On December 15th the kick-off meeting of the eBIZ 4.0 project was held in Elche (Alicante), Spain (here the press release)
eBIZ 4.0 is project funded by the European Commission, call COS-DESIGN-2015-3-06, topic COS-2015-DESIGN-2.
eBIZ-4.0 tackles the challenges of one out of the enabling technologies for Industry 4.0, RFID and NFC integrated to Internet of Things (IOT) devices, that are related to digitalisation of the relationships of the supply chains by using data exchange standard.
eBIZ-4.0 aims at supporting the adoption of RFID technologies in the textile-clothing sector, jointly to the standardised specification eBIZ, in order to allow firms to manage logistics and goods traceability (for example by having immediate information about inventory, orders and geographic position of the goods).
This objective is pursued through the commercialisation of intelligent services based on eBIZ for data exchange between IT systems of the factories, integrated with planning and production systems (ERP, EMS), RFID deivices for logistics and the adoption of business models that can be similar to those of Open Source. In these models value is not in the software but in the built-upon services. In the case of the project values come not from the adopted standards and the components that facilitate their usage, but from the complex built-upon solutions.
eBIZ 4.0 activities
Thanks to eBIZ-4.0 extensions and improvements to the standardised specifications will be studied and experienced also towards areas of the textile clothing industry not deeply studied before: for example RFID usage in the inter-company logistics.
The project has an overall budget of around € 1.5 million in 24 months and has been awarded a 50% costs co-funding by the European Commission through the programme COSME which supports the SMEs competitivenes.
The new project pools together competences from core eBIZ stakeholders such as Euratex and Enea with those of leading IT companis specialised in the fashion value chain, namelly: Schaeffer Productique in France, KYKLOS in Italy and CLAVEi based in Spain and which is the project coordinator.
The project plans eBIZ+RFID implementations in three key areas of the textile production in Europe: France, Spain and Italy.
The solutions developed in the eBIZ 4.0 project will be applied by at least 100 companies, including textile, clothing, footwear producers and retailers to improve product traceability, time to market, warehouse management and digital data exchange with suppliers throughout the supply chain.
eBusiness is based on digital data and documents exchanged between IT systems of firms.
Adoption of a standard language and of shared procedures offers to firms immediate advantages,
like costs and errors reduction as well as time and labour savings.
In respect of proprietary formats, a standard language facilitates the creation of new eBusiness relationships and cuts maintenance costs, in parallel it assures
good scalability for future uses.
The current eBIZ Reference Architecture has a chapter dedicated to RFID technology adoption.
Who uses RFID technology for logistic optimisation gets great advantages by connecting RFID and eBIZ technology.
RFID enables logistics optimization (picking, goods delivery, ecc.), the parallel adoption of eBIZ
allows to share advantages with the commercial partners, from inventory reporting to despacth advice anticipating the physical flow o freights.
Sinergy between flows of digital information supported by eBIZ and traceability actions for anti-counterfeiting initiatives and for contrasting parallel sales channels are highly interesting.
'If I have sell-out data…'
'If I have a faithful inventory report, I could activate a never-out-of-stock service …'
'If the warehouse systems had the list of freights going to be delivered …'
'Se non dovessi continuamente richiamare al telefono per avere le date delle consegne …'
'Suppliers fill data on IT systems when they have the time, often in a uncomplete way …'
'Each order is uploaded manually and sometimes we get an error…'
'The solution could be nice but our supplier does not want to invest so much for me only …'
'each customer ask for the same information but with a different format and different procedures …'
In order to setup eBIZ you should, firstly, identify the collaboration processes that have to be implemented prioritarily.
Later, through the Reference Architecture of eBIZ, the job of the IT manager to adapt the company information system to eBIZ is facilitated.
ENEA CROSS-TEC laboratory aims to support firms in new technologies adoption.
In the framework of its institutional activities, the laboratory can help you and your IT providers to understand opportunities and advantages of adopting eBIZ in your business.
For more information or to receive further material you can contact the laboratory responsible: email@example.com
Launched by European Commission, eBIZ-TCF project (2008-2010) was co-ordinated by EURATEX (European Confederation of textile and apparel
industry) with the support of CEC (European Confederation of footwear industry) and ENEA, and developed a
Reference Architecture for data exchanges that is publicly available and based on the harmonisation of experiences and results from Moda-ML,
Shoenet and GS1.
Launched at CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) in 2012, CEN Workshop eBIZ is an European standardisation
initiative, promoted by EURATEX with the support of ENEA, with the aim of improve eBIZ results and
foster a more extended adoption in the fashion industry. The Workshop lasted for 18 months and was the opportunity for stakeholder to work jointly and propose new developments
(for example to better support RFID usage).
eBIZ 4.0 is an European COSME project, launched on December 2016 and addressing the joint adoption of eBIZ and RFID in the European supply chains. The project is based on three industrial pilots in Spain, Italy and France.
Since June 2013 the Reference Architecture, version 2.0, is available as CEN WS Agreement (CEN CWA 16667), up-to-date and supporting new market requirements, as identified
by an international experts group working in the framework of CEN. Among the other novelties, beyond RFID, there contributions from GS1 about business
collaboration models between producers and retail organisations.
Compared with previous 2010 version (click here ),
the new eBIZ Reference Architecture 2.0 for eBusiness harmonisation in Textile/Clothing and Footwear sectors"
has new contents related to:
A method to represent and classify Business Models,
Production Scenarios for customised footwear products for fashion and for health,
Cross-organisation RFID adoption support,
Test and compliance checking,
Yarn techical properties modelling and management in supply relationships,