Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH


Industrial Equipment Design Centre

The CDEI is a technology innovation centre specialised in machine engineering with over 10 years of continuous experience. Its activities range from the conceptualisation, design, simulation and calculations required to produce new capital goods and products to the management of prototyping processes and testing.
Specifically, the CDEI's areas of activity are:

Development of industrial, scientific and leisure equipment based on client specifications, including:

• Conceptual and structural design of products and capital goods
• Simulation, calculation and sizing
• Prototyping and small batch production
• Human resource training

High-speed camera system

High-speed cameras facilitate the analysis and resolution of problems arising from the use of machinery in production. The many advantages they offer stem from the fact that they allow users to bypass slow and costly trial-and-error processes. The system offers:
• Video function and subsequent processing of images. Exhaustive data analysis.
• Mechanical failure detection in high-speed mechanisms.
• Analysis in different areas of activity.
• Detection of errors in production lines and vibrations in forming processes.

Expert reports

Due to malfunctions of industrial machinery for mechanical reasons. Patent comparisons.

Technical and strategic R&D and innovation consulting: collaboration and two-way technology transfer.

• Innovation committee
• Structuring and definition of the product range
• Definition of the product's modular architecture
• Consulting services for the organisation and management of technical offices
• Concurrent engineering

IN BLUE design: sustainable equipment design

Energy audit of the equipment for the operating process in which the machine is used.
Assessment of the energy strategy for the product and process.
Minimisation of the environmental impact of consumption and emissions over the full lifecycle.
Design to streamline packaging and transport (DFMA).
Application of renewable energies.
Glocalisation: global versus local optimums.

In order to provide highly effective solutions for the sector's technology needs, the professionals at the CDEI have tailored their skills and services to the demands of today's global world. To this end, the CDEI's work method consists in studying the entire operating process, the geographical, environmental and cultural context, and energy consumption from the very start, when the machine's specifications are being defined.


The CDEI offers its technological services in the following sectors:


Capital goods  





http://www.cdei.upc.edu | info.cit@upc.edu | +34.93.405.46.90 | +34.93.405.44.19

  • Bleeper

    Bleeper is a small, low-cost, highly versatile underwater robot that can be used for a wide range of purposes (scientific, leisure, etc.). The CDEI undertook the conceptual design, prototype design, prototype management (suppliers), testing and final revision of the design for manufacture. The end result cut costs compared to similar products, ensured the watertightness of the individual components and enabled operations at depths of up to 100 metres.

  • Motorised hook

    This project met the client's stated need for a cargo hook with an automatic latching and release mechanism. The motorised hook won first prize in the 8th edition of the UPC awards for the best technology transfer project.

  • Eequipment for modelling subsidence

    CDEI UPC & CITCEA UPC have developed a new subsidence modelling equipment that can measure the temperature and pressure on the cut edge and apply high pressures and cutting speeds to an analysed sample of land. This will reveal in greater detail the characteristics of land that is prone to subsidence, in order to avoid building on such sites or in surrounding areas. In the long-term, the equipment can help to reduce the material and human damage caused by constructing buildings and public works on unstable land. The equipment will enable experimentation with the thermal-hydraulic-mechanical model created in the UPC’s ETCG, and will help to validate a theory to predict the appearance of rapid subsidence.