Progress Report

CONTRACT N°: G6RT-CT-2001-05059

PROJECT N°:

ACRONYM: Pro-ENBIS

TITLE: European Network for Promotion of Business and Industrial Statistics

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR: University of Newcastle upon Tyne

PARTNERS:

Eurandom

Greenfield Research

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

IBIS UvA

Matforsk

IMPRO

Instituto Superior Tecnico

Warwick University

University of Ljubljana

REPORTING PERIOD: FROM 1st Jan 2002 TO 1st Jan 2003

PROJECT START DATE: 1st Jan 2002 DURATION: 36 Months

Date of issue of this report : 28th February 2003


Table of Contents

Executive Summary
Objectives of Network
Outputs and Plans for year 1, 2002
   First Years Milestones list
   Planned Milestones for 2003
   Milestones due 2003 already completed
List of completed project deliverables
   First years deliverables table
   First Years completed deliverables
Dissemination activities Overview
   Outputs listing
Management and co-ordination aspects
   Project Meetings
   New members
   New links to other Networks and Groups
Man-Power effort
Budget Status
Progress Barchart
Contacts List
Documentary Evidence contained in Annexes



Executive Summary Table of Contents

The network is providing a focus for the dissemination of case-study material and expertise centred on Business and Industrial Statistics within Europe and providing a platform for further activity, including dissemination, research and training. It provides a forum for European Expertise, and will provide a knowledge store of materials and help in this important field. It is helping to improve quality throughout European manufacturing, by helping companies to implement cutting edge statistical techniques such as Designed Experiments and Statistical Process Control. It is providing a focus for improving the methods needed to underpin the future development of manufacturing standards in Europe. The Network, currently of 33 members, 10 being principal contractors, addresses Measurement and Testing objectives from the Growth programme, specifically:

  • 6.2 Methodologies for Measurement and Testing,
  • 6.2.1 Methodologies to support standardisation and Community policies,
  • 6.2.3 Measurement and testing methodologies in support of quality

Statistical methodology is at the heart of all valid measurement and testing. An understanding of measurement uncertainty and the effect of variation is critical to effective measurement and testing. The network will provide a major European Resource to enable better use of these methods generally. The network is helping to develop and facilitate the implementation of state-of-the-art process measurement and optimisation methods and techniques, and quality monitoring and testing within industry and commerce. The network will develop working strategies to help European Industry to apply the most up-to-date methods of process measurement and control. This is being achieved by: Preparation of explanatory material for presentation to interested parties; Holding collaborative meetings and workshops with; leading industrialists, European standards organisations, the engineering and manufacturing departments of European Universities, groups of SMEs and senior National Policy makers; Providing a knowledge base of all resources available for the mentoring of European company staff. We are developing a European database of relevant teaching resources and will hold a pan-European audit of statistical expertise

To substantiate the network’s existence and equally important to foster new collaborations and proposals for new projects, we are building on other forms of targeted activities: General workshops and seminars are providing opportunities for inter-disciplinary information exchange, Industrial visits are aimed at fostering new research collaborations or at demonstrating best practice, A web-page with discussion forums, links to useful sites, news updates has been started at http://www.enbis.org/pro-enbis/. A regular dialogue will be established with CEN this year to help facilitate the development of statistical issues within European Standards The network is combining to draft plans for further specific activity to:

Found a new Journal that concentrates on application-based case-study material, Found a European Business to Business mentoring scheme for helping SMEs, start a European Measurement System Audit programme, Develop and eventually run a series of Conferences around Europe on various applications of statistical methodology to measurement in industry and commerce, Start a European Training Network for helping young Graduates to gain advanced statistical skills

The network will provide substantial long-term benefits to the Community in all areas, Competitive Growth, The Environment, Public Health, Training, Employment, Science and technology, Socio-economically, Quality of Life and Safety. Industrial statistical methods are generic in that they influence many aspects of life. If used in an appropriate way the benefits can be huge.

The first year has seen many events and seminars, industrial visits and conference presentations. A pan-European mentoring scheme for SMEs is planned in the near future.

Objectives of Network Table of Contents

This is the first time that a group of organisations has facilitated a network of industrial statisticians in Europe, and as such represents a major step in the fight to develop the European Union into the premier economic market in the World. The benefits to industry and service organisations alike that can be gained from adoption of leading-edge statistical methods cannot be underestimated. According to Gary Crosby, GDP could be increased by as much as 15% across the board by effective use of these methods (Crosby 1979). They have provided the basis of the expansion of the Japanese Economy in the 60s and 70s (Deming 1986), and have enabled the USA to grow their economy during the 1980s. Use of these methods does facilitate European Standards development and the effective measurement of industrial and business processes.

  • The network’s overall aim is to provide a forum for the dissemination of industrial statistical methodology within Europe and to fill a gap which, for example, in the United States is filled by American Society for Quality.
  • The Thematic Network is intended to develop partnerships within Europe to support selected projects at the forefront of this important field.
  • Pro-Enbis will co-ordinate activities to make new research into statistical methodology accessible to government and industries and to further the quality of education and dissemination of information particularly with regard to implementation.
  • A shared vision will provide a focus for European RTD, highlight our strengths and lead to a coherent presentation of European work in the global marketplace of ideas.
  • In addition the barriers are breaking down between individual disciplines, for example, experimental design methods are used in process control and these are growing links between statistical process control (SPC) and automatic control, data mining can be used to analyse reliability field data and so on.
  • To foster and facilitate the application and general understanding of statistical methods to the benefit of European business and industry
  • Provide a forum for the dynamic exchange of ideas and facilitate networking among statistical practitioners (a statistical practitioner is any person using statistical methods whether formally trained or not)
  • To act as a focus for new methodology for improved manufacturing standards as applied to European Standards via CEN.
  • To nurture interactions and professional development of statistical practitioners regionally and internationally.
  • To promote the widespread use of sound science driven applied statistical methods in European business and industry.
  • To emphasise multidisciplinary problem solving involving statistics.
  • To facilitate the rapid transfer of statistical methods and related technologies to and from business and industry.
  • To link academic teaching and research in statistics with industrial and business practice.
  • To facilitate and sponsor continuing professional development.
  • To keep its membership up to date in the field of statistics and related technologies.
  • To seek collaborative agreements with related organisations.
  • To provide a platform for membership interactions and administration via the Internet Services, news and newsletter available on the web

Outputs and Plans for year 1, 2002 Table of Contents

First Years Milestones list Table of Contents

Milestones

Description

Due Month

M8.1

Network Web-page operational

6

M6.1

List of potential partners for a European Training Network

6

M8.2

First management report

6

M8.3

First annual progress report

12

M5.1

Established List of journals,

12

M6.2

List of Partners for European Business to Business mentoring scheme

12

All these have been achieved. Full details are given in the outputs listing in appendix.

Planned Milestones for 2003 Table of Contents

Milestones

Description

Due Month

M1.1, M2.1, M3.1, M4.1, M7.1

10 Industrial Visits Completed

18

M8.4

Mid Term assessment and report

18

M5.2

Established Links to other industrial statistics groups,

18

M1.2, M2.2, M3.2, M4.2, M7.2

10 Journal case studies submitted

24

M6.3

List of Partners for a European Measurement System Audit programme

24

M8.5

Second progress report

24

The list above shows the milestones for the second year. As can be seen from the listed outputs and the table below, we have already achieved many of the outputs during the first year. We are on-track to achieve all these milestones.

Milestones due 2003 already completed. Table of Contents

Milestones

Description of on-going Milestones

Completed

M1.1, M2.1, M3.1, M4.1, M7.1

Industrial visits (10 due by month 18) Completed by month 12

7

M1.2, M2.2, M3.2, M4.2, M7.2

Journal case studies submitted by month 12

3

A List of project outputs to date is given in appendix

List of completed project deliverables Table of Contents

First years deliverables table Table of Contents

Number

Deliverables Description

Due Month

D8.1

Network Web-page

6

D6.1

List of potential partners for a European Training Network

6

D8.2

First management report

6

D8.3

First annual progress report

12

D5.1

Established List of journals,

12

D6.2

List of Partners for European Business to Business mentoring scheme

12

The 6 deliverables have been completed and copies of the lists are given in appendix. The following table details those deliverables not yet due that have been achieved.

First Years completed deliverables Table of Contents

Deliverables

Description of on-going Deliverables

Completed

D1.2, D2.2, D3.2, D4.2, D7.2

Industrial Visits for research Completed by month 12

3

D1.3, D2.3, D3.3, D4.3, D7.3

Industrial Visits for Best practice Completed by month 12

4

D1.1, D2.1, D3.1, D4.1, D7.1

Seminars or Workshops Completed by month 12

6

D1.2, D2.2, D3.2, D4.2, D7.2

Journal case studies submitted by month 12

3

Dissemination activities Overview Table of Contents




Management and co-ordination aspects Table of Contents

Project Meetings Table of Contents

There were 3 main project meetings held during the year, the kick-off meeting in Brussels, the meeting in Portugal and the third meeting at Rimini in Italy. These are all detailed, with copies of minutes and attendees in the accompanying documents listed under "annexes". The first meeting introduced all the partners and members and dealt with the future plans and was heavily centred on the administrative issues. Several of the members had never been involved in a European project before. The second meeting really got the project underway. Examples of activities, as performed by then, were shown and this has encouraged the less confident partners and members to become more active. The third meeting at which the steering committee members met, was held alongside a full conference at which various seminars were delivered and papers given. Nine of these papers have since been submitted to a Journal.

The network now has a functioning web-page at http://www.enbis.org/pro-enbis/ This contains all up-to-date documentation, work-package activities and meeting details. There have been several meetings between network partners and members outside the main meetings and several deliverables of seminars and workshops detailed under the project outcomes. Activity is good and several sub-groupings are very active. We have achieved all the first year milestones and deliverables as agreed and continue to deliver extra outcomes such as conference papers.

New Members Table of Contents

There have been three new members during the period, ASDM in Germany, KPA in Israel and CAMT in Poland. Two further members have been identifies and will be reported in the next progress report.

ASDM

Ahlemeyer-Stubbe Database Management is a consulting company (founded in 1999) specialized on Customer Relationship Management and Database Marketing. The core competence includes also Data Mining, Data Warehouseing, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), Campaign Management and Marketing Automation. The range of projects goes from developing customer loyalty programs until conception of Data Warehouses and calculating scorecards for several target groups by using Data Mining methods. They strengthen the network’s data-mining work-package considerably.

KPA

KPA Ltd. is a management consulting firm with four main areas of activity: Strategic Planning - including real option models, balance scorecards and scenario evaluation; Market Research - including internet based surveys, laddering, quantitative and qualitative analysis. Organizational Development - including manager development programs, performance appraisal systems and employee surveys. Statistical Consulting - including Design of Experiments, Statistical Process Control and advanced Industrial Statistics. The company is involved in Six Sigma initiatives, setting up of comprehensive management systems, cost reduction efforts and specialized statistical analysis in biotechnology, nano-composites and simulation applications. They strengthen the management and business statistics workpackage.

CAMT

The Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at the Technical University of Wroclaw is one of the largest of its type in Poland. They specialise in QFD, SPC and designed experiments and the use of Six-Sigma methods in Industry. They are involved in Robotics and other advanced techniques. Their inclusion strengthens the network’s membership in Central Europe and adds to the practitioner base within the project.

New links to other Networks and Groups Table of Contents

During the year, we have made links to three other groupings within the European Union, ESRA, VICIM and EFSPI. These groups joined with us to prepare an Expression of Interest for the 6th Framework Programme (given within the annex for information purposes). Although this activity is, strictly speaking, outside the remit of Pro-ENBIS, the links would never have taken place without the existent of our network.

ESRA

European Safety and Reliability Association

This group is centred on Reliability and Safety. We are now running joint activities with them, such as the workshops at the forthcoming ESREL conference in Maastrict later in 2003 (see plans).

VICIM

Virtual Institute for Chemometrics and Industrial Metrology

This is an EC funded Virtual Institute centred on chemical and agricultural measurements. We hope to run joint events with them in the near future, in particular in measurement uncertainty.

EFSPI

European Federation of Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry

This is the network that links the national groupings of statisticians within the pharmaceutical industry together. We will build on the existing links over time.

Man-Power effort. Table of Contents

The following table shows the actual verses planned man-months expenditure of each partner. The planned efforts are those agreed after the first and second project meetings when detailed plans for the main project meetings were struck. The partners who have ‘under’ spent effort are those that have either not charged senior project personnel time to the project, or where they are holding major events in the second and third years of the project. The two partners that have exceeded the plan are those that have bee particularly active. In the case of Greenfield Research only 50% of activity has actually been charged to the project. We have enough remaining resource within the overall budget to meet all the contract deliverables and requirements.

Budget Status Table of Contents

The budgets have been spent wisely, spending being around 91% of budgeted so far. Variation has been where a few people missed some project meetings, or where major activity has been put off till years 2 and 3. We anticipate no budgetary problems during the project.

Individual Partner and Member costs are considered confidential in a web context - the full report includes these details.

Progress Barchart Table of Contents

Click here for the table

Contacts List Table of Contents

An updated list of names of contact persons with address, telephone, fax, e-mail, of all the partner organisations.

PRO-ENBIS CONTACTS

Documentary Evidence contained in Annexes Table of Contents