Events 14 December 2015

Forum "Innovation Ecosystem": Participation of SPbPU Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (IAMT) staff in the intense business programme

On December 10 to 11, 2015 Forum "Innovation Ecosystem" took place in Krasnaya Polyana (Sochi) and was devoted to prospects of specialized infrastructure development intended for new markets which are in the focus of the National Technology Initiative (NTI).  The National Technology Initiative (NTI) is the programme intended for development of new markets and establishment of conditions for Russian global technological leadership by 2035. NTI matrix involving markets, technologies, infrastructure, and institutes, was established.

SPbPU IAMT is located at the intersection of basic Future Technologies and Prospective Fields of activity in the NTI global matrix: digital simulation and design, new materials development technology, and additive production and prospective Markets of the Future that are to be established by 2035 - AeroNet, AutoNet, MariNet, EnergyNet, NeuroNet, SafeNet, HealthNet, FoodNet, FinNet. (the volume of each market will be over 100 bn dollars).

NTI TechNet working group involves the Design Consortium that includes IAMT, Engineering Center of SPbPU, CompMechLab® group, and some other organizations and companies.

NTI TechNet roadmap is focused on factories of the future development, redesigning and customization of the production process in general. Factory of the Future model architecture has a cross-market nature, which means that its implementation may be used to produce competitive products for different global markets. Thus, when developing and implementing a roadmap, consideration of NTI roadmaps technological needs and requests for 2035 markets is of paramount importance.


Round table "Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for NTI" that took place at Open Innovations was devoted to identification of possible projects and cooperation areas of TechNet working group (AMT) with other NTI gropus and hi-tech companies.

Prof. Alexey I. Borovkov, SPbPU IAMT scientific supervisor. founder of CompMechLab®, TechNet  working group leader, moderated the round table.


In his statement, Prof. Alexey I. Borovkov spoke about areas of advanced manufacturing technologies development, markets volume of key technology groups, and represented designs of the Factory of the Future TestBeds to the round table participants.

TechNet working group plans to run some elements of the Factory of the Future at TestBeds in 2015-2016, in order to develop and test technologies compatibility in an environment simulating real production conditions, and in order to evaluate the potential of their integration into today's production. This will be carried out at SPbPU IAMT.

So, the Digital Factory has been operating in the Engineering Center and providing successful communication of SPbPU Engineering Center with modern leading international hi-tech companies for many years (within the Virtual Factory concept).

Later, Smart Factory will be implemented at NPO Saturn; basic components of this factory are already applied in aircraft engines production; NPO Saturn Smart Factories planned to have a tight communication with the SPbPU IAMT Digital Factory, and, therefore, form a Virtual Factory.

The goal of the Digital Factory project implemented at SPbPU IAMT is to push products / structures design and advanced approaches to production to a new level by means of efficient application of global multi- and trans-disciplinary computer-aided technologies which have absolutely new cross-industy / cross-market nature:

  • paradigms (Simulation & Optimization)-Driven Design as the basis for design  of next generation products / items intended for markets of the Future;
  • bionic design principles allowing to drastically increase products / structures characteristics (weight, price, dimensions and shape, etc.) while keeping all required technical requirements (stiffness, strength, operational characteristics, etc.), when «best-in-class» optimized engineering solutions may resemble structures which you may encounter in wildlife;
  • convergence and synergy of digital modelling and design, computer-aided / supercomputer engineering, computer-aided improvement technologies and additive technologies that will help to develop new and internationally competitive «best-in-class» improved products / structures.

Solutions and technologies mastered within the Digital Factory project may be extended to almost all hi-tech industries, that proves cross-industry nature if technologies and of the Digital Factory.

Then Dmitry Ivanov made his report and told about the project of the Smart Factory at NPO Saturn. The Smart Factory will become a testing ground for flexible (quick-adjustable) production technologies and customization of automated systems of production processes and planning management, digital modelling and optimization technologies, robotic systems and means providing sustainable production. The task of the Smart Factory at NPO Saturn is to establish a unified production architecture consisting of separate process modules linked by a common management and logistics systems and providing the implementation of the whole manufacturing process, from fabricated material to the final good.

Besides, in order to provide the implementation of the Factories of the Future adaptiveness potential (for instance, combination of small-scale and large-scale serial production) by means of flexibility and reliability improvement and acceleration of the certification system for new quality materials and structures, pilot experimental and digital Certification Center is planned to be established at the basis of Skoltech, MSU, and SPbPU IAMT; this Center should become the key component in the development of the New Certification System. Professor Andrew Ushakov spoke about it during his report. After reports of TechNet working group participants, possible projects and areas were discussed (establishment of joint infrastructure, specialists training, legislative initiatives, etc.), which may be developed by the TechNet  working group together with other NTI working groups.

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