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Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH)

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Economic development agency)

SPRI - Basque Business Development Agency

Coordinator website

http://www.spri.eus/en/

Year Established

2017

Location

Alameda Urquijo 36, 48011, Bilbao (Spain)

Website

http://www.spri.eus/en/basque-industry/basque-digital-innovation-hub/

Social Media

Contact information

Cristina Oyón
cristina@spri.eus
0034 944037055

Description

Description

The Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) is a non for profit initiative that responds to the Basque Smart Specialization Strategy RIS3 in advanced manufacturing, named Basque Industry 4.0, www.basqueindustry.eus to support the business fabric in the experimentation of digital innovations.

The aim of the hub is to provide easy and cost-efficient access to European industrial fabric, especially Basque SMEs, to innovative and excellent scientific-technological capabilities required  to meet the challenges of industry 4.0 in the Advanced Manufacturing environment, enabling companies to evolve and become more competitive.

 

It consists of a digitally-linked network of R+D infrastructures, pilot plants and specialized know-how in different areas of Advanced Manufacturing that are organized in 6 different nodes: Additive Manufacturing, Flexible and Collaborative Robotics, Cibersecurity, Big Data Analytics, Smart and Connected Machines and New Materials,  introducing key digitization technologies for Industry 4.0.

 

The hub is co-owned by R+D Centers, Vocational Training Centers, Universities and Business R&D units and is supported by regional public institutions.

It provides services for the development of R+D projects, scaling up of industrial projects, demonstration, validation, exhibition of cutting-edge technologies and also serves as a resource for training and acceleration of start-ups with a one-stop shop approach.

 

BDIH's range of services ranges from technical economic advice, with activities such as:

  • Need analysis,

  • 360 vision technological assessment

  • Technological prospective and state of the art assessment

  • Economic viability analysis

  • Proof of concept

 

through design, prototyping and validation with activities such as:

  • Conceptual design

  • Simulation, solution architecture

  • Safety analysis

  • Prototyping, programming and experimental validation

  • Technological transfer for industrialisation

 

to awareness and training activities such as:

  • Showroom activities

  • Dissemination activities

  • Training workshops

El Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) es una iniciativa sin ánimo de lucro que responde a la Estrategia Vasca de Especialización Inteligente RIS3 en fabricación avanzada, Basque Industry 4.0, www.basqueindustry.eus  para apoyar el tejido empresarial en la experimentación de innovaciones digitales.


El objetivo del BDIH es proporcionar un acceso fácil y rentable al tejido industrial europeo, especialmente a PYMEs vascas, a las capacidades científicas y tecnológicas innovadoras y excelentes necesarias para afrontar los desafíos de la industria 4.0 en el entorno de fabricación avanzada, permitiendo así a las PYMES evolucionar y ser más competitivas.

Consiste en una red de infraestructuras de I + D conectadas digitalmente, plantas piloto y know-how especializado en diferentes áreas de fabricación avanzada organizadas en 6 nodos diferentes: Fabricación Aditiva, Robótica Flexible y Colaborativa, Ciberseguridad, Big Data Analytics, Máquinas Inteligentes y Conectadas y Nuevos Materiales, tecnologías clave de digitalización para la Industria 4.0.

El hub es copropiedad de centros de I + D, centros de formación profesional, universidades y unidades de I + D empresarial, y cuenta con el respaldo de las instituciones públicas regionales.
Ofrece servicios para el desarrollo de proyectos de I + D, escalado de proyectos industriales, demostración, validación, exposición de tecnologías de vanguardia y también como un recurso para la formación y la aceleración de nuevas empresas de base tecnológica con un enfoque de ventanilla única.

La gama de servicios de BDIH abarca desde asesoramiento técnico económico, con actividades tales como:
• Análisis de necesidades
• Evaluación tecnológica con visión 360°
• Prospectiva tecnológica y evaluación del estado del arte
• Análisis de viabilidad económica
• Prueba de concepto

a diseño, creación de prototipos y validación, con actividades tales como:
• Diseño conceptual
• Simulación, arquitectura de solución
• Análisis de seguridad
• Creación de prototipos, programación y validación experimental
• Transferencia tecnológica para la industrialización

a actividades de sensibilización y capacitación tales como:
• Actividades de demostración

• Actividades de difusión
• Talleres de capacitación

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Basque Industry 4.0.  www.basqueindustry.eus  

The Basque Region defined its RIS3 Smart Specialisation Strategy in 2014 which addresses areas of productive specialisation within the industrial network and technological capabilities of the Basque Country. One of the three prioritised areas is Advanced Manufacturing, that is supported by a specific strategy, Basque Industry 4.0.

The definition and implementation of the strategy is being done through  the Basque Industry 4.0 Steering Group, a public private collaboration space that counts with the participation of different type of agents, such as the public administration, driving companies, manufacturing clusters and scientific and technological agents.

The Basque Digital Innovation Hub is one of the three Strategic Initiatives designed and implemented in the framework of this Basque Industry 4.0 Regional Strategy.

 

The BDIH is also connected at national level as a member of the Working Group of Digital Innovation Hubs that the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government has promoted in the framework of its Connected Industry 4.0 Strategy (http://www.industriaconectada40.gob.es/Paginas/index.aspx ).

The objective of this national working group is to promote collaborative actions
interhub and to develop a complete portfolio of
services of the Spanish hubs.

 

 

The Basque Digital Innovation Hub is also linked to European DIH´s initiative as an active member of the Working Group of Digital Innovation Hubs created to support the implementation of the Digitising European Industry (DEI) action plan promoted in the framework of The Digital Single Market strategy by DG Connect. It was selected by the European Commission to present its best practices in the 4 meetings that have been organized during 2018 and also participated in the Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum.

  • 22 January 2018, Brussels: How to motivate SMEs to engage with hubs and how hubs can create demand for the services of the SMEs. The BDIH presented “The role of a steering group as a public-private collaboration space, in a region´s digital transformation”
  • 21 February 2018, Brussels: Improving access to finance for SMEs and Digital Innovation Hubs. The BDIH presented “Innovation vouchers in an interregional collaborative scheme”
  • 28 March 2018, Paris: Digitising European Industry Stakeholder Forum 2018, workshop on Digital Innovation Hubs
  • 25 May 2018, Brussels: Networking among DIHs, the role of Member States and regions for the development of DIHs, and the catalogue of DIHs. The BDIH presented “The role of Basque Government for the development of the BDIH and its collaboration at national level”
  • 2  July 2018, Brussels:  The role that Digital Innovation Hubs can play to help SMEs acquire the digital skills they need for their digital transformation. The BDIH presented “BDIH: Mechanism to support the adoption of digital technologies and to spread digital skills”

 

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • 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

  • 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
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Testing and Validation of In-Line Non-Destructive testing process of Manufactured Metallic Products

The service was offered to a high precision ball screw manufacturing SME, mainly focused in machine tool, automotive, energy and aeronautics sectors based in the Basque Region.

 

The SME addressed the BDIH with the need to deploy in their factory an automated inspection system to detect grinding burns with the objective of accomplishing the standards the aeronautical market was demanding. No defective components (grinding burns brings a loss of surface hardening) would be accepted by their clients and the trend of zero defect manufacturing show promise in many sectors for the following years.

 

The standards in industry demand every day higher quality levels that involve the testing of all manufactured products. However, sometimes testing all products is not possible using regular procedures because the part has to be broken during the testing protocol. That is the interest of testing using non-destructive techniques during the manufacturing. The working principle of non-destructive sensors (NDS) relies on a magnetic field, created by the sensor itself, and the induced Barkhausen and eddy currents. The automatic non-destructive measurement systems can allow the estimation of mechanical properties of manufactured components in metallic materials, which is useful for the in-line monitoring of the quality of the manufactured parts, which can also provide digital information of the manufacturing process itself, and consequently can also provide valuable data for predictive maintenance purposes.

 

In order to study the feasibility of magnetic fields technology as an optimal non-destructive testing for this case, the SME was able to test their own components in the Zero Defect Manufacturing Cell of the Basque Digital Innovation Hub. A set of defective and correct components were exposed to magnetic fields in the Cell and the collected data was treated and analyzed to determine if the selected technology could clearly distinguish a defective component in-line. The results of the preliminary tests were positive and the kind of components they manufacture could be tested with high reliability so they decided to develop together with the BDIH’s experts in NDT technologies their own in-house Zero Defect Manufacturing Cell.

 

Nowadays, the system is fully operative in their production line and the SME is providing added value components to big international companies. In addition to the commercial benefits of implementing this system, the SME is continuously gathering relevant data about their manufacturing process of the components which allows them to improve their predictive maintenance strategies.

 

More details: http://www.spri.eus/en/basque-industry/basque-digital-innovation-hub/flexible-robotics/

Collaborative R&D service in Powder HIPping and production of complex canister by means of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for aeronautics company.

The service has been offered to an aeronautics sector TIER1 local provider, mainly oriented to the design, manufacturing, assembly and validation of engine subsystems of the main European OEMs.

 

The company came to the BDIH with the need to develop and validate new sustainable routes for manufacturing complex high-performance aerospace parts with special and expensive materials (i.e. IN718). Those new routes had to enable significant improved buy-to-fly ratios (cost savings, environmental benefits) and look for low-cost tooling methods to assure the profitability of the final parts in low volume series and consequently improve the industrial competitiveness of the company within the aeronautics sector.

 

Encapsulated Powder HIPping and the use of AM as a method for the production of complex canisters seemed to be a potential solution if relatively small number of parts were expected to be produced.

 

The Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) of powders is a near net shape process especially attractive when expensive materials are involved because it allows high material usage ratios. In addition, it can be also responsible for materials with outstanding mechanical properties. However, to obtain the full potential of HIP, powders have to be encapsulated in order to insulate them from the pressurization media (gas). The production of complicated canisters can slow and raise the price of the development of Powder HIPping so Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be used in the production of complex canisters subsequently filled with a previous optimized gas atomized powder. In addition, some canisters can be incorporated in the final part because the properties of the AM shell are high enough, so de-canning step will be avoided, contributing to the competitiveness of the Hybrid AM/HIP manufacturing route.

 

But, the equipment and expertise that is needed to develop and validate this manufacturing route would require high costs and investments at a feasibility study stage.

 

Thanks to the pool of assets and expertise that is connected and offered through the Additive Manufacturing Node of the Basque Digital Innovation Hub, a proof of concept of the Encapsulated Powder HIPping route was done (including the manufacturing of the canister by AM) for those complex parts built out of expensive raw materials.

 

During this Collaborative R&D service, several scale lab parts were manufactured and validated by the company with very promising results. Nowadays, further development is needed to scale-up the manufacturing route and adapt it to alternative materials with the objective of incorporating these technologies and know-how to the company’s manufacturing capabilities.

More details: http://www.spri.eus/en/basque-industry/basque-digital-innovation-hub/additive-manufacturing/

Prototyping and validation of high-precision computer assisted surgery CAS system

The client is a local high-precision manufacturing company that belongs to a Basque industrial group. The activity of the mother company is related with the metal machining. The industrial group is active in different sectors. The activity supported by the BDIH was intended since the beginning to become a new company.

 

The company -willing to expand into the healthcare sector- came to the BDIH requiring the development, prototyping and testing of a high-precision computer assisted surgery (CAS) system. This system had to be integrated with a collaborative robotic assistance, designed for execution of surgical tasks in trauma surgery.

 

The client required an image guidance system for a surgical robot, designed for assistance in trauma surgery.  The robot had a custom tracker -capable of sensing the patient’s motion- but was unable to relate the patient’s position in the operating room with the imaged anatomy of the pre-operative data. In addition, the client required the system to be compatible with standard clinical equipment, favoring the use of standard bi-dimensional x-ray images instead of three-dimensional cone beam computerized tomography.

 

The Basque Digital Innovation Hub provides software libraries, high-tech equipment and qualified personnel for the development, prototyping and validation of medical applications through a process of flexible integration. Among the software libraries, two software development kits (SDK) are available, designed for rapid prototyping of medical imaging applications and development of computer assisted surgery (CAS) systems respectively. In addition, a digital operating room is provided, equipped with imaging equipment, surgical trackers, patient simulators, haptic devices and a high-resolution computerised tomography scanner of inspection of micro-structure of small samples (https://bit.ly/2ANGbI7).

 

BDIH made available for the client:

a) A collaborative robot for medical sector, a hw/sw navigation system and a haptic to validate remote manipulation.

b) A research team with high skills in computer vision and robotics.

 

The combination of the team and the equipment enabled the optimized deployment of the initial feasibility tasks in the initial stages of the company project. After that, the BDIH facilitated the prototyping and validation of a high-precision image guidance system, capable of detection of the patient’s anatomy -and the robot’s base point- employing a set of only two bi-dimensional x-ray images. The system is capable of detection of the robot’s base -performing a series of image processing operations- and triangulating its position in a three-dimensional space, followed by alignment of the patient’s anatomy with the x-ray image information. The system is currently undergoing pre-clinical trials required for medical certification.

More details: http://www.spri.eus/en/basque-industry/basque-digital-innovation-hub/flexible-robotics/

Organization

Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure

Turnover

250.000-500.000

Number of employees

1-9

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

International

Funding

  • Regional funding
  • Private funding

Partners

Tecnalia

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.tecnalia.com/en/


IK4-Lortek

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.lortek.es/


Vicomtech

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.vicomtech.org/


CEIT-IK4

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://ceit.es/en/


CIDETEC

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.cidetec.es/es/inicio


IK4-Tekniker

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.tekniker.es/en


IK4-Ikerlan

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.ikerlan.es/en/


IK4-Ideko

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.ideko.es/en/home


UPV/EHU

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.ehu.eus/es/home


Mondragon Unibertsitatea

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.mondragon.edu/en/home


TKNIKA

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.tknika.eus/en/


Basque Cibersecurity Centre

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Website

https://www.basquecybersecurity.eus/en/


GAIKER-IK4

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.gaiker.es/ing/index.aspx


ACICAE

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.acicae.es/


GAIA

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://gaia.es/index.php?idioma=3


Cluster Energía

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.clusterenergia.com/home


HEGAN

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.hegan.com/Corporativa/Default.aspx?Xqp5O3l6Vf0AfPYeW8TnRw90785678d90785678d


SIDEREX

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.siderex.es/?lang=en


CLUSTER PAPEL

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.clusterpapel.com/


ACLIMA

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.aclima.eus/en/


AFM

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.afm.es/en/home


MLC-ITS-EUSKADI-CLUSTER

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.mlcluster.com/?lang=en


MAFEX

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.mafex.es/?lang=en

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
Last updated: 25/10/18 11:28