Innovation Framework for Challenge Oriented Intelligent Manufacturing
INforM
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.1 Research & innovation infrastructures

INforM

The INforM project provides support to small and medium sized mechatronics and mechanical engineering companies in the ongoing digital transformation process. The continuous digitalisation of value chains called Industry 4.0 brings with it great challenges for smaller companies. The project plans to enable companies to benefit from the trend towards smart factories, which operate mainly based on intelligent, IT and web-based processes.
Project summary

The INforM challenge

Industry 4.0 is related to the fourth industrial revolution, which introduces intelligent solutions to the manufacturing industry, turning it into a "smart factory". The process holds huge potential but also considerable challenges for educational systems and industry. In the context of the changes brought by Industry 4.0, a lot of enterprises, especially those of small and medium size, are not capable of remaining competitive on the market.

The INforM solution

The project INforM creates a cross-sectorial Innovation Support Digital Framework to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the digital transformation process. The Framework develops and implements customised smart engineering and educational solutions responding to the actual needs of the enterprises around the Baltic Sea in order to ensure their competitiveness and productivity.

The INforM activities

The project INforM maps challenges in the regions, the regions’ specific competences and existing best collaboration practices. A transregional collaboration model for Innovation Support Digital Framework provides SMEs with access to analyses, knowledge, solutions and case studies. By means of the Smart Solutions Virtual Platform, SMEs receive tailored engineering, educational and consultancy support, assistance to introduce new digital solutions and analysis of their performance afterwards.

Budgets

INforM
in numbers
  • 1.87
    Million
    Total
  • 1.53
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The project has run the so-called digital analysis in six Member States, which involved 300 companies. It focused on the digitalisation level of local mechatronics and mechanical engineering companies. The analysed companies proved to mainly use different digital tools and automation applications on their way towards Industry 4.0, with larger companies being much more advanced.

The digitalisation level also differed nationally, although the difference was not very high, with the highest level found in Finland and lowest in Denmark.

Based on the expert analysis, feedback was given to each small and medium-sized enterprise, which increased their strategical capabilities.
Based on the experience, the project set up “use case teams”. Beyond other means of exchange, a digital collaboration framework has been created.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Tallinn University of Technology

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
273,800.00
59.437215524.7453688

Innovative Manufacturing Engineering Systems Competence Centre

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
329,000.00
59.437215524.7453688

Machine Technology Center Turku Ltd.

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
238,700.00
60.451753122.2670522

Lappeenranta University of Technology

  • Town
    Lappeenranta
  • Region
    Etelä-Karjala
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
197,375.00
61.058371328.1862742

WITHDRAWAL (01.04.2020) Developing Fyn

  • Town
    Odense M
  • Region
    Fyn
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
96,165.00
55.399722510.3852104

Vocational education and training center "Liepajas State Technical school"

  • Town
    Liepāja
  • Region
    Kurzeme
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
168,300.00
56.524352621.0170515

Lithuanian Innovation Centre

  • Town
    Vilnius
  • Region
    Vilniaus apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
198,375.00
54.687045825.2829111

Klaipeda Science and Technology Park

  • Town
    Klaipeda
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
178,000.00
54.292469222.8131913

Torun Regional Development Agency

  • Town
    Toruń
  • Region
    Bydgosko-Toruński
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
185,500.00
53.010272118.6048094