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Innovalia ZDM Digital Innovation Hub Hub Cero Defectos Innovalia

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Automotive Intelligence Centre (AIC) - Parque Empresarial P2-A4, 48340, Amorebieta-Etxano (Spain)


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Alicia González

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Silvia de la Maza



The Innovalia ZDM Hub is a digital innovation HUB immersed in the Automotive Intelligence Centre (AIC) network of international partners in the automotive Sector.

The Innovalia ZDM Digital Innovation Hub has been created and it is coordinated by Innovalia Association a technology agent of the Basque Country Technology Network (Innobasque) and a private non-for-profit technological centre whose primary objective is to foster technological and business innovation in small and medium companies. Innovalia ZDM Digital Innovation Hub brings together the skills, laboratories and experimental infrastructures for local industry advanced manufacturing excellence.

The ZDM-DIH has been created in order to articulate a “one stop shop” with the sufficient critical mass capable of providing a comprehensive and integrated response towards digitisation of local manufacturing industries; with a particular focus on integrated operation of enabling digital technologies for zero defect manufacturing services & solutions.

The DIH activities are focused on

(1) Increasing awareness and knowledge of emerging digital technologies/products for ZDM (Zero Defect Manufacturing).

(2) Easing access to consistent assessments across local industries about their product/process digital readiness level.

(3) Promoting the establishment of digitalisation and digital transformation plans supporting manufacturing process design for ZDM.

(4) Facilitating local industry access to finance and participation in (international/strategic) R&D&i projects on development and industrial application of digital technologies, products and platforms (IIoT, Big Data, Cyber Security, 5G, Cloud)

(5) Simplifying access to advanced quality control instrumentation, assets and pilot manufacturing lines for experimentation, validation and verification of advanced ZDM digital products and processes.

(6) Enabling training, re-skilling and up-skilling on digital products and processes and quality 4.0.

(7) Accelerating innovative digital business models development and access to market to local SMEs.

(8) Assistance in the development of local industrial partnerships on ZDM digital products and platforms for international market access.



Any local manufacturing industry should master manufacturing excellence through zero defect manufacturing products, processes and services.


The DIH mission consists on ensuring that local industry can fully benefit from digital opportunities (technical support, access to experimental infrastructures, financing, skill development, market intelligence…) on the following competences:

  • Digital automation, Industrial IoT and CPPS

  • Zero Defect Manufacturing (ZDM) digital platforms

  • Factory 4.0 Big Data & 3D mobile data visualisation

  • Cybersecurity and digital trust

El Hub cero defectos de Innovalia es un hub de innovación digital (DIH) implantado en el AIC (Automotive Intelligence Centre) con su red internacional de empresas en el sector automoción

El DIH cero defectos de Innovalia se ha creado y se coordina desde la Asociación Innovalia que es un agente de la Red Vasca de Tecnología (Innobasque) y es además un centro privado sin ánimo de lucro cuyo principal misión es la promoción de la tecnología y la innovación entre las pequeñas y medianas empresas. El hub cero defectos de Innovalia aglutina recursos, laboratorios e infraestructuras de experimentación para la industria local en su desarrollo de excelencia en procesos de fabricación avanzada

El Hub cero defectos Innovalia se ha creado para articular un punto de innovación digital único con acceso con la suficiente masa crítica, recursos y conocimiento, capaz de ofrecer una repuesta completa e integrada orientada a la digitalización de la industria local y con un foco principal en la operación integrada de las tecnologías digitales necesarias para la implantación de servicios y soluciones de fabricación cero defectos.

Las actividades del DIH se focalizan en:

  1. Incrementar el conocimiento y la visibilidad de las tecnologías y productos emergentes para el desarrollo de la fabricación cero defectos.

  2. Facilitar el acceso a una evaluación consistente del nivel de madurez digital de productos y procesos de fabricación en la industria de automoción.

  3. Promover el establecimiento de planes de digitalización y de transformación digital que promuevan nuevos diseños de procesos de fabricación cero defectos.

  4. Facilitar a la industria local el acceso tanto a mecanismos de financiación como a su participación en proyectos de investigación, desarrollo e innovación en la aplicación de tecnologías, productos y plataformas (IIoT, Big Data, ciber seguridad, 5G, nube).

  5. Simplificar el acceso a recursos, instrumentación y líneas de fabricación piloto para la experimentación, validación y verificación de productos y procesos avanzados de fabricación cero defectos.

  6. Habilitar programas de formación y reciclado en productos digitales y procesos de control de calidad 4.0.

  7. Acelerar el desarrollo de modelos de negocio digital y el acceso de pymes locales al mercado.

  8. Asistir en el desarrollo de alianzas entre la industria local para el acceso a mercados globales de productos y procesos cero defectos.


Cualquier industrial local debe ser capaz de maximizar sus ventajas competitivas a traves del desarrollo de productos, procesos y servicios cero defectos.


La misión del DIH consiste en asegurar que la industria local se beneficia íntegramente de las oportunidades que ofrecen las tecnologías digitales con el acceso soporte técnico, infraestructuras de experimentación/demonstración, financiación, capacitación e inteligencia de mercado… en las siguientes áreas de competencia:

  • Automatización digital, IIoT y sistemas de fabricación ciber físicos (CPPS).

  • Plataformas digitales de fabricación cero defectos

  • Big data y visualización móvil 3D para fabricación 4.0

  • Ciber-seguridad y confianza digital

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The Innovalia ZDM Hub creation and operation was supported by the EU H2020 I4MS initiative through the projects BeinCPPS (Business Experimentation in Cyber-Physical Production Systems - and MIDIH (Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hub

The Innovalia ZDM Hub is part of the Pilot Group Internationalisation supporting RIS3 implementation and it is part of the regional Basque Industry 4.0 DIH initiative ( The Innovalia ZDM Hub is also member of the Executive Committee of the Working Group on DIH of the Spanish national initiative Industria Conectada 4.0 on digitizing Industry (

Since 2018, the Innovalia ZDM Hub, is also part of the European network of EIT Digital i-Centers for Industry 4.0 digital product, service and solution demonstration ( and of the Spanish International Data Spaces (IDS) Hub on Big data for Factories 4.0.

The Innovalia ZDM Hub is aligned with the Advanced Manufacturing RIS3 strategy set by the Basque Government. In particular the DIH will support the development of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) which have been identified by the RIS3 strategies, namely Advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced materials (metal, plastic), photonics and information and communication technologies. As part of the local economic sectors from the RIS3 strategy that the DIH will contribute to these include automotive, machine tool, tooling, fixtures, electronics, added value engineering services and digital economy.

With respect to the national strategy on digitizing industry in general and to the DIH strategy in particular, the Innovalia ZDM Hub will contribute to the implementation of the national strategic lines in terms of (1) contribute to definition, establishment and operation of coordination of services and functions across Spanish HUBS (2) contribute to the creation and development of hub on ZDM of international relevance (3) identify collaborative actions inter-DIHs (4) contribute to the development of a complete portfolio of services of national DIHs (5) support in the promotion of DIHs among other public initiatives.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic 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

  • 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

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Education and skills development.

Client: Gestamp.

Gestamp is an international group dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of metal automotive components. The Group specializes in developing innovatively designed products to achieve increasingly safer and lighter vehicles, thereby reducing energy consumption and environmental impact.

Client's needs: Specialized and process tailored dual training for improving the workforce skills on digital quality control platforms and techniques for process improvement to gain competitiveness.

Provided solutions: Design of a Master Degree for new and current employees on Metrology and Quality Control and lecturing of theoretical and practical training with advanced metrology equipment and pilot manufacturing lines. The Master Degree was offered by collaboration of companies GESTAMP, TRIMEK, UNIMETRIK, DATAPIXEL and pilot line facilities of Innovalia at Automotive Intelligence Centre (AIC).

More details: (page 68 out of 141 makes reference to the training programme as one of the 3 main achievements for the company in the year 2016 in workforce continuous skilling – in Spanish).

Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses

Client: ZF-TRW

The TRW brand is part of ZF Aftermarket, leader in the world for Original Manufacturer [OE] quality automotive safety products. ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of 146,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of €36.4 billion and as such, is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

Client´s needs: The improvement of the security and health of the factory thought he strengthening of the workers and the ergonomic risk management. There is a negative impact on assembly line performance in terms of workforce wellbeing related to repetitive movements and ergonomics.

Provided solutions: Strategy and digital business transformation roadmap, as well as digital solution development and experimentation of privacy-preserving, flexible and customized prevention strategies based on intensive use of Industrial IoT technologies for blue-collar workers . The solution addresses ergonomic an repetitive movement risk self-evaluation in the plant by the workers and the real-time evaluation of ergonomic risk and inline risk level visualization system.

More details:

Collaborative Research- Concept validation and prototyping

Client: ZEPLAS

ZEPLAS manufactures injection moulded parts from all standard polymers. The company can develop products and processes and manufacture components in many shapes and sizes for a specific industry: from small precision components to large-volume parts weighing up to 6 kilograms.

Client´s needs: The achievement of a Zero-Defect Manufacturing for complex geometries in multi-material injection moulding.

Provided solutions: Digitalisation of the parts by 3D scanning for a dimensional and quality control. Development of information analysis and defect control with a production improvement.

More details:

Collaborative Research- Concept validation and prototyping

Client: Maier

Founded in 1973, MAIER’s headquarters are based in Gernika, Basque Country. Maier is a European leader in the decoration of plastic parts and manufacturer of complex injection mouldings for the automotive industry. The technologies we’re working with comprise chrome plating, painting, laser etching and hot stamping.

Maier is part part of the prestigious Mondragon Corporation, one of the biggest cooperative organizations worldwide.

Client´s needs: Simplification and cost reduction of traditional gauge design for an increasingly larger set of references in their plastic parts manufactured.

Provided solutions: The scenario for the experiment carried out in Euskadi DIH is Zero Defect Manufacturing address a full digitisation of the part under control and automation and integration of the control gauge with the IT systems in the factory. The current physical gauges evolve into digital CPSized digital solutions involving collaboration among Maier, MTC and Trimek. The solution provides an evolution of traditional quality control equipment; e.g. CMMs into solutions ready to operate under shop floor conditions, moving from the traditional metrology laboratory conditions to shop floor operations. The cybergauge solution allows for a larger set of plastic components to be assessed in the shopfloor, with much simpler fixtures, thereby reducing costs and increasing the speed for error detection and batch production adaptation.

More details: (Experiments)


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(Part of) Private organization



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Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources
  • Other


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals



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Networked, cluster organization



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cbt Comunicación y Multimedia, S.L.

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Software Quality Systems, S.A.

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Eneo Tecnología, s.l.

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Start-up company


AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center

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Technological competences

  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)

H2020 Projects

  • BEinCPPS
    Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems
    Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems

    BEinCPPS Innovation Action aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based machine-factory-cloud service platform firstly intensively in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, Norte in Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), afterwards extensively in all European regions, by involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs. The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPS-driven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs.The BE in CPPS project stems upon three distinct pillars:• A FI-based three-layered (machine-factory-cloud) open source platforms federation, integrated from state-of-the-art R&I advances in the fields of Internet of Things, Future Internet and CPS / Smart Systems and able to bi-directionally interoperate data pertaining to the machine, the factory and the cloud levels.• A pan-European SME-oriented experimentation ecosystem. In a first phase of the project, the five Champions will provide requirements to the platforms integrators. In a second phase, an Open Call for IT SMEs developers (applications experiments) will award 10 third parties. In a final third phase, the extended platform will be instantiated and deployed in additional 10 third parties equipment experiment SMEs.• A well-founded method and toolbox for Innovation management, where an existing TRL-based methodology for KETs technology transfer will be enriched by a CPPS certification, education and training programme for young talents and experienced blue collar workers and by a well-founded three-fold (objectives-variables-indicators) method for results assessment and evaluation.
  • I4MS-Growth
    Support and stimulation of dynamic and organic growth of pan European ICT for Manufacturing SME Innovation Ecosystems
    Support and stimulation of dynamic and organic growth of pan European ICT for Manufacturing SME Innovation Ecosystems

    The ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS) initiative was launched by the EC on July 2013 with an initial budget of 77 million Euro. During its first stage, I4MS has shown substantial success and contributed to the progressive development of European SMEs adopting advanced ICT solutions for manufacturing.
    The initiative has already achieved some of the main goals resulting from the interaction with SMEs through the successful launch of open calls that generated a high participation of SMEs, many of them newcomers to EU R&D funding programs.
    The actual stage of the projects involved in I4MS brings the need for enhanced support and specific actions towards their exploitation success and towards better leveraging the European Manufacturing Sector through the implementation of ICT solutions within the Manufacturing SMEs. Four additional projects have joined the initiative, these projects will need to integrate in the initiative and have same services of support as the projects included in the first phase of I4MS, such as open calls support, etc…
    For this purpose, I4MS-Growth has designed different strategies that will among others:
    • Renew the I4MS Portal with improved areas for providing information of interest to: regional entities, competence centers, SMEs, etc…
    • Enable the interchange of synergies between IPs and IAs involved in the initiative
    • Support the interaction with the I4MS Competence Centre Network;
    • Continue to promote and support the involvement of SMEs in the new launch of open calls for IAs;
    • Reinforce the brand and image of the Competence Centers Network of Excellence as well as their interaction with innovation hubs;
    • Facilitate the dissemination of the experiments for a future replication and implementation of the I4MS scheme within the regions;
    • Position the I4MS initiative as one of the key initiatives in Europe for the Manufacturing and ICT sector.
    • Administrative management of innovation hubs.
    Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs
    Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs

    VISION: By 2023, Europe will set the reference for the Industry 4.0 market: European CPS/IOT Open Digital Platforms providers will be able to flexibly and dynamically connect the Real World with digital Enterprise Systems through common open standards; European ICT SMEs will be growing fast through leadership in data-driven smart Industry 4.0 services; European Manufacturing SMEs will successfully compete globally with innovative products and services, digitised Industry 4.0 processes and innovative business models, involving their workforce at all levels in this Digital Transformation innovations.
    MISSION. The MIDIH 4.0 project aims at implementing the fast, dynamic, borderless, disruptive side of the I4MS innovation coin: technological services (interactive try-on demos, webinars, challenges, hackathons and awards) will be driven by young and dynamic ICT talents virtually meeting older and experienced manufacturing engineers in a one-stop-shop global marketplace; business services (ideas incubation, business acceleration, demand-offer matchmaking and brokerage, access to finance) will support SMEs, startups, web entrepreneurs as well as corporates in the delivery of innovative products and services, in accessing new markets, in fund-raising; skills building services (serious and role games, participative lessons and webinars, virtual experiments in physical teaching factories, professional courses for existing technicians as well as for executives) will not only help SMEs and corporates understand the new technologies, but also take full advantage of them, providing an operational framework that will stimulate trust, confidence and investments.
    The MIDIH project is an inclusive Innovation Action of 21 beneficiaries coming from 12 EU Countries, including, Competence  Centers, Digital Innovation Hubs, CPS/IOT Technology Providers as well as Lighthouse Manufacturing Industries. A two-iteration Open Call will help achieve a critical mass of cross-border experiments.
    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs
    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs

    The initiative for Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs (DIH4CPS) will help European enterprises overcome these innovation hurdles and establish Europe as a world leading innovator of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. DIH4CPS will create an embracing, interdisciplinary network of DIHs and solution providers, focussed on cyber-physical and embedded systems, interweaving knowledge and technologies from different domains, and connecting regional clusters with the pan-European expert pool of DIHs. Backed by the IVLab, an experienced and well-established network organisation focussed on Interoperability, DIH4CPS can innately build on an extensive existing network, add value to its existing knowledge transfer capabilities and guarantee the sustainability of the growing DIH network. DIH4CPS expands the already existing network and aims for creating an integrated platform for DIHs from different, especially digitally underdeveloped sectors and regions. A selection of eleven initially starting application experiments guarantees an outstanding funding for European SMEs and Mid-Caps right from the start and demonstrates the high dedication of the consortium to reduce the digital divide. At least ten additional experiments will take up that torch during the project and allow external companies from sectors in need to further exploit the DIH4CPS network and uplift their portfolio, especially by including (semi)-autonomy into their products and systems. DIH4CPS will not only benefit the application experiments but also the individual DIHs by significantly complementing the regional investments made. Implemented in the IVLab structure, the DIH4CPS Network will leverage and sustain its impact far beyond the project duration, creating a vibrant, overarching and cross sector one-stop-shop for collaboration between SMEs, DIHs and Tech providers.
  • DIH-World
    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs
    DIH-World - Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHs for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs

    DIH-World aims to accelerate the uptake of advanced digital technologies by European manufacturing SMEs in all sectors and support them in building sustainable competitive advantages and reaching global markets strengthening the capacities of regional DIHs, particularly in underrepresented regions across Europe. As intermediaries of successful local SME digital transformation, DIH World, aims at providing DIHs, access to harmonised tools, well proven technologies, effective methodologies, sound knowledge, smart investment sources, rich training assets and overall a vibrant innovation environment. The final aim is to accelerate the matureness of DIHs and the development of their collaboration capabilities, and avoid a DIH divide due to lack of access to technologies, skills, networks, investment and infrastructures with special emphasis in underrepresented regions; so they can capitalise and leverage on the European DIHs Networks their resources and facilities for the benefit of their local SMEs. This will be achieved thanks to the: DIH-World platform, that will provide a full coverage of the services needed by the DIHs and the SMEs willing to identify the right DIH for them, the DIH-Academy that will provide the tools to train DIHs and bring them to the next level, Open calls for experiments, that will provide sufficient technological support to SMEs and midcaps. As well as with a broad geographical coverage, with more than 26 countries to be covered in Europe including specific activities to involve regional and national actors in the DIH network.
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