Cim4.0 launches a new three-year plan to support SMEs
Il competence center Cim4.0il network based in Turin that offers supporto strategico and operational with a view to sviluppo industriale 4.0 with the diffusion of services and advanced training courses, archives the first three years of activity respecting the plan for which it was financed by the Misewith the first national plan Industry 4.0. Among the objectives developed: beyond 300 meetings corporate, more than a thousand participants to specialization courses and well 33 projects funded. With the first national Industry 4.0 plan, the CIM is thus ready to implement new projects to accompany businesses, especially SMEs, towards the digital and sustainable transition.
To make the point is Henry Pazinmanaging director of the Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 (Cim4.0), the highly specialized center set up in 2018 by the Polytechnic and the University of Torinotogether with 22 partner companies: “We respected the deadlines and contentsgrounding the resources allocated by the ministry, more than 7 million euros. The same resources, equal to around 16 million euros, were made available by the founders: the two Piedmontese universities alongside Italian and international players, such as Stellantis, Leonardo and others”.
In practice, explains Pazin, “we had in 3 years the possibility of putting 23 million euros on the ground to develop a center consisting of two pilot lines, unique in the Italian panorama: one dedicated to additive manufacturing and the other to digital technologies enabling manufacturing 4.0″. In this three-year period, “thousands of companies, of which 70% are SMEs , have approached our competence center, while hundreds have used our services”.
“All’interno del Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 companies can touch technologies ranging from Artificial Intelligence to the Internet of Things (Iot), from augmented reality to autonomous driving, as well as taking advantage of training courses dedicated to employees to respond to the needs of companies that find themselves with a human capital that needs to update their skills. Today “we are in an extremely positive situation because our founding partners have confirmed their commitment so they will continue to support us”, Pazin explains.
“We approved a three-year plan 2023-2025 with which we will continue to invest and develop further use cases. We have also identified a third hub, a third pilot line, in the province of Cuneo within the Michelin ecosystem”. Furthermore, the national tour of Cim4.0 for the digitization of companies, aimed at expanding the impact of the services offered throughout the national territory, therefore, not only in the neighboring regions. “We started from Abruzzo and at the end of February we will go to Puglia, to Bari, and then continue to all the Italian regions”, Pisino explains.
Cim4.0, Pazin: “Towards a new refinancing, I hope that the minister will relaunch the plan for 4.0”
In the meantime, the institute hopes for the arrival of new funding. “They guaranteed us (from Mimit, ed) that by January the decree formalizing the refinancing for the next three years of the eight national competence centers and the support to the 13 digital innovation hubs that won the European tender will be approved”, says Enrico Pisino. “This is a signal that makes us happyas it means that the ministry, in the light of the results of the first three years of activity, believes in our action”, adds Pazin, which expects “9 million euros” for its hub.
As regards the plan for Industry 4.0 in a broader sense, “I hope and strongly believe that the ministry will put a hand in the course of 2023, within the limits of availability, to a relaunch of the plan by supporting businesses even better than it has done in the years passed”, underlines Pazin, who asks for “a full business support who want to implement innovative projects in the manufacturing field, not only by renewing the tax credit with the rates of past years, but also by supporting research and innovation activities, including training, so that those actions can be even more effective “.
In the last budget law “We have seen one lack of continuity of that action, which in fact was very limited, both in terms of the tax credit for new machinery and in terms of credit for 4.0 training”. This “is a pity because it has been demonstrated that thanks to those contributions, Italian industry is growing”
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