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Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (XaFIR)

Type of activity
Competitive project
Funding entity
AGAUR. Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding entity code
2018 XARDI 00015 / IU68-013223
795.000,00 €
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The XaFIR R+D+I network brings together the most important players of the Catalonian
research and development in the field of Industry 4.0. The initiative is formed by the
research groups with the highest scientific and technological production in the field of the
Industry 4.0 within the territory, with an intense activity in valorisation and technology
transfer towards the productive sector.
The XaFIR network is composed by 10 entities from the university system, research centres
and technology centres with a total of 35 research groups and almost 400 participating
The vision of the Network is to become a key disruptive agent for the transformation of the
industrial fabric of Catalonia, through the massive introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies
in the productive sector of the territory being, at the same time, a European reference for
the fourth revolution industrial.
Therefore, the main purpose of the XaFIR Network is to promote and facilitate the
knowledge transfer through products and services within the framework of Industry 4.0 to
companies and, especially to SMEs.
In order to carry out such initiative, the Network will present and promote the research
capabilities and results of its partners, will promote interdisciplinary research in the field of
Industry 4.0 based on the complementarity of the groups and in the increase of the resulting
critical mass, will promote the coordination of the valorisation and transfer activities of all
the research groups of the Network with other initiatives developed in the public and private
spheres (companies, local corporations, associations, ...), will enhance also the
collaboration for joint projects realization on existing or new research lines, will inform about
public and private financing opportunities for the execution of R+D+I projects, will carry out
training actions in valorisation and knowledge transfer, will advise and promote the transfer
of products and services to the industrial sector in the form of patents, licenses and creation
of TBE, and will stabilize a framework of experiences and capacities exchange with physical
support (living-labs) and virtual (marketplace) through a new concept of Innovation Hub of
Industry 4.0, as an Open Space of Technological Innovation.
One of the aspects that will be taken into account in the activities of the Network is the
impact on the territory and the collaboration with other entities involved in Industry 4.0, such
as municipal corporations, trade union associations, companies and professionals, the
clusters of companies, territorial initiatives, etc. Collaboration with other networks will also
be promoted, especially the Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Networks. A specific
communication plan for the network and its members will help to boost the network through
internet, social networks, exhibitions, congresses and press, and will increase the visibility
of the technologies, products and services that can be offered from the Network.
All these initiatives are aimed at promoting the transfer, valorisation and internationalization
of the research carried out by the Network, increasing the knowledge transfer regarding the
previous situation. In this sense, the activity of the Network will lead to increases of around
25% in R+D+I Projects and Agreements signed with the Industry, 45% in the number of
registered patents, and 30% in the number of registered TBE created with the participation
of researchers from the Network.
With all these objectives, the XaFIR Network establishes the bases of the research groups
strategy in valorisation and knowledge transfer in technologies, products and services
within the framework of Industry 4.0 towards the productive and industrial sector. Likewise,
the Network aligns the activities of the research to the sectoral areas and technologies
defined within the framework of the Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart
Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT), such as the energy and resources and industrial
systems, and facilitator technologies of ICT and advanced production.
Finally, the performance of the Network as an integrator of Industry 4.0 activities promoted
from the public administration, companies and civil society with the research groups that
compose it, will promote the development and promotion of new collaboration solutions
between these different agents, turning the XaFIR Network into a real agent of technical
and economic development within the framework of Industry 4.0 in Catalonia
Indústria 4.0, Internet Industrial de les coses, Simulació i analítica de dades, ciber-seguretat., fabricació digital, realitat augmentada, robótica col·laborativa, sistemas ciber-físics
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Agència De Gestió D'ajuts Universitaris I De Recerca (agaur)