The Institute of Design and Manufacturing (IDF) is a technology research institute located at the Polytechnic City of Innovation, the Science Park of the Technical University of Valencia.
The legal structure of the IDF, like the rest of the Technology Institutes, is one of a private business association as a nonprofit organization, formed primarily by companies and institutions located in the Valencia region. Additionally, researchers and technology specialists from the Technical University of Valencia collaborate with the IDF.
The IDF helps to support institutional policies in the comprehensive development of products from their design to their production. Thus, the collaboration between IMPIVA and the IDF is very close both in the pursuit of policies that promote design in business and government as well as in the training of managers of design and innovation for technology institutes sectors. Given the multidisciplinary and uniform nature of the IDF, its activities support both PYMES as well as sector-specific technological institutes.
In the field of design management, work is done on design and innovation audits, design evaluation systems, definition of scenarios, and sectoral analysis. The IDF uses systematic methodologies in order to generate new products and services which include searching for new opportunities, idea generation, obtaining models and prototypes and visual communication of the product. In the conceptual phase of product, extensive use is made of computer technologies with applications in conceptual design, generation of computer models, rapid prototyping or CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM integration.
The IDF also works in the areas of management and information audits in PYMES, dissemination of information through the Internet, content and legal aspects of the information society, scientific knowledge networks, content standardization, e-learning promotion of culture through information technologies, and the generation and distribution of content through video and audio.
From the standpoint of improving production processes, work is done on the design and planning of manufacturing processes, in high-speed machining, in process control and in manufacturing using new polymeric compound materials. In this last area, research is conducted on the phenomena of investigation forming resin transfer useful in industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, construction, etc.. In this field we work in close collaboration with other institutes of IMPIVA such as AIMPLAS. The IDF is also headquarters of the RED COMPO, which brings together the leading manufacturers of polymeric materials in Europe.
The IDF carries out extensive work in relation to the introduction of modern industrial automation systems and robotic systems. The automation of freight transport in industrial plants and the development of monitoring, diagnosis, control and communications are present in a large number of implemented industrial solutions. Additionally, IDF works in the development of telemetry systems, remote teleoperation and telecontrol, as well as the integration of sensing systems such as laser scanners, infrared vision cameras , ultrasound sensors, etc.. Many of these are used both for monitoring and quality control.
Finally, to conclude the capabilities of the IDF, other lines of work include the group of vehicles and transport both in relation to the evaluation of vehicle dynamics and structural design, as well as the adaptation of cars for disabled drivers.
In this sense, the IDF is the only center in Spain where there is development of pilot project in collaboration with the Directorate General of Traffic in order to have a comprehensive assessment of disabled drivers. It is in the process of developing a protocol that can be applied to the rest of the country. The recent creation within CEVACO Institute (Center for Evaluation of adapted vehicles and disabled drivers) under the auspices of the Regional Government and SEPIVA serves as additional support for the work of this research group.
From the viewpoint of graduate training and education, the IDF leads doctoral programs as well as the following degrees:
• Master's Degree in "Styling" and Design of Automobile Concepts.
• Master's Degree in Contents and Legal Aspects of the Information Society.
• Master's Degree in Integrated Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing.
The connection between the IDF and the Automotive Sector is a very strong one, covering various areas of research and technology transfer to the industry and even to educators. In this regard, and by way of example, listed below are some of our activities:
1.The IDF incorporates the Center for Assessment of Adapted vehicles and Disabled Drivers (CEVACO) created in 2004 by the Regional Government and supported by SEPIVA. In CEVACO, and with the collaboration of the Directorate General of Traffic and the Department of Health, a driving experience is beind developed which is unique in Spain.
2.The IDF has a prepared Feasibility Plan for CEVACO regarding their possible transformation into a specific ITV for adapted vehicles. Furthermore, the IDF has participated in several European projects aimed at designing a common protocol for assessing disabled drivers.
3.The IDF manages the UPV Automovie Laboratory, which is accredited by the Ministry at a national level under the coordination of the Adapted and Transport Vehicles Group. In addition, the staff of this group maintains projects for FIAT that are within the "Autonomy" program and that focus on the design of specific adaptations for their vehicles.
4.It should be noted that at the IDF, significant R&D activities are being carried out in the field of development of driving simulators for all types of drivers. To date, these simulators have been used in the evaluation of disabled drivers, but their use has also spread to other drivers in specific situations. It should also be highlighted that there is an agreement between the IDF and the the Valencia Center for Driver Training (CEVEP) in order to have access to current IDF simulators as well as to the future development of more specific ones.
5.The IDF also coordinated the 13th European Congress of Automotive Engineering (EAEC 2011) organized by the EAEC and which is composed of various European societies of auotomotive engineers and technicians, built in turn, worldwide, in FISITA (International Federation Federation of Automotive Engineers and Technicians).
6. The IDF carries out important research and development in the automobile sector, a highlights would be the project "System of Surface Defect Detection by Artificial Vision", which also has an international patent. This system is currently implemented in the production chain in Almussafes FORD, currently inspecting all production (about 1,500 vehicles / day).
7. There are many other R&D&i activities that include both aspects of design and manufacture of various vehicles and whose know-how is directly transferable to projects in the automotive industry. Not to mention the aspects of improving product and process integration or CAD/CAM/Robotics of interest to all ancillary industry sectors.
8. The IDF also strong experience in R&D&i regarding the development of telemetry systems, remote teleoperation and the integration of sensing systems such as laser scanners, cameras and infrared vision, ultrasound sensors, etc., which are useful in the development of modern security systems.
9. It should be mentioned that several research projects are being carried out in the field of automated driving, such as in motor vehicles, industrial and agricultural vehicles, aircraft and submarines. Several of these projects have also covered issues such as traffic management and relevant logistics.
10.The IDF participates in the Shell Eco-Marathon. For the 25th edition of the competition in 2009, the IDF achieved 2nd place in the ethanol category, with a mark of 549km runs on the equivalent of one liter of fuel. It ranks as the 4th best Spanish team in all categories.
11. In the academic field, the IDF offers the only Master's Degree program in Automotive Design, with collaboration with PSA-Peugeot/Citroen.
12.Last but not least, the IDF is home to the COMPO Network, which brings together the leading manufacturers of polymeric materials in Europe. These new materials are becoming increasingly influential in the automotive sector.
13.The Institute of Design and Manufacturing (IDF) is a full member of the Valencian Association of the Automotive Industry (AVIA) and participates actively in the R&D&i sectors organized within it.
14.Finally, the University has brought about the the creation of the Association for Research in Design and Manufacturing, providing its researchers through R&D&i. Currently, the IDF is associated with companies in car manufacturing,such as Ford, and with companies in other automotive sectors such as trains, trams and even sailing.