Supported by Innovation Norway, IDN and technology partner ICB Digital is developing a Cloud-based Smart Factory solution for manufacturing SMEs. The development takes place in close collaboration with manufacturing partner HTS Maskinteknikk.
Going digital and running a digitalization project has become priority number one on the agenda for many enterprises in all sizes and various sectors of the economy. Digitalization and automation are transforming manufacturing in several ways including intelligent products communication (IoT), digital supply chain, automation based on robotics and computer-aided manufacturing and automation of internal processes.
However, researches show that so far mostly large enterprises have managed to empower their digitalization projects, supported by extensive investments into IT infrastructure and human capacity. Considering that for larger enterprises enabling the SMART factory could be a matter of planning and managing their available IT budgets, for the small and
medium-sized business, keeping up with the new digital market trends is a challenge in terms of available financial and human resources.
Looking at the European level statistics, only 5% of SME enterprises have started their digitalization projects. If we look into details into the Norwegian manufacturing industry, we won’t be able to see much better results. Moreover, the industry is literally struggling for the past five years, not being able to generate profit and to grow.
IDN and its partners aim at developing an Industry 4.0 solution that is affordable, accessible and relatively easy to integrate and tailored to the business needs of the customers, this will enable manufacturing SMEs to become Factories of the future.
The main objective of Industry4SME is to offer an affordable pay-as-you-go Industry 4.0 solution in the cloud (Microsoft Azure), tailored to the production processes of small to medium enterprises. The platform will drive the digital transformation of the production in the direction of smart maintenance, digital supply chain, and new data-driven business models.
Following the key Industry 4.0 design principles, Industry4SME aims to inter-connect business-level software systems (such as ERP, PLM, CRM) with operational data from the field, thus allowing observed manufacturing operations to be compared against planned. In a contribution to the third Industry 4.0 pillar, the system will support human operators in their day-to-day decision-making tasks.
The main activities in the project:
IDN will contribute with consultancy regarding the investments in infrastructure the hotel does and also contribute to a marketing strategy for the concept of Eco Hotels.
IDN have joined a team of partners in Hungary lead by BERN Constructions Ltd, located in Sìklos. The project seek to develop environmental friendly products for the building industry.
The project’s long term goal as a result of experimental development and innovation is to reduced emission, to achieve better material efficiency during production, more efficient management and processing of waste and the creation of new, more environmentally-friendly products (e.g. energy efficient, material saving) aiming to reduce pollution. Within this framework, to reduce economical and social inclusion and to build bilateral partnership between Hungarian and Norwegian partners.
During the poultry processing, over 7-10 000 tons of waste, by-product appears, which mostly becomes compost or is burnt. Discovering the opportunities that the feather holds (good isolation, good structure built of polymers), the project will develop methods to allow secondary raw material production. In order to achieve this goal, through a research & development process, the project will create new ways and techniques for new product production.
IDN tasks in the project:
The Lead Partner is BERN Constructions Ltd
The Palatinus Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Sopron (Hungary), in the middle of the historical city-center, 200 meters away from the symbol of the city, the “Tűztorony” (Firetower). The hotel has 31 rooms and received customers from Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, the UK, Poland, and Russia.
The hotel received funding for green infrastructure investments through the EEA & Norway Grants. IDN cooperates as Norwegian partner in the project.
The South Transdanubian Regional Development Agency is one of the leading regional development agencies of Hungary, it was established in 1998. The agency is 100% owned by the three counties (Baranya, Somogy, Tolna) of the South Transdanubian Region. Its 100 employees cover the whole region and provide sound professional background for regional development.
The Agency has internal experts and deep knowledge in sectors that are typically subjects to development such as tourism, environment, urban development, regeneration of brown fields, industrial parks, education, energy, etc.
Its profile can be summarized as: strategic and operational planning on regional and sub-regional level in accordance with the EU Guidelines; management of grant schemes (national and ERDF funded); management of project pipeline on regional and sub-regional level; capacity building on regional, subregional and local level to generate projects to EU grant programmes; management of territorial cooperation projects (PHARE, INTERREG IIIC and IVC, Central Europe, FPx, various CBC programmes). The Agency has gained wide scaled experiences in its former international projects, in several of them as LP.
The aim of the IMRO-DDKK Non-profit Ltd. founded in 2009 is the protection of the environment, renewable energy sources and energy sufficient solutions that encourage the use of tools, the environmentally conscious thinking and sustainable lifestyle education. The company is located in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, which currently operates with 5 permanent staff of experts and extensive subcontractor network.
The company’s main area of activity is in Western and Southern Transdanubia and the border region of the neighbouring countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Austria) but other countries’ organizations (Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic) have also participated in most of the projects. During the projects the partners are similar activity organizations (e.g. Climate Alliance, MKNE), municipalities (e.g. Daruvar, Potsdam, Bonn, Villach) and educational institutions (e.g. University of Pannonia, University of Maribor, about 200 kindergartens and elementary schools).
The company provides technical and operational support to Nagykanizsa’s joint work with the Climate Alliance. The company operates the sustainability consultant office in Nagykanizsa, which provides technical advice for the entire population, the municipalities and educational institutions and enterprises on how to live and work in a sustainable way.
ECOsynergy Ltd. was established in 1997 as a family owned small company. The ownership structure changed in 2010, while its legal form turned to the current in 2011.
The primary objective of the company is to create such partnerships for small enterprises that initiate their development and competitiveness. ECOsnyergy’s extensive network and database enables the company to find the most suitable professionals to build cooperation and joint projects for its partners.
The company’s main focus is to develop organizational and operational solutions that enables sustainable development for progressive partners and companies. For this reason, close and continuous relationship is established with the partner organizations to improve common thinking and to generate further projects.
The EUROPEER Foundation as a public benefit organization is seated in Hungary and was found in 2009. Main fields of activities performed by the Foundation:
ÉMI Non-Profit Limited Liability Company for Quality Control and Innovation in Building (ÉMI Non-profit Llc.) is Hungary’s largest complex building and construction materials industry approval, testing, inspection, certification, professional and innovation institution, and a member of a number of European and international organizations (EOTA, EGOLF, ENBRI, WFTAO, CIB, ECTP, UEAtc).
The Company is 100% state-owned (ownership rights are exercised by Prime Minister’s Office); as a successor of the Construction Quality Control Institute (Építésügyi Minőségellenőrző Intézet, ÉMI), founded in 1963, and the Building Research Institute (Építéstudományi Intézet, ÉTI), it has been an organization with special responsibilities and functions for decades. Main characteristics of our activities: quality, reliability, independence, impartiality, competence.
ÉMI’s activities cover the entire country, and in addition to activities inside Hungary, we fulfil foreign orders as well. Our high quality professional work is aided by a Central Laboratory in Budapest and Szentendre with 9 branch laboratories and five regional laboratories in Debrecen, Győr, Miskolc, Pécs and Veszprém, that perform tests accredited by the National Accreditation Board.
The “MÉLY-VÍZ” Limited Partnership was founded in 1991. On January 1, 1993, it became a Limited Company. Initially, the group was involved in civil engineering and hydraulic constructions, however, later started activities in structural architecture as well.
The leadership of the company created the BERN Constructions Ltd. with the aim of taking part in real estate developments and general implementations in its geographic area (the southern and western parts of the Transdanubium)
These include the real estate developments of privately owned projects (houses, blocks of flats, business buildings, industrial areas, halls), and tenders announced and funded by states, local governments or individuals. Reflecting to the demands and influences of the market, the proprietors of the two companies decided to merge the firms into BERN CONSTRUCTIONS Private Limited Company.
Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.
Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).
Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.
Rune have a Master of Science, Political Science and Government from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He specialized within the fields of International political economy, political risk analysis and foreign direct investment. Through his education Rune has gained valuable International experience in India and London.
He came from the position as Project Manager / Consultant in the Industrial Development Unit in the Municipality of Stjørdal, where he facilitated for new and existing businesses within sectors such as transportation, logistics, trade, travel and tourism and manufacturing. The position within an governmental institution gave him valuable experience from policy development and opportunities within the public sector.
Rune is currently engaged as Project Manager at IDN (location: Oslo, Norway).
With an economics and management background (BSc from Corvinus University of Budapest), Laszlo has a considerable private sector experience in projects of all sizes and complexity levels. The international projects he worked on gave him an idea of the importance of cultural factors in cross-country projects.
In his market research engagements, Laszlo prepared deep-dive country studies for business expansions. He also produced market and competition analyses for technology and service sector clients.
His main areas are:
– best practice and supplier research
– strategic and financial planning
– feasibility studies, budgeting
– innovation support