Nowadays industrial competitiveness is played on the ground of efficiency and interconnection among processes. Standard automation is not enough to compete in challenging scenarios: the pushing of performance to the limits requires pervasive intelligence all over the technologies used to integrate every process and phase. During the talk, an excursus on the main technologies beneath smart factories will be presented based on the experience of Elettric80 S.p.A., ranging from localization, navigation, and coordination of automated vehicles, passing through simulation and 3D supports to design, up to continuous monitoring and predictive maintenance.
Francesco De Mola received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Technologies - Computer Engineering and Science from the same University in 2008. Since 2008 he is working in the R&D Department of Elettric80 S.p.A., and since 2014 he holds the role of R&D Team Leader. His academic research covered Multi-Agent Systems and agent-based middleware, with application to e-health and emergency response. At present he is responsible for research lines about traffic management of AGV fleets, and for continuous development and support of the related corporate tools and applications adopted in the automated warehouse solutions deployed by Elettric80.