Reference: 232585

Call: FP7-SME-2008-1

Theme: research for the benefit of smes

Scientist: Stefano Debei

Department: Industrial Engineering

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 1,452,029 €

Eu Funding: 1,100,254 €


Project Description

European SMEs working in the footwear market segment of classical and casual shoes, due to global competition, asks for the reduction of Time to Market, increase of products diversification also with a small batch production while keeping a high fashion and quality content of the product. The actual design and production processes are not suitable for this production. In particular the actual design and industrialization processes follow a serial model and the production process has still an handicraft connotation. In this context the objectives of the project IDEA-foot are:

  • the introduction of a new method for the integrated design and production, in which the key elements are the standardization of the geometrical information and its transfer from the design to the production in a digital standard data format;
  • the development of CAD software modules to ease the design of components according to the standards;
  • the development of a CAM software which transfers the production parameters from the CAD models to the production and is able to integrate the machineries with the manipulation system;
  • the development of an automated production cell, whose lay-out will be defined comparing different solutions in terms of production time and work in progress. An automatic manipulation system is going to be used for the handling of the semifinished shoes.

The use of standards in the CAD design allows this phase to be faster. Moreover the development of the shoe components will be made according to a parallel model, saving up to 50% of the design time. The main expected benefits for SMEs are the reduction of the time necessary for the design and industrialization phases and of the time to market, the reduction of the production costs and the increase of productivity. A final validation of the integrated design and production process is foreseen in order to evaluate the expected benefits in terms of time savings for the design and production processes, and product quality.


Coordinator: BZ Moda Srl
Participants:  Politecnico Calzaturiero SCARL, Red 21 SL, Rosi-Ita Uno Srl, C212 Calzado, Componentes, Investigación and Innovación A.I.E., Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto
Tecnologico del Calzado y Conexas, BrustiaAlfameccanica srl, Università degli Studi di Padova