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"Opificio Digitale" begins

"Industry 4.0" is born in Trieste: objective of which is to increase digitalisation and make the industrial sector more competitive.

Wärtsilä Italy is the leader and headquarter of the project developed with Area Science Park, EY and CNR-IOM. Ready in 36 months, it aims at innovating industrial culture within SMEs

Trieste, 6 May 2021 – Accelerating the transformation in the Italian manufacturing sector, going from factory 4.0 to supply chain 4.0 to create extended enterprises. Opificio Digitale, a program co-financed by Mef and the FVG Region, has entered the executive stage as the first industrial ecosystem in Trieste capable of networking large industries and their respective supply chains in an innovative way.

The project, that sees Wärtsilä Italy as leader, together with Area Science Park, EY, and CNR-Istituto Officina dei Materiali, will be realised in 36 months: three years that will change the way of running industry, increasing competitiveness through digitalisation, technology, and advanced hands-on training, directly within the factory.

THE OBJECTIVES – Opificio Digitale is founded upon two pillars: the creation of an industrial ecosystem through the realisation of an open-source software platform that supports production, to share along the production chain – a “common language” that is able to exchange data, create predictions, and make humans and machines communicate – and the realisation of a cooperative space, a physical location inside the establishments of Wärtsilä Italy in Trieste, where the personnel of the different industries that participate to the projects can interact, train, and share technologies and knowledge with universities, centres of excellence, and businesses.

Opificio Digitale – Smart Manufacturing Ecosystem (OD – SME) is born with the objective of developing new solutions based on digital technologies for the innovation of the processes and to offer products and services in the context of Industry 4.0, moving the focus onto the competences and the creation of cooperative networks. The aim of the project is to enable synergic cooperation between the manufacturing and industrial businesses that use digital technologies, system integrators, and ICT enterprises that develop new technologies and applications. The project has been presented today over the course of an event organized with the National Technology Cluster of Intelligent Factory (Cluster Tecnologico Nazionale “Fabbrica Intelligente”).

THE EXPECTED RESULTS – The operative results of Opificio Digitale will be the integrated and rapid growth of the manufacturing sector: sharing the open-source software that constitutes the base of the whole ecosystem, the advanced applications that will be realised in the field of the project by putting together the knowledge and experience of use in the industrial sector of augmented reality, IOT sensors and devices, artificial intelligence and predictive models – only to cite a few of the technologies that will allow companies in the supply chain to interact with one another through common languages and systems. The digitalisation of small and medium enterprises that would not otherwise have the resources to do so will accelerate, the systems will integrate, and the production processes will improve.

By creating a shared space within Wärtsilä Italy the businesses’ capacity for research and design will increase, creating an industrial environment where the objective will be the one of co-creating solutions for operative problems, thus bettering the processes by working directly in the factory and by dialoguing between entrepreneurs, researches, businesses, and research centres.

WHAT IS OPIFICIO DIGITALE – From the operative point of view, the OD – SME ecosystem will be based on the development, on behalf of the project’s partners, of five modules that will constitute the ecosystem’s backbone. These five steps will allow the businesses that decide to participate to Opificio Digitale of reaching an elevated level of digitalisation and develop an integrated process where the information will not only travel within the business itself, but along the entire supply chain, hence improving the work and optimising everyone’s costs.

Specifically, the following will be realised:

- an architecture software to facilitate Smart Data Acquisition & Analytics;

- an open-source software platform for smart manufacturing, that is able to handle with ease the execution of the production and the data coming from the internal and external processes; the platform will be constructed by several microservices, similar to many pieces of a puzzle, that can be used to construct one’s production reality, and will allow the configuration of innovative production systems that will create value from the shared data;

- a platform that will favour the development of applications based on algorithms of artificial intelligence;

- a series of additional modules based on the developed algorithms, that will add “intelligence to the ecosystem”, adaptable to different contexts of manufacturing with the aim of supporting the operators in real time in the resolution of production problems, in the certification of the flux of data which will be shared throughout the supply chain (using blockchain technology), and certificating the supply and quality of the products of the supply chain.

- a module for the interoperability with different technologies of advanced manufacturing (cobot, agv) and the integration through a platforms and equipment of augmented/virtual reality with the aim of simplification and making more secure the activities of assembly, training, and improving worker safety.

In its complete extension, the ecosystem will be able to transform each station (may it be machine tool, robot, or physical work location) in a “digital station” that is able to exchange information with the operator and trace the advancement of production. Each business will thus be connected internally and will decide which information and data to exchange within the supply chain thanks to common processes and language, thus creating a global and greater competitivity that will derive by the optimization of production times, reduction of costs, decrease of margins of error, and increased safety and quality.


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