For the coordination and design of the use cases, EuProGigant has set up overarching thematic working groups.
Their aim is to develop best practice examples of use cases in the network of value creation for companies in the European manufacturing industry. A working group is assigned to each topic, as defined at the start of the project. The structure of the working groups are not static, but can change in the course of the project depending on the status of the work or important issues that arise. The working groups are therefore open to participation by all interested project partners. The number of use cases can also vary during the course of the project, which is why the thematic working groups focus on the functional, cross-use case aspects.
Digitalised production systems with smart software and hardware components lay the foundation for the use cases, which, in addition to data acquisition, also enable vertical data aggregation and even cloud technologies with the connection of a suitable data infrastructure. In addition to vertical integration, horizontal and cross-company networking of value chains also plays a major role. Horizontal networking is a success factor for cross-functional process optimisation of value chains in an ecosystem. The key element is the networking of cloud-based platforms. The importance of horizontal networking as a success factor for cross-functional process optimisation of the value chain was highlighted in a market study on the classification of corporate platforms in the Kopernikus project.