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Simulación para tecnologías de la industria 4.0

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20160831001
Publicado:
08/09/2016
Caducidad:
08/09/2017
Resumen:
Una pyme italiana especializada en desarrollar soluciones informáticas para la industria manufacturera ofrece tecnologías de virtualización. La empresa está especializada en simulación de plantas, puesta en marcha virtual, integración de plataformas y ajuste de líneas de producción. Sus principales activos son las competencias de sus empleados y las bibliotecas de software. La empresa busca clientes potenciales con el fin de establecer acuerdos de comercialización con asistencia técnica y licencia.

Details

Tittle:
Simulation for industry 4.0 technologies offered
Summary:
Italian SME active in the development of IT solutions for the manufacturing industry is offering its virtualization technologies to potential customers through a commercial agreement and/or to potential partners through license/service agreements.
The company is specialized in plant simulation, virtual commissioning, integration of platforms, production line balancing.
Description:
The company was founded in 1993 as a spin-off of an Italian research institute on industrial technologies and automation with the goal to develop and apply IT solutions for the manufacturing industry. Nowadays this Italian company has 10 employees with background in informatics, mechanical and management engineering, and is focused in the development of cutting-edge simulation solutions supporting strategic, tactical and operational decision making in manufacturing companies. 3D animations and simulations, discrete event simulation, virtual reality and sustainability assessment engines are the most relevant competence areas the company is involved in. Combining EU-level research initiatives (the staff is currently engaged in 5 Horizon 2020 research projects on ICT and Factory of the Future themes) and the development of customized IT solutions for major players in the manufacturing context (with a special focus on machine builders), the company relies on undisputable technological background, software development capability, a set of proprietary 2D and 3D simulation libraries and a wide network of innovative companies, universities, and research centres.
Manufacturing virtualization is the ultimate scope of the company technology. Four application contexts are addressed through the provision of customized solutions that rely on proprietary simulation engines and libraries, but that are properly developed for each customer:
· Plant simulation. These solutions allow the customer to (i) design a new or reconfigure an existing production system and to evaluate its performances (varying the layout, the production mix, the technologies, etc.) in terms of technical efficiency (saturation, throughput, etc.), financial results (cash flows, industrial full cost, etc.), environmental impacts (GWP, eutrophication potential, toxicity); (ii) visualize in a 3D environment the material flow through manufacturing system.
· Virtual commissioning. During the design phase, when the real machine is still not available, thanks to these solutions the user can carry out the control logic verification by connecting the CNC to the virtual 3D machine, that has performances and logics perfectly aligned with the (future) real machine.
· Integration platforms. IT systems used to assist production are often not integrated with each other. The availability of an integration platform allows to exploit the synergies between different systems, automating data exchange processes and eliminating errors and delays caused by manual intervention. These solutions are usually developed ad-hoc considering the customer´s specific requirements and relying on a pre-existing backbone infrastructure.
· Production line balancing. While balancing a production line, these solutions allow to consider the skills of involved workers and ergonomics of the jobs to be performed in order to assure a better workers´ well-being.
The enterprise is looking for manufacturing companies interested in its virtualization technologies in order to start a collaboration through a commercial agreement with technical assistance; the company is furthermore interested in getting in contact with other enterprises providing complementary services and interested in integrating other ones in their portfolio with a license and/or service agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
Best selling points of the offered product-services are:
· Full customization on specific customer requirements.
· Training provision enabling the customer to autonomously adjust and use the provided solutions.
· Flexibility in interacting with several different pre-existing solutions.
· High-level performances, both in terms of usability and in terms of reliability of simulation.
· Full integration with state-of-the-art virtual reality devices (such as multi-touch screens, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Secret Know-how
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Employees´ competences and (unregistered) software libraries are the major company assets. In the software development area it is almost impossible to protect the know-how.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The company is looking for a manufacturing company interested in virtual reality and (more generally) virtualization solutions to be applied to its products and/or manufacturing technologies.
The company is also interested in collaboration with other companies providing complementary competences in: (i) sensors and actuators enabling real-time alignment between the real and the virtual manufacturing processes; (ii) virtual reality devices.
The envisaged types of partnerships are the following:
- Commercial agreement with technical assistance
The customer is interested in an ad-hoc software solution to be used internally, e.g. for optimizing the production or to re-layouting the production process. Technical assistance will contemplate training of the technicians and updating or bug fixing.
- Licence agreement
The customer is interested in a software solution to be included in its product-services (e.g.: a simulation included in a machine that the customer sells). Licensing is a good way to divide the software development investment among different products. Technical assistance will contemplate training of the technicians and updating or bug fixing.
- Services agreement
The customer is not directly interested in the software but in its output (e.g.: a suggestion for a new layout or a set of decision support tips for optimizing production performances). In that case, the company develops the software and supports the customer in implementing the indications the software provides.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01003008 Data Processing / Data Interchange, Middleware
02003005 Information processing & Systems, Workflow
01003016 Simulaciones
01005006 Visualización, realidad virtual