Focus on Digital Factory 4.0


Intelligent Factory Cluster at Mecspe: Lighthouse Plants for the manufacturing sector of the future

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Mecspe is the reference trade fair for the Italian manufacturing sector. Indeed over the years, the event has benefited from the skills and flexibility of contractors active in a diversified range of production sectors, attracting increasing numbers of operators from all kinds of manufacturing sectors.

Thanks to its collaboration with the Intelligent Factory Cluster (IFC), Mecspe presents itself as the occasion for discovering Lighthouse Plants, projects selected by the Cluster on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development, as plants which are reference points for the development of the manufacturing sector in Italy and Europe. These are veritable production plants, newly built or renovated based on the development and application of digital technologies set forth in the 4.0 Business Plan which aims to exalt national excellence in the advanced manufacturing sector, as shining examples in Italy and abroad, lighting the path for the future of intelligent factories.

Lighthouse Plant

Specifically, Lighthouse Plants are conceived as plants in evolution which after an initial installation phase, are involved in an industrial research and innovation project, together with suppliers of technologies, system integrators, research bodies and universities, focused on the development of further innovation for testing at the lighthouse plant.

The Intelligent Fabric Cluster brings together more than 300 members, including businesses, universities, research centres and other stakeholders, in line with what is specified in the Cluster’s “Roadmap for Research and innovation”, which aims to guarantee the maintenance and reinforcement of Italian leadership in the manufacturing sector by means of appropriate research and innovation actions congenial to the adoption of new processes, technologies, production systems and the development of new products.

Here are the protagonists of the new edition of the Digital Factory initiative, now in its 6th edition.

The Cluster and all 4 of the country’s Lighthouse Plants have chosen Mecspe 2019 as the trade fair event and platform for presenting innovations and state-of-the-art technologies adopted in the creation of the “Intelligent Factory”, to the entire manufacturing world.

A platform involving small and medium sized industrial companies, partnerships, research centres, universities and start-ups. A platform which combines organisational and technological aspects with the centrality of people, mindful of their role, dignity and safety. A platform which highlights the need for collaboration, the only true way of reinforcing competitiveness and company value. Lastly, we have environmental compatibility. A complete platform of national “know-how”, with a clear vision for the future. Representing the very best of Made in Italy.

Who are the 4 Lighthouse Plants:


A multinational operating in the robotics, energy and automation sectors.
The ABB Lighthouse Plant is a factory which consists of three plants (Dalmine, dedicated to mid-voltage generation; Frosinone, dedicated to low-voltage products; Santa Palomba, for differential products).
The project is developed across a multitude of themed areas: virtual factory, automatic and autonomous flows, collaborative robots, predictive maintenance, digital supply chain, smart HSE; “zero defect” quality

Ansaldo Energia

The world’s third largest Power Generator: operates power plants, gas and vapour turbines and turbogenerators.
The project consists of eight areas of application, each corresponding to a target: operative management of production, physical operative management, the management of production asset performance, technical data management, the management of quality data and additive manufacturing, smart safety, smart training and cyber security.

Hitachi Rail Italy

An Italian joint-stock company which operates in the production and commercialisation of rolling stock, with offices and plants in Naples, Pistoia and Reggio Calabria, in Italy, owned by the Japanese company Hitachi.
The Lighthouse itinerary focuses on the innovation of products and company processes, with the aim of producing trains of the future, by identifying new production methods and new materials.

Tenova/ORI Martin

The project brings together Tenova, in its capacity as supplier of installations for the metallurgy and mining industry, part of the Techint Group, and ORI Martin, a Brescia-based steelworks specialised in the production of special steels.
The aim of the project is to produce 4.0 steel using innovative and connected machinery, with particular focus on traceability, safety and human-robot integration.