Solutions and services for manufacturing SMEs to help grow your business.

The Marketplace

Are you a manufacturing SME?

The Fortissimo Marketplace will provide one-stop, pay-per-use, on-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources including software, hardware and expertise.

The marketplace will help you find novel solutions to your challenges, discover new opportunities and bring together all necessary actors to construct the exact solution that meets your business requirements.

  • On-demand access to advanced simulation and modelling resources
  • Access to state-of-the-at HPC facilities
  • Matchmaking services
  • Access to a Capability register advertising and promoting services
  • Run simulations in hours rather than days
  • Access to best-practice guides

Success Stories

Fortissimo has already helped hundreds of businesses realise their ideas. The following is a selection of our recent successes.

Zeco

Zeco is an Italian SME from the renewable energy sector. It specialises in the production of different types of water turbine. Nowadays, the renewable energy sector is one of the most competitive and promising markets, as efficiency and pollution constraints are becoming increasingly strict. SMEs like Zeco must develop and innovate their products to remain competitive. High-fidelity simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an essential tool for turbine designers because it results in better designs for less effort and lower cost. 

However, for Zeco and, in general for SMEs, the main obstacle to the full exploitation of CFD tools is the necessary computing power, which can be considerable and which requires the use of HPC. A further obstacle is the lack of skills in both CFD and in HPC which need to be provided by external experts. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate how all the necessary resources can be assembled to give ZECO a one-stop-shop for the simulation of turbines leading to business benefits across the whole value chain.

Sisener Ingenieros

Sisener Ingenieros, a Spanish SME, is an engineering company whose main market is in energy projects, especially in the field of renewables. Projects undertaken by Sisener need accurate topographical information not only to determine the earthworks to be performed, which depends on intrinsic information, such as levels, slopes and volumes, but also for the overall design of the installation. The work involved in obtaining topographic information from surveys and converting it into a usable format is both time-consuming and expensive. Ingeniería y Control Electrónico (Ingecon), a Spanish SME, develops and sells software for managing cartographic data.

The use of accurate maps is essential in the optimum design of substructures comprising earthworks (where the selection of appropriate materials is important), drainage (including prefabricated components, such as piping) and equipment to satisfy the relevant requirements of international standards. Globally, several tens of thousands of maps need to be analysed each year in the wind farm area alone. The objective of this experiment is to demonstrate how Cloud-based HPC can be used to convert and manage cartographic data across a range of formats and resolutions in order to improve the design process of wind farms and to reduce overall costs.

Albemarle Corporation

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine, refining catalysts and applied surface treatments. We power the potential of companies in many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to aerospace and electronics. Working side-by-side with our customers, we develop value-added, customized solutions that make them more competitive. Our solutions combine the finest technology and ingredients with the knowledge and knowhow of our highly experienced and talented team of operators, scientists and engineers.

Discovering and implementing new and better performance-based sustainable solutions is what motivates all of us. We think beyond business-as-usual to drive innovations that create lasting value. Albemarle employs approximately 6,900 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. We regularly post information to Albemarle, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, non-GAAP reconciliations, SEC filings and other information regarding our company, its businesses and the markets it serves.

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Why Fortissimo

FORTISSIMO IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT THAT ENABLES EUROPEAN SMES TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY THROUGH THE USE OF SIMULATION SERVICES RUNNING ON A HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE. 

The project is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh and involves 123 partners including Manufacturing Companies, Application Developers, Domain Experts, IT Solution Providers and HPC Cloud Service Providers from 14 countries. These partners are engaged in 53 experiments (case studies) where business relevant simulations of industrial processes are implemented and evaluated. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme and is part of the I4MS Initiative.

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