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HPC-Cloud and Cognitive Systems for Smart Manufacturing processes, Robotics and Logistics.

Hub Information

Hub Name
HPC-Cloud and Cognitive Systems for Smart Manufacturing processes, Robotics and Logistics.
Local Name
CENTRO DE INNOVACION DIGITAL en HPC-Cloud y Sistemas Cognitivos en Robótica, Logística y Procesos Industriales Inteligentes.
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB on "HPC-Cloud and Cognitive Systems for Smart Manufacturing processes, Robotics and Logistics." is the Aragonese non-profit initiative that, within a framework of European cooperation (DIH), extends the strategy of Economic and Industrial Promotion of Aragon and the intelligent regional strategy of Aragon, forming the technological and innovative action of the Aragonese Innovation System Towards the digitization of the Industry. For this purpose, it has the Research Organizations, competence centers, innovative companies, and clusters, as well as the business development agencies and the competent authorities necessary to support and give shape to the Aragon Industry Strategy 4.0 (AI4.0)

Aragon DIH has been selected as a BDVA ispace with the silver label. (Big Data Value Asociation)


CENTRO DE INNOVACION DIGITAL en HPC-Cloud y Sistemas Cognitivos en Robótica, Logística y Procesos Industriales Inteligentes es la iniciativa aragonesa sin ánimo de lucro que hace tangible, bajo un marco de cooperación europeo (DIH), la estrategia de Promoción Económica e Industrial de Aragón y la estrategia regional inteligente de Aragón, conformando la acción tecnológica e innovadora del Sistema de Innovación Aragonés hacia la digitalización de la Industria. Para ello cuenta con los Organismos de Investigación, los centros de competencia, la empresas y clústeres innovadores, así como las agencias de fomento empresarial y las autoridades competentes necesarios para sustentar y dar forma a la Estrategia Aragón Industria 4.0 (AI4.0)

Aragón DIH ha sido seleccionado como un iSpace, con la etiqueta plata, de la BDVA (Big Data Value Asociation)

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón, ITAINNOVA
Year Established
C/ María de Luna 7-9, 50018, Zaragoza (Spain)
Social Media
Contact information
Esther Borau
+34 976 010 091


Organizational form
Networked organization, without formal structure
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Interaction technologies
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Logistics

EU Projects

Proposal/Experiment Title: Cloud-based multiphysics simulation for designing highly

dynamic and highly accurate flow controls for microfluidic applications

Acronym : Microfluidic Control


FORTISSIMO 2: Factories of the Future Resources, Technology, Infrastructure and Services for Simulation and Modelling 2

H2020 Project 680481

Call Identifier: Fortissimo-2 Call-2

Call title: Second call for new Fortissimo 2 application experiments



Proposal/Experiment Title: Optimizing heat exchanger design of biomass boilers through CFD simulation

 CloudFlow: Computational Cloud Services and Workflows for Agile Engineering

H2020 Project: 609100 Funding scheme: FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FoF

 Call identifier: CloudFlow-2




Below, the link with the official presentation of the different Competence Centers/DIHs funded by EU projects in Spain in FP7 [1-2]. There, you can find the 2 Competence Centers promoted by Aragon DIH:

Participation as speakers in the first DIH working group meeting, Organized by the Spanish “Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo”. Meeting recorded and broadcasted (jointly with our presentation) in the Ministerial website for the National Strategy in Industry 4.0

Additionally, and within this initiative, an Executive Commission has been created, with a reduced selection of Spanish DIHs. We’re very actively involved in this Commission, developing the national strategy for DIHs. Not links available since they’re confidential tasks.

One of the Competence Centers of the Aragon DIH (ITAINNOVA) was selected as proper organization for leading and developing the program “ACTIVA Industria 4.0”. This is a customized and specialised assessment program for evaluating the maturity of companies regarding I4.0 parameters, led by experienced consulting companies. In Aragon, 17 assessments were performed by ITAINNOVA:

The following official document describes every launched initiative for the regional Industrial Digitalization, and amoong them is the Aragonese one, named “Estrategia Aragón Industria 4.0”. All these strategies are framed within the National Strategy for the Connected Industry 4.0:

Aragón Industria 4.0

It is the regional strategy for the digitalization of the Aragonese industry. It already takes Aragon DIH into account as a backbone instrument for its implementation, as can be seen in the Aragon Government website  “Aragón Industria 4.0”:


The Competence Centers in charge of promoting Aragon DIH are considered “R+D+i agents” in the Aragonese RIS3 strategy. Besides, they are in charge of specific actions and objectives within the RIS3 OT1 (Strengthening research, technological development and innovation), mainly specific objective 1b, from the Aragon ERDF 2014-2020 (European Regional Development Fund)

RIS 3 Aragón

FEDER Aragón 2014-2020

Objetivos_FEDER ARagón


Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food
  • Energy and utilities
  • Transport and logistics
  • Public administration
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples


Type of Customer: Star-ups & Ecosystem

Type of services: Business & Training


Set of services that intend to foster the enterpreneurship and to offer a customized answer to each enterpreneurial initiative whith two main objectives:

  • Increase the number of enterpreneurs.
  • Increase the rate of success of new companies/startups.

Some of services offered:

  • Customized advisory and technical support provided by specialized consultants.
  • Digital processing to agilize creation of companies.
  • On-line service to write a business plan.
  • Specific programs to  boost social, cultural, rural and agro industry enterpreneurship.
  • “Club virtual del emprendedor”: Virtual association of enterpreneurs, where they can exchange knowledge, can get information of other initivatives, etc.

Business case: Elvesys

Type of Customer: SME

Type of services: Technological


Business case: Elvesys

This use case belongs to the FORTISSIMO program, to the project named “Cloud-based multiphysics simulation for designing highly dynamic and highly accurate flow controls for microfluidic applications”

Elvesys is a small french company that provides a wide range of instruments to control microfluidic setups.

Objective and description:

Elvesys focuses on the development of Plug and Play control equipment for systems for microfluidic research. The goal of the success case was to develop a cloud application that could easily reproduce the microfluidic system prior to its construction, in order to evaluate its behavior. This allows Elvesys and their customers to examine microfluidic hardware before building or purchasing it, and also helps to select the appropriate parts according to the specific objectives of each system. In addition, the application is used to develop better flow control algorithms.

The application developed, not only describes the behavior of the complete system (ie pumps, pipes, controllers, chips) but also provides detailed information of the flow in the microfluidic target chip.

Solution and Benefits for the company:

The project developed will allow ELVESYS to sell more microfluidic systems with improved control software. The benefits obtained are:

  • Easy access to microfluidics simulations.
  • Improvement of the quality of the product.
  • Improved and easier to use drivers.
  • Innovative business strategy

Business case: “Club Virtual Emprender en Aragón”

Type of Customer: Star-ups & Ecosystem

Type of services: Business & Training


In this case the focus group is no a company, but a service or program for the regional particula entrepreneurs, who form the Emprender Virtual Club in Aragón (

Objective and description:

The Government of Aragon through the Aragonese Institute of Development (IAF), has conceived the Virtual Club Emprender in Aragon as a virtual association of entrepreneurs. It is a channel for the dissemination of knowledge of all business initiatives in Aragon, in which each emerging company has an opportunity to publish their activities, and each entrepreneur who wants to make his or her business a reality has a foothold.

Training: On this web page, the Training Plan developed by the IAF Entrepreneurs Unit is published.

Public Aids: From the Virtual Club a complete database with all the calls that are open is available. On the other hand, also other closed calls can be checked, for having them as a reference for future ones.

Showcase of companies: The corporate showcase occupies a main place in the Virtual club, where any company can show their products, services and publish their activities to the international community. Thus, anyone who searches the Internet can get some basic data to get in touch with them. In addition, if the company already has its own website, it can improve its SEO in the different search engines.

Notice Board: This announcement board shows offers of collaboration, investment among entrepreneurs, etc., or simply the announcement of a new product or service line.

Currently, approximately 3800 entrepreneurs are members of the Virtual Club Emprender in Aragón.

Solution and Benefits:

Entrepreneurs and new companies are a virtual group where they can interact, exchange experiences and access all available services (training, assistance, etc.)

Service: ACTIVA 4.0

Type of Customer: SME & Big Company

Type of services: Technological & Business


Analysis methodologhy focused on the identification of oportunities to implement industry 4.0 technologies in companies. The methology combines both technical and business aspects and help companies to design a route for its digital transformation with an strategical view.

ITAINNOVA has been selected by the Economics, Industry and Competitiveness Ministry as one of the advisor entities within the frame of national ACTIVA Industria 4.0 program.

Through the implementation of this methodology, the companies can:

  • Build new business models and create new businness oportunities based on the selected technologies.
  • They can add more value to its present services/products.
  • Than can answer to future strategic challenges by dominio of new key technologies, and adquire a competitive advantage.

Service: Micro-fluidics systems and processes digitalization

Type of Customer: SME & Big Company

Type of services: Technological & Business


Micro-fluidics system digitalization consists of a set of services oriented to implement the  technologies involved in Industry 4.0 concept to the design, developing, manufacturing and use of these kind of systems.

Services included in this technical offer are:

  • Simulation with CFD techniques and FEM manufacturing processes of micro-fluidics chips and operating microfluidics systems.
  • Control: design of controllers for microfluidic systems.
  • Robotics: design of systems for automatization and scaling of micro-fluidics tests.
  • Data and images analysis: use of machine learning techniques for the analysis of  data collected by microfluidics systems
  • Cloud computing: developing of web applications for micro-fluidics systems simulation and automatic processes control.
  • Integration: electronic devices embedded for commercialization of microfluidics kits.

Business case: Biocurve

Type of Customer: SME

Type of services: Technological


Biocurve is an Aragonese company that designs and manufactures high performance biomass boilers. Its patented technology allows to enjoy efficient heating with a renewable and economic fuel.

Nabladot is an engineering company with extensive experience in fluid simulation and its application to the industrial sector. To perform this, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques are used for solving fluid flow problems, heat transfer and chemical reaction.

Objective and description:

The costs of using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools are very high and, in general, unaffordable for SMEs, since they include high software licensing costs, the need for high-performance computing infrastructure and, in addition, highly skilled and specialices personnel.

The objective of this project was to allow an SME like Biocurve to access computer engineering services in the Cloud, eliminating access barriers. It has been carried out by the company Biocurve as a final user, Nabladot as a software provider and the BIFI Institute as an HPC-CLOUD technology expert in the framework of the collaboration of the European CloudFLow project.

With the solution provided, Biocurve can analyze the performance of different designs of its boilers through the use of CFD tools integrated in the BIFI infrastructure in CloudFlow. For this, Nabladot adapted CFD software for the simulation of the heat exchanger of its boilers, and developed a user-friendly interface to allow Biocurve to use the CFD tools independently.

Solution and Benefits for the company:

NablaDot adapted the CFD tools (mesh generator, Snappy HexMesh, fluid dynamics software, OpenFOAM, and ParaView post-process software) to simulate the heat exchanger of a biomass condensing boiler. All this open source software was migrated to the cloud infrastructure of the BIFI Institute within the CloudFlow project, whose computational resources were used to execute the CFD tools.

As a result, and after the necessary training provided by NablaDot, Biocurve began using CFD tools and integrating them into their design process. The time required to carry out the design of a prototype has been reduced by more than 50% and, in addition, the size of the current boiler has been reduced by more than 30%, maintaining the same features.

Given the success of the project, initially planned only to optimize a 25 kW design, the development of a new prototype of 200 kW has been undertaken in a short time, which had been a difficult approach using the traditional process.


Type of Customer: SME & Big Company

Type of services: Technological & Business


Moriarty© is a framework for designing and developing that makes easy the agile prototyping of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence solutions.

Moriarty© allows to understand and organize large quantities of information and data, and to identify patterns and hidden relations between data. It also allows to , knowledge , and build automatic learnign systems.

In a precise and simple way, it turns data into valuable information to help to make strategic decissions.

Business case: Enganches Aragón

Type of Customer: SME

Type of services: Technological

Enganches Aragón is an SME dedicated to the manufacture and commercialization of towbars for vehicles in Spain, but with a huge international activity. Their distribution network is present in more than 50 countries around the world.

Objective and description:

Initially, the company did not have a specific strategy for the Industry 4.0 challenges, but the technological evolution led them to use digital resources for performing innovation projects in the company. Using Activa 4.0 service, the diagnosis highlighted the need to develop product innovation as the key to their business strategy, as well as the need to incorporate plans towards Digitalisation. The diagnosis identified opportunities and guidelines for their implementation. Consequently, a set of solutions have been implemented, which are described in the following point.

Solution and Benefits:

A system has been developed for performing the connectivity of the towbars and, thus, to interact with the trailer (or with the bike carrier, luggage rack, ski rack ...) and with the vehicle to guarantee its safety. In addition to towbars, this firm manufactures and markets bicycle racks, luggage racks and Tow Box holders, ski racks, picket carriers, kayaks, bars and roof chests.

From the point of view of sustainability, in addition to the control of the consumption of each machine, intelligent lighting has been developed and deployed in their products.

Regarding the digitization of the production process, now it is possible to monitor the status of orders in real time within the framework of the execution process.

To improve the customer relationships, a private area has been created on the corporate website, allowing to manage reports, invoices, the progress of projects, etc. Likewise, it si planned to provide further customer support tools.

Finally, there work in progress regarding the analysis of social network interactions and sponsorships, in order to segment customers and launch specialized promotions.

Service: CESAR (Aragón Supercomputing Center)

Type of Customer: SME & Big Company

Type of services: Technological & Infrastructure


Hardware and software advancef solutions for companies/entities that need a large computing capacitiy to save of treat data, or to run algoritmos and simulations with an intensive use of processing capacity.


International referent in some computing paradigms: High Performance Computing (HPC), Grid & Cloud Computing, dedicated computers and willingly computing. The regional node belongs to the Spanish supercomputing network .

Experienced in Cloud and grid architectures, applications  adnd services (design, implementation, and monitoring of grid and cloud networks, hosting of calculation infraestructures for R& D, benchmarking, efficiency  and optimization of application and buildings, etc)


  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • Partners

    Last updated: 19/12/19 13:36