Welcome to the SMILE-DIH's website

SMILE-DIHSmart Manufacturing Innovation Lean Excellence centre Digital Innovation Hub is based in Parma (Italy) and is part of the European network I4MS (Regional Digital Innovation Hubs network).

SMILE-DIH = Industry 4.0

SMILE-DIH was born to activate and stimulate digital transformation, in particular, of small and medium-sized companies, but also of large Italian manufacturing companies.

SMILE-DIH makes your dream possible

SMILE-DIH can help you to make a dream come true: transform your company into a Smart Factory.

The Italian DIH site of the Confindustria's system

preparatialfuturo.confindustria.it is the website of the Italian network of DIHs of Confindustria based on the Industria 4.0 Plan of the Italian Government. Our SMILE-DIH is also part of it.

What can SMILE-DIH do? (objectives and first level activities)


Create an ecosystem

Workshops, company visits, conferences, brokerage, project development

Market ratings

Commercial evaluations, feasibility studies, intellectual property evaluations

Provide skills

Research and Development projects, consultancy

Dissemination and awareness raising

Conferences, newsletters, publications, lobbying activities

Trend analysis

Forecast studies, market surveys

Obtain the infrastructure

Pilot production infrastructures, laboratories, demonstrations, validating solutions

Education and information

Training courses, hosting training institutes, webinar

Product ratings

Listen to the “customer’s voice” and develop the business accordingly


Digital market, brokerage sessions to innovate, access to finance

Now, with SMILE-DIH, you can make your factory smart.

The competitiveness of Italian manufacturing companies depends on their ability to provide highly innovative products, where innovation often comes from the progress that can be achieved through the adoption of ICT solutions. The solution to this need can be provided by a Digital Innovation Hub like ours, which aims to promote cutting-edge technologies and disseminate ICT-based research projects.
SMILE-DIH deals directly with the Industrial Internet of Things and Ciber-Physical Systems but, thanks to the European network of which it is a part, can help you to identify all the solutions in Industry 4.0 (eg robotics, simulation services based on cloud and high performance computing systems, additive manufacturing, laser-based applications, intelligent sensor-based equipment).

SMILE-DIH: a single interlocutor for high added value services

(objectives and second level activities)

Observatory on KETs

KETs (Key Enabling Technologies) allows growth and employment because they allow new solutions or technologies through research experiences capable of revitalizing the production system

Services for Manufacturing and ICT companies

Digital Maturity Index Assessment, guidelines for defining functional business goals for digital transformation, feasibility studies and business case development

Shared Projects and Services

We make projects and/or services that meet specific collective needs, we help to standardize procedures and protocols for collecting and analyzing useful data to control business processes

Single project and/or service

Activities that respond to the need for a single subject

Seminars / Training

Activities carried out in cooperation with qualified training institutes

The territorial ecosystem to which we address

Industry 4.0 is the engine that must accelerate the competitiveness of the enterprises of the territorial economic system in which the HUB is inserted.

SMILE-DIH mainly addresses its activities to all companies based in the Emilia-Romagna Region and an area composed of the provinces of Pavia, Cremona, Mantua, La Spezia, Massa Carrara and Livorno (known as the “integrated area“) that shares the strategies and the policies for the development of the Unione Parmense degli Industriali, through the direct and coordinated support of the respective local associations belonging to the Confindustria’s system.

We coordinate applied industrial research projects with a series of accredited Competence Centers.

The only Rete Alta Tecnologia (High Technology Network) of the Emilia-Romagna Region coordinated by ART-ER, for example, can boast 1,052 specialists and in particular:



Research centers


In evidence

Fondirigenti – Digital skills for the food industry

Fondirigenti – Digital skills for the food industry

Research services for the identification of enabling technological solutions, the modeling of competences and the experimentation of training programs for digital animators aimed at managers looking for employment in companies in the food supply chain in the province of Parma.

I4MS presents its Tech4Corporate technology report

I4MS presents its Tech4Corporate technology report

I4MS is constantly evolving to adapt its mechanism to the goal of digitizing the EU manufacturing industry. I4MS focuses a lot on European SMEs. However, companies - as well as other intermediate players in the sector such as System Integrators or technical...

From theory to practice, journey into the home of industry 4.0

From theory to practice, journey into the home of industry 4.0

Class CNBC takes you to a real smart factory with a special episode of Italia 4.0 from the Siemens Application Technology Center (TAC) in Piacenza. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLASS CNBC SERVICE The TAC is proposed as: a demonstration center where to study the advantages...

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