Solutions and services for manufacturing SMEs to help grow your business.

The Marketplace

Are you a manufacturing SME?

The Fortissimo Marketplace will provide one-stop, pay-per-use, on-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources including software, hardware and expertise.

The marketplace will help you find novel solutions to your challenges, discover new opportunities and bring together all necessary actors to construct the exact solution that meets your business requirements.

  • On-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources
  • Access to state-of-the-at HPC facilities
  • Matchmaking services
  • Access to a Capability register advertising and promoting services
  • Run simulations in hours rather than days
  • Access to best-practice guides

Success Stories

Fortissimo has already helped hundreds of businesses realise their ideas. The following is a selection of our recent successes.

Fundiciones de Roda

Fundiciones de Roda is a Spanish SME specialising in the casting of grey and ductile cast iron. Like many other SMEs in this sector, Fundiciones de Roda

finds the advanced simulation of its casting process prohibitively expensive because of the costs of software licences and of computer hardware.

Holonix

Holonix is an Italian SME which supports industry by enabling innovation. This experiment addresses the simulation of flow around a boat hull under different sea conditions and of the behaviour of structures such as the captain’s chair. This will be done by analysing both real sea and customer usage data. 

This experiment will evaluate the use of Cloud-based-HPC to speed up fluid and structural simulations in the design of boats and so to provide a boat design service. This service from Holonix will give boat manufacturers a competitive advantage through shorter development times and improved boat design.

EPC

EPC is a Spanish SME specialising in the manufacture of camshafts. These are critical components in high power engines where dimensional tolerances are very small. For this reason, EPC is always working to improve its quality-control process, integrating the latest innovations in hardware and software. The integration and exploitation of 3D optical scanning systems for dimensional quality control in manufacture results in significant benefits in terms of time and dimensional information generated compared to traditional tactile technologies.

However, the use of such systems has to overcome issues associated with the processing, analysis and storage of the huge amount of data acquired.

For example, a typical file size is around 300 Megabytes, representing 15 million points. This means that a single company generates several Terabytes of information in short periods of time to be processed by a metrology service provider such as Unimetrik. At the same time, metrology software developers such as Datapixel have to work on the optimisation of their processing algorithms to enable quicker access to the information contained in the data collected. The use of Cloud-based HPC has the potential to provide a detailed and quick analysis of manufacturing processes enabling significant improvements in the control of quality in production processes.

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Why Fortissimo

FORTISSIMO IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT THAT ENABLES EUROPEAN SMES TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY THROUGH THE USE OF SIMULATION SERVICES RUNNING ON A HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE. 

The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 123 partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. These partners are engaged in 53 experiments (case studies) where business relevant simulations of industrial processes are implemented and evaluated. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and is part of the I4MS Initiative.

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