At Carretta, we believe in open innovation and a circular economy.


To expand our skill set and expertise, we have adopted a path of innovation in strong synergy with external collaborations, startups, universities, research institutions, suppliers, and consultants

Smart Factory 4.0

A wealth of opportunities present in our HUB that we make available to customers who have developed a desire to innovate in Smart Factory 4.0 with a system view of mechatronic engineering with a strategic focus.

Circular economy

A research pathway that is also useful to industry as it moves toward circular economy principles in managing its offcuts, with a shift from a linear waste-generating system to one of reuse and regeneration.


The European SMEs Robotic Applications (ESMERA) project is a program funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 initiative. ESMERA is aimed at supporting European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, test, and implement new technologies, including robotics. ESMERA is coordinated by four robotics skill centers – the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, University of Patras (LMS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the IK4 TEKNIKER technology center, and the Technical University of Munich with the support of three leading industrial partners (RU Robots, Blue Ocean Robotics and COMAU).

Carretta in close collaboration with the Smart Mini Factory Lab (Laboratory for Industry 4.0 UniBZ), has proposed the Wire Cobots project for ESMERA, developing a solution for improving efficiency and safety in the production of electrical wiring harnesses through the use of collaborative robots.


HBI was founded as an innovative startup in 2016 to develop solutions for industry by conducting research, development, prototyping, and the demonstration of innovative technologies and design for the promotion and implementation of circular economy and sustainability.

HBI has developed and patented an innovative system for the treatment of sewage sludge, enabling the production of renewable energy and the recovery of high-value-added materials contained in it. The 4.0 approach to systems thus becomes part of HBI’s paradigm in which, thanks to Carretta’s collaboration, the two macro trends of green economy and digitalization meet and merge. In this initiative, Carretta positions itself as an industrial and strategic partner in the development of technology.

Smart Mini Factory Lab

The Smart Mini Factory lab is a learning and factory lab used for teaching and applied research. It is designed to study and simulate manufacturing approaches, technologies, and methods in the context of Industry 4.0:

  • Automation and robotics
  • Mechatronics and electrical drives
  • Human-machine collaboration
  • Hybrid assembly systems
  • Manufacturing assistance systems
  • Virtual / augmented reality
  • Industry 4.0 and learning factory
  • 4.0 Manufacturing

One objective of the lab is to create a platform where researchers, students, and industry come together to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from research to industry.