EITM Workshop: Innovation in the Manufacturing Sector

EITM Workshop: Innovation in the Manufacturing Sector

On Friday 31 March 2023, the Czech Institute of Robotics, Informatics and Cybernetics welcomed the participants of the first EIT Manufacturing Workshop in Prague.

Czech innovative start-ups & SMEs discussed the challenges they face in their businesses as well as the opportunities that EIT Manufacturing provides. Companies such as Wiferion from Germany or Czech start-up RoboTwin shared their specific experiences across the entire innovation cycle, i.e. innovation scouting, searching for partners, developing new technology solutions and products or entering new markets.

The workshop covered a wide range of topics that every company may need on its way toward innovation such as financing or options for using research infrastructure available at Testbed for Industry 4.0. The main attention was focused on the call for proposals for the next year. While applying Czech companies can use the support of EITM Hub Czechia hosted by CTU in Prague.

Researchers from CIIRC CTU and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering presented educational tools and up-skilling programs designed for manufacturing companies. Petr Kolář, head of Institute of Production Machinery and Equipment from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering showed a wide range of educational opportunities, that EITM offers and gives industrial companies a chance to strengthen their competitiveness. Projects such as ManuLearn, Pathfinder, FlexMan, Live 4.0 and CAMplus4.0 were introduced. Pavel Burget, director of Tested for Industry 4.0, talked about the project Confacts, which focuses especially on smart production ecosystems, IoT edge computing and data analytics. Another presented project RIEMANN develops a didactic material on the control of fleets of mobile manipulators with ROS 2. All these examples of educational programs show concretely how industrial companies can leverage the potential of digital transformation.

The event was hosted by CIIRC CTU as the EIT Manufacturing Hub Czechia and organised by the EIT Manufacturing CLC East in Vienna, with the great support of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU in Prague, CzechInvest and Technology Centre Prague.

More about the event and presentations of speakers are available here.