CNR-ITIA, the Institute of Industrial Technology and Automation of the National Research Council, as a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities of Scientific Research and Technological Development for the Competitiveness and Sustainability of Italian and European Manufacturing Industries. ITIA contributes and supports the European initiative Manufuture, which is finalized to the development of added high value manufacturing based on research and innovation.
ITIA works on the development of production systems and elements for knowledge-based factories, business models and related enabling technologies in tight collaboration with research centres, universities and enterprises at national, European and international level.
ITIA has currently focused its expertise on the following areas: microsystems, mechatronic, knowledge-based systems, robotics, multi-layer adaptive control systems, virtual prototyping, integrated simulation of mechatronic manufacturing systems, methods and new organizational, management and business paradigms. Based on the enabling technologies developed by the different research groups, ITIA promotes the implementation of pilot plants that support further research activities and advanced education through the paradigm of the teaching factory. Among them, the pilot plant for the demanufacturing of mechatronics products and the pilot plant for flexible shoes production are particularly relevant for their innovation content.
ITIA is a Network Institute composed of several nodes, distributed on the national area. The ITIA laboratories, located in Milano, Bari and Vigevano, are mainly focused on the research and development of enabling technologies and on specific manufacturing sectors.
ITIA acts as a strategic player in the continuously updated definition of the European vision on the manufacturing sector, through the participation in initiatives and platforms devoted to the formulation of the new paradigm for the development of the European Manufacturing. ITIA is, in fact among the contributors who inspired the creation of the ManuFuture platform. Furthermore, ITIA is a founder member of the European Association for the Factories of the Future (EFFRA)