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Mexico has the challenge of assimilating Industry 4.0 in all its sectors to benefit the country's social and economic development: experts

"Industry 4.0 (I 4.0) is a convergence between diverse technologies and digital platforms that helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adapt and create solutions to the current market needs with new customers and digital generations," said the technologist Horman Millán, in his lecture during the Second Journey of Innovation and Competitiveness Industry 4.0, on June 13, before about 200 attendees.

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During his presentation Beyond Intelligent Manufacturing, Millán mentioned how technology-based businesses and innovative companies nowadays evolve their products, processes, services and content with the help of digital platforms.

At the inauguration of the event, which focused on highlighting the opportunities that I 4.0 can offer to Mexican companies and which took place at the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA), Miguel Ángel Margáin, Managing Director of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), highlighted the important alliance that IMPI, the United States-Mexico Foundations for Science (FUMEC) and National Financial (NAFIN), have carried out to foster support for patenting, innovation and competitiveness.

Likewise, he said that we are facing the fourth industrial revolution and that, in intellectual property, Mexico has many opportunities. "Innovation has a vehicle through which it is marketed and protected, this is the Industrial Property," said Margáin.

For its part, NAFIN's Director of Alternate Channels, Carlos Cobb, said that in Mexico there are great opportunities to develop and innovate the Intelligent Manufacturing, and reiterated that for the institution he represents, it’s of great interest to support innovation and patenting.

Rodrigo Castañeda, National Vice President of Innovation, Development of Science and Technology CANACINTRA, said that I 4.0 represents a wonderful opportunity for Mexico. "We are facing a unique opportunity to be protagonists of this industrial revolution," he said.

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The Executive Director of FUMEC, Guillermo Fernández, thanked the support and trust of allied institutions and attendees. In addition, during his presentation The Intelligent Manufacturing and its perspectives for Mexico, he explained the impact that I 4.0 can play in the productivity and innovation of SMEs in Mexico, as it reduces time, costs and makes companies more competitive.

Carlos Meneses, Coordinator of Intelligent and Automotive Manufacturing at FUMEC, spoke about how the Intelligent Manufacturing has helped SMEs in their production developments and announced projects demonstrating the use of advanced modeling and simulation systems using high computation methods Performance, through which design and manufacturing times and costs were reduced by between 20 and 30 percent, as well as opening new market opportunities for Molds and Dies SMEs.

In her participation, Guillermina Avendaño, Coordinator of Microsystems and Advanced Electronics of FUMEC, talked about the technologies that integrate I 4.0. She mentioned that for the next year 30% of the implementation in robotics will be focused on intelligent collaborative machines that will be three times faster than the current robots.

Víctor Hugo Lara, Director of the Industrial Division of the Technological University of Querétaro (UTEQ), spoke about the Center for Creativity and Innovation 4.0 that installed this institution and how it seeks to boost development in Mexico through many educational programs associated with I 4.0, which were integrated with FUMEC.

This second edition of the event, organized by the IMPI-FUMEC-NAFIN Patenting Support Program, had as a parallel objective to provide all the assistants with useful tools for the promotion of intellectual property and, simultaneously with the presentations, specialized technical pre-selection interviews for admission to the program.

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In that way, Marina Olimpia Castro, IMPI Departmental Electrical Background Inspector, highlighted the elements that the patent offices must cover when it comes to protection in terms of Software, and exemplified the technical elements to obtain those benefits.

On the other hand, Antonio Parra, Deputy Director of the Software Industry of the Ministry of Economy (SE), said that for this institution, current work guides focus on innovation and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He also said that work is being done on entrepreneurship initiatives to create innovation ecosystems through eight strategies and public policies that drive industrial digitization in Mexico.

To conclude the first day of the event, Ana Laura Fernández, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Capital of NAFIN, spoke about the funds that the institution grants to entrepreneurs and technology-based projects. She mentioned that the most important projects currently focus on information, health and transport technologies.

During the second day of the Journey, a 22-project runway was carried out, previously benefited by the IMPI-FUMEC-NAFIN Patent Supporting Program, before investment funds from NAFIN's Entrepreneurial Capital. As part of the investors, Ercus Group attended the Agroindustry sector; Attitude, Technological Innovation in valuation of intangibles and technology, as well as GC Capital, Ideas and Capital, IMPI and Angel Capital.

Clean Technologies, Health and Agroindustry were among the sectors that covered the projects, among which a telemedicine system for consultation services, diagnosis and medical treatment at a distance; a cranial orthotic device with independent detachable internal sections, to reshape cranial deformities in infants; and a portable electrical device for obtaining electrocardiograms.

It should be mentioned that the program, whose operation began in 2012, has carried out more than 500 specialized services in the field of Intellectual and Industrial Property, and in 2016 only 43 patentability analyzes, 11 strategic surveillance and 35 patent drafts or utility models. During the five years of operation of the IMPI-FUMEC-NAFIN Patent Supporting Program, more than 300 participants have been benefited. 

To know more about this Patenting Program, access here: patenta.me

You can find the photos of the event by clicking here.

Víctor Hugo Lara, Director of the Industrial Division of the Technological University of Querétaro (UTEQ), spoke about the Center for Creativity and Innovation 4.0 that installed this institution and how it seeks to boost development in Mexico through many educational programs associated with I 4.0, which were integrated with FUMEC.

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