Welcome to the SMILE-DIH 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 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.

The I4MS initiative in short

With this summary document, published in June 2016, the European Commission described the I4MS initiative put in place to improve the digital transformation of the European manufacturing sector. It contains the projects in phase 1 and 2, some success stories, the expected results and describes the creation of European Competence Centers and Digital Innovation Hubs.

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 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 ASTER, for example, can boast 1,052 specialists and in particular:



Research centers


Use Cases of IoT and CPS technologies

A review of projects followed by the SMILE Digital Innovation Hub, described in brief

Keep in touch with us

SMILE RDMI Hub project has received funding from the European Union through I4MS (founded under grant agreement No EPCC2017/LGH/MS), initiative promoted by the EC to support the European leadership in manufacturing through the adoption of ICT technologies, and Fortissimo 2 Project (founded under grant agreement No 678860).