CiTin promotes a sustainable, resilient and human-centric industry
It creates flexible solutions for smart & collaborative manufacturing
WHAT IS CITIN?
CiTin – Industrial Technological Interface Center is a scientific, technological and technical assistance association, non-profit and of private nature. It is focused on the development of Applied R&D, Technology Transfer and Advanced Training Activities. It aims to operate as a driving force for innovation in a symbiotic and synergistic industrial ecosystem. CiTin resulted from the joint collaboration of 12 private industrial companies, two public entities (CIM Alto Minho and Municipality of Arcos de Valdevez), two private institutions of public interests (CEVAL and In.Cubo) and one higher education institution (Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo).
HOW IT IS ORGANIZED?
CiTin is organized in three major departments: the Advanced Manufacturing Systems Department, centered on the design and development of new manufacturing systems by taking advantage of innovative technologies (cobots, additive manufacturing, etc.) and innovative processes (flexible manufacturing, etc.) to improve the competitiveness of the industrial sector; the Cyber-Physical Systems Department is focused on the development of intelligent systems, that include digitization, communication networks and physical processes control, using distributed computational resources, not only enhancing the potential of the factory floor but also the overall business value chain; and the Mobility and Environment Department, which is dedicated to the production of automotive components and to the new materials’ development, with the goal of promoting eco-innovation mechanisms and thus foster circular economy. CiTin creates value, improves quality, has production flexibility and market responsiveness.
HOW IT DOES STRATEGICALLY?
CiTin supports companies in solving the problems that hinder their growth and in the continuous improvement of their processes. It acts as an innovation driver by fostering the development of their competencies towards the Industry 5.0 paradigm, where humans and machines harmoniously cooperate to build the factory of the future. Since the beggining, Citin has been fostering the economic potential of the region by attracting investment, establishing partnerships among organizations, development of technology transfer activities, conducting scientific and technological dissemination and creating technological, sustainable and disruptive initiatives promoted in partnership between companies, academia and public utility entities.
CITIN'S MAIN ACTIVITIES
TECHNOLOGY SURVEILLANCE AND INTELLIGENCE
– Informational service (technological dissemination, financing, etc.)
– Institutional cooperation service (technical-scientific cooperation, training, etc.)
– Industrial and intellectual property support service
– Technology transfer service
TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC
– R&D services
– Technology and innovation services
– Diagnostic and consulting services
– Rapid prototyping Services
– Specialized Technical Training Services
– Postgraduate and Masters (partnerships with Higher Education Institutions)
– Doctorates (partnerships with Universities and Polytechnics)
By 2026, to be recognized as an excellence leading center for cross-disciplinary research, innovation, and technology transfer in advanced manufacturing technologies and cyber-physical production systems
Promote sustainable and resilient industrial development through the creation of new and human-centric manufacturing technologies and processes.
To foster an inclusive, encouraging and supportive community built on trust and underpinned by technical and scientific excellence that values the intersection of distinct knowledge areas.