The Cluster are “organized aggregations of enterprises, universities, other public or private institutions, and other entities financial as well, that operate in the field of innovation, and dived into various public-private aggregations. These include the already existing Technological Districts, present in various areas of the country, guided by a specific coordination and management Body that focus on a specific technology and application field, and contribute to the international competitiveness in the areas of reference as well as the national economic system.” (MIUR notice DD 30 May 2012 no. 257)

The Italian Technology Cluster “Intelligent Factories” aims at developing and implementing a strategy based on research and innovation, capable of consolidating and increasing national competitive advantages and, at the same time, stirring the transformation of the Italian Manufacturing sector towards new product systems, processes/technologies and production systems, in a manner coherent with the strategic agendas of the European Union for research and innovation.

The Italian Technology Cluster “Intelligent Factories” carries out various activities, such as technology transfer, sharing of research infrastructures and mobility, support to smart and sustainable entrepreneurship, technological foresight at regional, national and international level within the smart factory sector, support to the growth of human capital.
Cluster’s expected results and impacts on industrial and research communities, and consequently on society, are ambitious and strictly related to the development of enabling technologies needed to meet the challenges of innovation in the Italian manufacturing sector. The most relevant spillovers are expected to affect businesses and the community, in terms of competitiveness, employment and the environment, as identified by the objectives of the European strategy.

Since September 2012, the Italian Technology Cluster “Intelligent factories” has been a Non-profit Association, and currently has almost 300 members ranging from large to medium-small size enterprises (industrial members), universities and research centres (research members), entrepreneurial associations, technology districts, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders operating in the Manufacturing and the Smart Factory sector (associated members), in addition to regional organizations handling the coordination with innovation policies at the local level.

All members contribute to the development of the Association and, according to different modalities, take part in the General Assembly, in the appointment of the Coordination and Management Body and in Thematic Groups.

General Assembly

The General Assembly approves the Association’s general policy according to the proposals of the Coordination and Management Body and formulates recommendations to be submitted to the Coordination and Management Body for approval and execution.

Coordination and Management Body (OCG)

The Coordination and Management Body (OCG), composed of 15 elective members, applies the policy and work programme adopted by the General Meeting upon proposal from the Body itself.

The OCG aims to:

  • administer the Association
  • prepare the annual work program for its approval, integrating the proposals of the Technical Scientific Committee, and on the basis of the contributions from the Technical-Scientific Thematic Groups
  • propose the agenda for the General Assembly
  • prepare the annual financial statements
  • carry out other activities related to the proper functioning of the Association (inclusion/exclusion of members, GTTS foundation/termination, membership fees, statute, etc.)   

Technical-Scientific Committee (CTS)

The Coordination and Management Body appoints the Technical-Scientific Committee composed of 5 of its members, which is responsible for overseeing the technological development strategies, for defining the priorities of innovation and the coordination of operational activities on technological matters, both internal (technology road-mapping activities) and external (technical and scientific papers at the national and international level).

The Technical-Scientific Committee remains in charge for two years and elects a Chairman who is responsible for the execution and coordination of activities.

Members of the Technical –Scientific Committee for the biennium 2017-2019 are:

  • Tullio Antonio Maria Tolio
  • Giuseppe Fogliazza
  • Sauro Longhi
  • Giuseppe Lucisano
  • Marco Taisch

Roadmap Group

The Roadmap Group supports the Cluster in defining strategies and visions for the future of national manufacturing. These visions are based on the evolution of the international context and make it possible to define the research and innovation actions necessary to foster the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. The Group’s activity includes the development of multi-annual strategic national roadmaps that are regularly updated and that represent a strong and official positioning document about the future of manufacturing.

The Roadmap Group, composed of experts in strategies and technological foresight, manages the roadmap definition process by acting as the operational arm of the Technical Scientific Committee and by organizing activities aimed at encouraging the maximum involvement of Cluster Members. The Group’s activity also includes support to the Technical-Scientific Thematic Groups, to the definition of the scientific content of the conferences and workshops organized by the Clusters, and to the internationalization activities.

The Roadmap Group for the 2017-2019 three-year period is composed by:

  • Rosanna Fornasiero, Coordinator (ITIA-CNR)
  • Luca Giorleo (University of Brescia)
  • Cristian Secchi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
  • Paolo Dondo (MESAP)
  • Giacomo Tavola (Polytechnic University of Milan)
  • Flavio Tonelli (University of Genoa)
  • Giacomo Tavola (Polytechnic University of Milan)

Technical-Scientific Thematic Groups (GTTS)

The Technical-Scientific Thematic Groups (GTTS) have been identified by CFI as the method for integrating vision, programmes and actions of its industrial and academic components.

The Groups aim at implementing the CFI’s Roadmap for Research and Innovation strategic recommendations, promoting a process of analysis on the scientific and industrial state-of-the-art, by monitoring active projects and existing infrastructures, and defining the way to develop technologies by specifying research priorities and their related TRL.

Lighthouse Plant Club

The Lighthouse Plant Club (LHP-Club) brings together all the Technology Cluster Intelligent Factories – CFI companies involved in the design and construction of Lighthouse Plants on the basis of research and development projects launched specifically to support this type of factory.
The Lighthouse Plant is a production plant based completely on 4.0 Industry technology, built from scratch or thoroughly restructured, that complies with requirements laid out in the regulations for participation in the Lighthouse Plant project (link). It is a plant that evolves through the years and is destined to become a national and international point of reference for the feasibility of paths of technological development.

Come Aderire

L’adesione al Cluster Fabbrica Intelligente consente di mettere a fattor comune competenze complementari in network collaborativi, di condividere infrastrutture di ricerca e di contribuire alla definizione di una Roadmap nazionale, finalizzata ad accrescere la competitività italiana nella ricerca e nella innovazione manifatturiera.


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