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Umbria Digital Innovation Hub Digital Innovation Hub Umbria

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Coordinator (Industry association)

Confindustria Umbria

Coordinator website

Year Established



Via Palermo, 80/a, 06124, Perugia (Italy)


Contact information

Luca Angelini

Contact information

Massimo Viali

Contact information

Martina Bolognini



UDIH is a no profit entity performing networking, matchmaking, brokerage and dissemination activities.

The aim of UDIH is to help companies to become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products and services by means of digital technology.

DIH deals with the promotion of digital manufactoring trasformation towards Industrie 4.0 approach and the Value Chain processes overall.

In particular the main activities are:

  • Awareness Dissemination (Meeting, Workshop, etc.)

  • Supporting activities to industrial companies for Industry 4.0-based project implementation

  • Support access to tax breaks provided by Piano Industria 4.0

  • Supporting activities for assessing digital readiness

  • Supporting activities to facilitate manufacturing companies access to innovation regional ecosystem

  • Design and delivery of training initiatives

  • Coordination activities for implementing I4.0-based factories

UDIH è un ente no profit che svolge attività di connessione, intermediazione e diffusione.

L'obiettivo di UDIH è quello di aiutare le aziende a diventare più competitive migliorando i loro processi di business / produzione nonché prodotti e servizi attraverso la tecnologia digitale.

DIH si occupa della promozione della trasformazione della produzione digitale verso l'approccio di Industrie 4.0 e dei processi della catena del valore nel suo complesso.

In particolare le principali attività sono:


  • Diffusione della consapevolezza (riunione, workshop, ecc.)

  • Attività di sostegno alle industrie per l'implementazione di progetti basati su Industry 4.0

  • Supporta l'accesso alle agevolazioni fiscali fornite da Piano Industria 4.0

  • Attività di supporto per la valutazione della prontezza digitale

  • Sostenere le attività per facilitare alle imprese manifatturiere l'accesso all'ecosistema regionale dell'innovazione

  • Progettazione e realizzazione di iniziative di formazione

  • Attività di coordinamento per l'implementazione di industrie basate su I4.0

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

This initiative is stated in the National Plan “Industria 4.0”, presented by the Italian Government in 2016, which provides for the creation of an innovative infrastructure composed of few and selected highly specialized Competence Centers (CC) and selected Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) all over the Country.

According to the National Plan:

  • Competence centers have to involve leading Italian Universities and large private players; they should support to key stakeholders (e.g. research institutions, startups,...). Their mission is to orient and focus on facilitating Industry 4.0 transformational projects in all domains;

  • are “soft” structures and their specific aim is to create awareness and support companies in the knowledge of technologies and their application.


The network of DIH act like a bridge, a strong and steady link between research and industry.

DIH are the contact point among companies, research institutions and public/private investors at regional level.  Their mission is to create awareness on the opportunities of Industry 4.0; provide support to the development of innovative investment plans; offer orientation to Industry 4.0 Competence Centers; favour the access to public and private financing solutions/investors; interact also with European DIH.

UDIH is part of the Digital Innovation Hub network created at national level.

The activities of this hub seem to be aligned with the ESIF investments in the following areas of intevention:

  • 061 - Research and innovation activities in private research centres
  • 063 - Cluster support and business networks primarily benefiting SMEs
  • 064 - Research and innovation processes in SMEs 
  • 082 - ICT Services and applications for SMEs 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • 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
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services

Service Examples

Support for the implementation of projects and funding of investments

The target of our activities are small and medium-sized enterprises, mainly manufacturing, in order to make them able to adopt digital technologies and to integrate them into their processes. In particular, hub’s activities aim to support companies in the evolution of their production systems that go beyond pure production and that cover all parts of the value chain and operation of smart production systems along the entire supply chain.

Companies need to reinforce their awareness about the opportunities of new technologies and how they can improve their competitiveness, they need to upskill their workforce so to address the digital transformation challenge, and they need to have access to funding in order to make investments on new technologies.

Services provided: supporting companies in having economic funds for technological innovation projects and training in Industry 4.0.

Client profile: manufacturing; Fucine Umbre S.r.l, via del sersimone 22, Terni, Italy; 00390744300002;

Client profile: Urbani Tartufi S.r.l Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Italy; 0039 0743 613171;

Awareness and technical knowledge

Industrial ecosystem awareness on the technological innovation opportunities through:

  • Workshops, conferences, technical insights
  • News and technical-scientific insights publication on websites, video interviews
  • Visits to enterprises and centers of excellence

So far we have done  3 workshops:

So far we have done more than 20 visits

Client profile: manufacturing; Faurecia E.C.T Italy S.r.l, via Bruno Capponi 45, Terni, Italy, 00390744390711

Client profile: Borgobrufa Spa Resort S.r.l, via del colle 38, Brufa di Torgiano, Italy, 00390759883

Outout- DIH helped companies in coaching in industrie 4.0 knowledge through workshops for hundreds of participants from different SMEs.

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Digital maturity assessment

The DIH developed the “Test Industria 4.0” a customizable service for companies to assess their maturity level with respect to digitization and to define a roadmap and implementation plan for the next evolutionary steps towards the digitization of the company.

The maturity level will be assessed based on the individual assessment of different dimension (such use of digital technologies, production organization, control systems, etc.).

Within this set of parameters technical and organizational solutions will be developed, and presented in a roadmap to the company management for making the next evolutionary steps in adopting increased digitization.

So far we have done more than 20 assessments.

Client profile: manufacturing;  Novamont S.p.A, Piazzale Donegani G. 4 Terni Italy, 0039-0744806211; .

Client profile: manufacturing; Soft-art S.r.l, via Maestri del Lavoro 49, Terni, Italy; 00390744813535;

Output: DIH helped companies to develop a roadmap of activities to facilitate the digital transformation.

More details:

Support for the implementation of the latest digital technologies

The DIH Umbria has contributed to prototype development of Internet of Things for the Soff-art S.r.l , a small company located in Terni.

The Digital has supported Alliabox Italia S.r.l, based in Narni, for the implementation of additive manufacturing.

DIH Umbria has also provided services related to the introduction of big data analiytics for the RMT S.r.l.

We have supported AST of Terni for the implementation of machine learning and artificial intelligence in order to introduce the plants predictive maintenance.

We have aided Cancelloni Food Service to optimize the product delivery through the digital decision making with artificial intelligence projects.

The third case we have operated in the field of artificial intelligence is related to the elaboration of algorithms and data structures to optimize the production of bakery products for a local medium size firm (still in progress).

For these projects the digital has taken advantages by the collaboration with its vice president Giuseppe Liotta, professor of computer science at the faculty of engineering of University of Perugia.

Client profile: manufacturing; Soft-art S.r.l, via Maestri del Lavoro 49, Terni, Italy; 00390744813535;

Client profile: manufacturing; RMT S.r.l, Srada di Maratta Alta 6, Terni, Italy; 00390744304230;

Client profile: manufacturing; Alliabox Italia S.r.l, via Flaminia Ternana 88, Terni, Italy; 0039074476331;

Client profile: manufacturing;  Acciai Speciali Terni S.p.A., V.le B.Brin 218, Terni, Italy; 003907444901;

Client profile: service; Cancelloni Food Service, Strada L. Ariosto 41, Perugia, Italy; 0039075847771;


Organizational form

(Part of) Private organization



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Private funding


IIT- Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Università Perugia

Partner Type



Confindustria Digitale

Partner Type

Industry association


Cluster Fabbrica intelligente

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Other
Last updated: 20/12/18 09:37