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IK4-IDEKO exhibited its latest developments in digital industry and advanced manufacturing processes at the Machine-Tool Biennial

IK4-IDEKO exhibited its latest developments in digital industry and advanced manufacturing processes at the Machine-Tool Biennial

The Basque technology centre took differentiating exhibition models to the fair to showcase developments for the metal foundry sector and high added value technologies for texturing surfaces

The centre also presented its commitment to the digital industry and new multi-camera vision systems for increasing the precision of automated processes

Furthermore, IK4-IDEKO exhibited its INNGUMA competitive intelligence and technical watch platform

The Spanish Machine Tool Biennial was held from 28 May to 1 June in the Bilbao Exhibition Centre

The industrial sector is going through a transformation process driven by the introduction of new information and communication technologies in manufacturing systems and in the production plants.

The use of solutions through capture and processing of data from the equipment allows the status and functioning of the machinery to be fully known in real-time, faults to be anticipated, predictive maintenance strategies to be activated and automated lines installed that make it possible to make progress in the construction of smart factories.

This process of change called Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or industrial digitalisation, requires the constant transfer of technology to manufacturing environments, a scenario in which the IK4-IDEKO stands out, the Basque technology centre specialising in Advanced Manufacture, and a benchmark in the research and development of state-of-the-art solutions applied to the machine tools with the aim of promoting the competitiveness of the industrial sector.

With a history of more than 30 years in the manufacturing processes field, the centre was again present at this year’s Spanish Machine-Tool biennial (BIEMH), which was held from 28 May to June 1 at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the Basque municipality of Barakaldo.

On these dates, IK4-IDEKO exhibited its capabilities in digitalisation applied to the machine-tool sector, as well as its specialisation in high added value processes such as texturing by grinding.

To strengthen its positioning in these areas, the research entity has promoted the creation of the Digital Grinding Innovation Hub, DGIH, in its facilities, an open space in which the various representatives involved in the advance of digitalisation and industry 4.0 and in the development of grinding technologies will spend time together and cooperate.

This hub, which will be devoted to experimentation and demonstration, is equipped with the latest generation machinery. Moreover, the space will allow IK4-IDEKO to tackle R&D projects and carry out technology validation trials and tests.

The DGIH will be used to strengthen the role of the Basque country as an important hub in innovation applied to high added value manufacturing, which will increase the competitiveness of Basque industry through the development of differentiated products and services that are sustainable and have a high technology component.

IK4-IDEKO, which was located on stand 1 / B-21 on the exhibition grounds, also exhibited, within the framework of the Biennial, its latest innovations in advanced multi-camera vision systems and devoted space to the demonstration of the performance and functionalities of its competitive intelligence and technology watch platform, INGUMMA