Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Pan-European study on “Smart Engineering”

30.03.2017

The EU wants to help European SMEs to catch up with smart industry. To provide specific support, the EU has initiated a pan-European survey on “Smart Engineering”. The research project’s objective is to identify the actual situation of European companies on their way towards Industry 4.0, to sum up all national funding initiatives and to determine the actual demand of SMEs. The project is jointly conducted by 15 research institutions and companies from seven countries – among them the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH).

Smart engineering and networked systems revolutionize production industry. Machines learn how to intercommunicate and autonomously keep supplies coming, as soon as parts run low. Automated guided vehicles transport parts from the warehouse to the machine or they transport finished products to the shipping department. In modern factories, data is collected around the clock. With systematic data evaluation, companies can for example reduce maintenance costs and improve the quality of their products.


Keep Europe competitive – this is the reason why the EU supports small and medium-sized enterprises on their way to smart industry.

Photo credit: CC0 Public Domain

Small and medium-sized enterprises can also benefit from these developments. However, “the majority of SME managers is neither really aware of the basic developments and state-of-the-art of smart industry, nor do they have an idea how to deal with this issue professionally in their own company” – the tenor of an EU working paper on smart engineering.

“Other competitive markets, such as North America or Eastern Asia, seem to be much better prepared which should give Europe reason to worry.” Though many countries have already developed strategies to support countries on their way towards Industry 4.0, national activities mostly fail to provide opportunities for knowledge transfer and mutual learning. For this reason, the benefit for small and medium-sized companies remains limited.

To support the competitiveness of European SMEs, the European Union has initiated the research project “SMeART”. 15 research institutions and companies from seven countries are involved – among them the University of Applied Sciences for SMEs (FHM) and the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH).

Within the scope of the pan-European study, researchers will assess the status quo to get an overview of all funding initiatives of the 28 member states and to create a funding map in six languages (English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Slovenian). The map will show which regions are still in need of specific funding programmes.

Furthermore, the researchers will develop a stress test tool, giving small and medium-sized enterprises a means to find out their individual situation, i.e. how far they have already come on their way towards smart engineering and where they lag behind their competitors. In pilot projects, researchers will support selected companies in taking their next steps – for example when introducing new technologies.

Based on the research results, the European Union’s aim is to provide specific support to small and medium-sized enterprises to promote their transfer to smart industry – thus making them stay competitive compared to their international competitors. The research project “SMeART” is funded by the EU with about one million euros. The abbreviation stands for “Knowledge Alliance for Upskilling Europe’s SMEs to meet the challenges of Smart Engineering”. The project duration ends in December 2019.

For further information, please refer to http://www.smeart.iph-hannover.de

Susann Reichert | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

Further reports about: Integrierte Produktion SMEs Smart knowledge transfer new technologies

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Self-organising system enables motile cells to form complex search pattern
07.05.2019 | Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

nachricht Mouse studies show minimally invasive route can accurately administer drugs to brain
02.05.2019 | Johns Hopkins Medicine

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: New studies increase confidence in NASA's measure of Earth's temperature

A new assessment of NASA's record of global temperatures revealed that the agency's estimate of Earth's long-term temperature rise in recent decades is accurate to within less than a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit, providing confidence that past and future research is correctly capturing rising surface temperatures.

The most complete assessment ever of statistical uncertainty within the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP) data product shows that the annual values...

Im Focus: The geometry of an electron determined for the first time

Physicists at the University of Basel are able to show for the first time how a single electron looks in an artificial atom. A newly developed method enables them to show the probability of an electron being present in a space. This allows improved control of electron spins, which could serve as the smallest information unit in a future quantum computer. The experiments were published in Physical Review Letters and the related theory in Physical Review B.

The spin of an electron is a promising candidate for use as the smallest information unit (qubit) of a quantum computer. Controlling and switching this spin or...

Im Focus: Self-repairing batteries

UTokyo engineers develop a way to create high-capacity long-life batteries

Engineers at the University of Tokyo continually pioneer new ways to improve battery technology. Professor Atsuo Yamada and his team recently developed a...

Im Focus: Quantum Cloud Computing with Self-Check

With a quantum coprocessor in the cloud, physicists from Innsbruck, Austria, open the door to the simulation of previously unsolvable problems in chemistry, materials research or high-energy physics. The research groups led by Rainer Blatt and Peter Zoller report in the journal Nature how they simulated particle physics phenomena on 20 quantum bits and how the quantum simulator self-verified the result for the first time.

Many scientists are currently working on investigating how quantum advantage can be exploited on hardware already available today. Three years ago, physicists...

Im Focus: Accelerating quantum technologies with materials processing at the atomic scale

'Quantum technologies' utilise the unique phenomena of quantum superposition and entanglement to encode and process information, with potentially profound benefits to a wide range of information technologies from communications to sensing and computing.

However a major challenge in developing these technologies is that the quantum phenomena are very fragile, and only a handful of physical systems have been...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

SEMANTiCS 2019 brings together industry leaders and data scientists in Karlsruhe

29.04.2019 | Event News

Revered mathematicians and computer scientists converge with 200 young researchers in Heidelberg!

17.04.2019 | Event News

First dust conference in the Central Asian part of the earth’s dust belt

15.04.2019 | Event News

 
Latest News

On Mars, sands shift to a different drum

24.05.2019 | Physics and Astronomy

Piedmont Atlanta first in Georgia to offer new minimally invasive treatment for emphysema

24.05.2019 | Medical Engineering

Chemical juggling with three particles

24.05.2019 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>