The project idea builds on the experience of the research center from a large number of ongoing applied research projects in the field of Industry 4.0 on automation and mechatronics or processes and digitalization in construction and expands the spectrum of the Fraunhofer Italia ARENA "Area for Research and Innovative Applications" initiative launched in 2019.
SMART-Pro addresses 4 main challenges regarding flexibility and sustainability in production and manufacturing in a holistic way.
Challenge 1 relates to the provision of suitable infrastructural and methodological tools of applied research to support companies with regard to the potential of Industrie 4.0 from a sustainability point of view.
Challenge 2 concerns applied research on the topic of configurability and flexible adaptability of products.
Challenge 3 concerns the sustainable management (planning and control) of the flexibility offered by a production system with immediate reconfiguration possibilities.
Challenge 4 relates to the effective deployment of reconfigurable robotic systems (hardware and software) using machine learning methods.
SMART-Pro represents an opportunity to further establish excellent research on sustainable production as a central topic of the future. Particular emphasis is placed on the efficient introduction of automation and digitization solutions in small and medium-sized enterprises.
SMART-Pro envisages close cooperation with companies interested in exploiting the opportunities offered by combining the topics of sustainability, digitalization and automation. The relevance of SMART-Pro for science and practice is underlined not least by a large number of expressions of interest from interested companies covering key roles in various industry sectors.
Project Name: ERDF 1135 SMART-Pro [CUP: B52F20001530009]
Funding Programme: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol - Investements in Employment and Growth 2014 – 2020.