Silesian Competence Centre of Industry 4.0
Katowice Special Economic Zone Co.
Rybnicka 29, 44-100, Gliwice (Poland)
The Centre provides the digital transformation process to SMEs and large enterprises mainly within Silesian Voivodeship and neighbouring regions.
The Centre delivers services to impact the local ecosystem, technology and business environments. In pursuing its mission, the Centre efficiently supports digital transformation in industrial enterprises and develops staff competencies in order to reduce production costs, increase productivity, release resources (employees) for tasks of higher value and intensify cooperation with suppliers and customers.
SCCI 4.0 on-going, statutory non-profit activities include: community building, ecosystem learning, awareness creation, incubators support, project development (identification of opportunities, creating consortia).
By 2020, SCCI 4.0 will have become a recognizable institution in Central Europe and trusted partner for enterprises. The Centre will offer them support at various stages of the digital transformation process through the implementation of dedicated advisory services, training and demonstration activities and the development and joint implementation of the projects. The foregoing will benefit enterprises as they will become more competitive, organisationally more dynamic players within the framework of international value chains.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
RIS3 strategies that SCCI activities are aligned with
1. Regional Innovation Strategy of the Śląskie Voivodeship for the years 2013-2020
Strategic objective 2.1. Co-creation of competence centre network for the development of smart markets
Strategic objective 2.4. High level of participation of SME sector businesses in regional and meta-regional cooperation networks, increasing its participation in smart markets
2. Silesian Voivodeship Development Strategy SILESIA 2020+ (Title in domestic language: Strategia Rozwoju Województwa Śląskiego ŚLĄSKIE 2020+)
Strategic Objective: Silesia as a region of innovative economy based on innovation and creativity
Operational Objective A1 Innovative and creative Business and Products in the Voivodeship
A 1.1 Support increasing the ability of the region's companies to implement innovations and modern technological solutions.
A 1.2. Strengthen the innovative potential of universities and R & D sector entities.
A 1.6 Supporting the development and commercialization of scientific research, primarily in the field of modern technologies.
A 1.7. Supporting cooperation between scientific and R & D institutions and enterprises for the creation and implementation of innovative and creative solutions, including patents.
A 1.8 Support creation of new and development of existing companies with respect to the potential of the region and using technologies developed in the region, including in the areas of smart specializations of the region.
Operational objective: A.3. Competitive economy of the voivodeship based on flexibility and specialization of companies and network structures
A 3.2 Facilitate establishing relationships between companies by increasing the availability of ICT infrastructure and services.
A 3.3. Supporting the processes of restructuring and economic adaptation of traditional sectors facilitating their modernization, increasing the efficiency and use of modern technologies.
A 3.4. Implementation of modern management methods and strategies based on cooperation and specialization in companies;
A 3.6. Facilitating the cooperation of companies within clusters, aiming at creating a joint competitive offer.
Regional, national or European initiatives for digitising industry SCCI contributes to
SCCI 4.0 addresses the challenges of the European and Polish economy in relation to technological progress in industry and the impact of the Internet and mobile devices for consumer behavior.
SCCI 4.0 is part of the European policy regarding the transformation of the digital industry and the reindustrialization of the European economy and the domestic smart specializations: "Sensors and intelligent sensor networks"; "Intelligent networks and geoinformation technologies"; "Automation and robotics of technological processes" and the regional specialization of the Silesian Province "Information and communication technologies". SCCI 4.0 also fits into the implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development - Ministry of Development and in the economic development policy of the Silesian Voivodeship, which emphasizes the importance of Industry 4.0 development in strengthening the role of the economy in international value chains.
SCCI 4.0 is a trusted partner for the Future Industry Platform Foundation (FIPF) - part of the Responsible Development Plan (name in domestic language ‘Morawiecki Plan’). This initiative was linked to the Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020, operated by the Ministry of Digitalization. FIPF fosters cooperation, coordination and standardization of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH).
EU funded and other co-funded projects and initiatives involving SCCI
1. SCCI 4.0 was contracted by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology for two projects related to the Industry 4.0:
1.1 Pilot programme for analysing and shaping market potential for Industry 4.0 (completed)
1.2. Development of Methodology and Programs for Coaching Advisors and Leaders of Industry 4.0 along with Testing of the Model (ongoing)
2. COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises) (ongoing)
Katowice Special Economic Zone is the cluster coordinator of Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing (SAAM). SAAM is a part of the European Automotive Cluster Network (EACN) which has established a European Strategic Cluster Partnership for joint Industrial Modernization Investments. The project has been co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union. SAAM closely cooperates with the Silesian University of Technology in establishing the Silesia Competence Centre of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Innovation Hub in cooperation with technology suppliers (ICT, robotics, automation systems, and virtualization).
3. SMART FACTORIES (completed)
SCCI participated in this project designed for 13 “new” EU countries. It is part of the EU initiative, Digitalisation of the European Industry, which is especially important as with the use of new technologies the European industrial sector can generate an additional EUR 110 billion in revenue per year. The aim of the project is to create a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) and provide them with a training programme to improve their effectiveness.
Market and Services
- Mining and quarrying
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Wholesale and retail trade
- Transport, storage and communication
- Public administration and defence
- Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
- Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
- Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
- Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
- Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- Other markets
- TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Testing and validation
- Digital Maturity Assessment
- Voice of the customer, product consortia
- Market intelligence
Digital Maturity Assessment
Following the complex presentations of the Industry 4.0 idea, 17 companies have undegone audits addressing digital maturity stage; areas in which the implementation of the Industry 4.0 concept could improve current operations, were identified. Audit results were summarized in the form of reports to be used in further smart development of manufacturing processes and management.
Industry 4.0 demo-lab
The companies were invited to join the demo-lab visit, which gave them the hands-on oppportunity to observe the technologies behing the Industry 4.0.
Under the pilot programme commissioned by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, 17 companies (small, medium and large) have been presented with the opportunities of the Industry 4.0 along with the implementation examples.
Number of employees
- Partner resources
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
- Large companies, multi-nationals
Silesian University of Technology
- Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Cyber security (including biometrics)
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
- Simulation and modelling
- Cloud computing
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)