New Prato:
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Research and entrepreneurship

The PIN laboratories

Research and entrepreneurship

University laboratories create innovation for companies and institutions. In Prato, at the PIN - “Città di Prato” University Centre, 32 university laboratories, specialized in different fields, operate in numerous industrial sectors: Environment, Art and Cultural Heritage, Design, Economy and Management, Information & Communication Technology, Applied Social Sciences, Industrial Technologies and Logistics, Chemistry and Medical Area. The laboratories work on applied research projects with a local, national and international focus, and are commissioned by agencies, private companies and public institutions, or financed through regional, national and European programmes.
The results of this research work provide the city's industrial and institutional system with new technology and innovative methods.
Companies, associations and institutions interested in participating or promoting research projects can contact PIN, which can offer comprehensive and customized solutions, thanks to the multidisciplinary, high-level expertise they can provide and the possibility of accessing the vast range of resources of the University of Florence.


The offer of qualified scientific expertise is complemented by analytical services and identification of funding opportunities, preparation of applications, project management and financial reporting of projects.

Each year over 100 applied research projects are undertaken at PIN, as a result of requests from companies or public or private bodies. The research groups collaborate with the requesters in analyzing what is needed and in developing possible solutions: the combination of University expertise and entrepreneurial approach are the key to success.

The following are some examples:
Recycling of materials, reuse of waste, use of natural ingredients to replace polluting products, recovery of biomass to use as energy source, protection of biodiversity.
These are all issues concerning sustainable development, a way of working which, in addition to being ethical, has strong marketing potential: more and more people are basing their purchasing decisions on these criteria. The QUMAP laboratory (Laboratory of Quality of Goods and Product Reliability) helps companies put these principles in practice, optimizing production processes and increasing the yield of finished products in the following sectors: textiles, food, furniture, cosmetics, pharmaceutics and agriculture.
Mechanical design, Numerical simulations, 3d scanning and reverse engineering, Additive Manufacturing, Acoustics, 3D CAD, and Machine Vision.
The SMIPP laboratory (Tools and Methodologies for Product and Process Innovation) has the expertise necessary for introducing changes in the way companies operate and manufacture products.

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