Our R&D effort

Since its foundation, TTS has strongly invested in research and innovation promotion activities playing either the role of leader/proposer or strategic partner of several regional, national and international research projects.

2017

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4DHybrid

2017 - 2020
H2020-FOF-2016 - 723795
The purpose of 4D HYBRID is to develop a new concept of hybrid additive manufacturing based on the modular integration of compact, low cost modules (including laser source, deposition head, sensors and control). In this way it is possible to combine elementary processes in one hybrid module, to create with them hybrid machine tools or robots, base for a new generation of advanced hybrid production lines. The same process may be used in different phases of product lifecycle: for initial production, for defective parts inspection or recovery, for in situ repairing operations. These applications will be adopted in aerospace, oil & gas, and power generation equipment.
TTS is the coordinator of the task regarding the definition of a process strategy simulation tool, which is used to compare the current and the nominal part profiles and to analyse the distribution of the material over a 3D space. The main TTS role is to implement the simulation of additive manufacturing process.

2016

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Daedalus

2016 - 2019
H2020-FOF-2016 - 723248
Daedalus is conceived to enable the full exploitation of the CPS’ virtualized intelligence concept, through the adoption of a completely distributed automation platform based on IEC-61499 standard, fostering the creation of a Digital Ecosystem that could go beyond the current limits of manufacturing control systems and propose an ever-growing market of innovative solutions for the design, engineering, production and maintenance of plants’ automation.

HyProCell

2016 - 2019
H2020-FOF-2016 - 723538
In short-term, the general idea that lies behind the expected HyProCell outcomes is the utilization of an integral solution (the integrated multiprocess production cell) which will allow the production of small individualized lots in real applications in a cost-effective and more productive way. The objective is to optimize current cases and additionally seek for other applications, and open the possibility of having production cells very flexible and reconfigurable on demand.
TTS is responsible for the realization of a MES prepared to interact with company ERP and to support real-time strategic decision making, enabling a fast evaluation of many different “what if” scenarios in a system whose dynamics becomes too complex to be controlled manually by a person.

2015

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MAYA

2015 - 2018
H2020-FoF-2015 - 678556
MAYA aims at developing simulation methodologies and multidisciplinary tools for the design, engineering and management of CPS-based (Cyber Physical Systems) Factories, in order to strategically support production-related activities during all the phases of the factory life-cycle, from the integrated design of the product-process-production system, through the optimization of the running factory, till the dismissal/reconfiguration phase. The concurrence and the cross-combination of the Cyber and the Physical dimensions with the Simulation domain is considered as cornerstone in MAYA innovations, to successfully address a new generation of smart factories for future industry responsiveness. MAYA finds complete validation in one of the most competitive, advanced and complex industrial sector in Europe, the automotive, where it will accomplish reduced time to production & reduced time to optimization.

MovAiD

2015 - 2018
H2020-FoF-2015 - 680754
The Project aims at developing Movement Assisting Devices (MADs), which are innovative, “passive” and highly customized kineto-dynamic equipment, built to provide natural compensation of human movements (both upper and lower limbs). MADs will be conceived and developed exploiting a generative design approach empowered by an innovative additive multi-material technology, to deliver specific mechanical properties, while also supporting embedded optimized electrical connections within the custom made parts.
TTS is responsible for the development of the MovAiD Integration Platform, capable to handle the value chain coordination and to exploit constant monitoring of MADs generated data, towards efficient sales, spare parts supply, and service provision.

SYMBIOPTIMA

2015 - 2018
H2020-FoF-2015 - 680426
A substantial resource efficiency improvement has already been achieved in process industries over the past years but further technological breakthroughs are needed to pass beyond current day limitations. Most measures focused on optimising the internal use that a single company does of its required resources (both energy and materials), in order to improved local productivity. The real benefits for drastic sustainability improvements are to be found in stronger synergies between multiple autonomous entities. The state of the art have shown very few examples of this “Industrial Symbiosis”, but the technological framework to propel their adoption is still missing  SYMBIOPTIMA project proposes to tackle those objectives through a completely new paradigm for industrial clusters: the human-mimetic symbiosis. Drawing inspiration from one of the most complex biological organism (the human body), synergy and optimization of the flows of a cluster are obtained thanks to the hierarchical decentralization of operations management tasks to multiple collaborating Production Units, integrating at inter-plants and cross-sectorial level the monitoring, supervision and shared optimization of their activities. SYMBIOPTIMA promotes the mutual interaction of diverse industries, also among different sectors, for beneficial reuse of flows (water, waste, by-products, energy, recycled materials, etc.) that could result in a more resource-efficient production at network level, and in fewer adverse environmental impacts.
TTS is responsible of the development of a tool supporting the implementation of economical and Life Cyle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA) indicators and objectives that will be used during the optimization phase.

2013

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MAN-MADE

2013 - 2016
FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
The MAN-MADE project aims at defining new socially sustainable workplaces where the human dimension is a key cornerstone. Moreover the project promotes the vision of an effective integration of this anthropocentric factory within the social environment toward the implementation of context-aware factories that promotes and take advantage of extended services to the workers in terms of accessibility, inclusiveness, efficiency and work satisfaction. The context aware anthropocentric manufacturing model promoted by the project will be demonstrated by pilot implementations in the Transportation industry (Alstom) and in the White-goods sector (Whirlpool), two European industrial sectors of excellence. The project concepts will be also tested in the Factory of the Future lab available at the Polytechnic of Milan. Expected benefits from the MAN-MADE project will have a huge impact on the productivity rate due to an enhanced use of human resources and reduction of accidents, and will leverage on the high number of workers involved in the white-good and transportation sector. The MAN-MADE project will contribute to the achievement of best in class performance, making available advanced anthropocentric workplace technologies, that also support a considerable improvement of worker integration in the social environment. The MAN-MADE impact is also guaranteed by the influence and relevance of the project actors such as Whirlpool (with more than 14.000 workers) and Alstom (with more than 92.000 workers worldwide).
TTS effort in the project is focused on: definition of the overall architecture of the ManMade production planning and human resources organization platform design and development of the job designer module deployment of the services configurator tool validation of the job designer module in the two industrial cases.
Job Designer

CTC

2013 - 2016
FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
The CTC project aims to support European Industry to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing methods and innovative enabling technologies towards local flexible manufacturing of green personalized products close to the customer in terms of features offered, place of fabrication, time to deliver, and cost. This vision is implemented and demonstrated within an European industrial sector of excellence: the furniture sector (151.000 companies, annual turnover of more than 130 Billion Euro, total workforce of 1,4 million). The ultimate implementation envisions a “green factory behind a glass pane” directly in the Shopping Mall, where the customer witnesses the manufacturing of its personalized furniture. CTC vision of local flexible manufacturing of green personalized furniture is to be implemented by the development of 5 pillars: Development of a Formalized Design Approach and related software technologies for "design to manufacturing in one step"; Development of a standardized mini-factory Production System Model Implementation of the local “Context Aware” Factory (which is the instantiation of the “Production System Model” afore mentioned in the second Pillar) Development of the CTC woodwork machining system, capable to empower the “Close to the Customer” concept Development of the CTC Green Label Anticipated results from the CTC project are expected to have a huge impact on the European economy, also considering the high number of actors involved and the overall dimensions of the furniture sector.

Pathfinder

2013 - 2014
FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF
The Pathfinder project investigates, the role of simulation and forecasting technologiess(S&FT) as a lever to increase manufacturing performance and proposes the development of a roadmap capable to clearly point out the key challenges for these technologies future development.
Within Pathfinder, TTS has the main coordination role. TTS steers efficiently the consortium towards the definition of the challenges for the next generation simulation technologies, identifying then the Research Priorities to be pursued to face those challenges.

2012

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DEFCOM

2012 - 2015
IND 2015 - Made in Italy
The project aims at promoting innovation in the "forming machine tools" made in Italy industry, specifically to identify new competitive tracks based on a radical improvement of performances in relation to: productivity Targets identified relate to:  a reduction of production time per kg of product  a reduction of production waste  improving the maintainability of the machine environmental sustainability objectives identified are: reduction of raw material per kg of finished product  reduction in energy used per kilogram of finished product  reduction in the amount of by-products process per kilogram of finished product  reduction of spaces occupied
TTS has coordinated a consortium with about 20 partners, companies and universities, among the most important representatives of the forming industry in Italy. TTS prepared the project proposal and now deals with project management activities. From the technical point of view, TTS develops innovative tools for 2D and 3D simulation of machines and plants.

PRIME

2012 - 2015
FP7-2012-NMP-ICT-FOF
PRIME aims to create new solutions for deployment by SMEs of highly adaptive, reconfigurable self-aware plug and produce assembly systems, which will use multi-agent control, dynamic knowledge sharing, integrated monitoring, and innovative human-machine interaction mechanisms. These next generation assembly systems equipped with PRIME technology will be able to proactively support rapid reconfiguration, adaptation, error-recovery, and operational performance improvement. This will lead to a dramatic cost and time reduction of deploying and maintaining complex assembly systems on demand and improve their effectiveness.
TTS coordinates the WorkPackage 4 (Performance Monitoring and Self-Awareness and Adaptation) and, in addition to contributes to incorporate self-awareness in plug-and-produce systems, it will also lead Task 3.4 (System Configuration and Simulation Tool)  and supports the deployment of an intelligent machine interface, based on its wide expertise in the field.

APPS4AME

2012 - 2015
FoF.NMP.2012-6
Apps4aME aims at the comprehensive consideration of ICT-based support of Manufacturing Engineering in its domains, called advanced Manufacturing Engineering (aME). The different life cycles will be aligned by the development of a reference model that provides a detailed overview of all relevant domain specific and inter-domain interdependencies. This life cycle-oriented model enables an integrated product design, process development, factory planning as well as production planning and factory operation. These processes will be supported by Engineering Apps (eApps) that will be conceived, developed and validated with two industry-driven scenarios, implemented in three demonstrators: automotive, machining and food industry. The realization of Apps4aME will increase the productivity in all Manufacturing Engineering activities with creating more reliable and efficient manufacturing conditions. Using this, Apps4aME supports the achievement of higher process robustness and accuracy to provide the customers with higher and more stable product and service quality.
TTS is strongly involved in the Engineering Applications (eApps) development activities inside the Work Package 4 with the leadership of task 4.4. Specifically, TTS will collaborate with Fraunhofer-IPA, ITIA-CNR, CADS and Carmolimp for the development of innovative mobile applications aiming to the optimization of the production in the food industrial sector.   A demo version of the Picking eApp that has been developed within the project can be downloaded.

2010

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VFF - Virtual Factory Framework

2010 - 2013
FP7 - NMP2-LA-2010
The project uttermost objective was to foster and strengthen the primacy of Future European Manufacturing by defining the next generation Virtual Factory Framework. The VFF promoted major time and cost savings while increasing performance in the design, management, evaluation and reconfiguration of new or existing facilities, supporting the capability to simulate dynamic complex behaviour over the whole life cycle of Factory, approached as a complex long-living Product. Thus the project researched and implemented the underlying models and ideas at the foundation of a new conceptual framework designed to implement the next generation Virtual Factory.
TTS role within the project combines strategy definition actions and implementation activities. TTS was responsible of the development of the virtual factory data model and was the coordinator of the development of the VF manager, the next generation MDM platform.

S-MC-S

2010 - 2013
FP7-2010-NMP-ICT-FoF
The S-MC-S project aimed at supporting European manufacturing enterprises to adapt to global competitive pressures by developing methods and innovative enabling technologies towards a personalized, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing, across a broad range of sectors. To this end, S-MC-S vision is to deEnd and research a new production paradigm, Sustainable Mass-Customization, while also presenting Customization as one of the main driving forces behind the future success of Sustainability.
TTS dealt with the development of factory planning tools. Those are meant, beside the capability to design, implement and evaluate a production system, also to provide an evaluation of the mentioned system in the space of sustainable solutions.

ADVANCE

2010 - 2013
FP7 - STREP - ICT-2009
Logistics networks accumulate over 1 billion new items of information per month, generated every minute of each day by thousands of pallets travelling on hundreds of trailers for more than one million customers under hundreds of thousands of postcodes, each with multiple different service requirements. Patterns and dependencies in 50 million or more data elements can only be analysed by intelligent data-mining approaches linked to strategic decision making based on longer term analyses of billions of pieces of information. ADVANCE wanted to develop an innovative predictive-analysis-based decision support platform for novel competitive strategies in logistics operations.
TTS contribution was mainly focused on the development of tools meant to support in knowledge acquisition and formalization and in exploiting and disseminating project results.

2009

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SOMMACT

2009 - 2012
FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
The European Machine Tools (MT) manufacturing industry faces an intense and growing competitive pressure brought forth by developing countries, which have been entering the global market offering low-cost standard products. Moreover, these countries are rapidly modernizing their production methods and enhancing their technological capabilities. Competition from other high-tech regions is also strong. SOMMACT aims at supporting the transformation of the machine tool industry to strengthen Europe's ability to compete in terms of high added value for the customer. Small and single batch production - particularly for large (some cubic metres), heavy (several tons) and complex work pieces (e.g. moulds) - is still a challenge for MT users.
Strongly involved since the project concept, TTS has supported the administrative management of the project and, from a technical point of view, was mainly involved in the design and implementation of a self-learning model of the system performance, accumulating knowledge on the machine behaviour, based on calibration and real-time measurement data, and on their relationship with work piece characteristics (e.g. mass) and with the environment (e.g. temperature).

2008

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DOROTHY

2008 - 2011
FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL-1
European Shoe Manufacturing industry faces an intense and growing competitive pressure brought forth by developing countries, which are entering the global market offering low-cost workforce for the production of labour-intensive, low value added products. DOROTHY aims at transforming the shoe industry and its related business model for strengthen Europe's ability to compete in terms of high added value for the customer. This transformation relies, on one hand, on the development of tools for the design of customer driven adding value shoes and, on the other hand, on the realization of tools for the design, configuration and reconfiguration of flexible multi-site multi-nation production factories, meant to manufacture those customer driven shoes. DOROTHY mission is to "design customer driven shoes everywhere, manufacture them intelligently anywhere".
Heavily involved in project management, TTS focused its research efforts in the development of innovative design tools enabling the implementation of the Mass Customization paradigm in shoe manufacturing technologies.  TTS was also involved in the development of the innovative DOROTHY business model.

PANAGENESI

2008 - 2011
Metadistretti Industriali delle Lombardia
The project originated from the meeting of heterogeneous skills: on one hand the textile world (especially silk manufacturers) and, on the other, the medical world, represented by the Niguarda Hospital. The project aims at manufacturing scaffolds prototypes composed of fibroin and other materials, meant to be adopted for the implantation of pancreatic islets to treat diabetes. The shape of the scaffold is very complex. For this reason a textile machine manufacturer has been involved, together with experts in 3D textile weaving.
TTS has supported research centres in formalizing the idea, creating the partnership and presenting the project proposal. Afterwards, TTS role deals with project administration and support in project technical coordination.

2007

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ALLODERMA

2007 - 2009
Metadistretti Industriali delle Lombardia
Alloderma was focused on the development of innovative solutions to be adopted in heterogeneous contexts (from biomedicine to PC games) meant to record and reproduce hands movements in virtual environment. The project led to the creation of working prototypes consisting of high-performing textile components (two-way stretch fabrics with a high level of comfort, lightness, wearability) and an electronic component capable of providing realistic and real-time hand movements representation.
TTS has supported research centres in formalizing the idea, creating the partnership and presenting the project proposal. Afterwards, TTS role deals with project administration and support in project technical coordination.

2006

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NEPI

2006 - 2008
Regione lombardia DocUP Obiettivo 2
Nepi started with the goal to create a common place for facilitating the meeting between innovation seekers and innovation providers. The first group was represented by companies from the entire pulp & paper supply chain, demanding for new opportunities achieving competitive advantages, the second group is formed by universities and research centres, investigating on new technologies and innovation opportunities. Various meetings and visits have been organized, involving experts and technologists and resulting in long-lasting partnerships between many players in Lombardia region.
The role of TTS has focused on the proposal setting up and presentation, on the formalization of tools for technological and innovation auditing, on data collection and data analysis. Main goals achieved relies in the organization of a network of contacts consisting of scientists, experts and facilitators who favoured the interaction between companies and research centres in the pulp & paper industry.

TIMAT

2006 - 2008
Regione lombardia DocUP Obiettivo 2
Timat is an initiative that originated from the meeting between experts with complementary skills and knowledge, working in strict contact with the textiles and clothing sector. Major objective was the economic promotion of the sector in the Lombardia region, particularly focusing on areas with structural difficulties. The results were remarkable: technology audits involved more than 30 companies, representing the entire value chain, events and exhibitions were organized with over 200 participants, both public and private. All these actions drove to more than 50 innovation ideas, then formalized into 10 research projects presented and, partly acquiring further funding.
TTS played a crucial role during the entire project lifecycle, starting from the setting up of the initiative, through the collection and formalization of industrial requirements until the translation of needs into project ideas. Important was also the role played in the creation of ICT tools acting as enabling technologies for the project activities.

DIFAC

2006 - 2009
FP6-2005-IST-5 - IMS
The DiFac project aimed at the development of an innovative Collaborative Manufacturing Environment (CME) for next generation digital manufacturing. The DiFac CME will be used as a framework to support group work in an immersive and interactive way, for concurrent product design, prototyping and manufacturing, as well as worker training. It provides support for data analysis, visualization, advanced interaction and presence within the virtual environment, ergonomics analysis, and collaborative decision-making.
The role of TTS was to set up the validation scenarios based on real case studies and to validate it.

2004

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CEC made Shoe

2004 - 2008
FP6 - IST - NMP IP
The overall goal is to move the footwear sector from a product / process centred approach to a human-centred approach represented by 3 dimensions of human being: Comfort, Environment, Custom. This approach calls for a thorough transformation of the traditional "concept" of the shoe into a new "device" capable of satisfying the demands of the consumers along three dimensions, particularly:  Comfort: Focus on the foot, in all aspects of walking, running, standing, well being, so comfort  Environment: Societal focussing on 100% nature friendly materials and process sustainability. Move the sector to eco efficient and sustainable products, processes, materials and organisations  Custom: Consumer involvement focussing on style and fashion
TTS was task leader for the definiton and development of a simulation framework that allows to analyse and evaluate a shoe production network in an innovative way because it's based on integrated simulators linked to a hierarchical structure of performance indicators. This framework was tested on a real case study coming from HUGO BOSS shoe plant.

KOBAS

2004 - 2007
FP6-2002-NMP-2
The KoBaS project aims to provide a breakthrough in the current practices in the use of manufacturing machines, developing a set of generic tools of new conception meant to enable the quick customization of software solutions meant to provide, on one hand, an advanced task and process planning and, on the other hand, machine maintenance, training and management support, founded on techniques such as Virtual Reality, 3D and Discrete Events Simulation, Knowledge Based System and Finite Element Analysis, evolved, combined and optimized in their interaction thanks to a new brand of innovative technologies that are the main object of KoBaS.
Besides coordinating all the project activities, TTS takes part to the technical development realizing the simulation module that allow to simulate the production machine in all of them aspect: from 3D visualization to collision detection, from kinematics to real time surface modification for tool processing simulation.

2001

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MPA

2001 - 2004
FP5 - GROWTH Project GRD1-2000
Modern production industry is forced to react on changes in 3 levels:  Production resources: Multiple production sites and dynamic customer's requirements in different European regions induce a field of tension in which resources should be standardised adaptive. The project aims at a new generation of production resources which combines advantages of standardisation and specialisation  Factory organisation: Using these resources reveal challenges in factory's' organisation. Modularized architectures are promising concepts for the future. The proposed project aims at applying them to European companies  Plant engineering (PE): Information technologies like virtual-reality are suitable means to reduce time and improve planning results. The project aims at automatically configuring & controlling resource modules.
TTS collaborated in the development of the modules for the manufacturing control and plant emulation and for the integration of Virtual Reality with Discrete Event Simulation (DES).

SYMPHONY

2001 - 2004
FP5 - IST-2000-2.1
The SYMPHONY project aims to create a dynamic management methodology with integrated methods and tools to support SMEs in their key management process to compete in a turbulent environment. SYMPHONY is based on the concepts of resource-based strategy, knowledge based, and learning enterprises as pillars for knowledge-based and adpative companies able to manage their responsiveness and adaptation in the current market. It's focused on high-tech or service orienteds companies with high-information part in their value chain.
TTS, as a solution provider in the field of system integration, supported the software development of the knowledge based systems related to the Knowledge Creation methodology.

1999

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INCOMPRO

1999 - 2003
FP5 - Brite/EuRam project IMS
The basic goal of INCOMPRO project is to develop an Intelligent Engineering Framework, calledVirtual Engineering Environment (VEE) that supports the design and the virtual prototyping of new application based on composites. VEE is an integrated, computer simulation platform that allows design, development and testing of a product before it is actually built, thus eliminating many of the intermediate and costly experimental tests, while saving a consistent amount of energy and wasted scraps.
TTS collaborated in the development of the Virtual Engineering Environment (VEE). In particular has developed the CORBA compliant interface to allow exchange data design between the modules composing the VEE.

SPI 3

1999 - 2003
Sistemi di Produzione Innovativi
TTS provided its contribution since the initial stages of the initiative, formalizing the idea and supporting in partnership creation. Working with Electrolux Italia, ABB, and ITIA-CNR, TTS prepared the project proposal that was submitted and funded by the Italian government. During the project, TTS coordinated the administrative actions and collaborated in the technical implementation with 2D and 3D simulation of new machines and plants.

1997

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MANUFUTURING

1997 - 2001
EUREKA project
The Manufuturing project aims to create a Self-Innovating Extended Factory (SIEF) that combines a real factory with a virtual one for better desision making. The SIEF is a collaborative network of research institutes, manufacturers and related organisations that work together to improve the factory. A SIEF has two parts: a virtual factory and a physical factory. The physical factory is a real factory. For the virtual factory, computer-aided design tools, virtual reality and other similar technologies are used to simulate the production process. Intimate communication between the two means experience gained in the virtual factory can be put to use in the physical factory, and vice versa. Electrolux Zanussi was the main contractor of italian project.
TTS worked tightly with Electrolux Zanussi over all the four years project in order to develop innovative methods and tools mainly for the virtual factory part of the SIEF. The prototypes developped during the project were applied to set-up a new factory in the north Italy with the main goal to produce 10 milions motors for domestic refrigerators per year. This project provides to Electorulx management a way of seeing the wider picture when introducing new technology. Rather than simply basing a decision to buy new equipment on the belief that it will improve production, the companies will be able to consider other aspects before implementation such as the need to re-train personnel, the set-up times required and potential start-up problems