Partners

The DigiPrime consortium groups 36 European organizations that represent a variety of 6 different European manufacturing sectors, featuring the needed competence, complementarity and critical mass in terms of expertise and resources to ensure the achievement of the project goals and the impact of the project results at European level. It comprises 25 companies, 8 research centers and universities from 11 EU countries; the industrial part of the consortium includes 18 SMEs.

Italy

Politecnico di Milano

Description of the institute: Politecnico di Milano is the leading Italian technical university where 40,000 engineers, architects and designers are educated each year. It is in the worldwide top 10 ranking for Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (QS World University Raking).

The Manufacturing and Production System Lab is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department (POLIMI-MECC) and its main research topics are ranging from mechanical and technological characteristics of transformed materials to methodologies and tools for designing processes, planning, management and control of manufacturing and assembly systems.

Role in DigiPrime: Politecnico di Milano is the coordinator of the project and is actively involved in the development of value-chain-oriented and operational services, as well as in pilots/services matching activities.

Nationality: Italy
Website: https://www.polimi.it/en/ | https://www.mecc.polimi.it/nc/us/
Contact: marcello.colledani@polimi.it

Centrocot

Description of the institute: Centrocot is a research center and test house that provides business solutions to the textile industry leaders.

Its laboratories perform all kind of tests for quality, chemical and ecological safety, protection and comfort; and its R&D department has over the years been key to develop many international research projects and connecting companies to reach their innovation and sustainability goals. 

Role in DigiPrime:Centrocot is in charge for the development of a service dedicated to Material Testing and Certification. Moreover, Centrocot is leader of the Textile Pilot, with the aim to demonstrate the efficacy of DigiPrime’s platform and services and to support their use by textile companies.

Nationality: Italy
Website: www.centrocot.it
Contact: roberto.vannucci@centrocot.it 

E-Repair

Description of the company/institute: E-Repair is an Italian Industrial electronic Workshop, the only SERVICE PARTNER of SIEMENS for repairing and remanufacturing of industrial electronics in  Italy. The heart of the E-Repair activity is contained in the highly innovative laboratories base din Livorno (Tuscany),  managed by specialized technicians, who expanded their skills also with other main brands as FANUC, ABB etc. E-Repair defines for customers a preventive maintenance plan that can be modulated and customized on their plant’s needs. It also carries out on-site and on-remote technical assistance services, data-back up and plant status census.

Role in DigiPrime: E-Repair is mainly involved as pilot End-user in the “Pilot 2: Mechatronics and electronics”. Their main planned activities are testing and demonstrations of the developed services within the framework of the pilot.

Nationality: Italian
Website: https://www.e-repair.it / https://www.e-repair.it/en
Contact: paola.villa-repair.it |  marco.olivieri-repair.it

Technology Transfer System

Description of the company/institute: Technology Transfer System S.r.l. was founded in 1993 as a spin-off of an Italian research institute on industrial technologies and automation with the goal to develop and deploy customized IT solutions for manufacturing companies. A strong attention is continuously given to internal research and innovation activities, also within international outstanding research projects together with major European and worldwide research and innovation leading actors. TTS skills are twofold: on the technology-driven side we own and offer 3D animations and simulations, discrete event simulation and virtual reality, while on the business-driven side knowledge management systems, innovation management procedures, business development, quality and environmental assurance  are the core competences.

Role in DigiPrime: TTS is responsible for the development of the DigitalTwin-based simulation service. This service will support monitoring the process to gather parameters that can be used in a simulation that together with the product conditions can support decision for Circular Economy.

Nationality: Italy
Website: http://ttsnetwork.com/en/
Contact: dalmaso@ttsnetwork.com

EXTRA RED - IT Developers

Description of the company/institute: Extra Red is an SME founded in July 2017. It operates in the field of ICT and is a System Integrator specialized in Hybrid Cloud, Middleware, Cloud Computing, IoT, Data Analytics and AI. It is part of Extra Group S.r.l., the holding company founded in 2006, that includes 3 more companies and has offices in Pontedera (Pisa), Rome and Milan.

Role in DigiPrime: Extra Red plays the role of System Integrator for developed services and tools, defining the model design and implementation of a hybrid cloud architecture based on micro-services. It will support development and deployment activities with a DevOps approach, based on continuous integration and incremental validation of DigiPrime services and components. As an industrial partner of the consortium, Extra Red will also contribute to dissemination and exploitation of project results.

Nationality: Italy
Website: https://www.extrasys.it/it/red
Contact: carlo.aliprandi@extrasys.it

Spain

Tecnalia

Description of the company/institute: Private, independent and non-profit applied research centre of international excellence, employing 1,312 people (220 PhDs). TECNALIA is addressed by 7 business divisions, covering economic sectors of Energy, Industry, Transportation, Construction, Health and ICT. Industry and Transport Division is focused on the design, manufacturing, maintenance and end-of-life of industrial products and services, in the following strategic sectors: foundry and steelmaking, machine-tool, automotive, aerospace, aeronautics, railway, construction, de-manufacturing and food industry.

Role in DigiPrime: Mainly involved as Pilot provider in the Sector of Plastics and composites designing, testing and implementing value-added services focused on assisting decision making at the most critical stages or processes in the recycling of composites. Specifically, TECNALIA is working on the development of a digital twin of the compounding process and decision support services along the value chain for the treatment of composite waste.

Nationality: Spanish
Website: www.tecnalia.com
Contact:
mikel.nino@tecnalia.com
sergio.gil@tecnalia.com
begona.canflanca@tecnalia.com

Envirobat

Description of the company/institute: Envirobat España is an SME specialized in the managment of all type of spent batteries, including the withdrawal of OEM products.

We carry out different types of environmental studies, recovery and recycling of materials, with qualified personnel and experience in the waste sector. We work with the most important national producers, as well as with the main Compliance Schemes both national and European. We are members of the European Battery Recycling Association (EBRA), Entrepenurial Association of Batteries and Energy Storage Systems (AEPIBAL) and the Spanish Technological Platform of Batteries (BatteryPlat).

Role in DigiPrime: The main contribution of Envirobat España in Digiprime Project is to provide real data obtained by battery dismantling and testing. 

Nationality: Spain
Website: http://envirobatespana.com/
Contact: jm.perez@envirobat.es

Belgium

Veltha IVZW

VELTHA is an International Research Association based in Belgium, developing Research in the field of Sustainable Development and Circular Economy. The Associations chairs “Screen-lab, the Policy Lab for a Europe made by Circular Regions www.screen-lab.eu ” a think tank open to all regional stakeholders willing to co-create and implement policies enabling EU industry, SMEs and citizens to adopt a circular sustainable approach.

Veltha successfully participated in FP7 and H2020 projects and has strong skills in definition of value chains, synergies between different funds, project management, dissemination activities and preparation of the plans for the exploitation of the research results, including the management of IPR issues. Veltha promoted and managed the H2020 Project SCREEN (Synergic CiRcular Economy across European regioNs), in which 17 EU regions co-created and validated methodologies and tools to identify and exploit new value chains at regional and cross-regional level. Some of such methodologies are the basis of the service that are going to be implemented in the DigiPrime Platform

Role in DigiPrime: Veltha is leader of WP8 “Ecosystem building and open calls”, dedicated to the creation of an ecosystem with representatives of all the different stakeholders interested in the DigiPrime platform, that will register and become its first adopters. The ecosystem will be also the first environment target to spread the announcements of the two Open Calls the project will launch. Veltha also plays the role of product manager for the 3 services that are developed in T3.6, T3.7 and T3.9 and leads Pilot 5 , expected to involve 25 Regions and 150 companies. 

Nationality: Belgium
Website: www.veltha.eu
Contact: silvia.giannisi@veltha.eu

IDEA Consult

Description of the company/institute: IDEA Consult is a private research-based consultancy company, founded in 1998 and located in Brussels. 

IDEA Consult provides research-based consulting, where economic analyses are translated into policy advice and strategy development. All IDEA Consult experts have a strong academic and research background in a wide span of disciplines, ranging from economics and sociology, to engineering and environmental sciences. The majority of the consultants have several years of experience in both applied research and consulting, where virtually one quarter of the personnel has obtained a PhD, and all other consultants hold at least a master’s degree.  

IDEA Consult carries out policy relevant research and analysis and provides specific advice and strategic planning services, as well as monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. IDEA Consult conducts research and provides policy relevant advice to international governments and institutions (such as the European Commission, the OECD, and the World Bank), federal, regional and local governments, intermediary organisations, and companies. Our knowledge areas include:

  • Innovation, Competitiveness and Sustainability
  • Labour market and social-economic policy
  • Regional and urban development
  • Real estate and territorial development

 IDEA Consult offers a wide array of services and expertise in the field of national and international research and innovation policy. These vary from (applied) research assignments to the involvement and support of strategic policy development processes in the areas or research and innovation. IDEA Consult has built up its knowledge and expertise around each of the stages of the ‘policy programming cycle’. We have developed a strong (working) knowledge of the European Framework Programmes for research and development, the European Research Area, Key Enabling Technologies, value chain analysis and smart specialisation strategies. 

Role in DigiPrime: IDEA Consult is a partner of the project and IDEA Consult will lead together with Politenico di Milano the development of the sixth pilot on “Circular innovation hubs integration” where supply services for circular economy projects will be merged. IDEA Consult also manages the Open Calls and co-designed the Circular innovation hubs integration service.

Nationality: Belgium
Website: www.ideaconsult.be
Contact: info@ideaconsult.be / vincent.duchene@ideaconsult.be 

Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Description of the institute: The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (www.kit.edu) is a higher education and research organization with about 9,300 employees, 25,100 students, and a total annual budget of about 900 million Euros.

The Institute of Production Science (wbk) (www.wbk.kit.edu) is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and has a staff of about 100 employees consisting of about 70 Ph. D. students. The wbk consists of three sections: Manufacturing and Material Engineering, Machines, Equipment and Process Automation and Production Systems.

Role in DigiPrime: The wbk Institute of Production Science has a broad experience in global production management and sustainable manufacturing through various research work. Within DigiPrime, it takes one of the leading roles regarding the scientific context and leads WP 3.

Nationality: German
Website: http://www.kit.edu/ | http://www.wbk.kit.edu/
Contact: Gisela.Lanza@kit.edu

SimPlan AG

Description of the company/institute: SimPlan AG is a company focused on digital twins and simulation models for different kind of industries and applications. SimPlan offers simulation studies, simulation software, applications for manufacturing systems control as part of MES systems as well as support, maintenance, training, and consultancy services in these fields. Major sectors served are automotive, chemical, intralogistics, semiconductor, transportation and machinery. SimPlan has affiliated companies in Austria, China, and Germany. With an annual turnover of about 16.5 M€ and more than 120 employees (2019, Group), SimPlan is a typical SME offering innovative and high-quality jobs for computer scientists, engineers and natural scientists. Since its foundation in 1992 SimPlan has conducted more than 1,200 projects in industry, with about half of these projects including research content. SimPlan is continuously developing software applications in the field of simulation and has experience in participating in research projects on European, national, and regional level. SimPlan owns a broad knowledge in the field of discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation, virtual commissioning (emulation), digital twinning, and in various optimization approaches. Two focus points for current research activities are the integration of machine learning approaches with existing simulation and optimization software, and the improvement and sustainable deployment of digital twins.

Role in DigiPrime: SimPlan is leading a task on demand and supply forecast and is involved in the task on creating digital twins for circular economy processes. In this context, SimPlans focus in DigiPrime is on modelling twins for whole circular value chains exploiting supply chain simulation as well as value stream mapping and simulation.

Nationality: German
Website: www.SimPlan.de
Contact: sven.spieckermann@simplan.de

Flexis AG

Description of the company/institute: SimPlan AG is a company focused on digital twins and simulation models for different kind of industries and applications. SimPlan offers simulation studies, simulation software, applications for manufacturing systems control as part of MES systems as well as support, maintenance, training, and consultancy services in these fields. Major sectors served are automotive, chemical, intralogistics, semiconductor, transportation and machinery. SimPlan has affiliated companies in Austria, China, and Germany. With an annual turnover of about 16.5 M€ and more than 120 employees (2019, Group), SimPlan is a typical SME offering innovative and high-quality jobs for computer scientists, engineers and natural scientists. Since its foundation in 1992 SimPlan has conducted more than 1,200 projects in industry, with about half of these projects including research content. SimPlan is continuously developing software applications in the field of simulation and has experience in participating in research projects on European, national, and regional level. SimPlan owns a broad knowledge in the field of discrete-event simulation, agent-based simulation, virtual commissioning (emulation), digital twinning, and in various optimization approaches. Two focus points for current research activities are the integration of machine learning approaches with existing simulation and optimization software, and the improvement and sustainable deployment of digital twins.

Role in DigiPrime: SimPlan is leading a task on demand and supply forecast and is involved in the task on creating digital twins for circular economy processes. In this context, SimPlans focus in DigiPrime is on modelling twins for whole circular value chains exploiting supply chain simulation as well as value stream mapping and simulation.

Nationality: German
Website: www.SimPlan.de
Contact: sven.spieckermann@simplan.de

Circular Economy Solutions GmbH (C-ECO)

Description of the company/institute: C-ECO is a german-based service and consulting company developing business models for circular economy. By using digital technologies and operating a global network for reverse logistics and evaluation of used parts, the company offers all services for the circular economy from one single source. 30 employees with over 160 years of experience in remanufacturing industry ensure that circular products reach their full potential.

For the handling of used parts (cores) in the automotive aftermarket, C-ECO uses their established core management system CoremanNet. Every year, three million used parts are collected, run through a technical and commercial condition check, sorted, stored and are provided to our customers as the key resource for industrial remanufacturing. CoremanNet’s global network has more than 20 inspection centers on four continents.

Role in DigiPrime: C-ECO is the workpackage-leader for WP6 “Pilot Demonstration”. In WP 3/4 C-ECO is developing together with other partners digital-services to overcome information-asymmetry along the reverse-supply-chain to the benefit of optimized reman-production and reverse logistics. The CoremanNet infrastructure will be used within the project to demonstrate developments and services.

Nationality: German
Website: www.c-eco.com
Contact: Horizon2020@c-eco.com 

Czech Republic

Inotex

Description of the company/institute: INOTEX spol. s r.o. (Ltd) is a  small  private  technological  research,  innovation  and  technology  transfer  company specialised in wet processing of textiles, (multi)functional textile developments using new processing methods. 

The key strategy is to support implementation and transfer of the tailor-made research and technological development results into the practice by use of the own pilot production capacities (speciality chemicals and textile auxiliary agents production, low batch finishing and coating of textiles, special devices and instruments production). 

Role in DigiPrime: Inotex participates in the development of a service dedicated to Material Testing and Certification and in the Textile Pilot aiming to demonstrate the efficacy of DigiPrime’s platform and services and to support their use by textile companies.

Nationality: Czech Republic
Website: www.inotex.cz 
Contact: chybova@inotex.cz 

Hungary

Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI), Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)

Description of the company/institute: SZTAKI (http://www.sztaki.hu) has gained a worldwide reputation in computer science, informatics, control, discrete mathematics, robotics, advanced information systems and networking. SZTAKI also performs technology transfer to the Hungarian industry and service sectors including SMEs.

The researchers involved in this project are members of the Engineering and Management Intelligence Laboratory (EMI) of the institute. SZTAKI EMI has a long-standing and continuous interest in models and solution methods for handling complex production, energy and business systems operating in uncertain, changing environments, with special emphasis on optimization, simulation, planning, scheduling, and cooperative networking.

Role in DigiPrime: SZTAKI is the leader of Workpackage 4 and the assignee of task T4.2 “Artificial Intelligence for prediction of product conditions”.

Nationality: Hungary
Website:
www.sztaki.hu/en
www.sztaki.hu/en/science/departments/emi

Contact:

gianfranco.pedone@sztaki.hu
richard.beregi@sztaki.hu

Greece

Decision Support Systems Laboratory, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

Description of the company/institute: NTUA is the most prestigious and competitive academic institution for technical education in Greece. The DSSLab is a multidisciplinary scientific unit which conducts R&D, scientific/technical support and training activities addressing a wide range of complex research and application problems, indicatively including IT and DSS, Interoperability, Program & Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Human Resources Development, Information Dissemination and Promotion, Energy and Environmental Policy.

Role in DigiPrime: NTUA leads the initial DigiPrime pilots’ analysis, as well as of the analysis of the related KPIs. NTUA also oversees the formalisation of the DigiPrime use cases, requirements, and generalisation to future industrial scenarios. Additionally, NTUA actively participates in the software/technical testing activities of the project.

Nationality: Greece
Website: www.epu.ntua.gr

Contact: digiprime@epu.ntua.gr 

Atlantis Engineering AE

Description of the company/institute: Atlantis Engineering is an ICT SME with a long-standing experience in offering services and bespoke products to the manufacturing industry, with emphasis on the decision support for the management and optimisation of production activities and assets’ life-cycle, and on the streamlining of various asset lifecycle management related processes (including predictive/condition-based monitoring). The company supports the clients in understanding and prioritising the manufacturing route through the implementation of an in-house developed CMMS. Atlantis is certified for quality management (EN ISO 9001:2008).

Role in DigiPrime: Atlantis is service developer that will provide its techno-logical innovations in decision-support and work on design, development and implementation of an Decision Support System for Circular Economy (DSS-DC) to define the best circular economy strategy under specific post-use product conditions.

Nationality: Greece
Website: https://atlantis-engineering.com/ 

Contact: milenkovic@abe.gr 

Turkey

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, DT-ICT-07-2018-2019 “Digital Manufacturing Platforms for Connected Smart Factories” topic, under Grant Agreement ID 873111