March 9, 2016

Since September 2015 and for a total duration of 36 months, OCME has been chosen to take part as an industrial partner to a research project financed by the European Union, in the context of Horizon2020 programme, with a total budget of 4.1 million euro.

About 113 projects were proposed but only 7 of them were selected to be part of the project and to get the funding. Among the happy few was OCME, a Parma based company, which is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machinery for packaging, filling and handling systems.
OCME solutions have been designed and manufactured in the land of the Italian mechanical industry, the so-called "Packaging Valley", for 62 years.

The project named “IMPROVE”-which stands for Innovative Modelling Approaches for Production Systems to Raise Validatable Efficiency- benefits from the participation of 13 organizations including leading research centers, as well as medium to large companies, and 7 academic members such as the renowned Scientific Advisory Board.

From the 7th to the 10th March 2016, OCME will host a delegation of the European project partners, at its Parma headquarters.

In this regard, Oscar Gerelli, Software Designer from OCME Research and Development department and active member of the project, explains further:

What can you tell us about this project in relation to OCME?

“OCME contributes to the project by bringing its know-how and leadership experience in the field of design and construction of machines and automatic systems, acting, among other things, as a team leader in the final prototyping activities. The project objectives are ambitious, but at the same time fundamental, in an industrial context such as ours, which  has seen a silent yet profound revolution in these recent years; terms such as "Industry 4.0", "Internet of Things" and "Factory of the Future" express increasingly rooted concepts. The IMPROVE study will lead to remarkable progresses within the industry and it is thanks to this close connection with the production world that the project has received such a positive evaluation and feedback.”

In this project no less than 13 organizations are involved: what are the goals you set up for this collaboration?

We are cooperating in order to:

  • Create an intelligent support system to the end user, able to mask or  hide the increasing complexity of automatic machines
  • Create a reliable "virtual factory" that reflects the behavior of the "physical"one
  • Apply the most innovative self-learning techniques for modelling complex physical systems, minimizing the need for manual formalization
  • Use the "virtual factory" within simulation contexts, as well as for the performance optimization of production lines, both aimed at the predictive analysis diagnosis
  • Analyze the impact on the end users of previous socio-technical activities

What are the objectives?

"There is still a long way to go to achieve the project’s objectives, but we are confident that the partners’ diversity combined with their high level of competence in every sphere of science represents a promising business card for the success of the initiative. And as it has always happened for over 62 years, with the research and innovation’s that characterizes us, OCME will surely lead a protagonist role "

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