digitalization workshop


Workshop  on artificial intelligence in the wine sector


Last 19th we held the Digitization Day in the wine sector together with the INNOVI Cluster.

The aim was to introduce in the sector how digital technologies can help us in decision making to improve the competitiveness of companies. In the first intervention, Carles Gómara from ACCIÓ introduced us to different examples of using Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence (IA) or 5G Connectivity.

In this sense he said that AI is a tool used to manage the huge amount of data that can already be captured from sensors, cameras or other means and of which we often do not know what use to give it. .

Jesus Cerquides of the CSIC explained how AI can help us in the value chain with different examples such as robotization in viticulture, big data in the decision-making in the cellar and different apps that help in the purchase of product.

Xavier Jofre of Mobile World Capital Barcelona began his presentation by exposing the potential of 5G: low latency-reaction time, high download speeds and the possibility of mass connection of devices. Thanks to these capabilities he showed us different examples, such as the assisted pruning of a nectarine field with a 5G connected robot in Albatárrec; remote machinery teleoperation or immersive tourism that could be applicable to wine tourism.

In the case of assisted pruning, he showed us that using smart glasses connected to a consultant can lead to significant cost savings. This technology could have other applications, such as in the field of machinery-assisted repair by the grower himself, with remote assistance of an expert mechanic.

The last three interventions were by members of the cluster.

The BeBrand and Covides told us about a low-cost sensing project for existing bottling lines to manage raw material stock and line speeds.

Facial recognition for managing people in the field was the project explained by Raw Data. The advantages of this system are ease of use and interconnection with other existing systems and tools.

Finally, AgroMappin presented different projects in which remote sensing plays a key role: both in predicting harvests and in managing the application of plant protection and fertilization.

29th April 2015: FEMAC at RoboBusiness Europe 2015

Enric Pedros, Cluster Manager at FEMAC participated once more in the third and most important conference in Robotics Industry takes place in Europe. This edition organized in Milan, Italy, was focused among other topics in  healthcare & well-being, automotive, drones & AGV’s, education, energy, farming, play & learning, production, remote handling, and waste management.

Enric presented in the session “Precision Farming “, the last developments in Robotics whithin the Cluster FEMAC , and could share experiences with other key speakers like Mr. Benno Pichlmaier, Head of Research, Advanced Engineering and IP Management, in AGCO / Fendt or Mr. Gennaro Monacelli, Head of Innovation, Design Analysis and Validation Methods, of CHN Industrial.

The main topics discussed were  the enabler of precision agriculture: from the dairy farming to the agricultural inspections, from the material handling to the harvesting, robot technology has shown to be of great effect. Drone technology is poised to play a crucial role in the future of agriculture. Moreover, it is expected to see driverless tractors and fruit-picking robots become relatively commonplace on larger farms. The track focused on the real end-user needs, providing case histories and technology trends discussion.

From 22nd to 26th February 2015 – Participation in SIMA Fair – Paris

SIMA-SIMAGENA 2015 has just closed its doors after welcoming 238,848 professional visitors in five days, 23% of whom hailed from one of five continents. This result is almost identical to that achieved in 2013, a record year in terms of attendance, and is particularly satisfying in the current tense economic climate.

The organisers and the 1,740 exhibitors remarked on the optimism among the visitors and the renewed dynamism on the business front.

For the first time, some cluster companies participate toghether in the fair, having a 200 m2 stand in hall 6, AMP Sprayers SL, Tallers Corbins SL and Juscafresa SA.

Maquinaria Agrícola Sola SL and Arcusin SA participated also by theirselve as they have been participating since many years ago.

FEMAC Trade Mission to USA. 10th February 2015

Dates: February 10 – 15, 2015
Cities: Tulare, California
Focus: Agricultural Machinery & Irrigation
Led by: Cluster FEMAC
Funding: ACCIÓ

The participation on this  trade mission provided Cluster companies members with an opportunity  to meet with prospective international business partners face-to-face, greatly enhancing the potential for business success. Trade mission included: business matchmaking with potential distributors,  customized market research, in-country business briefings, networking opportunities with others foreign participants, in-country support and follow-up assistance.

Workshop on future cluster-development and emerging industries 23rd January 2015

The goal of the Foresight Workshop on 23rd January in Berlin was to define the most promising and dynamic areas of future change in industrial transformation and cluster-development, collaboration and value creation. It will help to identify hypotheses and key variables for the subsequent in-depth analysis, which will form the basis for different scenarios about cluster futures.using the innovative Visual Road-Mapping Technique (link to additional information ), to outline possible development paths for cross-cluster collaboration.The workshop where 15 countries were represented, was organised by the European Cluster Observatory and VDI/VDE-IT. Enric Pèdrós, Cluster Manager at FEMAC took part on behalf of the Spain.