Pilot Factories

The strategy of STIIMA relies upon the development and the continuous support of pilot factories fulfilling the goal of producing high value added products (e.g. customized products and micro-products), developing and implementing new enabling technologies as well as a synergic cooperation between human operators and physical resources (human-robot cooperation).
Tangible examples developed by STIIMA are the factory for Re/De-Manufacturing, the Factory for Micro Production and the Digital Factory.

Factory for De-Manufacturing The Factory for Re/De-Manufacturing represents a new category of factory addressing sustainable strategies in manufacturing through the development of new integrated automated solutions for de- manufacturing. It supports the processes of disassembly, diagnosis, repair, upgrade, remanufacturing and recycling of materials, products and assemblies across their lifecycle. Despite improving environmental sustainability of manufacturing, these new technologies and methods for the optimal selection and implementation of End- Of-Life strategies will allow to take new economic and strategic opportunities related to the development of a sector of key-importance for the future.
Factory for Micro Production The Factory for Micro Production aims to provide the technological and implementing solutions that fulfil the requirement of the miniaturization. It is more and more required and pervades an increasing number of applicative sectors, including the high precision mechanics, sensors, automotive, aeronautics, medical and biomedical sectors, consumer industry and entertainment. In order to achieve this goal new processes, pieces of equipment, tools and manufacturing, assembling and quality control technologies have to be defined. Their main challenge is the fulfilment of the functional and technical specifications of the emerging products, made of several components and materials.
Digital Factory The Digital Factory faces the need to efficiently match a dynamic and turbulent market leading to frequent adaptation of factories operating modes. It enables the forecasting, monitoring and optimization of the real factory behavior across its lifecycle in a decoupled way from the physical factory as well as the testing of decisions and production policies before the actual implementation in the system. Together with the system continuous improvement of efficiency, an additional benefit regards the safety of human operators thanks to the possibility to carry out the training and learning processes by utilizing virtual production systems.
As anticipated, the four pilot factories which have been described represent the outcome of STIIMA strategic choices with regards to the current challenges of National and European manufacturing sector. However, the dynamics characterizing the research dealing with the factories and the production technologies may lead in the future to the analysis and development of new generation of factories as a result of new production requirements.