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Title: H2020: seeking clusters involved in smart production
TypeName: Research & Development Request
Country: Germany
Summary: A German university and co-operating research institute are looking for research cooperation partners for the call FoF-12 (IA) ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs. The planned project aims at exchanging experience and enrolling the concept of competence centers in other areas in Europe. Thus they are looking for clusters that are connected with local businesses and experienced in advising SME in smart production. The university is already engaged in European projects. A coordinator is sought.
Description: A German university and co-operating research institute plan to take part in the Call FOF-12-2017. They are leading institutes in the domain of smart production technologies and have built up a competence center to advise regional SMEs. Within this call the research institutes would like to co-operate with partners who share the aim of spreading ICT know how to SMEs by creating competence centers. The aim of the project is to enroll the concept of competence centers in other areas in Europe. The intended benefit is to transfer know-how about how to train and inform SMEs about increasing digitalization, how to demonstrate technologies and how to transfer those concurrently into SME production systems.

The university and the research institute have the following competences, expertisde and experience:
Within several research and transfer projects, both software and hardware have been developed to implement ICT solutions in regional industry. The main research focus has been on data analytics and cloud services, condition monitoring, sensor fusion, internet of things and direct digital manufacturing. Digital solutions are developed along the complete value chain of the product development cycle to support efficient production processes.

As they are located in a German region with a high density of manufacturing companies, close collaboration has been established with local industry. This contributes to highly innovative cluster building in the area of ICT, automation and smart production. As a result, a competence center could be established that serves as a main contact and information point for SMEs to access new technologies in ICT. The team is well experienced in the establishment of competence and demonstration centers.

Partners sought for the researh co-operation in this project are clusters who deal with smart production technologies and who are experienced in working with SME. The competences should lie in building networks and in transferring technological know-how to manufacturing SMEs. Ideally, the partners are already engaged in European projects and have leading competencies in ICT, especially in robotics.

A coordinator is required.

Through the co-operation the partners intend to build up competence centers to strengthen the collaborative network, develop additional concepts for dissemination and to follow common strategies for making SMEs fit for ICT all over Europe.

Call: FOF-12-2017: ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS); CSA Coordination and support action, IA Innovation action:

Deadline: 19 January 2017

Deadline for expressions of interest: 20 December 2016
Advantages: Advantages and Innovations - Experienced partner in ICT transfer to SME - Experienced partner in bulding competence centers - Coordinator and partner in several EU projects - Leading research in data analytics, integration and connectivity in production systems - Research institutes in IoT, CPS and modelling, additive manufacturing - Demonstration and competence center in smart production
Comments: Programme-Call Framework Programme H2020 Call title and identifier INDUSTRY 2020 IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY Call: FOF-12-2017: ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS), IA Innovation action, Deadline: 19 January 2017 Coordinator Required Yes Deadline for Call 19 Jan 2017 Weblink to The Call http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal4/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/fof-12-2017.html
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