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iMan Norte Hub - Digital Innovation Hub for Customer-Driven Manufacturing @ Norte iMan Norte Hub - Digital Innovation Hub for Customer-Driven Manufacturing @ Norte

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)

PRODUTECH - Pólo das Tecnologias de Produção

Coordinator website

http://www.produtech.org/

Year Established

2016

Location

Rua dos Plátanos nº 197, 4100-414, Porto (Portugal)

Website

https://www.imannortehub.com/

Contact information

Pedro Rocha
iman-norte.dih@produtech.org
+351 226 166 897

Description

Description

The mission of the iMan Norte Hub - Digital Innovation Hub for Customer-Driven Manufacturing @ Norte - is to foster the digital transformation of manufacturing companies of the Northern Region of Portugal (Norte) and to nurture the respective innovation ecosystem. The main objectives of the iMan Norte Hub are to facilitate and foster manufacturing technology adoption and diffusion in the areas of cyber-physical production systems (CPPS) and robotics, and to improve the collaboration in the ecosystem by linking research institutions, industrial technological centers, industrial associations, incubators, science and technology parks, industrial companies, technology companies, training institutions, and government agencies.

The iMan Norte hub organizes dissemination and matchmaking activities (workshops, seminars, and  open days), offers coaching and connection to funding sources, and promotes the services offered by its service providers group, such as research and development, feasibility studies, technology roadmaps, consultancy on technology selection and implementation, and training. Research institutions, industrial technological centers, industrial associations, science and technology parks, incubators, and technology companies compose the hub’s service providers group.

The iMan Norte Hub is hosted by the Portuguese Production Technologies Cluster -PRODUTECH - a national non-profit association of manufacturing technology providers, and is coordinated by a managing team with members from PRODUTECH, INESC TEC (research institute), UPTEC (Science and Technology Park) and the four industrial technological centers in the region: CATIM (metal working and machinery), CITEVE (textile and clothing), CTCP (footwear), CTCOR (cork). These seven non-profit organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the terms of collaboration among them to manage and sustain the iMan Norte Hub.

The creation of the iMan Norte was funded by the European Project BEinCPPS (Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems, http://www.beincpps.eu/) in the scope of the I4MS program (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, http://i4ms.eu/) and has the institutional support of the Portuguese Secretary of State of Industry and the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N).

A missão do Digital Innovation Hub for Customer-Driven Manufacturing @ Norte (iMan Norte Hub) é fomentar a transformação digital das empresas industriais da Região Norte de Portugal (Norte) e estimular o respetivo ecossistema de inovação. O iMan Norte Hub tem como objetivos principais: - Fomentar a adoção e difusão de tecnologias avançadas de produção nas áreas de sistemas de produção ciber-físicos e robótica. - Estabelecer ligações entre centros de investigação, centros tecnológicos, associações industriais, incubadoras, parques de ciência e tecnologia, empresas de tecnologia, empresas industriais, instituições de ensino superior e profissional e instituições governamentais. O iMan Norte Hub apoia a procura de parceiros e formação de consórcios, organiza workshops e ações de demonstração e promove os serviços oferecidos por seu grupo de prestadores de serviços, como investigação e desenvolvimento, estudos de viabilidade, roteiros tecnológicos, consultoria em seleção e implementação de tecnologia e formação. O grupo de prestadores de serviços do iMan Norte hub é constituído por institutos de investigação, centros tecnológicos industriais, associações industriais, parques científicos e tecnológicos, incubadoras e empresas de tecnologia. O iMan Norte Hub pertence à Plataforma Digital Innovation Hub da PRODUTECH - Pólo das Tecnologias de Produção, uma associação nacional promovida pela Indústria Portuguesa de Tecnologias de Fabricação. O Hub é coordenado por uma equipa de gestão com elementos da PRODUTECH, INESC TEC, UPTEC e centros tecnológicos da região: CATIM (metalurgia e máquinas), CITEVE (têxtil e vestuário), CTCP (calçado), CTCOR (cortiça). Estas sete organizações sem fins lucrativos assinaram um Memorando de Entendimento com os termos de colaboração entre elas para gerir e sustentar o iMan Norte Hub.
A criação do iMan Norte foi financiada pelo projecto europeu BEinCPPS (Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems, http://www.beincpps.eu/) no âmbito do programa I4MS (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, http: //i4ms.eu/) e conta com o apoio institucional do Secretariado de Estado da Indústria e da Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte de Portugal (CCDR-N).

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The creation of the iMan Norte was funded by the European Project BEinCPPS (Business Experiments in Cyber-Physical Production Systems, http://www.beincpps.eu/) in the scope of the I4MS program (ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs, http://i4ms.eu/). iMan Norte Hub is aligned with the Portuguese government initiative Indústria 4.0 (https://www.iapmei.pt/Paginas/Industria-4-0.aspx) and has the institutional support of the Portuguese Secretary of State of Industry and the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N).

 The iMan Norte Hub interventions are an integrant part of the strategic plan for the PRODUTECH - Production Technologies Cluster, officially recognised as such, and at early stage identified as the Research and Innovation initiative in Portugal within the scope of the Action Plan for Digitising the European Industry (https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/system/files/ged/catalognationalinitiatives-research-2016-12-08.pdf). The interventions of the hub are also aligned and implement the priorities defined in the Norte Region, under the "Advanced Manufacturing" priority area, and  in the National Smart Specialization Platform, under the thematic axis "Industries and Production Technologies", priorities "Production Technologies and Product Industries" and "Production Technologies and Process Industries".

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Portuguese national initiative for digitising industry, Indústria 4.0.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • 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 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

  • 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
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Development of roadmaps for the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies

The advent of Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies present significant opportunities for manufacturing and retail companies, including better efficiency, improved relations with customers and partners, faster response, new business models, new and customized products.

Client profile: Manufacturing and retail companies interested in assessing their industry 4.0 maturity level and developing a technology roadmap tailored to their strategy and operations.

Client needs: Companies want to know where they stand in the Industry 4.0 technological revolution and access the benefits of the new opportunities, in order to select priorities for implementation and to design an implementation roadmap for their operations.

Provided solution to meet the needs: iMan Norte Hub provides access to a maturity model assessment tool developed by INESC TEC. The industry 4.0 maturity assessment tool analyses five dimensions of the company:  Organization and Strategy, Business Processes, Information Systems, Resources and Technologies and People and Culture. This assessment is used with technology roadmapping methods in order to recommend the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies by companies. The assessment of a company maturity level, together with the knowledge about the available technologies and a return on the investment analysis allows the definition of an implementation roadmap for the adoption of Industry 4.0, including the selection of high priority implementation projects or pilots. Contact: Américo Azevedo (americo.azevedo@inesctec.pt)  

 

More details: http://bip.inesctec.pt/en/193/noticia-ev10.html

Internal logistics systems for small series production

Internal logistics in manufacturing companies do not add value to the product but represent frequently high costs and are difficult to manage. The automation of such processes allow the reduction of operational costs and enable a more reliable control of operations, however, frequently lead to rigid solutions that are not able to respond to small production batches or to changes in the product specification or volumes.

Client profile: Companies in traditional sectors, such as footwear, textile and metal working.

Client needs: As an example, the footwear industry is traditionally characterized by separate production units (cutting, stitching, assembly and finishing), with autonomous organization and management processes. This form of operation does not offer footwear producers the flexibility they need to answer rapidly to orders for standard or customized products.

Provided solution to meet the needs: As an example, the HighSpeed Shoe factory, a new concept that aims to respond to individual orders in 24 hours. The solution for this problem has been developed and implemented at the Portuguese footwear producer Kyaia by a team of technology companies (Flowmat - Sistemas Industriais and Creativesystems), equipment and machinery manufacturers (Silva e Ferreira and CEI - Companhia de Equipamentos Industriais), a research institution (INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science), and the Technological Center of Footwear of Portugal (CTCP). The new solution produces customized footwear in 24 hours and represents improvements in terms of efficiency and flexibility of the factory for this environment. The solution consists of an internal logistic systems for the stitching, assembly and finishing of footwear products, implemented by robotic manipulators, automatic conveyors, and production management software. The integrated system is responsible to transport and assign the work-in-progress to the production equipment and operators, according to the routing sequence of the corresponding footwear products and the integration with cutting machines. As a result, manufacturing has a single production flow, composed of integrated distribution systems with automated cutting and online control of the flow of products and processes.

Industrial Demonstrator: Kyaia. Contacts: Carlos Teixeira (carlos.teixeira@kyaia.com); Rui Rebelo (rui.d.rebelo@inesctec.pt)  

More details: http://bip.inesctec.pt/en/156/noticia-tc07.html

Simulation-optimization services to support the design and operation of factories

Customers are the main driver of manufacturing systems, expecting products to respond to their specific needs often by a total customization. A high variability of products, produced in small series or even individually customized induces a high degree of variability and dysfunctional behaviors in the shop-floors and production processes.  

Client profile: Companies with discrete manufacturing plants.

Client needs: Industrial companies need to deal efficiently with diversified and fast changing demands of small or even unitary production lots. This diversity calls for the application of smart technologies targeting the design and operation of such manufacturing systems.

Provided solution to meet the needs: To tackle these challenges, INESC TEC supported industrial companies, such as JPM Indústria, IKEA Industry, and PSA Peugeot Citroën with simulation-optimization services that suggest and access best fit layouts and optimized production strategies for more complex operating scenarios. Through simulation, it is possible to predict the way the manufacturing systems will work and perform continuous adjustments to buffers, workstations, and production lines, while reducing significantly the reconfiguration costs. This analysis is of particular importance when designing new factories or when the product mix, volume or costs change.

Contact: Américo Azevedo (americo.azevedo@inesctec.pt)

More details: http://bip.inesctec.pt/en/164/noticia-tc05.html

Organization

Organizational form

(Part of) Private organization

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

Regional

Funding

  • Horizon 2020

Partners

INESC TEC - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.inesctec.pt/en


PRODUTECH - Pólo das Tecnologias de Produção

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization

Website

http://www.produtech.org/


CITEVE - CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DAS INDÚSTRIAIS TÊXTIL E DO VESTUÁRIO DE PORTUGAL

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.citeve.pt/


UPTEC - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto

Partner Type

Incubator/accelerator

Website

https://uptec.up.pt


CATIM - centro de Apoio Tecnológico à Indústria Metalomecânica

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.catim.pt


CTCP - Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

https://www.ctcp.pt


CTCOR - Centro Tecnológico da Cortiça

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.ctcor.com

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • 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
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • 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
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 23/01/19 12:39