Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Manufacturing companies are continuously facing the challenge of operating their manufacturing processes and systems in order to deliver the required production rates of high quality products , while minimizing the use of resources. Zero defect manufacturing is extremely relevant in technology intensive and emerging strategic manufacturing sectors, such as aeronautics, automotive, energy, medical technology, micro-manufacturing and electronics, mechatronics. Traditional six-sigma techniques show strong limitations in highly changeable production contexts, characterized by small batch productions, customized, or even one-of-a-kind products, and in-line product inspections. Innovative and integrated quality, production logistics and maintenance design, management and control methods as well as advanced technological enablers have a key role in achieving the overall zero defect manufacturing goal.
Tullio Tolio is Full Professor of “Manufacturing and Production Systems” at Politecnico di Milano. He has been the Director of the Institute ITIA-CNR in the period 2008-2018. He has been member of the National Habilitation Board of MUR for University professors in “Manufacturing and Production Systems”. He is President of AITEM (the Italian Association for Manufacturing) and “Fellow” of CIRP (the International Academy for Production Engineering).
He has been member of the HLG on KETs and member of the Steering Committee of the program “Industry 4.0” of MISE (Italian Ministry of Economic Development). He is member of the MANUFUTURE HLG and member of the Partnership Board of EFFRA (European Factories of the Future Research Association).
He is President of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Italian Cluster “Intelligent Factories” CFI endorsed by MUR (Italian Ministry of University and Research) and President of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Cluster Intelligent Factories Lombardy AFIL endorsed by the Lombardy Region.
His research interests are in the area of circular economy, zero defect manufacturing, resilient manufacturing, configuration and reconfiguration of production systems, performance evaluation of production systems. He is the author of two books and more than 170 publications on international journals and conferences. He is Editor in Chief of the “CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering”. He is member of the Editorial Board of the “CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology (CIRP-JMST)”. He has been the Director of the Italian Flagship Project “Factories of the Future-Italy” launched and funded by MUR.