‘A company is founded on the courage and ability of people, and must be rewarded’
This is the slogan of ‘Cambiamenti 2021 – Award for innovative thinking of new Italian companies’, in which we participated with SmartFluidPower. The competition aims to discover, reward and support the best Italian companies born in the last 4 years (after 1 January 2017) that have been able to rediscover traditions, promote their territory and the community, innovate products and processes and build the future. Changes 2021 aims to recognize merit and offer opportunities for comparison and visibility to those companies that with their activities represent the best of Italy every day and make the country competitive.
We have applied for SmartFluidPower with the aim of expanding our network of contacts and knowing the other innovative companies born in recent years in the area. Among the 1026 nominations of start-ups at a national level and about 150 in the province of Modena, we arrived in the top 10 of the provincial selection and we had the opportunity to exhibit our project in front of a jury and other participants.
Through our elevator pitch we focused on the widespread problems in the design of fluid power systems and components within SMEs and on the solution we propose, based on virtual prototyping to be combined with the classic daily design. With the integration of this methodology, it is possible not only to radically increase the efficiency of the prototyping and re-design processes, but also to increase awareness of all the details of the phenomena that occur in the designed systems (and which are often not accessible for experimental measurement).
The event showed the innovative projects of companies belonging to the most varied fields, with the most diffused topic of energy efficiency and biomedical applications. Our project provides an efficient and innovative solution aimed mainly at SMEs working in the world of fluid power: given the large number of this type of companies in our region, the project is well integrated into the panorama of companies present, the characteristics of the jury and the event in general.
The award was promoted by CNA (National Confederation of Crafts and Small and Medium Companies) which guarantees services, advice and information to small businesses in all Italian provinces. At the end of the event, exponents from CNA Modena contacted and involved us within the ‘Hub 4.0’ project which is part of a regional plan where all the Confederations of Emilia-Romagna are present. The project aims to relaunch innovation in participating companies through the dissemination of technologies that lead to more flexible and faster processes with an increase in productivity and quality: our goal in particular will be to exploit the multiple opportunities offered by the incentives provided in this direction and use the network of contacts created to encourage the growth of SmartFluidPower on the regional and national market.