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EasyHPC

Hub information

EDIH Title

easyHPC@eco.plastics.industry.WCG:An open HPC ecosystem for the ecological transformation and the advancement of the competitiveness of the Plastic Industry in the Regions of West & Central Greece

Geographical scope

National

Description

At “easyHPC” we aim at the digital and ecological transformation of the plastics and packaging industry in Greece. We want to create an open and viral ecosystem, where people can meet, communicate, acquire skills, and respond to industrial challenges or market impulses through open innovation, agility, experimentation, and co-development. We aspire to pave the way to industrial advancement, resilience, and green footprint reduction.

easyHPC” means for us ‘easy’, ‘digestible’, ‘flexible’, ‘awareness creation’. ‘HPC’ comes from “High Performance Computing”. The fundamental principle underpinned by easyHPC@eco.plastics.industry.WCG, as it is the integral name of the Hub, is the application of supercomputing (HPC) based strategies for Industry 4.0, combined with infrastructure adjustment, high scientific and technological training, advanced knowledge, and pioneering simulation algorithms developed by leading Greek Scientific and Research Laboratories.

In the plastics industry, the material itself is the major problem to face. It does not follow standard and conventional processing rules (industry 4.0 cannot effectively work as a ready to buy black box). Thus, from a rheological perspective, one needs high research and technological competence to handle plastics materials in product design and process development. In this sense, the global experience has shown that HPC simulations and modelling at the Molecular, Mesoscopic, and Macroscopic level, are the most advanced solutions to manage production parameters and conditions to achieve quality and avoid waste. This phenomenon scales up when one comes to the use of bio-based and recycled materials with unknown properties or non-uniform behaviour, which differ significantly from those of original, unprocessed polymers. Furthermore, as EU and society press for sustainability and green growth (consider the microplastics problem at sea and air), modelling and simulated design are of paramount importance.

easyHPC” has its headquarters in Patras, Greece with a national geographical scope. It is a triangular collaborative initiative between: Several Labs from the Departments of Chemical & Mechanical  Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Educational Sciences at the University of Patras and the University of Piraeus; Patras Science Park (PSP), a leading regional incubator and ecosystem supporter for innovative start-ups, and; The Association of Greek Manufacturers of Packaging and Materials (AGMPM) that represents a large number of manufacturers alongside the whole materials value chain, products and applications used in our day‑life.

In addition, “easyHPC” has the support of leading European Plastics Innovation Competence Centers, as well as other related industry organizations such as the ‘Plastics Recyclers Europe’, the ‘Association οf Greek Soft Drinks Industries’, or the ‘Federation of Hellenic Food Industries’. “easyHPC” already collaborates with other four leading EDIHs in similar and complementary fields of expertise.

The Hub endeavours to offer its customers a full range of services. Activities are organised around 4 technical and business-related modules, coupled with management, communication, dissemination and exploitation utilities. The objective is to provide companies an exciting “journey” map and framework to first design, develop and produce new materials with inherent ecological and functional characteristics, using a state-of-the-art production and software platform. Then improve competencies through advanced digital engineering courses, workshops, collaborative projects, student internships programs, and technical business publications.

In collaboration with market experts, create structural and long-last partnerships with leading European sectoral competence and research centres, as well as network with industry ecosystems and communities. Finally perform market and technology intelligence and seek for the most appropriate funding and investment opportunities.

 

Coordinator information

Contractual contact information

Yannis Dimakopoulos
+302610969565

Operational contact information

Dr. Yannis Dimakopoulos, Associate Professor
+302610969565

Coordinator address

University Campus
26504 Rio, Patras
Greece

Coordinator Business name

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Coordinator Legal name

Coordinator department

Department
of Chemical Engineering

Market and services

Technologies

Chemical engineering (plants, products)
5/5
Simulation engineering and modelling
5/5
High performance computing
4/5
Additive manufacturing
4/5
Cyber-physical systems
4/5
Digital twins
3/5
Laser-based manufacturing and materials processing
3/5
Human computer interaction
3/5

Sectors

Polimerler ve plastikler
5/5
Üretim ve işleme
5/5
Yiyecek ve içecekler
4/5
Eğitim
4/5
İnşaat ve Montaj
3/5
Çevre
3/5
NMP Metalik Olmayan Malzemeler ve temel süreçler
3/5
Havacılık
3/5
Savunma
3/5
Enerji, yakıtlar ve petrol mühendisliği
3/5
Denizcilik
3/5

Services

SME support
5/5
Technological innovation
5/5
Prototyping
5/5
Circular economy
4/5
Vocational training
4/5
Ecosystem building
4/5
Knowledge transfer
4/5
Technology transfer
4/5
Regional development
4/5
Innovation management
3/5
Finance
3/5

Beneficiaries

Contact Name Role Country Address Business Name Legal Name Participant Type Website
Dimitrios Karalekas Partner Greece 91, Al. Papanastasiou, 185 33 Piraeus, Greece UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS HEI http://www.kep.unipi.gr
Dimitrios Mandis Partner Greece 86, Marinou Antypa Str., 163 46 Athens, Greece Association of the Greek Manufacturers of Packaging & Materials OTH http://www.pac.gr
Vassilios Loukopoulos Partner Greece Stadiou Str., 265 04 Platani, Patras, Greece PATRAS SCIENCE PARK S.A. PRC http://www.psp.org.gr