At the center of the next edition of Mecspe, at Fiere di Parma from March 28 to 30, will be the Innovation Tunnel.

This is an unprecedented initiative, implemented thanks to the collaboration with the Smart Factory Cluster (CFI), which brings together more than 300 members, including companies, universities, research centres and other stakeholders.

The tunnel will present the four lighthouse plants (LHP), projects by Ansaldo Energia, ABB Italia, Tenova/ORI Martin and Hitachi Rail Italy, which the Cluster selected on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development as

Those of the innovation tunnel are real production plants to be explored, based on the development and application of digital technologies provided for in the Industry 4.0 Plan, which in addition to organisational and technological aspects highlight other principles: the centrality of man in his role, respecting dignity and safety

In this case, the Lighthouse Plant of the Innovation Tunnel is designed as evolving plants that, downstream of an initial installation phase, will be the subject of an industrial research and innovation project involving technology providers, system integrators, research bodies and universities,

As explained by Maruska Saturday, Project Manager of Mecpse, the Innovation Tunnel, realized in collaboration with the Smart Factory Cluster, will offer the visitor an immersive and totalizing experience through which Through these excellences will be shown the way to take to keep up with the times and remain competitive.

The four lighthouse plants of the Innovation Tunnel

ABB Italia, multinational, operating in the fields of robotics, energy and automation.

The project ABB Lighthouse Plant, promoted by MISE in the framework of the National Plan Enterprise 4.0, provides for an intervention on the three sites ABB Italia of Dalmine (Bergamo), Frosinone and Santa Palomba (Rome), where there are production of switches of The project was born thanks to the support of the Smart Factory Cluster, which has promoted innovative actions on production plants that represent excellence in Italy. ABB Italia will then present to MECSPE both the core products made in its three lighthouse factories, as well as the technologies to support the production processes. The projects combine the production excellence of ABB Italia with the applications of robotics and interconnected automation that make it possible to manage the optimal processes within the factories. The complexity of the management of production within the plants has led ABB Italia, starting in 2008, to develop processes first in a lean key and then in a digital key, to arrive today to be lighthouse industry in the Italian panorama. Thanks to the technologies developed by ABB Italia through the ABB AbilityTM platform and collaboration with technology partners and universities, it was possible to design automated and highly flexible multi-product production plants, where production processes are traceable, transparent and interconnected, for These solutions can be replicated not only in ABB Italy, but also in other plants in the Italian and foreign business world.

Ansaldo Energia, the third largest manufacturer of Power Generation, makes thermal power plants, gas and steam turbines, turbo-generating plants. In the project there will be eight application areas, each corresponding to a goal to be achieved: operational production management, physical operational management, performance management, technical data management, quality management and additive manufacturing, smart safety, smart training and Ansaldo Energia’s LHP (AE) is a project closely linked to the strategic investment that the company has promoted to strengthen technological capacity and competitiveness of the industrial sites of Genoa, in relation to the expansion of their mission to produce the turbine of technology ex Alstom acquired

The main feature of digital technologies developed, applied and demonstrated in LHP is that they have the objective of increasing the skills and competences of Human Capital, which is at the heart of the Digital Transformation of AE. In particular, applications to improve work safety will be demonstrated through wearable technologies that can be replicated in different operational scenarios, to develop innovative training methods using AR/VR and to track in real time all production operations to exploit data and information in order to improve the AE will be present at MECSPE involving also some representatives of its supply chain of suppliers of machines, equipment, components and machining, of which many Italian SMEs are part and to which it has recently addressed the initiative AENet 4.0, in collaboration with the network of D Together with them will be the startups and innovative SMEs selected with the Call for Innovation DIGITAL X FACTORY that, together with the consolidated partners of AE such as Universities, Centres and large Technical Vendors, have helped to develop

Hitachi Rail Italy, is a company of the Hitachi Group that operates in the production and marketing of rolling stock, has headquarters and plants in Naples, Pistoia and Reggio Calabria. Inspire the Future is its Lighthouse project that aims to support the digital transformation process of the entire operating chain in the sites of Reggio Calabria, Naples and Pistoia. The project includes the study of new product platforms with advanced performance in terms of efficiency, quality and safety, thus benefiting environmental sustainability and the… passengers experience, and the one related to advanced and digital design methods that allow to increase the performance of the product The partners of the research project are the CNR’s ITIA, the University of Florence, the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, the University of Salerno. The industrial development investments planned on the three Italian plants are enabling for digital transformation and addressed both to IT infrastructures and production capacities: the creation of new data networks, the strengthening of the computing capacities necessary for simulations, a new PLM for managing

Tenova/ORI Martin. A project that brings together Tenova, as supplier of plants for the metal and mining industry of the Techint Group, and ORI Martin, a Brescia steel company, active in the production of special steels. The project’s objective is to produce 4.0 steel through innovative and connected machinery, with particular attention to traceability, safety and integration between man and robots. The Lighthouse Steel_4.0 project refers to the steel and metallurgical sector, which is characterized by an increased cyclicality and volatility, due both to the economic crisis and to the rapid market change, and aims to achieve a Cyber. The advantages of this new factory model are many: it will lead to increased productivity, accompanied by a lower use of materials and energy, and a reduction of environmental impact. In two words: efficiency and environmental sustainability, accompanied by greater repeatability in compliance with the flexibility required by the production process of scrap steel.

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