum on Customization and Production Paradigms for User centred footwear products This activity involves the deployment of forums and initiatives, exploiting strongly internet based facilities, to allow the community to share information and discuss various described topics related to Customization and Production Paradigms for User centred products. Activity 2 - Workshops & Dissemination International workshops are planned during the period of this initiative. Furthermore, members of the initiative will organize sessions in known relevant conferences, special issues in scientific journals, etc.
19 Planned Work, Resources and Timing Activity 3 - Targeted experts exchanges This activity involves visits of experts to others places with concrete targets, for example: common work on a specific task of a project of the hosting organization, writing of a common paper, preparation of a new project, etc. Activity 4 - Common R&D activities Common R&D activities on Technologies and Paradigms for Customization and Production of Healthy and Sustainable Footwear Consumer centred Products will be identified and addressed among different IMS regions.
20 IMPACT 200 Million europeans suffering disabling foot and ankle pain > 300 Million /year health services expenditure 250 million people around the world have diabetes more than 5% of diabetic patients will have a history of foot ulcers there is a potential new global market for personalised shoes for diabetics estimated for about 80 million users
21 Regions, Projects & Partners Regions presently involved in the MTP initiative University of Washington- USA (Prof. P. Cavanagh) Stanford University –Artificial Int. Lab. Prof. O. Khabib DIAPEDIA, SME- USA (Orthotics technology supplier) CIATEG, RTD- Mexico FLEXI (shoe producer) EU Projects involved - FIT4U – Framework of Integrated Technologies for User Centred Products, EU FP7 Collaborative project -SShoes, EU FP7 Collaborative project, - A-Footprint, EU FP7 Collaborative project.
22 STATUS: more partners to be involved, fine- tuning administrative documents and final launch of MTP initiative before end of 2011. NEXT STEPS
23 Contact Dr. Enrique Montiel Inescop Instituto Tecnológico del Calzado Polígono Industrial Campo Alto, 03600 ELDA (Spain) Ph. +34 965395213 Fax. +39 965381045 E-mail: email@example.com@inescop.es