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MEDISDIH - Apulian Mechatronics Technological Cluster and Digital Innovation Hub

Hub Information

Hub Name
MEDISDIH - Apulian Mechatronics Technological Cluster and Digital Innovation Hub
Local Name
MEDISDIH - Distretto Meccatronico Regionale e DIH della Puglia
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
Regional

Description

APULIAN MECHATRONICS TECHNOLOGICAL CLUSTER AND DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB

A single structure integrating two ways of being protagonist of the industrial development of the territory

On 05.02.2018 the Apulian Mechatronics Technological Cluster, today MEDISDIH S.c.ar.l., has adopted the mission of Regional Digital Innovation Hub.

 

HISTORY

The no profit organization MEDISDIH S.c.ar.l. is the evolution of the Mechatronics Technological Cluster MEDIS S.c.ar.l. operating since already ten years on the Apulian territory in compliance with a memorandum of understanding jointly signed with Apulia Region. In the last decade, it has gained a relevant experience in the integration of innovative activities of large companies, SMEs, private research centres as well as Universities and public research centres for the development of mechatronics enabling technologies and their technological transfer to the territory.

Mechatronics, born from the operational opportunity of integrating the multidisciplinary technologies of mechanics and electronics, continues creating integration opportunities of rapidly changing and multidisciplinary technologies. According to this, MEDISDIH continues to be strongly involved in the promotion of industrial product/process innovations integrating the recently achieved digital progress in order to support mechatronics technologies.

MEDISDIH, by identifying I4.0 digital technologies as the key milestones for an effective industrial processes transformation to address the new territorial competitiveness needs, works to promote:

  • I4.0 company organization based on digital tools for sharing information and supporting decisions;
  • An evolved value chains concept of relationships between Dealers, OEMs and Tiers made possible by the new tools for sharing information between partner companies at different stages of the production process;
  • New generation of products and services made possible by the high content of information of current products and their related components.

Beside supporting the transfer of digital technologies to companies at any level of digital maturity, MEDISDIH is focussed on actively involving the relevant territorial actors in the main European, National and Regional digital innovation initiatives with particular reference to mechatronic and digital key enabling technologies for Robotics, Manufacturing, Health, Agri-food, Infrastructure and Security applications.

 

The Challenge

MEDISDIH challenge is to implement knowledge and experience gained in the framework of projects coordinated by the Mechatronic Cluster (which have led to the digitalization of the production processes of several technologically advanced partner companies able to oversee global markets) in supporting manufacturing companies belonging to other industrial fields relevant for the territory, such as those of wood-furniture, footwear, clothing, the agro-food industry but also those of buildings and stone materials and coatings, etc., in operating a gradual digital transition at their measure.

Doing so, MEDISDIH will also benefit from the experience gained in relationship with its Large Group member companies, which today delegate an ever-increasing number of activities to SMEs having a more effective business dimension to manage the development of specific high-tech product subsystems.

This represents an important opportunity for local SMEs in terms of raising their products added value as well as their competitiveness. For this reason MEDISDIH intends to continue playing its role of intermediary between Apulian companies and large Industrial Groups, while sharing its decennial experience in the field of industrial processes and corporate organization gained from interactions with its Large Companies associated.

In the process of supporting the transition of local SMEs to highly digitized industrial processes and company organization, MEDISDIH aims at maximize also the contribution of its Public Research Bodies partners as well as National Competence Centres to ensure that the digital innovations implemented by the companies of the territory could have the gaze already turned to those of the near future.

 

Activities/Services of MEDISDIH

In line with the European strategy Digitizing European Industry, also adopted by Italian association Confindustria, MEDISDIH carries out its Digital Innovation Hub activities aimed at providing local companies with the following services to support the digitalisation of their own processes.

  • Evaluation of digital maturity
  • Development of the innovation ecosystem
  • Market intelligence
  • Training and education
  • Supporting SMEs in the analysis of needs, opportunities and I4.0 technological options
  • Brokerage
  • Access to the specializations of Digital Competence Centres and technology clusters
  • Support in conceiving and planning Industry 4.0 projects
  • Access to public and private, national and European projects and funding
  • Incubation and mentoring services
  • Consulting on Industry 4.0 (intellectual property, tax, business modelling, evaluation of investment projects

 

MEDISDIH members

MEDISDIH is a no profit organization constituted in the form of a limited liability consortium company between public and private partners able to comprehensively represent the Apulian innovation ecosystem. They include all the main universities of the region, public and private research centres, large industrial groups as well as large companies and local SMEs operating in highly technological industrial sectors.

All MEDISDIH members are equipped with advanced laboratories in several mechatronics and digital fields of specialization of interest for the territory. With particular reference to the company members of MEDISDIH, these are at the forefront on the territory for the high level of digitalization of their organizational and production processes and represent virtuous models to be followed for other local companies.

MEDISDIH refers to technical-scientific competences of its appropriately selected members in order to carry out its institutional activities including those of Digital Innovation Hub. With reference to innovation activities towards local companies, MEDISDIH members can also act as mentors for the implementation of digitized industrial processes.

Public Members

  • Polytechnic of Bari
  • University of Bari
  • CNR

Private Members

  • Confindustria Bari e Barletta-Andria-Trani
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S. C. per Azioni
  • Marelli Europe S.p.A.
  • Itel Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.
  • MERMEC  S.p.A.
  • MASMEC S.p.A.
  • Centro Studi Componenti per Veicoli S.p.A.
  • MAGNA PT S.p.A.
  • FPT Industrial S.p.A.
  • Exprivia S.p.A.

MEDISDIH is continuously committed in creating opportunities for the involvement of regional companies, as well as potential stakeholders, in initiatives supporting the digitisation of industrial processes and the definition of industrial innovation projects.

DISTRETTO TECNOLOGICO E DIGITAL INNOVATION HUB DELLA PUGLIA

Un’unica struttura che integra due modi di essere  protagonisti dello svuluppo industriale del territorio

In data 05.02.2018 il Distretto Meccatronico della Puglia, oggi MEDISDIH, ha fatto propria la missione di Digital Innovation Hub regionale.

 

STORIA

L’organizzazione no profit MEDISDIH S.c.ar.l. è l’evoluzione del Distretto Tecnologico della meccatronica MEDIS S.c.ar.l., che opera da dieci anni sul territorio pugliese in base ad un Protocollo di Intesa firmato congiuntamente con la Regione Puglia. Ha maturato nell’ultimo decennio esperienze di rilievo nell’integrazione di attività innovative di Grandi Imprese, PMI, Centri di Ricerca Privati e Università e Centri di Ricerca Pubblici per lo sviluppo di tecnologie abilitanti meccatroniche e il loro trasferimento tecnologico al territorio.

La meccatronica, nata dall’opportunità operativa di integrare le tecnologie multidisciplinari della meccanica e della elettronica, continua a creare opportunità di integrazione di tecnologie multidisciplinari in continua evoluzione. In coerenza con ciò MEDISDIH continua ad essere fortemente coinvolto nella promozione di innovazioni di prodotto e/o processo industriali che integrano i progressi conseguiti dalle tecnologie digitali a supporto delle tecnologie meccatroniche.

MEDISDIH, identificando nelle tecnologie digitali alla base dei paradigmi di Industria 4.0 la chiave di volta per adeguare i processi industriali alle nuove maturate esigenze del territorio in termini di competitività sui mercati globali, opera per favorire:

  • Organizzazione aziendale I4.0 basata su strumenti digitali di condivisione delle informazioni e di supporto alle decisioni;
  • Evoluta concezione delle catene del valore e dei rapporti tra Dealers, OEM e Tiers resa possibile dai nuovi strumenti di condivisione delle informazioni tra imprese partner nei diversi stadi del processo produttivo;
  • Nuova generazione di prodotti e servizi resi possibili da un elevato contenuto di informazione dei prodotti e dei relativi componenti.

MEDISDIH è un Digital Innovation Hub promosso sul territorio Nazionale da Confindustria e iscritto al catalogo europeo dei Digital Innovation Hub.

Oltre a operare il trasferimento di tecnologie digitali verso imprese a qualunque livello di maturità digitale, MEDISDIH è attenta al coinvolgimento del territorio nell’ambito delle principali iniziative di innovazione digitale europee, nazionali e regionali con particolare riferimento alle tecnologie abilitanti con applicazioni nei settori Robotica, Manufacturing, Salute, Agri-food Infrastrutture e Sicurezza.

 

La Sfida

La sfida di MEDISDIH è quella di utilizzare le conoscenze e le esperienze già maturate nell’ambito dei Progetti coordinati dal Distretto Meccatronico, che hanno condotto alla digitalizzazione dei processi produttivi delle imprese partner, tecnologicamente avanzate e in grado di presidiare i mercati globali, per supportare le imprese manifatturiere operanti in altri ambiti di rilievo presenti sul territorio (quali ad esempio quelli del legno-arredo, delle calzature, dell’abbigliamento, dell’industria agro-alimentare ma anche quelle delle costruzioni e dei materiali lapidei e dei rivestimenti, ecc.) nell’operare una graduale transizione digitale a loro misura.

Nel far ciò MEDISDIH si avvale dell’esperienza maturata nel suo rapporto con le Grandi Imprese partner, che oggi delegano un sempre maggior numero di attività a PMI-tier aventi una dimensione di impresa più efficace a gestire lo sviluppo di specifici sottosistemi ad elevato contenuto tecnologico.

Questa rappresenta un’occasione importante per le PMI del territorio in termini di elevare il valore aggiunto dei propri prodotti e aumentare la propria competitività. Per questo motivo MEDISDIH intende continuare a svolgere il proprio ruolo di intermediario indirizzando al meglio le imprese pugliesi nel loro rapporto con i grandi Gruppi Industriali, grazie alla decennale esperienza maturata nell’ambito dei processi industriali e dell’organizzazione aziendale delle Grandi Imprese ad esso associate.

Nel supportare la transizione delle PMI del territorio verso processi industriali e un’organizzazione aziendale altamente digitalizzati, MEDISDIH ha l’obiettivo di valorizzare al meglio anche il contributo dei propri partner Pubblici Organismi di Ricerca e dei Centri di Competenza dell’intero territorio nazionale, per garantire che le innovazioni digitali implementate dalle imprese del territorio abbiano lo sguardo già rivolto a quelle del prossimo futuro.

 

Attività/Servizi di MEDISDIH

In coerenza con la strategia europea Digitizing European Industry, fatta propria da Confindustria, MEDISDIH svolge le sue attività di Digital Innovation Hub volte a fornire alle imprese del territorio i seguenti servizi di supporto alla digitalizzazione dei propri processi.

  • Valutazione della maturità digitale
  • Sviluppo dell'ecosistema dell'innovazione
  • Market intelligence
  • Formazione e istruzione
  • Affiancamento alle PMI nell’analisi di fabbisogni, opportunità ed opzioni tecnologiche I4.0
  • Intermediazione
  • Accesso alle specializzazioni dei Centri di Competenza digitali e cluster tecnologici
  • Supporto per il concepimento e la predisposizione di progetti Industria 4.0
  • Accesso a progetti e finanziamenti pubblici e privati, nazionali ed europei
  • Servizi di incubazione e mentoring
  • Consulenza su Industria 4.0 (proprietà intellettuale, fiscale, business modelling, valutazione dei progetti di investimento

 

I Soci di MEDISDIH

MEDISDIH è un’organizzazione no profit costituita sotto forma di Società Consortile a Responsabilità Limitata tra soci pubblici e privati in grado di rappresentare l’intero ecosistema dell’innovazione Pugliese. Essi ricomprendono le principali Università della regione, centri di ricerca pubblici e privati, grandi gruppi industriali insediati sul territorio e grandi Imprese e PMI locali operanti in settori Industriali ad elevata intensità tecnologica.

Tutti i soci di MEDISDIH sono dotati di laboratori avanzati nelle diverse aree di specializzazione di interesse meccatronico e digitale. Con particolare riferimento alle imprese socie, queste risultano all’avanguardia sul territorio per l’elevato livello di digitalizzazione dei propri processi organizzativi e produttivi e costituiscono modelli virtuosi da seguire per le altre imprese del territorio.

MEDISDIH può contare sulle competenze tecnico-scientifiche dei propri soci opportunamente selezionati per svolgere le sue attività istituzionali incluse quelle di Digital Innovation Hub, soprattutto con riferimento alle attività di innovazione per le imprese del territorio verso le quali possono fungere da mentori per l’implementazione di processi industriali digitalizzati.

Soci Pubblici

  • Politecnico di Bari
  • Università degli Studi di Bari
  • CNR

Soci Privati

  • Confindustria Bari e Barletta-Andria-Trani
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S. C. per Azioni
  • Marelli Europe S.p.A.
  • Itel Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.
  • MERMEC  S.p.A.
  • MASMEC S.p.A.
  • Centro Studi Componenti per Veicoli S.p.A.
  • MAGNA PT S.p.A.
  • FPT Industrial S.p.A.
  • Exprivia S.p.A.

MEDISDIH è continuamente impegnato a creare occasioni di coinvolgimento di tutte le imprese del territorio, nonché dei possibili stakeholder di volta in volta interessati, in iniziative di supporto alla digitalizzazione dei processi industriali e nella definizione di progetti di innovazione industriale.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Other)
MEDISDIH S.c. a r.l.
http://www.medisdih.it
Year Established
2017
Location
c/o Tecnopolis - S.P. per Casamassima km 3, 70010, Valenzano (Italy)
Website
http://www.medisdih.it/wp/en/services-2/
Contact information
Mario Ricco
mario.ricco@medisdih.it
00390804045569

Organisation

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

Technologies

  • Organic and large area electronics
  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Interaction technologies
  • 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
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services
  • New media technologies

MEDISDIH connection with Regional, National and European initiatives for digitizing industry

MEDISDIH S.c.ar.l., formerly named MEDIS S.c.ar.l., operates since already ten years on the Apulian territory in compliance with a memorandum of understanding jointly signed with Apulia Region. For this reason MEDISDIH follows the activities going on at the European Regional and Urban policy DG.

MEDISDIH S.c.ar.l. has  integrated Digital Innovation Hub activities, in addition to those of Technological Cluster, after participating to an I4MS call for feasibility study for the constitution of a Digital Innovation Hub in the Apulian territory. In fact MEDIS S.c.ar.l., except for the formal coordination of Confindustria Bari e BAT, was the most active partner leading the most relevant work packages of the “Apulia Manufacturing RDMI Hub” feasibility study Project funded under the I4MS initiative in 2016 on the Apulian territory. The project was successful and all consortium partners agreed to integrate the functions of the constituting Digital Innovation Hub into those of the Technological Cluster MEDIS, now called MEDISDIH. This was due first of all to the fact that most of MEDIS activities centred on Mechatronics innovations were already focused on appointing and promoting IoT and CPPS advanced solutions for the benefit of territorial Industries. Beside this, born in October 2007 as a private non-profit intermediary entity with the aim of putting in contact the demand and the offer of advanced competences in the Mechatronic and Digital technological fields, MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, has been operating since its birth interpreting the role now specifically assigned at European level to the Digital Innovation Hubs. Then, after the  “Apulia Manufacturing RDMI Hub” feasibility study Project completion, the project consortium found it useless to set up a new entity implementing on the territory the role of Digital Innovation Hub and opted for the formal integration of the DIH activities into those of the Technological Cluster MEDIS. This also with the aim of benefiting from and maximize the resources already invested by MEDIS in monitoring territorial Industries needs and interacting with them as well as having the Apulian DIH immediately fully operational on the territory.

Since that moment MEDISDIH is closely interacting in the frame of I4MS European initiative also with other European Digital Innovation Hubs and it is still closely following other I4MS initiatives for further implementing digital technologies on the Apulian territory.

MEDISDIH is a Digital Innovation Hub promoted in Italy by Confindustria in the frame of Piano Industria 4.0 of Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE). In fact Piano Industria 4.o of MISE identifies Confindustria as one of the principal actors for the promotion of Digital Innovation Hub constitution on the Italian territory (see page 18 of presentation available at the following MISE website link: http://www.mise.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/impresa_4%200_risultati_2017_azioni%202018_en.pdf).

MEDISDIH is also closely following the Digitizing European Industry initiative, by participating to group meetings and closely following its updates also in streaming.

For all the above mentioned reasons, MEDISDIH also follows activities going on at the European Informatics DG.

MEDISDIH is also participating in Cluster Collaboration, Enterprise Europe Network and Smart Specialization Platforms.

MEDISDIH is focused on the following RIS3 Priority Areas: Smart Manufacturing, Smart secure and inclusive communities and Human and environmental health. In the frame of the above mentioned Priority Areas MEDISDIH is mainly focused on the following key enabling technologies:

Smart Manufacturing

  • New materials/Nanotechnologies/Smart Factories
    • Nano-technologies for mechatronics
    • Advanced materials and systems for production
    • Intelligent diagnostic
    • Sensors
    • Actuators
    • Robotics
    • Electromagnetic compatibility
    • Control systems
    • Micromachining
    • Signal processing

Smart, secure and inclusive communities

  • ICT
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cyber security
    • Internet of Things
    • Cyber Phisical Systems
  • Digital services for Smart Manufacturing, Healthcare and Agrifood sectors
  • Data Management
    • High performance  Computing
    • Blockchain

Human and environmental health

  • Energy and environment
    • Innovative technologies for reducing emissions, consumption and operating costs of engines
  • Technologies for Living Environments (inclusion, assistance, safety, health)
    • Innovative safety systems for railway, aerospace and robotic applications
  • Human health
    • Advanced minimally invasive diagnostic
    • Radiotherapy systems

 

Market and Services

Sectors

  • Agriculture and food
  • Maritime and fishery
  • Energy and utilities
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Transport and logistics
  • Education
  • Life sciences & healthcare
  • Community, social and personal service activities
  • 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 coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • 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
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • 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 Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

1st example: MEDISDIH offer access to competence and facilities to SMEs_healthcare sector

Conceiving, planning and Coordinating PON02_00576_3329762 AMIDERHA project in the Healthcare sector

Field: Robotics for Healthcare

Object: Advanced Mini-invasive Systems for Radiotherapy and Diagnosis

Client profile: Amiderha activities performed by MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, were focussed on the client profile of two local SMEs, MASMEC S.p.A. and Itel Telecomunicazioni S.r.l., both operating in the field of advanced mechatronics systems for Halthcare. The above mentioned companies are already implementing Digital Technologies in their operational structures and are seeking support from MEDISDIH in accessing specific highly innovative digital technologies to be integrated in their new genaration of products. 

Client needs: The main Clients needs in the frame of Amiderha activities were to develop enabling mechatronics and digital technologies integrating sensors, signal processing and image analysis, mechatronics, software, material physics and materials science, biotechnology and nanotechnology devoted to meet the specific needs of the two above cited companies:

 

  1. Innovative imaging diagnostic systems based on Magnetic Particle Imaging for mini-invasive diagnosis and interventional percutaneous real-time imaging (MASMEC S.p.A.);
  2. Innovative system for proton therapy with unique technology based on propriety patents on: linear proton accelerators for proton therapy, robotic positioning system for patient handling in the treatment room and software for protontherapy treatment plans (ITEL Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.);

Provided solution to meet the needs: MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, as statutory requirement operates referring to technical-scientific competences of its appropriately selected members in order to carry out its institutional activities including those of Digital Innovation Hub. In fact all MEDISDIH members are equipped with advanced laboratories in several mechatronics and digital fields of specialization of interest for the territory. 

For this reason in order to provide the most suitable solutions to the two above specified clients needs MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, has concieved and coordinated the Amiderha Project (funded by the Italian Ministryry MIUR with about 20 M€) involving, beside the two Clients partner, properly selected resurces and laboratories of University of Bari and Polytechnique of Bari MEDISDIH members.

Moreover other external carefully selected public and private partners holding higly appropriate competences have been invited by MEDISDIH to contribute to the project for developing enabilng technologies  a) and b) systems.

Specifically:

  • System a) for MASMECS.p.A.: Imaging diagnostic systems based on Magnetic Particle Imaging

Competences and facilities involved through MEDISDIH (by means of its members)

  • University of Bari - Department of Physics

(Competences: Innovative MPI diagnostic systems, Study and design of a system based on detection of nano magnetic particles (MPI), Testing and clinical validation of an MPI system);

  • University of Bari - Department of Chemistry

(Competences: Synthesis of superparamagnetic nanoparticles of various nature and dimensions, Coating of nanoparticles with biocompatible polymers);

  • University of Bari - Department of Bioscience

(Competences: Bioconjugation of RNA sequences to nano particles, Bio-functional aspects in MPI application, Functional targeting);

  • Polytechnic of Bari - Department of Electrical and Information Engineering

(Competences: Innovative MPI diagnostic systems, Study and design of a system based on detection of nano magnetic particles (MPI), Testing and clinical validation of an MPI system);

External partners involved by MEDISDIH into the project

  • CNR NANO – National Council of Researches

(Competences: Synthesis of superparamagnetic nanoparticles of different nature and dimensions, Coating of nanoparticles with biocompatible polymers, Bioconjugation of the RNA sequences to the nano particles);

  • Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital

(Competences: Diagnostic and therapeutic applications).

 

  • System b) for ITEL Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.: Linear proton accelerators for proton therapy

Competences and facilities involved through MEDISDIH (by means of its members)

  • University of Bari - Department of Physics

(Competences: Study of the rapid deflection system for proton beam, Study of proton beam delivery system, Study of beam monitoring based on GEM technology);

  • University of Bari - Department of Medicine

(Competences: Study of protonterapic treatment protocols dedicated to pediatric patients);

  • Polytechnic of Bari - Department of Electrical and Information Engineering

(Competences: Realization of ASIC prototype for GEM detectors);

External partners involved by MEDISDIH into the project

  • Daisy-Net - ICT Competence centre

(Competences: Module Radio Therapy Decision Support System, Module Evidence Based Therapy Management);

  • CETMA - Technologies Design and Materials research centre

(Competences: Proton therapy system management and supervision framework, Advanced Health Human Interface Module).

 

In order to speed-up the above described transfer of knowledge/competences, MEDISDIH also jointly coordinated an Advanced Training Project titled: Advanced qualification of 12 researchers (graduate) and 8 technicians (undergraduate) specialised in engineering, developing and testing of signal processing and intelligent diagnosis systems for biomedical applications.

 

Publicly available information

http://www.ponrec.it/open-data/risultati/distretti-laboratori/pon02_00576_3329762/

2nd example: MEDISDIH offer access to competence and facilities to SMEs_smart mobility sector

Conceiving, planning and Coordinating PON02_00576_3333585 MASSIME in smart mobility sector

Field: Inspection and Maintenance addressing safety issues in the field of Sustainable Mobility

Object: Mechatronic innovative safety systems (wired and wireless) for railway, aerospace and robotic applications

Client profile: MASSIME activities performed by MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, were focussed on the client profile of one local Large Enterprise, MERMEC S.p.A., and three local SMEs, Blackshape S.p.A., MASMEC S.p.A. and Itel Telecomunicazioni S.r.l. active in the railways, aerospace and robotics fields. All the above mentioned companies are already implementing Digital Technologies in their operational structures and are seeking support from MEDISDIH in accessing specific highly innovative digital technologies to be integrated in their new genaration of products. 

Client needs: The main Clients needs in the frame of MASSIME activities were to develop wired and wireless, innovative mechatronic and digital safety systems, formed by a combination of sensors and microelectronic technologies and supported by a suitable software infrastructures, for railways, aerospace and robotics applications. 

 

  1. Railways (MERMEC S.p.A.): In the railways sector MASSIME activities focussed on appointing an integrated system able to produce end-to-end services. Such system has the aim of providing the appropriate interventions maintenance for damaged infrastructures, with attention also to aspects of ""human engineering"" and ""virtual simulation of operating environments"". For this reason it has to integrate several different aspects and technologies spanning from structural monitoring of infrastructures and rolling stock based on data analysis till the efficient management of servise through condition-based approaches;
  2. Aerospace (Blackshape S.p.A.): The extension of prognostic algorithms in the Aerospace field will constitute the new technology in the diagnostic analysis for the identification of the causes of failure of every kind of space equipment, in satellites, on board the spacecraft as well as in the launchers. Currently the long-term reliability and safety of aerospace systems is still mostly ensured by inserting redundancies (hot and cold), and minimizing the interaction between the subsystems. Once identified the precursors (prognostic markers) of the fault for each specific system, the use of prognostic algorithms would allow, for example, to identify the subsystem that could fail during a launch or within a certain period of its operation in orbit, thus allowing its replacement or repair while it is still on the ground;
  3. Robotics (MASMEC S.p.A. and ITEL Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.): The goal of this project with regard to the robotic environment, was the development of hardware/software solutions able to enable the robotic systems to unconventional applications characterized by a strong human-machine interaction. To achieve this aim it is necessary to develop:
    • teaching systems able to replicate human gestures;
    • sensors capable of operating in unstructured environments;
    • systems for forecasting anomalous operating conditions;
    • security systems able to manage innovative applications, both wired and wireless.

Provided solution to meet the needs:

MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, as statutory requirement operates referring to technical-scientific competences of its appropriately selected members in order to carry out its institutional activities including those of Digital Innovation Hub. In fact all MEDISDIH members are equipped with advanced laboratories in several mechatronics and digital fields of specialization of interest for the territory. 

For this reason in order to provide the most suitable solutions to the three above specified clients needs MEDIS, now MEDISDIH, has concieved and coordinated MASSIME Project (funded by the Italian Ministryry MIUR with abot 26 M€) involving, beside the four mentioned Clients partner, properly selected resurces and laboratories of University of Bari and Polytechnique of Bari MEDISDIH members.

Moreover other external carefully selected public and private partners holding higly appropriate competences have been invited by MEDISDIH to contribute to the project for developing enabilng technologies in the fields of Railways, Aerospace and Robotics. Specific competences selected are briefly described in the following:

Railways field (for MERMEC S.p.A.)

Competences and facilities involved through MEDISDIH (by means of its members)

  • Polytechnique of Bari - DICA

(Competences: Monitoring and evaluation of the safety of railway bridges);

  • Polytechnic of Bari - DMMM

(Competences: Intelligent predictive system based on ""automated"" OMA techniques and related diagnostic set-up);

External partners involved by MEDISDIH into the project

  • CNR – National Council of Researches

(Competences: 3D analysis system of railway infrastructure)

  • VVN S.r.l.

(Competences: Inspection portal, Unmanned system for measuring track geometry, Diagnostic unit for detecting obstacles on limited areas (level crossings), Measurement system for railway wheel defects, Disk-brake wear monitoring system,)

  • Sitael S.p.A.

(Competences: Inspection portal, Unmanned system for measuring track geometry, Diagnostic unit for detecting obstacles on limited areas (level crossings)).

 

Aerospace field (for Blackshape S.p.A.)

Competences and facilities involved through MEDISDIH (by means of its members)

  • Polytechnic of Bari - DMMM

(Competences: HW/SW Prototype of diagnostic set-up);

 

Robotics field (for MASMEC S.p.A. and ITEL Telecomunicazioni S.r.l.):

Competences and facilities involved through MEDISDIH (by means of its members)

  • University of Bari - Department of Physics

(Competences: Remote real time sensor applications, Innovative Fiber Integrated Robot Sensor for Tracking, super-resolution imaging, High efficiency sealing test system);

  • University of Bari - Department of Chemistry

(Competences: Mechatronic systems for electronic sensors fabrication, Printing platforms for flexible electronic sensors, Multi-step patterning systems for high and ultra high vacuum deposition);

  • University of Bari - Department of matematics

(Competences: Automatic system for model-based predictive diagnostics);

  • Polytechnic of Bari - DICA

(Competences: Experimental technologies for the diagnosis of mechatronic systems);

  • Polytechnic of Bari - DEI

(Competences: Image acquisition unit based on CMOS camera, Inertial unit based on MEMS sensors, Plasmonic nanostructures for optical inclinometer, Automatic system for model-based predictive diagnostics);

  • Magneti Marelli S.p.A.

(Competences: High efficiency sealing test system, Automatic system for accelerated life testing for mechatronic components, Automatic system for model-based predictive diagnostics);

External partners involved by MEDISDIH into the project

  • Sitael S.p.A.

(Competences: portable terminal for applications with wireless security communication, 3D-sensing system for object detection);

 

In order to speed-up the above described transfer of knowledge/competences, MEDISDIH also jointly coordinated an Advanced Training Project titled: Advanced qualification of 10 researchers (graduate students) and 10 technicians (undergraduate students) specialized in engineering and testing of innovative mechatronic safety systems for railway, aerospace and robotic applications.

 

Publicly available information

http://www.ponrec.it/open-data/risultati/distretti-laboratori/PON02_00576_3333585

3rd example: MEDISDIH offer access to competence and facilities to SME_Smart secure and inclusive communities sector

Conceiving, planning and Coordinating (C-LAB 4.0)- Competences Lab for Industry 4.0  project in Smart secure and inclusive communities sector

Following the policy of the European Commission about the digitization of the European Industry and the development of a better innovation ecosystem in Europe, MEDISDIH has a decisive role as End User in the project “Competences Lab for Industry 4.0 (C-LAB 4.0)” funded by the Apulia Government (POR Puglia FESR-FSE 2014-2020 – Asse I - Azione 1.4.b).

Field: Smart secure and inclusive communities

Object: Construction of game-based learning tools for the creation of Knowledge Communities in the educational and professional field. These innovative tools will customized to SMEs allowing their employees to acquire and strengthen specialized and transversal 4.0 skills and better integrate their job into the I4.0 industrial environment.

Client profile: The C-LAB 4.0 target is every Apulian SME with a low-medium digitization level. Starting from its SME Consortium Partners, MEDISDIH contributed to test C-LAB 4.0 prototypal developed tools supporting the integration of e-learning and e-teaching games in their corporate training processes. 

C-LAB 4.0 client needs: Decision-making learning systems based on the Just in Time Knowledge Management approach which allows the best assimilation and, therefore, the most effective job placement or professional updates for employees.

C-LAB 4.0 provided solution to meet the needs: The project involves a strong network relationship between enterprises (SMEs and Large Firm), research laboratory and organization, MEDISDIH and Apulian End Users, for developing a technological prototype of game-simulation to meet client needs. This technological prototype is an innovative and multimedia way of education and professional training on the topics of Industry 4.0 and is able to feed the most important processes of the Creative and Digital Industry 4.0 economy.

Specifically Partner involved as technologies providers in full compliance with the Participatory Design international model were:

- GRIFO MULTIMEDIA Srl (Competences: design and development of the game-simulation framework)

- FARWEB Srls (Competences: prototype development of C-LAB 4.0 technology contents)

- ULIXES Soc. Coop. Sociale (Competences: social media and Demo Lab activities for the analysis, development, validation and experimentation of technological innovations)

- AULAB Srl (Competences: definition of the interaction model between the different actors involved)

- CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT Scpa (Competences: activities for economic exploitation of the experimentation results and assessment of the End Users)

- POLITECNIC OF BARI - DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND INFORMATION ENGINEERING (Competences: support for analysis, research, and technology development activities)

- TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED LEARNING LABORATORY (TELL) of UNIVERSITY OF BARI (Competences: technology-testing activities)

 

MEDISDIH has offered to all the SMEs involved into the development of the prototype the possibility to test the thechnologies involved into the prototype within the operational structure of MEDISDIH members. In fact MEDISDIH, as statutory requirement operates referring to technical-scientific competences of its appropriately selected members in order to carry out its institutional activities including those of Digital Innovation Hub.

Publicly available information

http://www.sistema.puglia.it/SistemaPuglia/innolabs

Technological needs assessment

Technological needs assessment through:

  • Self-assessment support of technological maturity through the use of specific assessment tools
  • Mapping of technological gaps
  • Evaluation of recovery interventions
  • Technological transformation roadmap of business processes and implementation assistance

Study, research, development and result transfers

Study, research and development for the industrialization of technologies, demonstrators and prototypes in the field of mechatronics, digital technologies and ICT, as well as the result transfers, also as services, to members and third parties

Technological innovation awareness

Industrial ecosystem awareness on the technological innovation opportunities through:
  • Workshops, conferences, technical insights
  • News and technical-scientific insights publication on websites, video interviews
  • Visits to enterprises and centers of excellence

Technical assistance and support

Technical assistance and support for:
  • Intellectual property
  • Technical laws
  • Business modelling
  • Digital security
  • Other activities

Purchasing services

Purchasing services and management of tender procedures to support non-profit bodies and government organizations

Industrial training

Industrial skills training and updating courses through:
  • Training courses
  • Inter-professional funds
  • Qualified skills development through collaborations with schools and universities at all levels to promote internships, industrial PhD, etc.
  • Support for the creation of ""Lighthouse Plants"" on the national territory

Support for qualified technological skills acquisition

Support for qualified technological skills acquisition and the related financial resources finding through:
  • ""Front office"" for the first contact with enterprises
  • Investment plans design assistance for technological enhancement and enterprise efficiency
  • Connection with qualified public and private subjects, including Competence Center and Technological Clusters, for technology transfer and R&I projects
  • Operational assistance and management for investment projects financing
  • Business networks for I4.0 investments

Qualified Training

High and professional training and updating courses of qualified researchers and technicians

Technology transfer, innovation and training programs and services

Planning, organization, design and implementation of technology transfer, innovation and training programs and services for enterprises in the field of mechatronics, digital technologies, ICT and Industry 4.0

Support for the planning, organization and carrying out of industrial research and pre-competitive development activities

Support to members and third parties for the planning, organization and carrying out of industrial research and pre-competitive development activities, through the own resources and equipment or by coordinating members equipment and resources

Funding

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

Customers

Number of customers annually
11-25
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Partners

    H2020 Projects

    • agROBOfood
      agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics

      agROBOfood: Business-Oriented Support to the European Robotics and Agri-food Sector, towards a network of Digital Innovation Hubs in Robotics


      agROBOfood is dedicated to accelerate the digital transformation of the European agri-food sector through the adoption of robotic technologies. It will consolidate, extend and strengthen the current ecosystem by establishing a sustainable network of DIHs. This will boost the uptake of robotic solutions by the agri-food sector: a huge challenge requiring an inclusive approach involving all relevant European players. The agROBOfood consortium has 39 partners, led by Wageningen University & Research and other core partners of previous key projects such as IoF2020, ROBOTT-NET, PicknPack and I4MS, to leverage the ecosystem that was established in those projects. The heart of the project is formed by Innovation Experiments (IEs), organized and monitored by the DIHs. In each of the 7 Regional Clusters, an initial IE will demonstrate the robotics innovations in agri-food in a manner that ensures replicability across Europe, wide adoption and sustainability of the DIHs network. agROBOfood will work in lockstep with the European robotics community, ensuring synergetic effects with initiatives such as EU-Robotics. This will maximize the return of European, including private capital, investments in the digital transformation of agri-food. A key instrument to achieve this objective is the Industrial Advisory Board. They will provide strategic guidance and also define priorities for the selection of solutions to be funded. Open Calls of 8MEUR will attract additional Innovation Experiments (12) and Industrial Challenges (8). These will expand the network and ensure that vast technological developments and emerging challenges of the agri-food sector are incorporated in the service portfolio of DIHs. Through its inclusive structure and ambitious targets, agROBOfood aims to bring the entire European ecosystem together; connecting the dots in a way that ensures effective adoption of robotics technologies in the European agri-food sector.

    • DIH-HERO
      Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics

      Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics


      DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics) will establish a broad-based pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs specialising in Healthcare Robotics. The network will focus on developing services that join business and healthcare stakeholders in developing innovative products and services for the healthcare market. DIH-HERO will develop channels between healthcare and technology providers that reduce barriers to adoption and which develop strong mutual understanding between robotics technology innovators and healthcare professionals. DIH-HERO will operate throughout the healthcare "pathway" that connects Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care as well as covering all aspects of hospital logistics and clinical services. It will also focus on home and care-based robotics addressing healthy aging and elderly care. The DIH-HERO consortium brings together a comprehensive network of partners reaching north, south, east and west across the European regions. The partners bring with them connection to their own regional networks and extensive expertise in healthcare innovation that ranges from surgical intervention to care at home. Each Hub partner delivers both technical and medical expertise to the consortium through their pre-existing operational relationships with hospitals and healthcare facilities. They couple in-built expertise in business development, access to finance and innovation to robotics technology and healthcare expertise in a network of hubs that will connect and stimulate robotics innovation in all aspects of healthcare. DIH-HERO is built on concrete plans to sustain the network beyond the time span of the project and to provide a long term network for innovators in healthcare. The network of Digital Innovation Hubs created and supported by DIH-HERO will ensure that robotics innovation in healthcare is accelerated, that SME can develop global reach and that the advantages of robotics based healthcare can be propagated across Europe.

    • RIMA
      Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

      Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance


      Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies.
      Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth in the field:
      - RIMA is building upon the network pioneered by SPRINT Robotics extending it to all relevant sectors across the value chain.
      - The RIMA network encompasses:
         o leading research organizations supporting one DIH per region aligned with regional policies and industry sectors.
         o Sectorial associations who will make a bridge with end users and industries.
      - RIMA will offer services including support to testing and technology transfer, coaching and training on robotics for I&M, process optimization and communication. 50.5% of RIMA’s budget will be distributed to SMEs to run experiments using FSTP
      - RIMA will advise on funding opportunities relying on the S3 Thematic Platform on robotics for I&M federating the common ambition of 13 EU regions.
      - Network sustainability will be ensured by adapting the SPRINT business model
      Expected results are (i) increased competitiveness of EU I&M Robotics, (ii) economic added value by increased productivity and availability of the critical infrastructure (iii) social and environmental impact through improved safety and less emission of hazardous substances (iv) the constitution of a sustainable and scalable (open to new members) DIH network aligned with the industrial and European policies and ambitions

    • DIH4CPS
      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.

    • EPRISE
      Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe

      Empowering Photonics through Regional Innovation Strategies in Europe


      EPRISE project aims to promote and support Photonics as a KET with focus on Life Science applications in 4 target markets where Europe holds a leading position – Medical Technologies, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture and Food. Companies developing photonics-based products for these markets face highly specific  Go-to-Market challenges such as long time to market adoption, complex regulatory frameworks and high barriers to market entry to name but a few.

      They are often in need of support from public funding to help them cross the “Valley of death” between innovation ready phase (TRL 4), and investment ready phase (TRL 7). During this time, they are also in need of advice from market specific experts who can guide them on non-technological (business) topics.

      EPRISE consortium will organise a “European Photonics Roadshow”, a series of 7 major events hosted by European regions, with the aim of providing SMEs with concrete solutions from market experts on how to overcome market barriers and boosting collaboration along the complete value chain via pre-arranged B2B meetings.

      Photonics clusters involved in EPRISE have both local connections and technology understanding to set-up, together with Regional Authorities, an efficient framework that will encourage creation of funding synergies between regional and European funds in order to better exploit potential of European Photonics industry. The project aims to provide regional policy makers with an overview of funding synergies to be considered in the current or following Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF).

      Furthermore, the project aims to establish a formal collaboration with the ongoing European Photonics projects offering technology support (ActPhast, Pix4Life) that can address potential technology issues linked to SMEs access to market.

    • MIDIH
      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.

    • ACTPHAST 4.0
      ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SME’s: a one STop-shop-incubator

      ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SME’s: a one STop-shop-incubator


      ACTPHAST 4.0 (ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SMEs: a one STop-shop-incubator) is a unique photonics innovation incubator for Europe which is perfectly aligned with the needs of SMEs in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities afforded by the new digital revolution of Industry 4.0 in which photonics technologies are a key enabler. ACTPHAST 4.0 will directly support the broader and faster take-up of photonics by a critical mass of SMEs by providing action-oriented solutions on two complementary levels, driven by the business needs of the companies: (i) ready-made access to rapid prototyping services using the top photonics technologies and expert know-how of Europe’s leading photonics competence centers covering the entire integrated supply chain of photonics technology platform capabilities to make deep interventions in the SMEs’ new product development through focused short-duration co-innovation projects; combined with (ii) professional coaching on the technical, business and financial aspects of the innovation process, from concept feasibility through to a mass-manufacturable marketable product. ACTPHAST 4.0 is designed to ensure that all of Europe’s SMEs, in particular first users and early adopters across a wide range of end user industries, have open access to the incubator for timely, efficient and cost-effective photonics innovation support. As a result, ACTPHAST 4.0 expects to boost photonics innovation in Europe at a scale and with a leveraging factor never seen before, delivering a substantial increase in the revenues, venture capital and jobs across all of the supported companies. In addition, through its tight links with the EU pilot lines, as well as its collaboration with smart “first mover” regions across the EU on best practices for co-funding on SME innovation, ACTPHAST 4.0 will act as a game-changer in revitalizing European manufacturing and as one of the vital catalysts to the successful digitization of European industry.

    • COVR
      Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces

      Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces


      Increasing demand from the growing and aging population can be assuaged by ever closer safe human-robot collaboration (HRI): to improve productivity, reduce health limitations and provide services. HRI and safety are both major topics in the Work Programme. Safety regulations will be a barrier to cobot deployment unless they are easy to access, understand and apply. COVR collates existing safety regulations relating to cobots in e.g. manufacturing and fills in regulatory gaps for newer cobot fields e.g. rehabilitation to present detailed safety assessment instructions to coboteers. Making the safety assessment process clearer allows cobots to be used with more confidence in more situations, increasing the variety of cobots on the market and the variety of services cobots can offer to the general population.
      TRYG provides a one-stop shop which uses a common approach to safety assessment and is valid across all fields and applications. TRYG will provide clear and simple online access to best-practice safety testing protocols via a user-friendly decision tree, guided by questions about the cobot and its intended behaviours. Resulting application-specific testing protocols specify how to assess safety and document compliance with regulations.
      We support coboteers by providing safety-relevant services based in well-equipped facilities at each partner site. TRYG services cover all stages of cobot development from design through final system sign-off to safety in use and maintenance, provided through consultancy, risk analysis, actual testing, workshops, courses, demonstrations, etc. – all designed to inspire people to increase cobot safety.
      All TRYG elements will be beta-tested by external cobot developers etc. financed by FSTP. By using project elements  “live”, these FSTP beneficiaries not only develop their cobots further towards market, but also contribute their knowledge to the TRYG system and provide valuable feedback to both partners and standards developers.

    • AI REGIO
      Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs

      Regions and DIHs alliance for AI-driven digital transformation of European Manufacturing SMEs


      The AI REGIO project aims at filling 3 major gaps currently preventing AI-driven DIHs from implementing fully effective digital transformation pathways for their Manufacturing SMEs: at policy level the Regional vs. EU gap; at technological level the Digital Manufacturing vs. Innovation Collaboration Platform gap; at business level the Innovative AI (Industry 5.0) vs Industry 4.0 gap.
      POLICY. Regional smart specialization strategies for Efficient Sustainable Manufacturing and Digital Transformation (VANGUARD initiative for Industrial Modcernisation) are so far insufficiently coordinated and integrated at cross-regional and pan-EU level. SME-driven >AI innovations cannot scale up to become pan-EU accessible in global marketplaces as well as SME-driven experiments remain trapped into a too local dimension without achieving a large scale dimension. Regional vs. EU Gap.
      TECHNOLOGY. Digital Manufacturing Platforms DMP and Digital Innovation Hubs DIH play a fundamental role in the implementation of the Digital Single Market and Digitsing European Industry directives to SMEs, but so far such initiatives, communities, innovation actions are running in a quite independent if not siloed way, where very often Platform-related challenges are not of interest for DIHs and Socio-Business impact not of interest for DMP. DMP vs. DIH Gap.
      BUSINESS. Many Industrial Data Platforms based on IOT Data in Motion and Analytics Data at Rest have been recently developed to implement effective Industry 4.0 pilots (I4MS Phase III platforms). The AI revolution and the new relationship between autonomous systems and humans (Industry 5.0) has not been properly addressed in I4MS so far. AI I5.0 vs. I4.0 Gap.
      AI REGIO is following the 4 steps for VANGUARD innovation strategy (learn-connect-demonstrate-commercialize) by constantly aligning its methods with the AI DIH Network initiative and its assets with I4MS/DIH BEinCPPS Phase II and MIDIH / L4MS Phase III projects. AI REGIO: Industry 5.0 for SMEs

    • PhotonHub Europe
      One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

      One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe


      PhotonHub Europe will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub which integrates the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 partners from all over Europe, including the coordinators of EU pilot lines and local photonics hubs representing 18 regions, as a one-stop-shop solution offering a comprehensive range of supports to industry for the accelerated uptake and deployment of photonics. PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering to the following key support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres throughout Europe and enhanced by digital tools for online learning; “test before invest” innovation support capabilities to engage with companies on highly collaborative Innovation Projects aimed at TRL acceleration from prototyping (TRL3-4) to upscaling (TRL5-6) to manufacturing (TRL7-8), and complemented by targeted business and IP advisory supports; and support to find investment through investment-readiness coaching and investor match-making organised in collaboration with major regional and European venture fora and deep tech Investor Days. PhotonHub will uniquely support cross-border innovation activities of European companies, while simultaneously working closely with the local photonics hubs to develop and roll out best practices of the “lighthouse” regions for ongoing regional financial support of SME innovation activities and to support the creation of new innovation hubs covering most regions of Europe. Finally, PhotonHub will fine-tune and implement its business plan for long-term sustainability in the form of the PhotonHub Europe Association as a durable entity which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of local, regional and EU-DIHs for maximum leverage and impact on European competitiveness and sovereignty.

    Last updated: 02/09/20 16:59