A laboratory to demonstrate
advanced manufacturing technologies

The Factory of the Future 4.0

An open laboratory where companies can experiment with automation solutions, robotics, machine vision, digital twins and virtual simulation models, with help from specialist technicians following a “Test before Invest” approach.

DIGITAL AUTOMATION LAB

The REI Foundation, an innovation centre of the High-Tech Network of E-R, COMAU, an automation and robotics consultancy division, Experis from the Manpower Group, UNIMORE Science and Material Methods Department and Siemens Industrial Software in collaboration with Unindustria Reggio Emilia and Club Meccatronica.

These organisations will be joined by other technology enablers to bring the best expertise and equipment to demonstrate automation and robotics.

The laboratory is part of the large “Digital District” initiative which aims to support the digital transformation of the Reggio Emilia economy and works in close synergy with the Open Accelerator, a business accelerator, and with the Human & Technology Training Center..

Via Sicilia 21, Reggio Emilia

DAL is a demonstration laboratory of the Factory of the Future for advanced manufacturing (digital, integrated and connected) technologies that supports manufacturers in improving factory processes.

The laboratory provides:
• Coaching and training on processes and technologies;
• Digitalisation and automation projects;
• Tests, simulation and experimentation with technological solutions for entrepreneurs, plant managers and company process technicians.

Thanks to existing equipment and technology, companies have the chance to both to improve their staff’s skills and to experiment with processes, using a “proof-of-concept” (POC) method

Via Sicilia 21, Reggio Emilia

ABOUT US

The REI Foundation, an innovation centre of the High-Tech Network of E-R, COMAU, an automation and robotics consultancy division, Experis from the Manpower Group, UNIMORE Science and Material Methods Department and Siemens Industrial Software in collaboration with Unindustria Reggio Emilia and Club Meccatronica.

These organisations will be joined by other technology enablers to bring the best expertise and equipment to demonstrate automation and robotics.

The laboratory is part of the large “Digital District” initiative which aims to support the digital transformation of the Reggio Emilia economy and works in close synergy with the Open Accelerator, a business accelerator, and with the Human & Technology Training Center. .

Via Sicilia 21, Reggio Emilia

THE LABORATORY

DAL is a demonstration laboratory of the Factory of the Future for advanced manufacturing (digital, integrated and connected) technologies that supports manufacturers in improving factory processes.

The laboratory provides:
• Coaching and training on processes and technologies;
• Digitalisation and automation projects;
• Tests, simulation and experimentation with technological solutions for entrepreneurs, plant managers and company process technicians.

Thanks to existing equipment and technology, companies have the chance to both to improve their staff’s skills and to experiment with processes, using a “proof-of-concept” (POC) method

Via Sicilia 21, Reggio Emilia

SERVICES

The DIGITAL AUTOMATION LAB lets companies assess investments in digital automation and robotics technologies with a “TEST BEFORE INVEST” approach, helping improve the investment process, particularly for SMEs.

PROCESS INNOVATION GUIDANCE

Through a one-to-one coaching pathway, the company’s requirements are analysed, providing a report on their technological status, while also setting goals and supporting familiarisation with standard advanced manufacturing methods by presenting the most appropriate technologies.

FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ROI PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

A feasibility study is done for the best technical solution, developing technical specifications and a bill of materials to establish the elements required to create the product, as well as ROI preliminary analysis (return on investment).

SIMULATION AND VIRTUAL VALIDATION

By using simulation software, a verification and virtual validation are run for the process solution which produces a digital model of the solutions (virtual POC and pre-digital twin).

VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION IN THE LABORATORY

Demonstrating solutions at the laboratory by developing prototypes and POC (proof-of-concept) with the relative tests.

The DIGITAL AUTOMATION LAB lets companies assess investments in digital automation and robotics technologies with a “TEST BEFORE INVEST” approach, helping improve the investment process, particularly for SMEs.

PROCESS INNOVATION GUIDANCE

Through a one-to-one coaching pathway, the company’s requirements are analysed, providing a report on their technological status, while also setting goals and supporting familiarisation with standard advanced manufacturing methods by presenting the most appropriate technologies.

FEASIBILITY STUDY AND ROI PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

A feasibility study is done for the best technical solution, developing technical specifications and a bill of materials to establish the elements required to create the product, as well as ROI preliminary analysis (return on investment).

SIMULATION AND VIRTUAL VALIDATION

By using simulation software, a verification and virtual validation are run for the process solution which produces a digital model of the solutions (virtual POC and pre-digital twin).

VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION IN THE LABORATORY

Demonstrating solutions at the laboratory by developing prototypes and POC (proof-of-concept) with the relative tests.

These activities will be carried out by using simulation software and experimental demo cells for automated manufacturing (robots, AGVs, machine vision, scheduling, etc).

PATHWAYS

The laboratory operates on three applicative, complementary and connected fronts:

LEAN MANUFACTURING

The first front meets the need to assess whether the manufacturing process is ready for automation:

  • can it be simplified before automation?
  • are there any activities that do not add value?

SMART MANUFACTURING

The second front meets the need to introduce automation that is well designed and understood by the company, to encourage its subsequent integration.

SMART WORKER

The third front meets the need to put people at the centre of operations, who are also essential in situations with higher automation, increasing their operating capacities.

The goal of these technologies is to increase the operator’s efficiency both when they are executing complex or hard tasks, which cannot be fully automated, or when they are acting as supervisor and have to operate the machines.

The laboratory operates on three applicative, complementary and connected fronts:

LEAN MANUFACTURING

The first front meets the need to assess whether the manufacturing process is ready for automation:

  • can it be simplified before automation?
  • are there any activities that do not add value?

SMART MANUFACTURING

The second front meets the need to introduce automation that is well designed and understood by the company, to encourage its subsequent integration.

SMART WORKER

The third front meets the need to put people at the centre of operations, who are also essential in situations with higher automation, increasing their operating capacities.

The goal of these technologies is to increase the operator’s efficiency both when they are executing complex or hard tasks, which cannot be fully automated, or when they are acting as supervisor and have to operate the machines.

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    PARTNERS

    Technical partners:

    Founders & supporters:

    The project received contribution from Unindustria RE, Camera di Commercio di RE, STU Reggiane SpA, IREN Smart Solutions, Fondazione Manodori and from REGIONE EMILIA ROMAGNA in the PROGRAMMA REGIONALE ATTIVITA’ PRODUTTIVE 2012-2015 - ATTIVITA’ 5.1 - CUP E89J21002430009

    Coordinated by
    UNINDUSTRIA REGGIO EMILIA
    42121 Reggio Emilia – Via Toschi, 30/a