COGNIDATA GmbH is an SME consisting of a number of leading computer science experts who support industry companies in carrying out complex research and development projects. Current activities include the building of prototypes for fault diagnosis, XML message mapping, metadata harmonisation, and the application of RFID technology. The customer base includes among others Altana, SAP, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, ALSTOM, Lufthansa Airlines and State Nordrhein-Westfalen.



CIMRU is located in the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Founded in 1985, CIMRU has participated in a number of large European R&D projects. Based on this experience, CIMRU has developed expertise in the fields of systems modelling and simulation, innovation management, product data management, logistics including inbound logistics (Supply Chain Management) and outbound logistics (distribution), performance measurement and in more recent times reverse logistics and the modelling of End of Life (EOL) product recovery and resource sustainement systems.



Caterpillar is the world leader in the manufacture of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines. It currently has an annual turnover more than 20 billion Euro, and its strategy is for this to increase to 30 billion within the next five years. Caterpillar’s European operations include manufacturing facilities in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Russia and Sweden. These operations currently employ more than 20 000 people. European growth of at least 25% is expected as part of the planned corporate growth.

Cambridge University


The Centre for Distributed Automation and Control, headed by Dr Duncan McFarlane, is part of the Institute for Manufacturing, in turn a part of the Cambridge University Engineering Department. A world-leader in research into distributed, intelligent and agile manufacturing systems, CDAC also contains the European Auto-ID Centre, part of a global project to set standards in RFID technology in the supply chain.

Bombardier Transportation


Serving a diversified customer base around the world, Bombardier Transportation is the global leader in the rail equipment manufacturing and servicing industry. Its wide range of products includes passenger rail vehicles and total transit systems. It also manufactures locomotives, freight cars, bogies, propulsion & controls and provides rail control solutions. Bombardier Transportation’s revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2005 amount to $7.6 billion US. In Switzerland, Bombardier Transportation manufactures commuter and regional trains, trams and passenger coaches. In addition, Bombardier Transportation in Switzerland is responsible for the design, engineering and project management of electrical locomotives, propulsion and control systems for locomotives and high-speed trains, and offers a complete range of operations and maintenance services to railway operators.



Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science, located in the northern part of Germany, has 120 employees including five professors, 70 research scientists, PhD-students and administrative staff. It is an interdisciplinary research institute, which develops technical / organisational solutions and puts them into practice in SMEs as well as multinational companies. The BIBA is closely connected to the faculty of Production Technology at the University of Bremen.

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