Our greatest asset is our knowledge.
After a detailed analysis of our markets, products, technologies and research and development projects; to which we can add profiles and knowledge, results, collaboration environment or influence and possible resources.
From this analysis, two types of activities with customers were identified: those classified as research and development and those classified as innovation. For research, we are part of the innovation process of a product, process or service, providing added value in most cases. For innovation, we support the company throughout the innovation process of their product, process or service, bringing the technological innovation expertise of the Institute of Technology personnel.
Four of our areas of expertise are crosslinked to provide direct innovation for technological innovation solutions focused on the needs of our customers. Industrial Systems, ICT for Logistics, Software Engineering and Multimedia Technologies work on a set of 10 lines of innovation.
“Automation and Testing Banks” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2013-2015 strategic framework, and is based on the knowledge and application of advanced control techniques, high precision instrumentation and latest generation actuating equipment, whose design is based on the use of simulation tools to facilitate further implementation after development. One result of these developments is the Testing Bank or Advanced Automation Testing Bank.
“Electronic Products” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on the design and development of intelligent electronic systems. Typically, these intelligent electronic systems require microcontroller programming, embedded systems, adaptive hardware and data processing of all types of sensors (either analogue or digital), as well as actuators, human-machine interfaces and the integration of communication interfaces, wired and wireless, between system components and the outside. Additionally, the appropriate power circuit for the system to be developed is designed and optimised, whether a standalone system powered by battery or connected to the mains.
“Vertical Transport” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on a profound knowledge of lifts; where this is understood to mean a vertical transport system designed to move people or goods between different heights. It can be used either to ascend or descend in a building or underground construction. It consists of mechanical, electrical and electronic parts that work together for a safe and efficient means of vertical movement for people and goods.
“Machinery” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on a profound knowledge of machinery for public works, construction, mining, and agricultural machinery. The following machine types are part of this line: Road machinery; equipment for the production, transport and laying of concrete; lifting, transport and handling on site; machinery for quarrying, mining and recycling; machinery for earthmoving; equipment for temporary on-site work; auxiliary construction machinery and equipment; singular construction and civil works machinery; as well as general agricultural machinery.
“Automotion” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on a profound knowledge of the “motor vehicle” product, understood as a transport system product to move people and goods efficiently in both urban and intercity environments. It consists of mechanical, electrical and electronic parts that work together to form a safe and efficient means of moving people and goods.
“Packaging” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on the different types of product protection devices, often grouped under the concept of “packaging”, which is understood as the system to protect products and facilitate their transport and use along the supply chain. Additionally, packaging must allow product branding and attract the attention of end users to increase sales.
ICT for Logistics
“Logistics” is a line of innovation within the ITA 2012-2015 strategic framework, which focuses on the knowledge of the logistics functions of planning and operation of material and information flow processes at the tactical and operational levels in the supply chain field.
The concept of sustainable mobility or transport comes from the concern for environmental and social problems caused by the widespread use of urban transportation based on the private car during the second half of the twentieth century and early twenty-first century. The drawbacks of this model, most notably air pollution, excessive energy consumption, effects on the health of the population and the saturation of the roads have led to a collective will to find alternatives to help mitigate its negative effects and develop a new model. The disadvantages for medium and long distance transport are similar, as are their underlying causes.
Using proprietary methodology, the aim is to guide and assist organisations at various stages of software development: identification, analysis and specification of customer needs, evaluating alternatives, design (architecture, infrastructure), development, verification of software specification, development validation and support in the product or process certification procedure.
The general definition of display systems in the context of Connected Media refers to the development and use of new interfaces that integrate different types of digital and real content. There are many areas of application, due to the exponential growth in consumption of digital content that complement the real in all areas (e.g. training, marketing, tourism and healthcare). Within this definition, the line focuses on the following aspects:
- Mixed Reality.
- Display of complex physical model simulations.
- Digital multichannel 3D sound.
There are 11 lines of research from all our areas of expertise: Materials and Components, Industrial Systems, ICT for Logistics, Software Engineering and Multimedia Technologies, which help to create technological solutions for products, processes and services by providing excellent scientific and technological knowledge of high added value.
Materials and Components
Experimental morphological and structural characterisation of materials at multiple scales, from the nano/micro level to the macroscopic level.
Integration of virtual prototyping techniques and experimental methods for the functional evaluation of components, structures and systems.
Design and development of polymer matrix and cellulose-based composites, with both nano- and micro-scale reinforcements.
Simulation of multiphysics systems through the combined use of distributed and lumped parameter simulation tools.
Smart actuators refer to the integrating and actuating component of sensing and processing capabilities, which in turn facilitate the subsequent integration of the actuator in the entire system.
The line of research on ROBOTICS focuses on the design and development of robotics systems, or components of these systems, which are capable of interacting with the environment and/or with people, and improving production, safety and quality.
Maximum efficiency by minimising electromagnetic interference phenomena. It is based on two main areas: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electrical and electronic systems based on energy-efficient storage systems (super condensers and batteries) and electrical regeneration.
ICT for Logistics
This research line is focused on increasing knowledge for the development of systems that support future technological solutions for production processes, transport and distribution operations, simulation and management of logistics processes and supply chain management.
Software development method that focuses on creating and exploiting domain models (i.e. abstract representations of the knowledge and activities that govern an application domain in particular) rather than traditional computing concepts (algorithms).
The interaction of people with systems is simple and intuitive, and the systems are accessible, usable and customisable. This human-machine interaction is made possible through multimodal interfaces to understand the actions the user wants to perform as well as its context as fully as possible. New forms of interaction therefore provide the user with better access to content, while improving the quality of the experience.