Digital Innovation Hubs

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DIHBU Industry 4.0

Hub Information

Hub Name
DIHBU Industry 4.0
Local Name
DIHBU Industria 4.0
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


The process of digital transformation of manufacturing companies will be based on the full use of technologies of Industry 4.0. The use of these technologies helps to improve the competitiveness of these companies, which from a socio-economic point of view are so important in Castilla y León.

The provision of digital transformation services is carried out under a one-stop shop scheme. This approach facilitates the provision to SMEs of a comprehensive service that addresses not only their technological needs, but also complementary aspects such as financing, training, etc..

In this sense, the enabling technologies of the digital transformation that have a greater importance in the catalogue of services provided from the DIHBU Industry 4.0, are: Artificial Intelligence, GPS location systems, Sensors, Robotics, Cloud computing, Cybersecurity, Additive Manufacturing, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and man-machine Technologies.

The articulation of DIHBU Industry 4.0 is framed in one of the Emblematic Initiatives referring to Industry 4.0, which are described in the update of the Intelligent Specialization Strategy of the Region of Castilla y León for the period 2018-2020.

The partners of DIHBU Industry 4.0 have a deep knowledge of the enabling technologies of Industry 4.0. Their experience is the Hub's best asset and the guarantee of providing a quality service to companies interested in using services for digital transformation.

Entre los fundadores del DIHBU Industry 4.0, se incluyen algunas de las entidades más representativas del sistema de innovación regional en el ámbito manufacturero en Castilla y León. Es importante resaltar la participación de numerosas empresas industriales de Castilla y León como fundadores del Hub. Este grupo de entidades promueven la prestación de servicios de apoyo a la transformación digital de las empresas de la Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla y León. Estos servicios están especialmente orientados a las pymes del sector manufacturero.

El proceso de transformación digital de las empresas manufactureras estará basado en la plena utilización de las tecnologías de la Industria 4.0. La utilización de estas tecnologías ayuda a mejorar la competitividad de estas compañías, que desde un punto de vista socioeconómico son tan importantes en Castilla y León.

La prestación de los servicios de transformación digital es realizada bajo un esquema de ventanilla única. Esta aproximación facilita la prestación a la pymes de un servicio integral que aborde no solamente sus necesidades tecnológicas, sino también aspectos complementarios: financiación, formación, etc.  

En este sentido, las tecnologías habilitadoras de la transformación digital que tienen una mayor importancia en el catálogo de servicios prestados desde el DIHBU Industry 4.0, son: la Inteligencia Artificial, los Sistemas de localización GPS, los Sensores, la Robótica, el Cloud computing, la Ciberseguridad, la Manufacturación aditiva, el Big Data, el Internet de las Cosas, y las Tecnologías hombre – máquina.

La articulación del DIHBU Industry 4.0 está enmarcada en las Iniciativas Emblemáticas referidas a la Industria 4.0, que son descritas en la actualización de la Estrategia de Especialización Inteligente de la Comunidad de Castilla y León para el periodo 2018-2020.

Los socios del DIHBU Industry 4.0, poseen un profundo conocimiento de las tecnologías habilitadoras de la Industria 4.0. Su experiencia es el mejor activo del Hub y la garantía de poder prestar un servicio de calidad a las empresas interesadas en utilizar los servicios para la transformación digital. 

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
Instituto Tecnológico de Castilla y León, (ITCL)
Year Established
C/ López Bravo nº 70., 09001, Burgos (Spain)
Social Media
Contact information
Juan Antonio Santamaría
+34 947298471


Organizational form
Project (formalized end time)
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Communication networks
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Interaction technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Gamification
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Internet services

Link with the regional policies: 

Digitization is the basis of Industry 4.0 and the transformations that are taking place on a global scale in industry, associated with concepts such as the "industrial Internet" or cyber-physical systems. There has been a shift in the generation of value from what is traditionally associated with industry: product and production process, to data and information analysis.

In order to help Castilla y León companies to face these changes, the updating of the S3 Strategy in Castilla y León set out the Emblematic Initiative 4.0, which promotes the competitiveness of the industry through the application and use of new information and communication technologies in their production processes. In this context arise the paradigm of knowledge-intensive manufacturing, an exponential phenomenon that has been called Industry 4.0. To take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0, the public authorities of the region of Castilla y León decided to establish a Digital Innovation Hub specialized in this field. 

Therefore, the constitution of DIHBU Industry 4.0 is fully aligned with the regional strategy S3, which promotes the creation in Castilla y León of a DIH focused on the field of Industry 4.0, as part of the action lines to be developed along the execution period of the update of Strategy S3 (2018-2020).

Other programmatic strategies that highlight the importance of Industry 4.0 in Castilla y León are the Strategy for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the Self-employed of Castilla y León 2016-2020 , which highlights the importance of Industry 4.0 as one of the pillars of sectoral specialisation, and the Master Plan for the Industrial Promotion of Castilla y León 2017-2020 , which promotes technological innovation and digitalisation, in order to accelerate advanced manufacturing and the digital transformation of industry. 

The focus of the activities developed by DIHBU Industry 4.0 are fully aligned with the strategic documents mentioned in the previous paragraph.

Link with the national policies: 

At the state level, the Connected Industry Initiative 4.0, promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, aims to increase the added value of industry and the quality of employment in the industrial sector, in order to favour an industry model of the future through the development of a local offer of digital solutions. 

The Connected Industry Initiative 4.0, was launched to stimulate the digital transformation of Spanish industry through joint and coordinated action of the public and private sectors. This initiative is aligned with the Digital Agenda and the Agenda for the Strengthening of the Industrial Sector in Spain, approved by the Council of Ministers in 2014.

In this sense, it is important to highlight that the Confederación de Asociaciones Empresariales de Burgos (FAE), one of the founders of DIHBU Industry 4.0 is part of the ESDIH Working Group, which guarantees the total alignment of this Hub with the Spanish strategy for Digital Innovation Hubs.  

Link with the European policies: 

The Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy establishes "maximising the growth potential of the digital economy" as a fundamental pillar. To this end, the strategy identifies the main levers for improving the digitisation of industry, contemplating actions in areas such as: Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, improving digital skills, or e-government. 

On the other hand, the Strategy for the Digitisation of European Industry, aims to support the digitisation of all European industries and complement the efforts of other European Union programmes, as well as other national and regional initiatives that aim to strengthen the digital sector and capitalise on the opportunities offered by digital innovations in industry.

This ambitious European Union strategy for the digitisation of industry envisages the digital transformation of industry as a unique opportunity to regain the weight of industry in Europe and stimulate the growth of new digital and digitised industries in all sectors of the economy. 

An important action of the strategy for the digitisation of European industry is to strengthen the network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH). European Hub networks have a key role to play in bringing coherence to regional, national and European initiatives across the European Union.

It is important to note that a founding partner of the Hub (ASTI Mobile Robotics) is involved in one of the main European initiatives related to the support of the Digital Innovation Hubs (I4MS). In particular, ASTI is taking part in the L4MS project, which is part of the European I4MS initiative.

Market and Services


  • 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 pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • 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

  • 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

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Research
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples




HIASA was founded more than 40 years ago. This company is part of Grupo Gonvarri, which is the main transformer of iron and steel products in Spain.

One of the most important lines of activity of the company HIASA is the development, engineering, manufacture, and installation of products for road safety equipment on roads: highway restraint, vehicle barrier system, and noise reduction devices. 

The products developed by HIASA for road equipment are characterized by their high level of safety and innovation. These products are duly validated in accordance with current regulations.




HIASA needs to take advantage of technological opportunities to develop innovative products that allow it to maintain its competitive position in the road safety equipment market. 

To address this need, HIASA has led the ABECATIM project in which a kinetic energy absorption system was developed, in vehicle barrier system. In this project, applied intelligence was integrated for detection, qualification and response to accidents. 

This system reduces the severity of impacts in the event of traffic accidents and reports the accident in real time with a dual purpose. Thus, on the one hand, it reduces the number of fatalities as a result of leaving the road on Spanish roads, through the quick action of the emergency services. On the other hand, it reduces the economic impact for the road administration of less serious accidents in which the deterioration of road safety equipment is not reported, thanks to the identification of the vehicle that caused the accident. 

In order to reduce the number of fatalities in traffic accidents, it is necessary to increase the effectiveness vehicle barrier systems through impact absorption systems that also collect evidence of the collision at the time it occurred, evaluating, in real time, the seriousness of the accidents and facilitating immediate action by emergency and road maintenance services. 



The ITCL institute participated in the development of a new road equipment product to absorb kinetic energy in vehicle barrier systems with an intelligent system for capturing and sending information, totally new in the market.

Within the scope of the service, several tasks were developed, among which the following stand out: 

  • To design energy absorption system to be applied in intelligent impact vehicle barrier systems capable of absorbing the kinetic energy.
  • To design the microelectronics and sensors of the vehicle barrier systems to collect data from the different sensors installed in these vehicle barrier systems and generate alarms based on the recorded data. The sensor integrates microcontroller, impact network and environmental network. 
  • To design intelligent decision models and extrapolation of results. A model was developed to locate the appropriate locations for the placement of intelligent vehicle barrier systems based on accident data records. 
  • To design intelligent models those identify the degree of impact and generate the corresponding alarms that allow action to be taken in the event of an emergency and the severity of the incident. 
  • To design intelligent decision-making models that facilitates the location of impact vehicle barrier systems on high-capacity roads, depending on the probability of occurrence of road traffic accidents. 
  • To design of a communication protocol that allows for the safe and efficient sending of the data obtained to the telecommunications system, and that allows the activation of image capture after events (traffic accidents) registered on the sensor network. 

In order to validate the system in which ITCL participated, tests were carried out to verify the correct operating of the system designed, being able to detect vehicle accidents, measure speed accurately, and quantify the degree of impact produced in the attenuator.

The total budget of the ABECATIM project was 1.239.931 € and was partially funding by a call for public grants FEDER INTERCONECTA. The budget of ITCL participation in the project was 210.000 €.




The Cobra Group was founded in 1944, and became an international reference in projects for the development, creation and operation of industrial facilities that require a high level of service. Among the company's most important business areas are those related to electrical installations. 

The Cobra Group is integrated into the ACS infrastructure group, which is actively working on the deployment of ""Smart Cities"" technologies.  



The need addressed was to develop a solution that optimizes the recharging processes of electric vehicles. For this purpose it is necessary to identify and provide new communication channels to gather information during the recharging processes of electric vehicles, in order to close the circle of the different entities involved in the recharging of electric vehicles. 

The solution to these needs involves improving the experience of drivers in the process of recharging the batteries of their electric vehicles, through the development of a self-identification system of the vehicle and the recharging points. 

To this end, it is necessary to implement measures to take advantage of the communication capabilities of the recharging cables, to evolve the communication protocols, through the deployment of applications, sensitization, and the collection of vehicle data.



The ITCL Institute worked on the development of the electronic system that was integrated into a hardware platform at the recharging point that allows communication with the vehicle. 

As part of this work, the hardware elements that integrate the communication protocols and interfaces were developed. This allows communication between the vehicle and the recharging point. 

The development of this technology allows the integration of the electric vehicle as a Smart Grid agent, establishing direct interaction with secondary agents such as the managers of the charging points, electric energy suppliers or financial institutions. 

The total budget of the PLUG&CHARGE Project was 1.349.714 € and was partially funded by the call for grants FEDER INTERCONECTA. The budget of ITCL in the project was 144.000 €.




Hiperbaric, S.A. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of High Pressure Processing (HPP) equipment for the food industry. The company is a spin-off of the Nicolás Correa Group, which has more than 65 years of history in the manufacture of heavy machinery. 

Hiperbaric equipment processes meat, vegetable and dairy products, fish and seafood or juices and beverages under high pressure. It is a very versatile technology that can be applied to a wide range of food products.

High pressure processing is a non-thermal processing method in which food, which inactivates the vegetative flora (bacteria, viruses, moulds, yeasts and parasites) present in food, increasing its useful life and ensuring its safety. 

The great advantage of high pressure processing is that it respects the sensory and nutritional quality of the food due to the absence of heat treatment. This characteristic allows the original freshness to be maintained throughout its useful life.




Hiperbaric needed to know the data of the sterilization process inside the hyperbaric chamber in order to guarantee the good state of preservation of the food after the sterilization process. 

Previously, the company had to assume that all sterilization processes were carried out homogeneously.  



ITCL has collaborated with Hiperbaric in the design of a device capable of measuring the temperature inside the hyperbaric chamber of the high pressure equipment (6000 bars and 130 ºC). 

The measurement of these data allows interaction in the process, in real time or with a delay cycle. In this way, it is possible to manage the uncertainty that exists in relation to the variation of temperature as a consequence of the increase in pressure, in each cycle of food sterilization.

The device developed is capable of communicating wirelessly so as to simplify the process of data collection. 

The works developed by ITCL are framed in the design of the embedded electronics, and the communication systems in the extreme working conditions. 

The project was partially funded by a call of grants for projects aim applied technological development projects, managed by ADE (Investment and Services Agency of Castilla y León. Currently so-called ICE). The cost of the services provided by ITCL in the project was 94.000€.



Gambafresh SL is an SME founded 14 years ago, which is dedicated to the sale and processing of shrimps and prawns, mainly. 

The shrimps and prawns come from Asia and Nigeria where aquaculture farming of this kind of seafood are installed. 


The product is received frozen; it must be kept frozen without breaking the cold chain, as it is also sold in this way. Cold is essential in the company's facilities and in order to guarantee freezing, there are three compressors that generate the low temperatures necessary to work with the product. 

Therefore, for the company Gambafresh it is fundamental to implant an energy control of the refrigeration that allows analysing the critical information about the energy efficiency of the main refrigerating installation. 

In this type of installation, the energy expense related to refrigeration is one of the main expenses of the company. 


ITCL's technical services developed a mathematical model, called ""virtual twin"", of the main equipment of the company's industrial refrigeration installation. This model made it possible to increase the performance of the industrial refrigeration installation. 

In this way, it was possible to know in real time the behaviour of each piece of equipment and of the entire refrigeration installation, when modifications are introduced, by means of the virtual twin.

Thanks to the mathematical characterization of the equipment and the installation, it is possible to evaluate in the “virtual twin” the energy and economic impact of the actions or modifications that will be carried out in the refrigeration installation. 

The expert energy control in refrigeration saves Gambafresh between 7%-18% of the plant's electricity consumption, which is equivalent to an energy saving of between 0.2 - 0.5 GWh per year. In financial terms the saving can be more than 40,000 € per year.

The total cost of the project was 27,600 €, financed entirely by the company.



The service was provided to various industrial SMEs based in Castilla y León that were able to improve their competitive position through the use of enabling digitalization technologies. 


In many cases, industrial SMEs are unaware of the opportunities offered by enabling digital transformation technologies to improve their international competitive position. 

It is therefore very useful for these types of companies to have expert advice to help them identify which enabling technologies are keys to their digital transformation process. This support becomes a personalised advice service through the design and formulation of a document that includes a guide with the necessary steps to take advantage of these opportunities on the part of the advised company. 


In order to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the enabling technologies for the digital transformation of companies, the advisory service providers carried out various actions that can be grouped around the following main types of services: 

  • Write a diagnosis that allows each of the participating companies to have a clear idea of the current situation of their company in relation to the opportunities offered by technology, making a comparative analysis with their situation with respect to existing opportunities. 
  • Design a digital transformation plan, shared with the company, realistic, quantifying and prioritizing the opportunities for digitalization and based on a benchmarking of the digital enablers. This digital transformation plan takes into account the new cybersecurity needs related to the implementation of these technologies. 
  • Recommendations regarding the adaptation of the organizational structure of the participating companies and their staff to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by Industry 4.0 technologies.

In short, the companies benefiting from these projects have a personalised Plan recommending the strategies to follow to take advantage of the opportunities of Industry 4.0. 

These advisory services were funded by several public entities, such as the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI), or the Instituto de Competitividad Empresarial (ICE).


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


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations
  • Partners

    Last updated: 30/01/19 16:19