The Centre for Factories of the Future Ltd (C4FF) is an SME located in Kenilworth, UK and is the instigator of the Factories of the Future project in the UK and supported similar developments in the EU (1984-2004). C4FF has an established reputation for developing novel manufacturing systems and software for factory management including for lean practices. They also have many years of experience in ICT and manufacturing research and development as well as instrumentation and control projects. They have developed several CNC systems in collaboration with machine tool manufacturers. Their work has led to a new Clean Diesel and Management System.
INESC TEC is a private, non-profit association dedicated to scientific research and technological development, technology transfer, advanced consulting and training, and preincubation
of new technology-based companies. The University of Porto, INESC, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, the University of Minho and the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto
Douro are INESC TEC’s associates (UM and UTAD since February 2019), and in-place resource-sharing agreement with Universidade Aberta. Presently, INESC TEC’s main sites are
located in the cities of Porto, Braga and Vila Real, plus the Universidade Aberta Nucleus also develops its activity in Lisbon and Coimbra. At the end of 2018, INESC TEC hosted 745
integrated researchers (339 PhDs), including staff researchers, researchers from Higher Education Institutions, grant holders and affiliated researchers. INESC TEC’s team also includes trainees and technical and administrative support staff.