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Accenture opens IIoT innovation center in Italy

The new IIoT center in Modena will allow customers to apply manufacturing analytics and predictive maintenance

Accenture has announced the opening of an industrial internet of things (IIoT) innovation center in Modena, Italy. The new IIoT facility will offer clients the possibility to explore, test and scale IIoT solutions.

The Modena center is part of an extensive $1.4 billion investment program by Accenture to expand its Industry X.0 business. Industry X.0 is how Accenture describes the profound shift of industrial manufacturing to digital products and services that will increasingly require new manufacturing methods and processes to produce and deliver them as well as support them in the field.

The IIoT innovation center in Modena is being established in collaboration with HPE COXA, a Modena-based company specializing in engineering activities for the automotive, motorsport and automation solutions sector.

Accenture said that the opening of this new center in Modena is bolstering the company’s industry digitization capabilities and strengthening its presence in the world’s leading manufacturing markets. The network includes an innovation center in Garching, Germany, with a new center to open in North America this year.

The IIoT center in Germany was inaugurated in July 2017 and features an industrial design thinking capability for innovation workshops, a connected products studio for rapid prototyping, and draws on an industrial ecosystem that connects clients with key technology partners, startups and academia.

Accenture also said that customers who use the Modena location will be given access to a range of capabilities, including innovation workshops for industrial design thinking; IIoT experience areas for tech showcases; and regional ecosystems that connect clients with key technology partners, research firms and industrial startups.

“At the new innovation center in Modena, clients will be given direct access to fully working examples of the latest in manufacturing techniques for digitized products,” said Aidan Quilligan, a managing director at Accenture and global lead of its Industry X.0 practice. “In the new innovation center, we showcase technologies that can help companies develop solutions to meet their business challenges and gain a competitive advantage.”

“The Modena center will be a key element in our continuing efforts to support companies as they accelerate their digital transformation agendas, enabling them to experiment with and develop solutions that can significantly influence the evolution of business models, products and customer experiences,” said Fabio Benasso, president and CEO of Accenture Italy.

The U.S company said that customers visiting the center will be able to explore key IoT technologies and processes to digitize their business. Among these are:

-Applying manufacturing analytics and predictive maintenance, and analyzing data produced by IoT sensors via cloud and big data;

-IIoT- and software-enabled management of connected businesses, plants, machinery and equipment;

– “Connected Industrial Worker” solutions to enhance operational safety, effectiveness and efficiency;

-Digital engineering and industrial product development, and how to better integrate product- and application-lifecycle-management capabilities.

Accenture Industry X.0 global innovation network includes facilities in Budapest, Hungary, for industrial automation; Clermont Ferrand, France, for digital asset management; Cluj, Romania, for industrial software; Modena, Italy, for digital manufacturing; and in the United States, Houston for energy, chemicals and other process industries and San Jose for Accenture’s Industry X.0 research program.

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