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2019/06/14 7:22pm

INNO PROVEMENT Project Meeting in Vuokatti Dealing With the 4th Wave of Industrialisation

Industry 4.0
The international INNO PROVEMENT project objective is to increase the share and number of SMEs successfully implementing I4.0 related innovation projects in the partners’ regions and countries. The project is having its meeting in Vuokatti on 18th - 19th June 2019. Also local businesses are participated and local company Terrafame is visited on the 2nd day.

The Regional Council of Kainuu is partner (PP8) in the Interreg Europe project INNO PROVEMENT (Translating Industry 4.0 to improved SME policy instruments targeting innovation, index number PGI05280) that was approved under the 3rd call of the programme. The lead partner of the project is the Ministry of Finance of Hungary. Project partners come from the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Finland. The duration of the INNO PROVEMENT project is 60 months, 36 Months for Phase 1 and 24 months for Phase 2. It has a total budget of 1 767 677,00€. The Kainuu budget is 287 711,00€.

In Finland, Industry 4.0 is also often called the 4th Wave of industrialisation. The INNO PROVEMENT project is about strengthening Industry 4.0 (I 4.0) knowledge, applications and policies in the partner regions. It is especially about supporting SMEs so that they can better address the challenges the Industry 4.0 paradigm imposes to increase their competitiveness. Partners’ experience suggests that policy instruments targeted to SME innovation often struggle to support I4.0 related projects efficiently. In order to achieve these results, the INNO PROVEMENT project addresses seven different themes: 1) Innovation in software development; 2) Effectiveness of public money used to support industrial R&D under I4.0; 3) Introducing I4.0 to traditional industries; 5) Definition of I4.0 public policy initiatives; 5) Adjusting calls to I4.0 requirements; 6) Market price assessment methodologies; 7) Definition of an I4.0 maturity evaluation matrix.

The Regional Council of Kainuu (PP8) is responsible for the 3rd theme, Introducing I4.0 to traditional industries. Kainuu has a background of supporting the development of Industry 4.0 technologies and development projects. For example, a number of projects have been funded fulfilling such criteria as: RDI activities in order to show the technological change project is targeting; RDI cooperation between different RD units or working together with private sector and educational institutions à triple helix / quadruple helix; Smart specialization connections to the programme; Knowledge intensive activities; Promoting low carbon economy; Using digitization as a game changer. 

Kainuu Project Examples

(1) Woodpolis 2020 (1.1.2018–31.12.2020, Total budget 756 000 €, ERDF + state funding 535 600 €): Wood product industry (production) is aiming at the possibilities of digitisation and modern machines & equipment to make production more efficient. Future possibilities, ecology of production (low carbon production), renewable raw material – material wise and production wise (heath/electricity), automation in production. Support services are important part, maintenance and reliability – all need to be digitized in the long run to achieve competitive advantage.

(2) Robotics for Kainuu (1.2.2016-31.3.2019, Total budget 306 300 €, ERDF+state funding 214 400 €: The aim of this project is to build up facilities for teaching and learning robotics in companies and in learning institutions KUAS and KVC in Kainuu region and to improve and raise the knowledge and skills concerning robotics and automation linked with it. In addition, this will guarantee the sufficiency of professionals in the future.

In this project two of the learning facilities will be built in companies, robot welding station and movable service robot cell for NC machining. Two facilities will be placed in the learning institutions. They are piece handling and packaging robot cell and stationary service robot cell for NC machining. Moreover, several cooperative robots will be purchased to be used both in companies and learning institutions for many kinds of tasks, as well as health and care robotics competence will be acquired.

(3) BIOMIT (1.1.2017-21.12.2018, Total budget 924 500 €, ERDF+state funding 647 200 €): The BIOMIT project focus is to develop measurement and pre-treatment solutions for bio-economy, mining, forest and paper industry to improve their efficiency and decrease toxic emissions to the environment. The project is divided into five work packages: 1) Development and increasing the knowledge of modelling complex processing systems, 2) Development of pre-treatment and measurement solutions for process industry, 3) Pilot tests for measurement solutions in the industry, 4) Development of mathematical models and reliability for data management, 5) Administration, communication and business development (connection to KANTELI project): company and project co-operation.

The main results of the project are: development and piloting 4-5 technologies which improve industrial process control and decrease toxic emissions to the environment and furthermore enable new entrepreneurship in the field of bio-economy in the Kainuu region. 1-2 international pre-reviewed scientific articles / conference papers and national and international project funding.

(4) OredVR (1.1.2018-31.12.2019), Total budget 349 900 €, ERDF+state funding 244 900 €): The OredVR project adds to the knowledge on how mining companies can use virtual reality and augmented reality in visualising ore deposits for different user groups in the value chain of a mine. The OredVR project creates a virtual reality/augmented reality platform for visualising ore deposits. This platform utilises the different data mining companies collect from the site, as well as other relevant data (such as market prices) from outside sources. The platform integrates and processes the data to produce that 3D visualisations that can be utilised for different operations with, depending on the need, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR). It will have separate interfaces for several different users (e.g. executive level, mineral processing personnel, loading personnel, exploration planning). In addition, efficient ways for handling big data in mining environment are developed in the project.

The main advantages of using VR/AR-platform are that with VR, the data is easier to analyse and process, enabling even to solve the so-called big data problems. With AR, these data/models can be used on site for operative work. The VR/AR platform creates a cutting-edge solution for the value chain of a mine to improve their operations by being able to handle the already existing data more effectively. The estimated impact for improving the effectiveness of the value chain is 20 percent.

(5) Data analytics accelerator (1.5.2018-30.4.2020, Total budget 346 000 €, ERDF + state funding 240 000 €): Data analytics, big data and artificial intelligence are the major tools for modern companies to achieve large-scale competitive advantages. The target of this project is to speed-up the up-take of data analytics methods in regional companies and in the Kainuu region as whole. The project creates a straightforward process for companies and institutions to quickly try out the possibilities of data analytics and to launch new data driven solutions.

The project consists of data analytics pilot projects with approximately 3 companies, workshops with 10-15 companies and outreach activities for even a larger number of companies. This improves the know-how and practical experience of data analytics in the regional businesses significantly. The data-analytics accelerator provides the necessary first push for adapting new methods, which otherwise would require major investments and competence from the participant companies. The project results in improved usage of data analytics through three channels. The deepest effect comes from pilot projects, where the data analytics capability of the participating companies can be developed on a longer term. Wider reach comes from workshops, where the work focuses on real-world questions posed by the companies and translating the concepts of data analytics into the everyday life of the participants. In addition to these results the project also runs outreach activity to educate local companies and institutions about the possibilities of data analytics and success stories from the project. The project produces quick improvements to companies' processes, but also improved understanding that benefits business development in the long run. As a result of this project, Kainuu region companies should see few new data driven product ideas or export business opportunities, as well as a large number of companies and their staff members should be able to understand how and why data analytics can bring major benefits for business. Usage of new methods updates the know-how of local workforce and opens up opportunities for new high productivity jobs. Also, the regional activities of CSC and novel data analytics activities of KAMK will be strengthened significantly.

The meeting in Vuokatti

On June 18th and 19th 2019, the Regional Council of Kainuu is organizing the 2nd thematic meeting of the project dedicated to introducing Industry 4.0 to traditional industries. Representatives from the partner countries have travelled to the event to discuss their experiences, activities and approaches regarding the uptake of Industry 4.0 by their SMEs. In the meeting there are also representatives of Kainuu businesses who present and discuss their experiences.

The meeting is about discussing in what way Industry 4.0 is beneficial to traditional industries SMEs, what kind of knowledge gaps we might have and what types of policies / support measures for SMEs might be appropriate. We are aware that I 4.0 is not only about digitalisation, it also requires adjustments of business models. The meeting will conclude with a site visit in TERRAFAME as an example of a business already applying Industry 4.0 solutions

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