i4CAM HUB (Innovation for competitiveness and advanced manufacturing) HUB i4CAM (Innovación para la competitividad y la fabricación avanzada)
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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
Metal Technological Center of Castilla - La Mancha - ITECAM
Carretera de Pedro Muñoz km 1, 13700, Tomelloso (Spain)
i4CAM is a non-profit DIH that has as main goal to encourage innovation and promote competitiveness in manufacturing industries, as the ones dedicated to transformation, processing, equipment development, machinery and systems proved for metallic purposes, at a regional level. Through a technical team and using advanced technological resources, R&D&I business consulting as well as a specific training adapted to the improvement of talent, it develops an applied Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I), resulting in the generation of new products, services, processes improvements, technological deployments and knowledge transfer. Thanks to the use of advanced digitalization technologies for the provision of its services, the DIH i4CAM contributes to a competitive improvement of the companies in the region. i4CAM includes 1 technology center, 2 RTOs (Research Transfer Offices), 1 university, 9 companies and SMEs, 1 start-up incubator, 2 gubernamental organisms and 2 public companies
i4CAM es un HUB sin ánimo de lucro que tiene como objetivo fomentar la innovación e impulsar la competitividad en las industrias del sector metalmecánico, tales como las dedicadas a la transformación, procesado y desarrollo de equipamiento, maquinaria y sistemas con materiales metálicos y afines, en un ámbito regional principalmente. Mediante un equipo técnico e investigador y usando unos medios tecnológicos avanzados, consultoría de I+D+i empresarial, así como una formación específica y adaptada para la mejora del talento desarrolla una I+D+i aplicada, resultando en la generación de nuevos productos y servicios, la mejora de los procesos, implantación de tecnologías y la transferencia del conocimiento. Gracias al uso de tecnologías de digitalización avanzadas para le provisión de sus servicioes, el DIH 4CAM contribuye a una mejora competitiva de las empresas en la región. i4CAM incluye 1 centro tecnológico, 2 OTRIs (Oficinas de Transferencia de resultados de Investigación), 1 universidad, 9 empresas y PYMEs, 1 vivero de empresas, 2 organismos gubernamentales y 2 empresas públicas.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
The goal of the European Union Digital Single Market strategy is to ensure that Europe is prepared for the emerging growth of future products and digital services.
The European Commission will use regulations, financial support, coordination and legislation for further fostering the investment in all industrial sectors, complementing so and building the different national strategies like Industria Conectada 4.0 (Spain), Industrie 4.0 (Germany), Smart Industry (Sweden) or the Industrie du future (France).
In Spain, derived from the strategy Industria Conectada 4.0, every region is developing their own regional strategy for making sure the companies embrace the digital transformation, with the help of the regional government. The i4CAM DIH is part of the workgroup, started by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, for the planning of specific actions of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), being an active part of the National Executive Commission created to that end.
In Castilla-La Mancha, the regional government will submit in 2018 ‘Soy digital Castilla-La Mancha’, the new Business Digitising Plan.
It consists of a new strategy of digital transformation which adapts the SMEs of Castilla-La Mancha to the new management models in the digital economy environment, incorporating new technologies to freelance, micro-companies and SMEs which have a direct impact in the improvement of the internal and external processes of the beneficiaries.
The i4CAM DIH participates in the development of this Business Digitising Plan of Castilla-La Mancha collaborating in the different initiatives that will be launched by the regional government as the regional Industry 4.0 strategy for fostering the digital transformation of the business network.
On the other hand, the industrial focuses of the i4CAM hub are included in the Regional Smart Specialization Strategy of Castilla-La Mancha, in the community context of RIS3 (Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy)
i4CAM has participated in the following projects and initiatives funded by the European Union:
Call: Interreg Europe
Topic: Regional circular economy models and best available technologies for biological streams
Summary: Boosting bio-based circular economy through transfer of expertise about best available technologies and cooperation models.
Total budget: 1,531,888.00 €
Call: Interreg Europe
Topic: Fostering clusters’Interregional collaboration and integration into international value chains
Summary: Improving regional and national policy instruments seeking to intensify Key Enabling Technologies (KET's)-related clusterization processes, as well as fostering interregional cooperation between and among clusters and business networks and encourage their integration into innovative value chains. These developments advance the implementation of regional innovation strategies.
Total budget: 1,818,325.00 €
Call: New application experiments for CloudFlow – 2nd call
Topic: Improving fire safety of buildings by simulation in the cloud
Summary: Improving fire safety designs in the building sector using Computational Fluid Design. Specifically this means to integrate a CFD tool called CYPE-FDS into the CloudFlow platform for detailed fire simulation scenarios focused on the building design industry. As a show case, a real shopping centre located in Spain will be used for a complete fire safety design process.
Total budget: 89,907.75 €
The hub also participates in the Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs initiative (I4MS) through the EU funded project CLOUDFLOW.
Market and Services
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- 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
- 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
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Pre-competitive series production
- Commercial infrastructure
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Education and skills development
Client organisation: SMEs related to digital technologies
Client need: academic training in digital technologies to integrate students into the workforce
Solution provided by the DIH: Starting up of Mechanical Technology Master in cooperation with UCLM (University of Castilla-La Mancha): primary initiative in the whole region with a dual format and nationally unique in this sector, with 3 editions made.
The most innovative feature of this Master is its dual nature, since it incorporates in its program remunerated practices, which the student will develop in the companies collaborating with the initiative. With this methodology, the HUB aims to facilitate graduates their integration into the professional world.
The contents of the Master's are aimed to expand the knowledge in subjects very focused on the industrial reality, such as; Advanced Materials, Mathematical Methods, Electronic Systems and Automation, Computational Mechanics, Advanced Design, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Total Quality Techniques, Modal Analysis, Tribology and Corrosion.
The various topics are developed from an eminently practical point of view, with real cases.
The Master's methodology involves an alternation of academic training and work in companies, which will make it easier for graduates to integrate into the workforce.More details: http://www.mtm-4.posgrado.uclm.es/default.aspx?num=1467
DIGITALIZATION AND REVERSE ENGINEERING
Client organisation: Fertiberia, leader company in the fertilizers sector in the European Union and one of the world's leading operators in the ammonia market.
Client need: Development of a critical engineering component of the plant by digital transformation.
Solution provided by the DIH: Digitalization and reverse engineering service of a compressor lid
The objective was to reconstruct a parametric 3D CAD model, from the digitalization of the original lid. In order to carry out this reconstruction the external surface was digitalized with a structured white light scanner, and the thickness and the interior geometry of the cooling chambers were analyzed through ultrasonic measurements.
With the obtained information a reconstruction of the adapted model in 3D CAD was realized for the later process of manufacturing by melting. Thanks to the 3D printing technology used and its high resolution, it has been possible to obtain a part that has allowed the customer to adapt it to the compressor.More details: http://www.itecam.com/FitxersWeb/139249/itboletin24_2.pdf
CALCULATION AND CLOUD SIMULATION
Client organisations: COTTES GROUP AND CYPE INGENIEROS
Clients need: Validation of the Fire Dynamics Simulation module developed by CYPE INGENIEROS.
Solution provided by the DIH: The project "Fire in the Cloud" includes two major goals: firstly, to introduce in the platform “CloudFlow” the CYPE-FDS software based on “Fire Dynamics Simulator” solver, property of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Secondly to develop a complete calculation about anti-fired systems in a shopping centre located in Spain.
i4CAM has participated actively in the creation and determination of the project together with two main members of the Cottes Group which is specialized in design and installation of anti-fire mechanisms, fully active and passive security in trade buildings and industrial spaces, and CYPE Engineers oriented to the development of software the design and installation of structures and installations in constructions.
i4CAM managed the experiment under a technical and administrative point of view, coordinating several activities to be developed by each member of the committee. The Simulation`unit would contribute to the confirmation of CYPE-FDS, through fired scenes simulations as an example of the real local working stations as well as through HPC architecture of CloudFlow project, supplied by Arctur Universe.
CloudFlow is a European project started in June 2014, whose main goal is the integration of tools such as CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM and management of data in the cloud. The aim is to allow technical staff in companies to computable scalable sources under demand as well as the previously mentioned tools, without investing in the acquisition of the software whose cost tend to be usually elevated. It has finished during May 2017.More details: https://eu-cloudflow.eu/project/concept.html/consortium.html
MECHANICAL SIMULATION USING FINITE ELEMENTS METHOD
Client organisation: Tecnove SL. With more than 30 years of experience, it is leader in Spain in manufacturing vehicle bodyworks, transformation and conditioning, and has extended its business activity to the field of sign-spaces, digital marketing, camp building and catering services, and installation maintenance, as well as agri-food sector consulting.
Client need: to validate strain tests of its products.
Solution provided by the DIH: In this example, the Compay needed a calculation using Finite Element Methods (FEM) reproducing an impact test over two models of containers. Specifically, this test consists of droping a Steel block of 31 kg, 80 mm of diameter and semispheral form from a height of 810 mm, analysing the harm done by the impact of the panels in the container ceiling. The geometry of the two ceilings was modified to obtain a complete model of average surfaces with multiple cuts, allowing to define an interaction between the panels and structure beams, welded joints, as well as obtaining a structured mesh. The definitive FEM models obtained had between 250.000 and 300.000 elements, depending on the type of the ceiling.
The analysis were carried out with an explicit solver of finite elements, which allows to consider properly all the non-linearities present in the model, both at contact level, and also for studying the behaviour of non-linear material.
Also they were considered adhesive contacts between the upper Surface of the cailing beams, so that once the traction and shear resistance level of the adhesive material was surpassed, the panels and structure detached allowing the separation or sliding between them. They were also represented the section welded joints between panels and structure both simplified and using bonded contacts.
All the simulations the manufacture model was exposed by Tecnove were successfully satisfied, allowing for the Company know the damage caused by impacts on the ceiling panels of a container.More details: http://www.itecam.com/FitxersWeb/139249/itboletin26_1.pdf
Networked organization, without formal structure
Number of employees
- National specific innovation funding
- Regional funding
- Private funding
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM)
Instituto de Promoción Exterior de Castilla-La Mancha
Economic development agency
Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha
Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración
Research & Technology organization
Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno
Research & Technology organization
Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Castilla-La Mancha
AUTOMATISMOS INDUSTRIALES DE LA MANCHA - AIM
Grupo Prilux Iluminación
Tecnobit - Grupo Oesia
Fundación Centro Tecnológico del Metal de Castilla-La Mancha
Economic development agency
- Cloud computing
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
- Simulation and modelling