The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is bringing intelligent and smart manufacturing solutions. However, besides the great potential, it also poses considerable challenges for educational systems and industry. A lot of enterprises, especially those of small and medium size, are not capable of remaining competitive in the market. The INforM project provided customised support to small and medium-sized mechatronics and mechanical engineering companies in the region, helping them to benefit from the trend toward “smart factories”.
Customised solutions for SMEs
The project consortium thoroughly assessed the needs of the mechatronics and mechanical engineering SMEs in the region, compiled the existing innovation support infrastructure. Responding to the actual needs of the enterprises, the project came up with a set of practical smart engineering and educational solutions and provided them to the companies through the digital platform.
0.00MillionEni + Russia
Digital platform as the source of knowledge and help
The project developed a comprehensive and multifunctional digital platform for SMEs in the field of manufacturing, mechatronics, and mechanical engineering. The platform provides various smart solutions and support tools developed within the project, as well as the gathered existing knowledge and competencies. It, therefore, serves as a good place for SMEs to start when they face a challenge in their digitalisation process or in manufacturing in general. It is a place where knowledge is accumulated, and where the companies can receive help and also share expertise to complement each other.
Continuous space for growth
A company participating in robot programming activities during the project was a good example on further learning. The company considered itself to be advanced in programming. The project activities made the company realise the untapped potential: there were so many functionalities the existence of which they had not been even aware.
Improved capacity for business support institutions
As a result of the project, also business-supporting institutions have increased their capacity to respond to the needs of the industries addressed by the project. For them, the project provided new knowledge to use for their training programmes and create new services and business models, as well as the chance to apply the existing knowledge of a larger geographical territory such as the Baltic Sea region.
Innovation Support Digital Framework for mechatronics and mechanical engineering SMEs
Smart Solutions Virtual Environment
Tallinn University of Technology
- RepresentativeKristo Karjust
Innovative Manufacturing Engineering Systems Competence Centre
- RepresentativeLiina Luup
Machine Technology Center Turku Ltd.
- RepresentativeJussi Karlsson
Lappeenranta University of Technology
- RepresentativeJuha Varis
WITHDRAWAL (01.04.2020) Developing Fyn
Vocational education and training center "Liepajas State Technical school"
- RepresentativeZane Aizupiete
Lithuanian Innovation Centre
- RegionVilniaus apskritis
- RepresentativeIngrida Tinfaviciene
Klaipeda Science and Technology Park
- RegionKlaipėdos apskritis
- RepresentativeAndrius Sutnikas
Torun Regional Development Agency