Politecnico di Milano is an important technical University in Italy and one of best in Europe, according to recent rankings. Since 1836, Politecnico di Milano has been active in several scientific and technical fields and will join through the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering (DIG). In particular, the research group of Manufacturing will be involved in this project with its specific competences in the fields of Manufacturing Strategy, ICT for Manufacturing, Social and Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing, Product and Service Development, Manufacturing Systems Design, Production and Maintenance Management, Education in Manufacturing in which the group can be considered the leader among the Italian Universities and Research Centers.

List of equipment
  • 6 axis industrial robot
  • Two parallel conveyors
  • Magazines and fixtures for the assembly process
  • Robot grippers
  • Robot tool exchanger
  • Camera system
  • Siemens touch panel TP700 
List of services
  • Education & Training
  • Communication and Consulting
  • Research Projects related activities
Future investments

FoF (Factory of the Future) Lab @ POLIMI. It is a teaching Factory and a Live Research Environment New Manufacturing Paradigms hands-on research. The facility (which will be operational in spring 2017) encompasses CPS-driven production of simple products and will be used for testing and validation of I4MS Phase II application and equipment experiments (BEinCPPS open call winners). In addition and thanks to the modularity and openness of the facility, a mobile robot artefact will be added and integrated with the production facility, extending it to new business processes and business opportunities.

The laboratory IoT - FoF (Internet of Things, Factory of the Future) at the Politecnico di Milano since 2006 is an initiative on which are focused people and investments of some departments of the University, in an effort toward a multidisciplinary vision of production environments for the realization of a "teaching factory" for educational purposes and research. Since the beginning of 2014 a research program has been activated aimed at defining the paradigm of the Factory of the Future, which envisions highly reconfigurable, fully informed, production systems, integrated in the overall logistics process and with the properties of product / service delivered. The core of the FoF (Factory of the Future) Lab is constituted by the fully automated assembly, manufacturing and monitoring line.

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Regional ecosystem and business plan

Regarding sustainability, the Milano experimental facility is inserted in the AFIL (the Lombardy Cluster for Intelligent Factory) DIH (registered already in the ESCP – European Strategic Cluster Partnership) and will follow the methodology to nurture and expand its impact according to XS2I4MS and BEinCPPS I4MS initiatives. Finally, the Milano Competence Center will be inserted in the Piano Nazionale Industria 4.0 of the Italian government, as soon as the plan will be concretized (2017).

Politecnico di Milano is the largest scientific-technological university in Italy, training engineers, architects and industrial designers, and counting approximately 40,000 students, 1350 professors and researchers, and 1200 staff members.  The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering has specific competences in the fields of Manufacturing Strategy, ICT for Manufacturing, Social and Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing, Product and Service Development, Manufacturing Systems Design, Production and Maintenance Management, Education in Manufacturing in which the group can be considered the leader among the Italian Universities and Research Centres.

FoFLab, enriched with mobile manipulators for logistics will be at the disposal of manufacturing SMEs and Robotics System Integrators of the Lombardy region. Since the late 1800s, Lombardy has been characterized by a strong industrial vocation, and is still the main industrial area of the country, and one of the four motors for Europe. Its productive fabric is mainly characterized by SMEs working as robot integrators or, more in general, as providers of industrial automation solutions. The Milano facility will provide physical-digital demo cases where SMEs could get inspiration for their own experiments. Being an open Factory, the Milano experimental facility will also allow the testing and assessment of new solutions developed not only by SMEs but also by students.