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Digital Innovation Hub Emilia-Romagna

Hub Information

Hub Name
Digital Innovation Hub Emilia-Romagna
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
Regional

Description

Digital Innovation Hub Emilia-Romagna is a no profit entity performing information and awareness services, tutoring and coaching, personalized consultancy, matchmaking with innovation ecosystem. In addition DIH-ER cooperates with other national and European Digital Innovation Hubs, with Competence Centers, and Enterprise Europe Network.

The aim of DIH-ER is to help companies, especially SMEs, to become more competitive by improving their business/production processes/organization as well as products, services and business models exploting digital technologies. Furthermore, DIH-ER deals with the promotion of digital manufactoring trasformation towards Industry 4.0 approach and the Value Chain processes overall.

In particular the main activities are:

  • Information and Awareness on use cases and benefits deriving from 4.0 technologies and digital transformation
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Support in digital transformation projects and continuous training
  • Personalized consulting
  • Analysis of the digital maturity of the company and of the supply chains through specific assessments
  • Definition of action plans for innovation management, digital transformation, access to financing and possible partnerships
  • Matchmaking with Innovation Ecosystem
  • Identification of technological partners, access to Competence Centers 4.0 and Digital Innovation Hub, collaboration with universities, research centers, other companies, support for network contracts
  • Coordination activities for implementing I4.0-based factories
  • Design and delivery of training initiatives

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
Confindustria Emilia-Romagna Ricerca
https://cerr.eu/
Year Established
2012
Location
Via Barberia 13, 40123 Bologna (Italy), 40123, Bologna (Italy)
Website
https://cerr.eu/en/projects/dih-er
Social Media
Contact information
Danilo Mascolo
ricerca@confind.emr.it
+390513399940
Contact information
Federica Mori
ricerca@confind.emr.it
+390513399940

Organisation

Organizational form
(Part of) Private organization
Turnover
0-250.000
Number of employees
1-9

Technologies

  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services

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;
  • DIH 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.

CERR|DIHER is part of the Digital Innovation Hub network created at national level.

CERR|DIHER participates to several national initiatives connected to theme in question, in particular is member and actively contributes to the Italian Clusters Smart Factories (Fabbrica Intelligente), Agrifood, Smart Communities Technologies (Tecnologie per le Smart Communities). 

CERR|DIHER is formally linked to all the 8 Competence Centers funded by MISE under Industry 4.0 policy, and structurally operating with Competence Center BI-REX composed by 50 companies (mainly manufacturers) and 7 universities and research centers of the Emilia Romagna Region and regional Government. The Competence Center started its activities in December 2018 and will be the perfect driver for transferring knowledge from research institutions and companies, especially SMEs. CERR|DIHER complements the scope and work of CC Bi-REX providing access to activities like: raising awareness, digital maturity assessment, digital transformation roadmap, access-to-finance services, scouting,  match making and brokerage services, open innovation, training and education to strengthen the competitiveness of Companies, in particular SMEs and MidCaps and support technology transfer activities.

In 2013, the Emilia Romagna Region developed its Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3). The Emilia Romagna innovation network has been managed by ARTER that organizes the R&D and marketing efforts of all organizations belonging to the High Technology Network (HTN). HTN includes industrial research laboratories and innovation centres and gathers the regional academic institutions and public research centres. CERR|DIHER is part of HTN, as Innovation Center accredited by local regional Government to support through innovation services the local innovation ecosystem. Furthermore CERR|DIHER is part of the Emilia Romagna Region High Technology Network and participates to the Regional Associations Clust-ER (MECH, INNOVATIVE, GREENTECH, HEALTH, AGRIFOOD).

Since 2012 CERR|DIHER is partner of the TEcnologie optoelettroniche per l’industria funded by MIUR-PONREC REgione Campania, headquartered at University of Federico II – Monte Santangelo (Naples) focusing on leveraging photonic digital technologies to help improve their ability in photonics and sensors.

CERR|DHIER is also supporting the Italian cluster coordinated by Politecnico di Milano for the new funded H2020 DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics), a European project which aims to boost innovation and implementation of robotics in healthcare. 

CERR|DIHER activities are strongly aligned with the S3 Smart Specialization Strategies priorities of the Emilia-Romagna Region [http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/regions/ITH5/tags/ITH5], in particular from 2012 to 2020. CERR|DIHER supported the regional ecosystem, both research institution and the local government as key partner in funded joint research and innovation initiatives as leader organization in charge of dissemination and exploitation of projects results towards the associated companies’ network, with the following main results:

  • Over 200 seminars on 4.0 technologies, digital transformation, innovation, use case, related European, national and regional funding opportunities
  • Over 25 study visits to 4.0 companies, research centers and laboratories
  • Over 20 Regional and European projects in the biomedical, food, environmental, smart cities, big data, automatic machines areas and 10 major inter-project events with the participation of over 400 stakeholders
  • 5 special projects (“Towards Industry 4.0” Plan: SMARTI-ER 4.0 and GLOBB-ER; StartCup Emilia-Romagna 2018 and 2019; AENet 4.0 - Ansaldo Energia; 15th European seminar on advanced control and diagnosis - ACD 2019
  • Over 110 digital maturity assessments
  • Over 15 fairs and 150 b2bs, in collaboration with Laboratories, Enterprises, Digital Innovation Hubs and Competence Centers
  • Over 900,000 consultations of digital presentations/webinars
  • Over 5,000 enterprises involved
  • Activities subject to reference by institutional and national stakeholders (including Industrial Associations ASSOBIOMEDICA, ANIMA, ACIMAC, FEDERUNACOMA, ASSOFOODTEC, FEDERTURISMO, FEDERMECCANICA, Regione Emilia-Romagna and ARTER)

Market and Services

Sectors

  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical 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
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Digital Readiness Assessment Maturity

DIH-ER proposes three assessments in relation to the degree of progress towards digitalization:

  • ""Digital Innovation Quotient"" from Enterprise Europe Network to measure and compare your Digital Innovation Quotient and to understand to what degree does digital innovation contribute to firm’s overall business performance. The DIQ is a structured assessment of the firm’s current performance in digital innovation compared to benchmarks provided by firms across the world, towards the following five dimensions: digital innovation strategy, digital business model, digital processes, digital ecosystem and culture and enablers for digital innovation.
  • ""Assessment 20"" from Confindustria Emilia (a territorial antenna of DIH-ER) to measure how much digital is present in the company and to provide a first overview on the following dimensions: Culture, Network, Data, Investments, Technology, Business Model, Skills, Service-Product.
  • “Test Industria 4.0” from Confindustria/Politecnico di Milano/Assoconsult to assess the maturity level of companies 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 of processes is assessed towards 8 functions (Design, Supply Chain, Logistic, Human Resource, Production, Quality, Maintenance, Marketing and Customer Services) and 4 dimensions (tecnology, execution, organization, monitoring and control).

DIH-ER can combine the assessments in relation to the specificities of the company and provide an action plan with a roadmap of innovation, digital transformation, circular economy and blockchain: technical and organizational solutions, technology and service suplliers, financing and trainings opportunities, connection with Competence Center and Digital Innovation Hub. 

From 2018, DIH-ER carried out over 100 assessments for multiple companies of differing sectors, mainly in manufacturing.

Thus, DIH-ER helped companies to develop and implement a roadmap of activities to facilitate the digital transformation

Ecosystem Building & Innovation Scouting

Build for SMEs and midcap that could benifit from Process Digitization, an overall ecosystem mapping, in order to suggest possible partners needed for implement initiatives and projects fo the different value chain areas and/or Technologies.

The firms will use this services based on the Assessment phase result and related initiatives proposed by DIH.

Client profile - manufacturing in different industries

Output - for the priorities identified in the digital transformation roadmap provision of tasks, tecnology and service providers, and training opportunities.

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. 

Awareness and technical knowledge

Industrial ecosystem awareness on the technological innovation opportunities through:

  • Workshops, conferences, technical insights, webinars
  • News on websites, video interviews, fairs
  • Visits to enterprises and centers of excellence
  • Maturity assessment on innovation, digital transformation, circular economy and blockchain

So far over 170 workshops/webinars, 20 visists, 110 assessments, 5 special projects, and 4 fairs participation (in collaboration with Confindustria DIH and Italian Competence Center) done.

Output – DIH helped companies in coaching in Industria 4.0 knowledge through workshops for hundreds of participants from different SMEs.

Testing Facilities and Demostration Center

One of the objectives of the DIH-ER is to share experiences already made in the Industry 4.0/Digitization field by other companies, and/or identify areas where it is possible to directly test solutions that are part of the transformation roadmap that the company has decided or is deciding to adopt.
To do this, DIH-ER is able to create the link to the ecosystem of actors who can offer solutions demonstrators and facilities in different technological fields and application solutions in order to test directly the opportunities offered by the Digitization.

Showcase Factories

Confindustria and the network of Confindustria's Digital Innovation Hubs have created the ""Showcase Factories"" project in order to better spread and support the digital transformation of companies.

In particular, Showcase Factories are innovation-oriented SMEs that have introduced and integrated advanced and visible solutions into their production plants, using one or more Industry 4.0 enabling technologies. They are willing to open the doors to other companies to really see the 4.0 applications with their own eyes, showing how technologies have been applied to their production and organizational processes and hosting virtual and physical initiatives.

Industrial Case: Action Plan motion solutions industry

DIH Emilia-Romagna supports companies (and related supply chains) to assess and exploit their digital potential through digital maturity analyses and definition of action plans for management of innovation and digital transformation, including provision of technological partners, funding and training opportunities, technological macro-trends and connection with Enterprise Europe Network and other relevant European stakeholders (e.g. Digital Innovation Hubs, Competence Centers, Laboratories and Research Centers).

SME company, founded in 1957, active in motion solutions industry

Profile: The company designs, develops and manufactures brushed motors, brushless motors and planetary gearboxes. In 2019, the company had a turnover of 8,6 million euro with 55 people.

Needs: The company would exploit their digital potential (also including the entire value chain) in order to increase the value added provided to customers and to become more efficient and flexible. Thus, the company needs a managerial support from DIH-ER.

Solutions: Through the Digital Maturity Assessment, DIH-ER created a digital transformation roadmap comprising 9 priorities (mainly connected to vertical and horizontal integration, evolution of offerings from products to ecosystems), provision of technological partnersfunding opportunities, training opportunities, technological macro-trends and connection with Enterprise Europe Network and other relevant European stakeholders.

In particular, to increase its digital readiness the company should:

  1. introduce virtualizers/configurators (reconfigurable platform approach);
  2. analyze integration strategy of sensors and data from PLC;
  3. improve the acquisition of information on supply chain;
  4. improve analytical accounting;
  5. introduce a system for collecting suggestions;
  6. generate improvement processes and define incentive plans;
  7. define KPI for projects;
  8. verify the digital marketing strategy;
  9. analyze the characteristics of the vertical warehouses.

In addition, the company benefited of coaching and mentoring support provided through direct connection with outer managers (under temporary management approach).

Industrial Case: Action Plan lighting industry

DIH Emilia-Romagna supports companies (and related supply chains) to assess and exploit their digital potential through digital maturity analyses and definition of action plans for management of innovation and digital transformation, including provision of technological partners, funding and training opportunities, technological macro-trends and connection with Enterprise Europe Network and other relevant European stakeholders (e.g. Digital Innovation Hubs, Competence Centers, Laboratories and Research Centers).

A branch of multinational group located in Emilia-Romagna, founded in 1961, active in the lighting industry

Profile: The company designs, manufactures and commercialized its products. The company develops components optimized for lamp operation and offers integrated solutions that ensure high performance of the lighting equipment. In 2019, the company had a turnover of 21 million euro with 108 people.

Needs: The company would exploit their innovation, international and digital potential in order to evolve its competitive position in the European context identifying most promising market segments and areas and shifting its focus from products to markets. Thus, the company needs a managerial support from DIH-ER.

Solutions: Through the Digital Maturity Assessment, DIH-ER created a digital transformation roadmap comprising 8 priorities ( mainly connected to vertical and horizontal integration of value chain, digitization of supply chain, customer-based platform approach, big data and connectivity, predictive maintenance), provision of technological partnersfunding opportunities, training opportunities, technological macro-trends and connection with Enterprise Europe Network and other relevant European stakeholders.

In particular, to increase its digital readiness the company should:

  1. identify priority development areas and related market segments;
  2. activate innovation and product management processes;
  3. review of the commercial model;
  4. activate orientation and training policies on innovation and soft skills;
  5. evolve MES and implement sensors;
  6. implement data-driven approaches and artificial intelligence algorithms;
  7. automate internal logistics;
  8. introduce portal/configurator to optimize the supply chain and order preparation

In addition, the company benefited of coaching and mentoring support provided through direct connection with outer managers (under temporary management approach).

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources

Customers

Number of customers annually
>50
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Partners

    Last updated: 06/07/20 13:04