Industrial event of CloudSMEadmin
The University of Zaragoza, together with the companies Ingecon and Podoactiva, held the workshop of the CloudSME project during 24th to 26th June. The conference began on Wednesday 24th with an SME-oriented event where more than 50 national and international companies participated to share the progress of the project and use cases carried out.
The event was hosted by the Vice-Rector of Academic Policy Prof. Fernando Beltran, who stressed the Aragonese participation in this project with a total funding of more than half a million Euros; Mr. Javier Navarro, General Director of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprise Government of Aragon; Prof. Javier Sancho, Director of BIFI and Mr. Máximo Valenciano, General Director of the company Ingecon.
After a video conference with the CloudSME Project Officer at the European Commission, Francesca Flamigni, who offered a global vision of the European funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 program, the project was presented by the Coordinator Tamas Kiss, from the University of Westminster, and Nicola Fantini, from the company CloudBroker.
The applied part of the session was carried out by the companies involved in the use case experiments. One of them is the Spanish company Podoactiva, which uses cloud technology to validate in real-time scanner images from its multiple associated orthopedic clinics, using a CAD software solution integrated by Ingecon.
Another Spanish use case was presented by the company PROYFE, an engineering company working in the management, coordination and control of Projects at Ferrol harbour. In collaboration with the company SIMUL8, they work in simulation software for logistics of the commercial port on a cloud environment.
Also related to logistics was the case presented by the simulation service provider company, Saker Solutions, and the manufacturer of beer in the UK, Hobsons Brewery, whose logistics optimization software is used to achieve serve a product in the best conditions of freshness and taste.
Finally, the experiment conducted by the company CTOOLs in collaboration with SIMUL8, both from the UK, showed how optimization software based on cloud can also be applied to small companies cutting and working with steel, to optimize the use of machines and avoid bottlenecks.
The event closed with the participation of Hans-Juergen Grundig, IT director of General Motors- Spain describing the technological challenges GM faces in its bid for Industry 4.0 and with Cristina de la Maza, from Innovalia Group, focusing on the role of I4MS initiative to support projects like CloudSME.
After the industrial event held on Wednesday, the following Thursday and Friday were dedicated to internal project working sessions. Here more than 30 participants from 29 organizations of the consortium met to present the work carried out in the last months with ambitious discussions about the strategy to follow in the newly established company that will carry the project results forward to provide continuity of cloud infrastructure for simulation and to support companies in its use.