Technical Focus Areas 2021-2024
The scope of the SFA-AM program in the period 2021-2024 includes all material topics and sub-topics of advanced manufacturing. However, the Steering Committee decided to define specific Technical Focus Areas (TFAs) to emphasize key aspects and future challenges in the field of advanced manufacturing.
The first two TFAs of the program in 2021-2024: "TFA I – Manufacturing Technologies" and "TFA II – Functionality Integration" address the technologies to fabricate components or products – the first predominantly individual manufacturing technologies, the second manufacturing technologies that enable the integration of specific and often combined and complex functionalities into products.
The two further TFAs of the period 2021-2024: "TFA III – Sensing Technologies" and "TFA IV – Intelligent Systems and Advanced Automation" address the new possibilities of the digitalization to better control individual manufacturing processes as well as complete supply and value chains.