Launch of MADE Competence Center

Politecnico di Milano leads new international centre for manufacturing sector for industry 4.0

MADE, the new Competence Center led by the Politecnico di Milano, has just been launched. Attending the presentation was our Rector, Ferruccio Resta; Marco Taisch, President of MADE and Full Professor of “Advanced and sustainable manufacturing”; Giulio Pedrollo, Vice President of Confindustria; and Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region.

The project has secured considerable financial backing: 22m financing over three years (€11m from the Ministry of Economic Development and €11m from private bodies), €14m of which will go to equipment and personnel and €8m to applied research projects and technological transfer.

The centre, which will cover over 2000 m2, will be headquartered in the Politecnico di Milano’s Bovisa Campus – Durando and will commence operations in September 2019. The Bovisa Campus will provide MADE with the opportunity to expand, with its important innovation initiatives such as PoliHub, an accelerator that hosts 113 businesses, and our Joint Platform with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

With its ambition of becoming a national and international reference point, for SMEs in particular, MADE’s design and strategy have been implemented in accordance with the strategic objectives that many Italian and European regions have set in their industrial policy programmes and research and innovation activities in view of Industry 4.0.

MADE’s medium-tern objective is to reach over 10,000 people in three years by providing information on the potential of digital technologies, to supply more than 86,000 man-hours of training, and to develop more than 390 projects and 200 digital assessments involving approximately 15,000 Italian companies, 80% of whom are SMEs, that will be contacted when the Competence Center opens.

Competence Center users will have access to the latest digital technologies for the manufacturing industry. Organised into multi-functional areas, they can used for practical training for personnel or for technology transfer projects. For example, users can learn how augmented reality can be used in the planning phase or to remotely support plant maintenance, and how collaborative robotics can help in assembly processes.

Furthermore, data monitoring and analysis using big data and cyber-security technologies will be used as solutions to reduce energy consumption and improve plant quality and performance. Lean manufacturing and internal handling will become the enablers of the factory of the future.

MADE brings together, alongside Inail and the Universities of Bergamo, Brescia and Pavia, 39 partner companies: Adecco, Aizoon Consulting, Alleantia, Altair, Alumotion, Beckhoff Automation, BIP, Bosch, Brembo, Cefriel, Comau, Consoft, CSMT, Ecole, Enginsoft, Fincons, FPT Industrial, GI Group, Hitachi Rail, Hyperlean, IBM, Italtel, Kilometro rosso, Kuka, MBDA, Parametric Technology, Prima Industrie, Reply, RF Celada, Rockwell Automation, SAP, SEI Consulting, SEW Eurodrive, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Techedge, Tesar, Trust4value and Whirlpool.