Digital Twin: the 4.0 road to process efficiency and product quality

The technological evolution underway is characterized by a shift from "atoms" to "bits". The economic reasons are linked to the lower cost of the bits, both in terms of "storage" and processing and transport. If it is possible to carry out operations on bits instead of atoms, companies choose this path.

Testing and simulating digital models of products is now a consolidated reality.

Today, however, we try to go further.

Some companies, for example, have for some years extended the use of the bit model of their products to their maintenance and control. When the product is sold, it is associated with a bit model that from that moment will be specific to that product, a digital twin, a digital twin.

The product made of atoms, contains a variety of sensors that in almost real time communicate with the digital twin, informing it of the use in progress

To deepen these aspects, the technological transfer and innovation, consortium company for innovation of the Treviso-Belluno, Verona and Venice Rovigo Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with CONSIDI organized the seminar "DIGITAL TWIN: ROAD 4.0 FOR EFFICIENCY OF PROCESSES AND QUALITY OF PRODUCTS


The appointment took place on Tuesday 7 May 2019 in Grisignano di Zocco, at the Considi headquarters.


The seminar was an opportunity to discuss issues related to the digital transformation of companies in a 4.0 perspective such as lean processes and predictive manufacturing, involving experts from the Universities of Padua and Verona. Some practical cases of digital transformation in the company have been presented.

Event program:

15:00 Registration

15:30 Introductory greetings, the challenge of Digital Transformation - Roberto Santolamazza, general manager - t2 technology transfer and innovation

15:40 Lean processes for digital transformation - Gianni Dal Pozzo, managing director - Considi

16:00 Predictive Manufacturing - Alessandro Beghi, full professor at the Department of Information Engineering - University of Padua

16:20 Digital Twin - Franco Fummi, full professor at the Department of Computer Science - University of Verona

16:40 Business case - Maurizio Barp, Kaizen Promotion Office Manager - Manfrotto

17:00 Case study - Diego Tosato, Software engineer and data scientist - Galdi

17:20 Debate and conclusion

17:30 Aperitif and networking

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Roberto Santolamazza

Roberto Santolamazza, general manager - t2 technology transfer and innovation


Gianni Dal Pozzo

Gianni Dal Pozzo, managing director - Considi



Agility and Retrofitting in Mechanical Engineering

The additional 4th Open Seminar of Business Upper Austria within the NUCLEI-project dealed with the challenges agility and retrofitting for small and medium sized companies within advanced manufacturing.

Modernity and tradition do not only exist in art - they are also the daily companions in industry: modern management methods and tools and quality work by tradition, even with "old" machines. You will (still) find one in almost all workshops and production facilities in Austria: Machines from back then. One could also say in a less appreciative way that old machines are "brown field" in terms of software, and yet for the companies they are valuable pieces - no typos - valuable pieces. Modern management methods and tools and quality work by tradition, even with "old" machines. The company Faschang showed how it works on April 11th. While new methods and tools are implemented in the management, old plant components are generally overhauled by specialists - keyword RETROFIT - in order to serve the customers for another few years. In two exciting lecture parts, the challenges for the company were dealt with and how they will be solved together with experts. A tour of the Faschang Werkzeugbau area gave the participants the opportunity to get an idea on site of how quality from Austria is produced at the location.

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Working Table Mechatronics Alliance

This working table was organized as a webinar to make it more flexible and efficient for the participants without the need to travel to meet in person. This proved to be a very functional solution working well for all participants.

At the beginning of the event in Košice, Viliam Ďuraš and Lubomira Levocka introduced the NUCLEI project and the purpose of pilot actions and working tables in particular to the participants in Slovakia. Then the Austrian partners joined from Linz, the participants on both sides were introduced, and Elmar Paireder presented Mechatronik-Cluster Business Upper Austria and its activities. After the introductions the presentations of the experts Florian Eicher and Thomas Kent Rohrberg followed. They provided valuable and inspiring information on their experience with Industry 4.0 – Maturity Model and Intelligence – From AI Technology to Ready-to-use Applications, respectively. The third originally planned presentation on blockchain technology for industry was not realized due to organizational reasons.

The event fulfilled its objective, i.e. the experts on both sides were able to get in contact and share and exchange their expertise in their fields of Industry 4.0.

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Blockchain in Industry

The 3rd Open Seminar of Business Upper Austria within the NUCLEI-project dealed with possible applications of Blockchain-technology in industrial environments.

What are blockchain technologies capable of and what are their benefits for industry? International and national experts gave an insight and showed - on the basis of already existing industrial applications – the great potential of this technology.


The participants used this Open Seminar besides the informational side for networking and experience exchange. There is a possibility to develop further activities.


-              The use of Blockchain-technology in Industry depends on trust and interoperability. This could be reached through standards (eg ISO)

-              Possible application areas are IOT, robots, machines, big dates and information storage

Regarding sustainability of this activity Biz-Up announced a Kick-off-meeting for establishing a Exchange of experience round. This meeting will take place end of January 2019, but will be realised outside of NUCLEI-project.


9.30 am          Short Introduction Working Table & Expectations of Participants 9.45 am          Industry 4.0 – Maturity Model Expert: Florian Eicher, Mechatronics-Cluster 10.30 am        Artifical Intelligence - From AI technology to ready-to-use applications Expert: Thomas Rohrberg, 2012ai 11.15 am        Closing

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Big data and digitalization in the era of Industry 4.0

Thematic scope of the seminar:

Giovanni Berselli, University of Genova, Department of mechanics, energetics,

management and transportation

Virtual Prototyping Tools and Digital Twins for Industry 4.0:

State-of-the-art Overview and Future Challenges

 tools for integrated design (CAE-centric design VS CAD-centric design)

 co-simulations (case study: eco-design of robotized plants – integration with

state-of-the-art digital manufacturing tools)

 virtual commissioning & virtual training (case study: an automated

manufacturing system)

Karol Kozak, Fraunhofer IWS, Image Processing and Data Management

Process 4.0:

 Is it efficient to start Deep Learning without database infrastructure?

 Do we always need a Deep Learning in industry?

 How to benefit from digital twin in simply data flow strategy?

 How to share digital twin in project consortium?

Przemysław Kazienko, ENGINE - The European Centre for Data Science, Wroclaw

University of Science and Technology

Data Science for Industry 4.0

 AI, data science, big data and machine learning

 6Cs and 4Vs

 data sources and types

 challenges, applications and benefits

 data eco-system for Poland

 what next?

Lucía Díez Robles, ITQ GmbH

Agile education in the era of digitalization

 The technical changes and their influence in the required skills of technicians

 The new challenges to be faced in education

 Novel educational methods for qualification of workers

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Innovation management in mechatronics, robotics and manufacturing system automation

In this seminar NUCLEI provided an opportunity for the representatives of business companies, educational institutions and local S3 managers to discuss the trends and processes of innovation management in industry at the level of SMEs, large companies, and educational institutions preparing the work force for the fields of mechatronics and robotics. The participants explored the introduction of innovations in the field in their respective contexts and the ways their mutual cooperation might enhance the progress and facilitate effectiveness in achieving the development and sustainability goals.

The participants agreed to maintain closer contacts and find ways to better coordinate the needs of individual stakeholders in the industry and to support smooth and fast transfer of innovations into practice at all levels, sharing the best practices and opportunities for improvements

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Effective Production

CMAB on June 28-29, 2017 has organized the third seminar “Effective Production” in Austria. 

Companies in the field of factory automation from Germany participate in two guided company visits of high performing Austrian SMEs. A German-Austrian matchmaking session between the Bavarian and the Austrian mechatronics cluster ensued.


28th June

17:00 Welcome to 3rd NUCLEI Open Seminar at Faschang Werkzeugbau GmbH

Welcome by CMAB, presentation of NUCLEI project and its potential benefits. Presentation by CEO Rudolf Faschang, tour through company with focus on efficiency and modern manufacturing methods.

17:45 Change of Location 

19:00 Networking event – cluster round table

Opening at evening location for German-Austrian networking event

21:00 Closing


29th June 

09:00 Welcome to Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH

Opening at second company location. Presentation by Matthäus Lang, tour through company with focus on efficiency and modern manufacturing methods

10:30 Closing




Rudolf Faschang

Welcome to 3rd NUCLEI Open Seminar

Brauhaus Bogner

Networking event – cluster round table

Herbert Ginzinger

Welcome to Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH

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German-Italian b2b meeting

Companies in the field of factory automation from both Germany and Italy joined in on a guided event for matchmaking, pitching and follow-up talks for tech cooperation


Innovation Management

The NUCLEI partners CRIT SRL and Steinbeis Europa Zentrum organised a Working Table on Innovation Management during the ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference in Stuttgart (Germany) on the 20th of June 2018. The transnational Working Tables support the exchange of information, ideas and experiences between companies which are not direct competitors, shares knowledge, and initiate multi-partner research projects. Within this workshop the companies of Festo AG (Germany), John Deere GmbH & Co.KG (Germany), and Holonix S.r.l. (Italy) have shared and disscused experiences and best practices in Innovation Management and Open Innovation approaches.


Robotics for machine tool industry – support of advanced properties of machine tools and advanced accessories

RCMT on June 7, 2018 has organized the seminar "Robotics for machine tool industry – support of advanced properties of machine tools and advanced accessories" in RCMT, ĆVUT, Horská. 

Industrial robots are a key element for automation of production processes and in join with production and machining machines open up additional possibilities for increasing production efficiency. The aim of the seminar was to introduce the possibility of integration and use of robots in connection with modern production machines.


9:00-9:15 Start Petr Kolář, RCMT, CTU

9:15-9:45 Presentation of the NUCLEI and TPSVT project Jan Smolík, RCMT, CTU

9:45-10:00 Robots and machine tools - see the issue Jiří Švéda, RCMT, CTU

Insight into the possibilities of integration of robots in machining of view and auxiliary machine functions; connection management.

10:00-10:30 Trends in the use of industrial robots for machine operation Petr Duchoslav, FANUC

Robotics is increasingly applied in conjunction with machine tools, and not just in terms of mass production. Advanced features of robots with their simple controls allow greater and faster use of industrial robots for machine operators.

10:30-10:45 Coffee break, refreshments

10:45-11:15 The central importance of industrial robots and their key roles in Industry 4.0 Winfried Geiger, KUKA, (DE)

Lecture in English 

The metal working industry Currently faces the challenge of organizing ITS Production in tehokas manner and in close proximity to the customer. That can only be achieved with intelligent robot-based automation connected to Industry 4.0. For this, KUKA Provide to the Market and tailor-made solutions "ready2_use" which will be introduced at the event. Further products for the integration of robot and machine tool will be Presented - KUKA. PLC mxAutomation and KUKA. CNC.

11:15-11:45 Advantages of the use of robots Stäubli and their advantages for integration Michal Šára, Stäubli

Optimizing cycle time using a robot OptimizeLab, many robots HE (Humid Environment) for use in aggressive environments, the possibility of controlling the robot via UNIVAL drive and UNIVAL plc.

11:45-12:30 Lunch break

12:30-13:00 Robotic applications in manufacturing operations Petr Jagoš, DEL

Presentation of three robotic applications: deburring the ends of the billets (unusual applications for the robot camera control) hanging metal parts of a movable hinge (synchronization of the robot), the glue application and quality control (profilometry measurements).

13:00-13:30 Options robot programming using standard CAM Petr Vavruška, RCMT, CTU

Ways to program robots for machining using standard CAM, compared to the preparation of programs for CNC machine tools and robots, robot simulation environment in NX.

13:30-14:00 Robot control Sinumerik control system Tomáš Kopeček, Siemens

Introducing the possibility of robot control via a control system Siemens Sinumerik - Run MyRobot Handling, Machining and Direct Control.

14:00-14:15 Integration of robots and machines Jiří Švéda, RCMT, CTU

Linking robots and machine tools - KUKA robots Staubli and with the control system Siemens Sinumerik use of robots for machining.

14:15 Discussions, networking




Jiří Švéda

Robots and machine tools - see the issue & Integration of robots and machines


Winfried Geiger

The central importance of industrial robots and their key roles in Industry 4.0


    Petr Vavruška

    Options robot programming using standard CAM


      Tomáš Kopeček

      Robot control Sinumerik control system

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