The Smart Factory Cluster of which IMPROVENET is partner has a webinar scheduled for September 20th in collaboration with Siemens.

During the event it will be possible to talk about simulation technologies, PLM and MOM/MES, real pillars of the factory of the future.

These technologies allow in fact to make the factory of the future more sustainable towards all its stakeholders, resilient and reconfigurable, allowing to integrate the supply chain and to interact with all the companies of the supply chain in an efficient way, effective and maximising economic value.

Siemens, world leader in these technologies, and recently become a pathfinder of the Smart Factory Cluster, will participate in the webinar, and there will be the testimonies of three interesting industrial experiences: AEC, Prima Industrie and Robopac.

The topics covered will be: Digital Twin Product, Digital Twin Process and Digital Twin Production Performance.

For more information click here.


The Smart Factory Cluster with its Xfactory – together with the Lighthouse Plant Wärtsilä – offers a new Open Innovation Challenge for code developers and apps that want to interface with real production plants.

Wärtsilä Italia is an integral part of the Finnish Wärtsilä Corporation, World leader in the supply of technologies and solutions for marine propulsion and energy generation designed for the entire life cycle of plants for both the marine and terrestrial sectors.

The challenge sees recognition by the MIUR for the competitiveness of the national manufacturing 4.0 and is aimed at start-ups, scale-ups, Italian MPMI and research institutes.

The selected companies will be able to collaborate with a team in a cutting-edge project and measure the effectiveness of the new product with the actual production data and enter into a supply contract with a prestigious company from January 2022.

In addition, those who pass the first selection phase at the beginning of October, will still have visibility through the media channels of the CFI and will be able to participate in a trade show meeting other possible customer.

All details to participate in this link: Open Innovation – Challenge

The deadline is September 19th.

For any request for clarification, you can write to: cluster@fabbricaintelligente.it


We hear more and more about Open Innovation, but first of all we should understand what it really is and why it is relevant how much we talk about innovative projects.

What is Open Innovation?

As defined by Prof. Henry Chesbrough “Open innovation is a paradigm that states that companies can and must make use of external ideas, as well as internal ones, and access internal and external paths to markets if they want to progress in their technological skills”. To deepen the topic we resume the analysis made by the National Technology Cluster FABBRICA INTELLIGENTE, of which IMPROVENET is partner.

Why is Open Innovation important in the manufacturing sector?

Resilience and sustainability are fundamental and indispensable values for a company that wants to innovate continuously. Internal innovation is no longer sufficient to be competitive and therefore it is essential to promote the exchange of technologies and knowledge with partners outside the company itself.

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, it is necessary to fit into wider networks and enter into an intersectoral ecosystem, such as the one offered by the Improvenet Regional Innovation Network for example.

As reported by the president of Cluster Smart Factory, it is important “to create a condition that encourages the convergence between the world of start-ups and SMEs leading the supply chain: this is the scenario that would allow small businesses to access the universe of the large ones».

The future of innovation then passes from Open Innovation! Find the complete article of the Smart Factory Cluster at this link.

IMPROVENET is a member of the National Smart Factory Technology Cluster, an association recognized with the aim of implementing a strategy based on research and innovation for the competitiveness of Italian manufacturing.