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    • 27th April 2017

      Hannover Messe - KUKA Innovation Award 2017

      The MACHAMP team of ITIA (Manupulator Assistive Control for Human Amplification in Mounting Procedures) is making an excellent impression during the Kuka Innovation Award (https://www.kuka.com/en-de/about-kuka/research-and-innovation/kuka-innovation-award) at the Hannover Messe (http://www.hannovermesse.de/home).





    • 26th April 2017

      ITIA completes the semi-final Round of EuRoC Challenge

      ITIA coordinates the Challenger Team PIROS http://www.euroc-project.eu/index.php?id=piros in the highly-competitive contest for winning the Finals of EU Project European Robotics Challenges (EuRoC) http://www.euroc-project.eu/index.php?id=challenge_1

      As Challenge 1 forerunners after the previous Rounds, we completed our final demonstration session earlier last month in Stuttgart (Fraunhofer IPA). We deployed a collaborative robot solution for assisting the manual assembly of machining pallets.
      Our End Users (MCM http://www.mcmspa.it/english/ together with Cembre SpA http://www.cembre.it/group) was actually performing the task, with a real hands-on "touch and feel" experience about the benefits of collaborative robots. With a friendly app, a solid software integration backbone for flexible task programming, a number of core advanced robot control routines, our task was successfully completed by a non-expert user. Last, we do care about safety and are actively exploring the most advanced collaborative modes and new methods for analysing risks.

      What’s next? The next Round (the Finals!) will be a real shopfloor deployment of our robot solution.. coming soon!

      More info? federico.vicentini@itia.cnr.it

      Overview of PIROS Showcase Round application

      Diversity and adaptability of small production batches. Fast setup and reconfiguration. Supervision and augmented role of human operators. Safety. These are the hot keywords in the world of machine tools and shopfloors, where collaborative robots are expected to provide a substantial help to machine operators. Despite a high degree of automation, in fact, machining shopfloors experience a remarkable number of manual operations in pallet and fixtures setup, quality inspection of machined items, handling of raw materials.
      PIROS solution: a collaborative robot unit, including

      • a modular software framework for loading "library tasks",
      • a mobile device app for loading a "playlist" of user-defined tasks,
      • a library of functional routines (force control for enabling collaborative assembly, bin-picking for loading materials, motion planning for optimizing the comfort of operators, perception for gesture recognition, etc),
      • a dynamic model-based risk assessment tool for supporting hazards identification and risk reduction in human-robot interaction (in cooperation with DEEP-SE group in Politecnico di Milano http://deepse.dei.polimi.it/)

      Benefits: operators are free to allocate robot tasks at runtime, while organizing their supervisory tasks among multiple machining tools. End users (machining and assembly shopfloors) can experience a competitive advantage in allowing added-value time to operators, improving ergonomics, prevent the saturation of operators’ tasks.

      An End User experiencing the robot assistant in preparing a machine tool pallet with fixtures (picture taken at EuRoC C1 host site during demonstration, March 2017)





    • 20th February 2017

      Workshop February 21, 2017, Politecnico di Milano - Intelligent Factory in the National Plan Industria 4.0

      Italian Technology Cluster Intelligent Factories invites you to attend the workshop The Intelligent Factory in the National Plan Industria 4.0, that will be held next February 21st, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, at the Politecnico di Milano.

      The workshop, with an original schema to match demand and supply of advanced technologies, is targeted at all stakeholders in the manufacturing sector to provide details on the opportunities offered to the sector by the National Plan Industria 4.0 of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

      The workshop will analyze the main actions introduced by the plan, in particular related to the incentives for digitization at different stages of the production process, and will explain the possible areas of industrial development based on 4.0 advanced technologies.

      At the plenary session, introduced by the Dean of Politecnico di Milano, Ferruccio Resta, will participate as speakers the representatives of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Stefano Firpo, and of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Oscar Pasquali, the President of the Cluster Intelligent Factories, Gianluigi Viscardi, the President of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Cluster Intelligent Factories, Tullio Tolio, and the Director of Industrial Policy Area of Confindustria, Andrea Bianchi.

      During the plenary session, industrial companies will introduce first ideas on Lighthouse Plant, according to the strategical CFI Roadmap’s guidelines.

      A set of parallel sessions will follow to discuss and define initiatives for the development of industrial projects, in the strategic frame of Industria 4.0. During these sessions, important players in the Italian market - including both leading technology providers, like Prima Industrie, Comau, ABB and research institutions and universities, like CNR and Politecnico di Milano - will present their proposals for applied research and technological innovation projects, as part of the seven lines of action of the Research and Innovation Roadmap of the Cluster.





    • 5th October 2016

      Press release: INSPIRE project Kick-off-meeting – Brussels, Belgium, 10-11 October 2016

      "Efficient and sustainable production of high value-added goods is of crucial importance for the European manufacturers to stay in business in today’s fierce competitive environment. Given the more demanding consumers along with the shortened life cycles of product offerings, it is of grave importance for the value chain of companies to provide high quality products, reduce time to market while minimizing production costs."

      Download the press release...

      Further information:

      giacomo.copani@itia.cnr.it
      rosanna.fornasiero@itia.cnr.it
      andrea.zangiacomi@itia.cnr.it





    • 26th September 2016

      Fieramilano Congress Centre, 4th-8th October 2016: the European project Miman-T, Micro-manufacturing training system for SMEs, will be present at the fair BI-MU 2016

      Fieramilano Congress Centre, 4th-8th October 2016: the European project Miman-T, Micro-manufacturing training system for SMEs, will be present at the fair BI-MU 2016 at the stand F47A / Hall 11.
      The project team will be pleased to show you the results such as the e-learning platform technologies for Micro-Manufacturing.

      On 7th October, in the GAMMA room Hall 9/11, from 10:00 to 13:00, will take place the final workshop of the project with the presentation of the training system.
      For further information about the workshop program: http://www.itia.cnr.it/docs/Agenda_Finalworkshop.pdf

      For further information: www.miman-t.eu





    • 23rd September 2016

      Fieramilano Congress Centre, 7th October 2016: Annual Conference The Flagship Project “La Fabbrica del Futuro”

      Annual Conference The Flagship Project "La Fabbrica del Futuro" 7th October 2016 from 14:00 to 17:30
      AQUARIUS Hall 
      of the Fieramilano Congress Centre

      The Flagship Project "La Fabbrica del Futuro" welcomes you at the project Annual Conference which will be held at the Fieramilano Congress Centre within BI -MU 2016 (Milan, 4th-8th October 2016).

      The Annual Conference is the official event of the Flagship Project “La Fabbrica del Futuro” (Factory of the Future) and is the occasion for closing and presenting the activities and the results of the funded projects.

      Please confirm your participation by completing the pre-registration form ...

      NB: This confirmation procedure is not a substitute for pre-registration required for (free) entry at BIMU2016 which to be made at your care to link http://www.bimu.it/en/visitors/pre-registration/

      Please note that during the whole duration of the exhibition, the Flagship Project “La Fabbrica del Futuro” will also have a stand in Hall 11 (STAND E26-F35), where the prototypes carried out will be displayed.

      For further information: segreteria@fabbricadelfuturo-fdf.it





    • 16th September 2016

      Fieramilano-Rho, 4-8 October 2016: The Flagship Project “Factory of the Future” at the fair BI-MU 2016

      From 4th to 8th October 2016, The Flagship Project “Factory of the Future” will be present at the fair BI-MU 2016 in Fieramilano-Rho, at the stand E26-F35 / Hall 11, where the prototypes carried out by the projects will be displayed.

      BI-MU has always been the only Italian exhibition capable of representing the world offering of machine tools and production systems.
      Third in the international exporters ranking, and fourth in the manufacturers ranking, Italy can boast BI-MU as one of the historical and most qualified international events dedicated to the Italian industry of machine tools, robots, production systems and auxiliary technologies.





    • 11th May 2016

      Bergamo, 20-21 June 2016: 8th CIRP IPSS CONFERENCE, Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle

      Theoretical and practical experiences show that transition towards IPSS pushes organisations to change their strategies, operations and value chains, technologies, people expertise and system integration capabilities. Innovative knowledge intensive solutions, business and societal value from expertise in varied domains, new solutions design, development and delivery throughout the product lifecycle are the key drivers to promote a competitive advantage in the long term.
      As a consequence, different competences and multidisciplinary approaches are requested to have a complete understanfing of the IPSS (Industrial Products-Service System) and PSS (Product-Service System) phenomena. The aim of the IPSS 2016 (Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle) conference is to promote new knowledge in the Product-Service Systems field along all its life cycle phases and facilitate its dissemination among academics and practitioners.

      E-mail: ipss2016@unibg.it
      Conference website: ipss2016.unibg.it





    • 26th April 2016

      Hannover Messe, 25th to 29th April 2016: the Miman-T team will have the pleasure to greet you on KIT stand

      From 25th to 29th April the Miman-T team will have the pleasure to greet you on KIT stand at the Hannover Messe (hall 06, stand L42). Come to discover our new products:

      The E-learning platform, ready to be used in 4 languages (English, German, Italian and Spanish) is dedicated to companies that want to improve fast and efficiently their knowledges on Micro-manufacturing technologies. It also provides technical types!

      The book, soon published by the editor Springer. You will have the chance to discover a unique book that provides in depth knowledge on Micro-manufacturing technologies. Our book written by technical experts from top universities and research centre in Europe, guaranties the best quality standard.Save the date and come to meet our team.

      More info on: http://www.hannovermesse.de/exhibitor/karlsruher-institut-fuer-technologie/U557150?source=dl_prev





    • 26th April 2016

      MiMAN-T external user testing results “Extremely encouraging”

      MiMAN-T aims to create a complete training system that provides a comparative overview on all the up to date Micro-Manufacturing Technologies (MMT) together with technical and economic details, allowing participants to develop and manufacture miniaturised products. The online E-Learning platform will be supplemented by a Springer publication; a reference book for industry, co-developed by leading EU project partners.

      External user testing
      After development and extensive internal testing, over 200 invitations were sent to organisations requesting feedback. Project leader (Dr Irene Fassi of ITIA) commented: “Given we sought responses from a range of companies with different levels of engagement with micro-manufacturing, and a range of job roles within those organisations, I think the feedback is extremely encouraging!”

      Summary of the respondents
      Responses were received from nine EU member states, and one from Mexico! A representative cross-section (by size, and organisational role) was secured. 20% of respondents were micro-businesses (10 or less employees); 20% had between 10 and 49 employees; 18% had between 50 and 249 employees; 20% had more than 250 employees; 20% were not representing a company (individuals undertaking personal development or sole traders).

      Training effectiveness
      In response to the question: “Did the platform provide effective training?”

      • 93% stated it was either OK/Very good/Excellent
      • 62% stated it was either Very good/Excellent

      Potential impact/improving company performance
      In response to the question: “Could the training improve company performance?” - 87% of respondents stated they thought their company performance could be improved by using the MiMAN-T resources.
      Overall satisfaction with the training
      : In response to the question: “How satisfied overall are you with the online training?”
      97% of respondents were either “somewhat” or Very” satisfied.

      MIMAN-T Project: www.miman-t.eu

      A complete training system that provides a comparative overview on all the up-to-date Micro-Manufacturing Technologies (MMT) together with the technical and economical details.





    • 26th April 2016

      Important European Commission survey on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)

      This survey takes place in a strategic project that our Consortium, composed by Fraunhofer-ISI, ITIA-CNR, IDEA Consult e VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland, conducts on behalf of the European Commission on Advanced Manufacturing Technologies to perform a study entitled:

      “An analysis of drivers, barriers and readiness factors of European companies for adopting advanced manufacturing products and technologies".

      We are particularly interested in identifying the main drivers and barriers related to the diffusion of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and knowing how companies perceive the drivers and barriers related to the diffusion of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in the European industry.

      The findings will provide input for policy recommendation for the European Union.

      We estimate that it will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire and your answers will be treated strictly confidential and will be processed anonymously.

      You can click on the following link: https://s.chkmkt.com/?e=56451&h=47FAE6E9D83D79E&l=en