R&D - Research & Development

R&D Role

Technological Innovation:

  • Development of new machining and automation modules
  • Development of new services
  • Continuous product improvement
  • Support to customer process innovation

Strategic Innovation
New internal production methodologies, enabling the reuse of existing modules to reduce costs and to improve productivity.

Relationship with University

  • Stages
  • Graduation thesis
  • Master thesis
  • PhD's
    • Agent Based Manufacturing Control
    • Production planning in Engineer-to-Order Production System
  • Academic activities
    • Support to PoliMI Course on Integrated Production Systems in Piacenza
    • Dedicated lectures on Control and Supervision of Mfg. System
  • Research projects co-funded by international and national programs

Research organizations partecipation

  • CIRP
    (International Academy for Production Engineering)
    • Industrial partner (1997)
  • VRL
    (Virtual Research Lab for a Knowledge Community in Production)
    • FP VI Network of Excellence VRL: Industrial partner (2004)
  • MUSP
    (Macchine utensili e Sistemi di produzione)
    • PRRIITT - Regional Industrial Research Program, Innovation e technology transfer
    • HiMec: "Distretto per la meccanica avanzata"
    • Founder partner (2005)

Financed research projects

  • Mod Flex Prod
    (Mod Flex Prod: Brite-Euram Project BR-0440)
    • Title: new MODular production system architecture to combine FLEXibiliy and PRODuctivity
    • Goal: Development of a new production system architecture with enhanced flow of part, tool and information, for supplier of mechanical parts for the automotive industry.
    • Duration: May 1997- June 2000
    • Partners:
      • MCM S.p.A. (I) (Coordinator)
      • Lajous SA (F)
      • Politecnico di Milano (Dipartimento di Meccanica) (I)
      • Université Pierre et Marie Curie (F)
      • ITIA CNR (I)
      • CIMPA (F)
      • Sandvik (S)
  • SPI
    (National Research Program on Innovative Production Systems: Theme 1)
    • Title: Innovative methodologies to realize mechanical machining stations
    • Goal: To realize a new generation of production systems, with an innovative methodological approach enhancing commonality, functional modularity and reuse.
    • Duration: August 1999 - December 2003
    • Partners:
      • MCM S.p.A.
      • BIGLIA S.p.A.
      • CNR-ITIA Ist. di Tecn. Ind/li e Automazione (MI)
      • Politecnico di Milano - Dip. Tecn. Meccaniche
      • FIDIA S.p.A.
      • CE.S.I S.a.s.
      • Università di Napoli - Facoltà Ingegneria
      • Università di Pisa
      • CNR-IMGC (TO)
      • CNR-ITL (MI)
  • Jetfive
    (Eureka Project ∑!2577: JetFive)
    • Title: High Speed, Five-Axis Manufacturing Module For The Aerospace Market
    • Goal: Development of an innovative, five-axis, high speed module with linear motors for the machining of aerospace field structures.
    • Duration: June 2001 - December 2002
    • Partners:
      • MCM S.p.A. (I)
      • Quinson SA (F)
      • D.Electron Srl (I)
  • Torero
    (European Project IST-2001-37573: Torero)
    • Title: Total life cycle web-integrated control- design-architecture for distributed control systems
    • Goal: Development of an architecture which allows a community of intelligent sensors and actuators, each equipped with a logic controller, to first self configure and (later on during their life cycle) maintain their functions automatically from the Web and to jointly solve an automation problem without a central control unit
    • Duration: July 2002 - January 2005
    • Partners:
      • IAF University of Magdeburg (Germany)
      • Politecnico di Milano (Dip.Elettronica) (Italy)
      • MCM S.p.A. (Italy)
      • Fraba (Germany)
      • Altec (Greece)
      • ISI (Greece)
      • Lenze (Germany)
  • Kobas
    (VI Framework Program Integrated Project KoBaS)
    • Title: Knowledge Based Customized Services for Traditional Manufacturing Sectors Provided by a Network of High Tech SMEs
    • Goal: Development of new processes and flexible & intelligent manufacturing systems. Support to the development of new knowledge based added value products and services in traditional less RTD intensive industries - IP dedicated to SMEs
    • Duration: May/2004 - May/2007
    • Partnership: Various SME's from 6 European countries
  • NetPP
    (National Research Program: NetPP)
    • Title: Development of Network Part Programs for the machining of prismatic components
    • Goal: Computer aided development and execution of non-linear process plan for machining operations
    • Duration: January/2007 January/2010
    • Partners:
      • Università degli studi di Lecce
      • Politecnico di Milano
      • CETMA - Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologia dei materiali
      • MCM S.p.a.
      • FERRAIOLI S.r.l.
    (VI Framework Programme European Project)
    • Title: PABADIS based Product Oriented Manufacturing Systems for Re-Configurable Enterprises
    • Goal: Develop a new control architecture based on distributed intelligence, a new manufacturing ontology, a first embedded Real-Time agent platform for control, a new generation of RFID's, a new generation of field control devices, and building blocks for a new generation of Enterprise Resource Planning systems.
    • Duration: August 2005 - July 2008
    • Partners:
      • CVS at IAF University of Magdeburg (Germany)
      • SAP AG (Germany)
      • Siemens AG (Germany)
      • Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria)
      • Identec Solutions AG (Austria)
      • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
      • MCM S.p.A. (Italy)
      • CR Fiat, Business Information Technologies (Italy)
      • ARMINES, Ecole des Mines d'Ales (France)
      • Defi Systemes (France)
      • Industrial Systems Institute (Greece)
      • ACE Advanced Concepts Engineering SA (Greece)
  • VAN
    (VI Framework Programme Integrated European Project)
    • Title: Virtual Automation Networks
    • Goal: Provide innovative solutions, extensions and standards dedicated to industrial environments, to fill the existing gap between office technologies and industrial automation technology, focused on a new dimension of uniform networking of production and manufacturing processes.
    • Duration: September 2005 - August 2009
    • Partners:
      • Siemens AG (Germany)
      • AUCOTEAM GmbH (Germany)
      • Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic)
      • CARTIF (Spain)
      • Fidia S.p.A. (Italy)
      • Heitec AG (Germany)
      • IFAK Magdeburg (Germany)
      • MCM S.p.A. (Italy)
      • Phoenix Contact GmbH (Germany)
      • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
      • Schneider Electric GmbH (Germany)
      • Teleport Sachsen-Anhalt GmbH (Germany)
      • University of Magdeburg (Germany)
      • Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)
    (VII Framework Programme European Project)
    • Title: Creation of a new intuitive modelling and design framework for embedded control systems to fulfil the increasing design and engineering needs in the industrial automation sector.
    • Duration: January 2008 - December 2010
    • Partners:
      • PROFACTOR GmbH (Austria)
      • Technische Universität Wien (Austria)
      • Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
      • SUPSI (Switzerland)
      • kirchner SOFT GmbH (Austria)
      • MCM S.p.A. (Italy)
      • SCHUNK GmbH (Germany)
      • Electricité de France SA (France)
      • O3NEIDA Europe (Belgium)
    (VII Framework Programme European Project)
    • Title: Dematerialised Manufacturing Systems: A new way to design, build, use and sell European Machine Tools.
    • Goal: This project aims at dematerialising machine tools and manufacturing systems that are designed and produced in Europe. European machine builders, the majority of them SMEs, should transform the current production of heavy, long-delivery-time and high-energy-consuming machines into tailored combinations of extremely light-weight, mechanically non-stiff, skeletal and low-environmental-impact machines that will be integrated with total life-cycle services based on innovative win-to-win business models. A specific project goal is to allow manufacturing system providers and end-users to co-design and manage Dematerialised Manufacturing Systems (DMSs) with the degree of flexibility customised to current and forecasted production requirements of end-users.
    • Duration: July 2010 – December 2013
    • Partners:
      • Tecnalia Industrial System Unit (Spain)
      • CECIMO (Belgium)
      • Ibarmia Innovatek S.L. (Spain)
      • Micromega Dynamics SA (Belgium)
      • CE.S.I. (Italy)
      • Nicolas Correa Service SA (Spain)
      • Intelliact AG (Switzerland)
      • D.Electron S.r.l. (Italy)
      • Missler Software (France)
      • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche ITIA (Italy)
      • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
      • Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (Switzerland)
      • Fraunhofer ISI (Germany)
      • University of Bath (United Kingdom)
      • University of Stuttgart (Germany)
      • MCM S.p.A. (Italy)
  • SIGI-X
    (National Research Program SIGI-X)
    • Title: A new business template for the Industrial domain of machine and plant manufacturing.
    • Goal: Improve efficiency and effectiveness of the manufacturing companies by applying new organisational, management and IT models to the sector of order-based manufacturing of machines and plants (ETO Engineer-To-Order, BTO Build-To-Order).
    • Duration: July 2010 - December 2014
    • Partners:
      • CSMT Gestione S.c.a.r.l.
      • Università di Brescia
      • Università di Bergamo
      • Advansys S.r.l.
      • Alten Italia S.p.A.
      • Spazio ZeroUno S.p.A.
      • AIC S.r.l.
      • Fidia S.p.A.
      • ICA S.p.A.
      • Leornardo S.r.l.
      • MCM S.p.A.
      • NCO S.p.A.
      • Pellizzari S.r.l.
      • Meccanica Pi.Erre S.r.l.

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