Innovation management: Strategy for Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Transnational working tables have been organized on Dec 8, 2017 with companies and partners interested in additive manufacturing as follow up of AMMeeting 2017.

The meeting was a follow-up of Nuclei Open Seminar on Additive Manufacturing that was held within Additive Manufacturing Meeting in June 2017. It was a great opportunity for networking and establishing new contacts.

Nuclei Project was presented to wider audience. Also the results surveys collected during Open Seminar and Additive Manufacturing Meeting in June were presented.

During the meeting surveys were provided to participants. Open Innovation, Internet of Things and Services as well as Human-Machine Interface are topics of main interest. Most of responders stated that they are interested in taking part in other activities in projects, especially regional and international seminars.


Attending RTD organisations:

Fraunhofer IWS
Centre of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
Reverse Engineering Lab
BadMat Materials Research Lab
Rapid Prototyping Lab
UPEER (Ukrainian Platform for Excellence in Education and Research)
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg





large companies


research organisations


Tips and Tricks of Additive Manufacturing

In the last decade, Additive Manufacturing (AM) represents the strongest revolutionary technology in manufacturing. This technology provides smart solutions to manufacturing issues that have so far limited the imagination in mechanical design. Design Freedom, light-weight structures and independence from economies of scale are just few of the benefits provided by AM.

However, the adoption of AM requires radical changes in approaching design and production. New concepts and rules should be introduced throughout the whole product life cycle and critical issues should be assessed to maximize its exploitation.

The seminar aimed to increase confidence in Additive Manufacturing potential and to face the challenges that still characterized these technologies, such as the creation of a continuous process between the AM process and the subtractive post-process, a secure data transfer and the new materials potential.


Video interviews:


Speakers and video reports:


Giulia Broglia




Edwin van den Eijnden

Industrial AM for functional polymer parts



Martin Holland

IP-Protection and Licensing of 3D-Printed Processes with Blockchain Technology



Paolo Veronesi

Materiali metallici e trattamenti termici per l’AM



Industry 4.0 in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Manufacturing Systems

On November 28, 2017 Klaster AT+R organised an open seminar on "Industry 4.0 in Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Manufacturing Systems" in order to discuss selected aspects of Industry 4.0 implementation in industrial and social practice.

The seminar involved representatives of industry, academia and local government. Experts presented their projects that could be used to set up a platform bringing research results into practice with the involvement of companies and local authorities and services. The discussion demonstrated an interest of the involved parties and a potential for successful cooperation.


Industry4AAL Platform

Ing. Peter Ťapák (Košice Self-governing Region)

The NUCLEI Project
Ľubomíra Levocká (Klaster AT+R)

Industry4AAL Platform and its potential
Ing. Erik Prada, PhD. (Klaster AT+R, ZTS VVÚ Košice)

Possibilities of support for the region and links to Life Science ecosystem
Ing. Peter Ťapák (Košice Self-governing Region)


Professional foundations of Industry 4.0 suitable for implementation of AAL in social practice

Current demographic curve and intervention needs of social groups
prof. PhDr. Beáta Balogová, PhD. (University of Prešov in Prešov)

Increasing the quality of life of seniors through application of ICT and sensor systems
Prof. Ing. Dušan Šimšík, PhD., doc. Ing. Alena Galajdová, PhD. (Technical University in Košice)

The role of mechatronics and implementation of new trends for social use
prof. Ing. Alexander Gmiterko, CSc., prof. Ing. Michal Kelemen, CSc. (Technical University in Košice)

Behavior Modeling by Fuzzy State Machine for Ethorobotics
Doc. Dr. Szilveszter Kovács (University of Miskolc)

Integration of virtual reality in robotic systems
Ing. Juraj Kováč, PhD. (Technical University in Košice)

Cooperation of industrial robotic systems and examples of their use in the area of AAL
doc. Ing. Ján Semjon, PhD. (Technical University in Košice)

Social and Cloud Robotics
prof. Ing. Peter Sinčák, CSc. (Technical University in Košice)


Open Discussions

Searching for common topics between professional, industrial and public sphere
Identification of problems – Justification of creating the Industry4AAL Platform
led by Ing. Peter Ťapák and Ing. Erik Prada, PhD.

Analysis of common interests – Prediction of future development – Potential of business and project cooperation
led by Ing. Peter Ťapák and Ing. Erik Prada, PhD.



Industrial internet-of-things (IoT) and supply chain integration

The open seminar Industrial IOT and supply chain integration, part of the series titled Digital transformation for a human-centred industry 4.0, has been organized by t2i in Treviso on Thu 23, Nov 2017.

A key enabler of the digital transformation is the in-depth integration of IT solutions (sensors, data analysis, cloud, ...) in the whole production and logistic processes. Manufacturing companies need to merge product customization and efficient production, so industrial Internet-of-Things is a powerful mean to approach a holistic synergy of global supply chains.

Experts from international research orgs and industry players explained for example how open middleware for prototyping IoT services provide the foundation for interoperable end-to-end testing and proofs of concept (Fraunhofer FOKUS).

The event has also showcased how universities can develop innovative data-driven solutions for automation systems (Dpt of Information Engineering, University of Padova).

The access to an ‘ecosystem of competencies’ involving reliable RTD and industrial players let SMEs ramp up impact of IIoT applications and adopt unconventional business models, integrating e.g. new powerful sensors (STMicroelectronics), remote monitoring, analytics and predictive maintenance for machine tools (beanTech) and efficient Manufacturing Operations Management (Reply).






demo areas


Innovation management (Italy): Topics: Human Robot Collaboration, Industry 4.0

The working table: Innovation management (Italy): Topics: Human Robot Collaboration, Industry 4.0 was a continuation of the benchmark among participating companies technology portfolio and innovation management practices in the field of Robotics and Industry 4.0, for which three participants (UNIMORE; PILZ and DATALOGIC) had already met in Ostfildern, Baden-Wurttenberg, on July 23rd 2017. One former participant (GAIOTTO) was not present since they decided not to go on with the action, whereas another company (IMA) was introduced, and through this it became possible to discuss a possible use case for an innovative HRC application in the field of packaging machinery. UNIMORE facilitated the discussion providing insight on the latest research trends in artificial intelligence and object recognition for robotics.

The possibility to submit a proposal for Horizon 2020, in the topic of Human-Robot collaboration, has been further discussed, together with IMA.

Participating companies belonged to two different Central European regions, i.e. Baden-Wurttenberg (PILZ) and Emilia-Romagna (DATALOGIC, IMA).


11.00 Pilz Arrival in Bologna, discussion in Datalogic: wrap-up on previous meeting, further R&D common topics/issues discussed

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Transfer to IMA, IMA presentation and factory tour (problems encountered when implementing HRC on the factory floor, security standards, end users requirements…)

16.00 Discussion on IMA-PILZ-DATALOGIC further collaboration possibilities (FOF-02-2018 Call for Proposal)

18.00 End of the meeting


Human Machine Interaction - Assistive Robotics

On November 22, 2017 Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH organised an open seminar on "Human Machine Interaction - Assistive Robotics" in order to give participants insights into the application of human-machine interactions.

Assistive robotics combines man and machine, intelligence and computing power, thinking assets and strength meaningful. Such systems are important for a production of the future. Interested parties from the fields of innovation, production and R&D have the opportunity to get information about the challenges of assistance systems in the production.



Mag. Elmar Paireder, Mechatronics Cluster

State of the art, examples, experiences
DI (FH) Helmut Nöhmayer, PROFACTOR GmbH

Safety aspects in the cooperation of man and machine
DI Johannes Schubert, AUVA


Hands On Sessions

After the seminar, participants visited the Technology Lab of PROFACTOR as part of the European Robotics Week. Different demonstrators of research projects have been presented to give an overview of the future of robotic – the robotic that considers intelligent cooperation with humans.

– XRob: easy robot configuration
– IGUS: low-cost robots for everyone
– Assistme: new user interface for more acceptance of robots
– Siam: Augmented Reality for maintenance
– addmanu: robot-based inkjet printing on curved surfaces

The Open Seminar gave an insight into application areas of human-machine interactions. The participants were able to develop first specifications for specific applications and try the robot configuration by themselves.


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Sustainability and competitiveness

The seminar, organized by CRIT, took place on 16 November 2017 at the Museum of Industrial Heritage in Bologna.

The event approached sustainabiilty integration within companies’ strategy, with particular focus on how Innovation and Key Enabling Technologies can contribute to it. These assist decision makers monitor in real time operation fluxes and performances in order to improve the quality of decisions, making competiveness and Corporate Social Responsibility fully compatible.

Speakers and materials available below.



Johanna Ronco

Introduction to the workshop



Daniele Vacchi

Sustainability as an innovation and governance corporate strategy


BDO Italia

Marco Caputo

Non-financial reporting to measure and communicate value creation


Impronta Etica

Elisa Petrini

How to measure social impact


Tetra Pak

Gianmaurizio Cazzarolli

Evaluation of the environmental performances and its impact on the value chain



Giacomo Scillia

Blockchain as a support tool to micro-investments for environmental sustainability



Federico Magalini

Measuring sustainability on consumer goods: case studies of industry leaders



Fabio Ferrari

Increasing processes control through big data analysis — Hera spa case study



Customer orientation in digital business models and processes

The 2nd NUCLEI Workshop, organized by Cluster Mechatronik & Automation at New Elements GmbH in Nuremberg, Bavaria, gave occasion to discuss different methods and approaches in digital business models. Digitalization is on the march and is about to form our societies drastically in the years to come. Especially users of digitalized solutions in manufacturing and trade are increasingly affected by this dynamic. Many fear to miss out on this trend and lose their economic basis. While in Germany the focus is set primarily on the technology itself, US companies for example tend to combine the use of new technologies with new potential business models that can be developed in consecuence. Therefore, the topics of Customer Relation Management, Product Design, Innovation and Service Offerings become connected and create new forms of implementation and marketing strategies especially for the middle-sized sector.

Full Professor at Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Luigi Enrico Golzio

Digitalisation brings many advantages to rethink and optimize manufacturing processes. Especially when looking at the customers, digital models can provide valuable data for new marketing concepts.

Project manager at Cluster Mechatronik & Automation

Alexander Schäferling

While the world becomes more and more connected, it is evermore important to observe the international activities and particular approaches of global players when tackling current issues of digitalization.


Human-Machine Interface (HMI) and adaptive manufacturing






RTD meeting requests


Process Monitoring - from Data Assessment to Visualisation

Cluster Mechatronik & Automation has welcomed 30 participants at Augsburg Technology Center for its first Open Seminar with focus on the analysis of processes and how to make them visible, e.g. through the use of VirtualReality.
Lecturers from Germany, Italy, Austria as well as the Czech Republic gave thrilling insights into the current challenges and possibilities of modern technology in manufacturing processes.
The participants from manufacturing companies and research institutions made good use of the international knowledge transfer and engaged in fruitful conversations discussing new innovation service models on a transnational scale.

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