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Contact Data

Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)

MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark

Coordinator website

http://www.made.dk/

Year Established

2014

Location

Vesterbrogade 1E 2nd floor, 1620, Copenhagen (Denmark)

Website

http://MADE.dk/

Social Media

Contact information

Nigel Edmondson, CEO
nfedmondson@made.dk
+45 2143 4678

Description

Description

MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark was launched as an independent association in 2014 by Danish companies, universities, RTOs, various associations and public and private funds. More than 140 members have now joined the association MADE, including 100 SMEs. MADE aims to facilitate the development of innovative world-class manufacturing solutions in Danish industry, enabling Denmark to compete globally and create employment within Denmark. MADE achieves its goals through the development of strategic partnerships between research institutes, RTOs and industry. MADE strives to support and strengthen the manufacturing industry in Denmark through the implementation of state-of-the-art manufacturing technology via applied industrial research projects, a range of various innovative activities throughout the year, and educational initiatives. MADE has two main platforms where industrial and academic partners work together: 1. MADE SPIR (Strategic Platform for Innovation and Research) which aims to develop and implement Advanced Manufacturing technologies and strengthen the Danish manufacturing ecosystem (suppliers, end user companies, research-focused and educational institutions) 2. MADE Digital which is a platform centered around research and innovation that aims at developing a Danish approach to Industry 4.0. An approach that retains a focus on the many SMEs in Denmark. MADE also aims at positioning and representing Denmark in international platform collaborations. This international representation is made possible through the successful cooperation that is already established nationally between the many partners in MADE. MADE is thus a one-stop shop for Danish and international companies and institutions that use MADE as bridge builder and matchmaker in various EU initiatives. MADE also uses the European network to identify new initiatives that match Danish interests, Danish research and innovation competencies and simultaneously creates strong links to industrial partners. Examples of MADE’s international collaborative engagements are: Horizon2020 and Eureka projects, The IMPACT Growth and I4MS Go-to-Market (SMEs+start-ups focus), Added Value Manufacturing KIC and International associations and networks such as EFFRA, Automation valley (Nürnberg), and North Production R&I Forum

MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark - blev lanceret som en selvstændig forening i 2014 af danske virksomheder, universiteter, GTS'er, forskellige foreninger og offentlige og private fonde. Mere end 140 medlemmer er nu tilmeldt foreningen MADE, herunder 100 små og mellemstore virksomheder. MADE har til formål at fremme udviklingen af innovative fremstillingsløsninger i verdensklasse i dansk industri, hvilket gør det muligt for Danmark at konkurrere globalt og skabe beskæftigelse i Danmark. MADE opnår sine mål gennem udviklingen af strategiske partnerskaber mellem forskningsinstitutter, GTS'er og industri. MADE bestræber sig på at støtte og styrke fremstillingsindustrien i Danmark gennem implementeringen af state-of-the-art produktionsteknologi via bl.a. industrielle forskningsprojekter, en række forskellige innovative aktiviteter henover året, samt uddannelsesinitiativer. MADE har to hovedplatforme hvor industrielle og akademiske partnere arbejder sammen: 1. MADE SPIR (Strategisk platform for innovation og forskning), der har til formål at udvikle og implementere avancerede fremstillings teknologier og styrke det danske produktionsøkosystem (leverandører, slutbrugervirksomheder, forskningsfokuserede og uddannelsesinstitutioner) 2. MADE Digital, som er en platform centreret omkring forskning og innovation, der sigter mod at udvikle en dansk tilgang til Industri 4.0. En tilgang, der bevarer fokus på de mange små og mellemstore virksomheder i Danmark. MADE har også til formål at positionere og repræsentere Danmark i internationale platformsamarbejder. Denne internationale repræsentation er muliggjort gennem det vellykkede samarbejde, der allerede er etableret nationalt mellem de mange partnere i MADE. MADE er således en one-stop-shop for danske og internationale virksomheder og institutioner, der bruger MADE som brobygger og matchmaker i forskellige EU-initiativer. MADE anvender også det europæiske netværk til at identificere nye initiativer, der matcher danske interesser, danske forsknings- og innovationsmæssige kompetencer og samtidig skaber stærke forbindelser til industripartnere. Eksempler på MADE's internationale samarbejde er: Horizon2020 og Eureka-projekter, IMPACT Growth og I4MS Go-to-Market (SMV'er + start-ups fokus), Value Added Manufacturing KIC og internationale foreninger og netværk som EFFRA, Automation valley (Nürnberg) , Og North Production R & I Forum.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

MADE Association:

MADE is the National Digital Hub for Production in Denmark and builds on the strong regional competencies developed in universities and RTO centers across Denmark. A key deliverable of MADE is the development of a Danish “Industry 4.0” methodology and technology toolbox for Danish manufacturing companies, both SMEs and larger organizations. MADE has several research and development themes focusing on the development of Digital manufacturing technology and the incorporation of this technology into the factory environment. All in all, initiatives that enable the Danish workforce to be more productive and innovative. 

 

National Initiatives:

1. MADE SPIR (Strategic Platform for Innovation and Research) which aims to develop and implement Advanced Manufacturing technologies and strengthen the Danish manufacturing ecosystem (suppliers, end user companies, research-focused and educational institutions). Project period: 2014-2018.

 

2. MADE Digital which is a platform centered around research and innovation that aims at developing a Danish approach to Industry 4.0. An approach that retains a focus on the many SMEs in Denmark. MADE Digital has three main deliverables: 1. A methodology for the implementation of a Digital manufacturing strategy in Danish manufacturing companies - enabling the prioritized implementation of Digital manufacturing solutions based on industrial needs. 2. Demonstrations of Digital manufacturing solutions in Danish manufacturing - providing improved productivity and growth. 3. Advanced technical and software solutions to be commercialized by the industrial partners. The five Universities and three RTOs that are engaged in the MADE collaboration are all working closely with their regional partners to establish regional Digital hubs, focusing on the dissemination and implementation of Industry 4.0 solutions to the Danish manufacturing industry. Project period: 2017-2020.

 

3. As a DIH, MADE arranges a wide variety of innovation activities throughout the year. MADE is currently under consideration for the title of the National Innovation Network for Future Production by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Furthermore,  MADE supports, cooperates and assists with the coordination of activities of the Danish regional Digital Hubs such as establishing access to relevant companies within MADE’s network and disseminating the findings through MADE’s existing research and innovation activities. Some examples are North Jutland Regional Digital Hub with our partner Aalborg University being active in Smart Manufacturing; Southern Danish University and Danish Technological Institute initiated a hub focusing on Robotics and Automation; Aarhus University and Alexandra Institute cooperates on SMART industrial products and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and FORCE Technology are emphasizing Digital manufacturing processes and sensor technology.

 

EU initiatives:

MADE is a fascilitating partner in several European initiatives, including Impact Growth, I4MS, RobotUnion and C-Voucher. The target groups for these initiatives range from startups to established companies to researchers within manufacturing research and development.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Education
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • 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

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

MADE Demonstration Projects

MADE Demonstration Projects are available to all SME's in MADE and constitute of an economic and knowledge-based support to help solve a specific challenge or implement new technologies or processes. Thematically the projects have to have a connection to the research areas of MADE.

 

With a MADE Demonstration Project, an SME can get up to 92,000 DKK in financial support to develop and implement core competences and technological innovation. In the project, the SME gets support and guidance from one of the RTOs in MADE.

 

CASE: Covi Precision has found an attractive alternative to destructive tests 
Covi Precision is a small, family-owned specialist in, among other things, laser welding of small subjects used in the defense and medico industries.


Due to the high quality demands from the customers of those industries, Covi Precision often needs to destruct the laser welded subjects to scrutinize the quality of the welds. How could this process be avoided? 


In a MADE Demonstrations project, Covi Precision, with the assistance of the Danish Technological Institute, investigated whether the CT scanning technology could be used to control the quality of the subjects both internally and externally. 


The project has shown that the technology enables internal and external investigation of subjects of plastic as well as metal - although the metal subjects must not be too large and massive.
- We can use this technology as a security check for ourselves and for our customers. It can be used both in the development of products and subjects, but also as documentation subsequently. And security is essential for us as well as for our customers, Henrik Rex Jensen, Sales Director at Covi Precision, tells.  

More details: http://en.made.dk/innovation/innovation-activities-in-made/

MADE Cluster Project

In cluster projects, a group of SMEs with common challenges or common needs of knowledge participate in a program, that help the companies using new technologies, processes, or methods to solve their challenges.

 

During the program, that is lead by one of the RTOs in MADE, the companies meet up and share their experiences as they implement the new technologies or methods in their production or product programs.

 

MADE has held cluster projects about 3D print in production, surface optimization technologies, and flexible feeding solutions for robots.

 

CASE: Feeding time for the robots

Each year Nedschroef Langeskov, a Danish department of the Dutch Nedschroef group, is producing around 700 mio special nuts to the European automobile industry.

 

The automobile industry is facing major changes in the coming years, due to electrification of cars, and this places new demands on automotive subcontractors.

 

"We need a flexible production that is able to produce new parts and components,", Simon Strøbeck Pedersen of Nedschroef Langeskov says.

 

Therefore the company, alongside three other Danish companies, has been part of a MADE cluster project focusing on developing flexible automation solutions.

 

The objective has been to develop and test new technology which will enable many different parts to be fed to a robot or machine. This may sound simple but it's a traditionally expensive operation which limit the automation of many processes.

 

Danish Technological Institute facilitated the project and developed a pilot robot cell with the ability to recognize and handle different parts from the four companies.

 

"This robot cell is easy to move to other parts of the production, easy to adapt to new assignments and parts, and easy to handle for a trained operator", Carsten Panch Isaksen, consultant at the robotics center at Danish Technological Institute, explains.


MADE Innovation Activities

MADE has a structured approach to innovation and knowledge sharing across the Danish manufacturing industry.

 

MADE creates professional networks, in which the companies can inspire each other, and MADE ensures that the newest knowledge and technology from the research projects are disseminated and tested broadly in the Danish manufacturing companies. The innovation events are held in all regions of Denmark and hosted by universities, RTOs, companies, and other organizations.

 

The purpose of the innovation activities and events is to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and technology, share the practical use cases of technology, and facilitate networking among companies, researchers and specialists.

 

At least once a month, MADE holds an innovation activity. These include Innovation Conferences, Industrial Visits, Open Labs, etc. Below you will find a short summary of an SME's experience from participating in the yearly MADE Ph.D. and Postdoc Conference.

 

CASE: 50 YOUNG RESEARCHERS WERE GIVEN SIX CHALLENGES FROM THREE COMPANIES – AND 48 HOURS TO SOLVE THEM

The 2018 MADE Ph.D. and Postdoc Conference revolved around cases from the companies Aasted, NCC, and Rockwool.

 

About 50 young manufacturing researchers associated with the five universities in MADE worked together in groups for 48 hours to solve challenges of the three companies and present their considerations to the management of the three companies.

 

For example, Aasted, a manufacturer of equipment for chocolate production, was asking the researchers whether and how the company could benefit from 3D printing parts and components for the chocolate machines.

 

"It's amazing what the researchers have been able to do within 48 hours. It is valuable to us that they don't just answer our questions. They are challenging our way of thinking," Michala Mulvad-Thiim, Team Leader of Production Engineering at Aasted, says.

 

Reducing delivery time

Delivery time is a key production parameter for Aasted in order to remain competitive. It is often the delivery time of a machine or component that determines whether Aasted or a competitor wins an order.

 

This has driven the Danish SME to look in the direction of 3D printing to reduce the time spent on developing, designing and producing the customer specific components and machine parts.

 

At the 2018 MADE Ph.D. and Postdoc Conference, the MADE researchers assessed the advantages and disadvantages of introducing 3D printing at Aasted by evaluating 3D printing opportunities of selected Aasted components.

 

"We have gotten a new perspective on 3D printing. We will no longer only think about whether it makes sense to 3D print several key components, but now we also take into account the many unexploited design opportunities, that are available to us if we use 3D printing instead of standard CNC milling machines," Michala Mulvad-Thiim, Team Leader of Production Engineering at Aasted, says.

MADE has a structured approach to innovation and knowledge sharing across the Danish manufacturing industry.

 

MADE creates professional networks, in which the companies can inspire each other, and MADE ensures that the newest knowledge and technology from the research projects are disseminated and tested broadly in the Danish manufacturing companies. The innovation events are held in all regions of Denmark and hosted by universities, RTOs, companies, and other organizations.

 

The purpose of the innovation activities and events is to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and technology, share the practical use cases of technology, and facilitate networking among companies, researchers and specialists.

 

At least once a month, MADE holds an innovation activity. These include Innovation Conferences, Industrial Visits, Open Labs, etc. Below you will find a short summary of an SME's experience from participating in the yearly MADE Ph.D. and Postdoc Conference.

Organization

Organizational form

Public Private Partnership

Turnover

0-250.000

Number of employees

1-9

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • National specific innovation funding
  • Partner resources
  • Memberships

Partners

Copenhagen Business School, CBS

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.cbs.dk/


Terma A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.terma.com/


Aalborg Portland A/S

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.aalborgportland.dk/


University College Nordjylland

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.ucn.dk/


Siemens A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.siemens.com/dk/da/home.html


Fertin Pharma A/S

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://fertin.com/


Arla Foods amba

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.arla.com/


Danish Crown

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.danishcrown.com/


Grundfos A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.grundfos.com/


Erhvervsakademi MidtVest

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.eamv.dk/


Haldor Topsøe A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.topsoe.com/


JENSEN Denmark A/S

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.jensen-group.com/


Danfoss A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://www.danfoss.dk/home/#/


SKOV A/S

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.skov.com/da


C.C. Jensen A/S

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.cjc.dk/dk/


Aalborg University

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.aau.dk/


Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.eal.dk/


Aarhus University

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.au.dk/


Technical University of Denmark, DTU, Centre for Electric Power and Energy

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.cee.elektro.dtu.dk/


Københavns Erhvervsakademi

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://kea.dk/


Fremstillingsindustrien

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://ffi.di.dk/


DI

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.danskindustri.dk/


Vestas Manufacturing A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.vestas.com/


Southern Danish University, SDU

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.sdu.dk/da


Rockwool A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.rockwool.dk/


Aasted ApS

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.aasted.eu


LEGO Group

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

http://aboutus.lego.com/


Industriens Arbejdsgivere i KBH

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://foreninger.di.dk/iak


Coloplast A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.coloplast.dk/


Erhvervsakademiet Dania

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://eadania.dk


VIA University College

Partner Type

Educational institute

Website

https://www.via.dk/


Bang & Olufsen A/S

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.bang-olufsen.com/da


Linak A/S

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.linak.dk/

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • 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
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing

H2020 Projects

  • DIH²
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production
    A Pan‐European Network of Robotics DIHs for Agile Production

    DIH^2 is a network of 26 DIHs, with a target to reach over 170 DIHs. The sole aim of the network is to spark incremental (cut 50% cost of advance robotics solutions, double the growth of robotics market) and disruptive (maximum productivity & optimum agility) innovations in over 300,000 Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps. It will support SMEs in their Agile Production challenge (50% increase in productivity) and unleash their digitalization potential by enabling robot solutions that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes.

    DIH^2 relies on:
    • A Common Open Platform Reference Architecture for Agile Production (COPRA-AP) -based on Industrial Data Space Reference Architecture Model and FIWARE technologies- to serve the needs of SMEs by means of a continuously growing set of Robotic-based Open Standard Enablers (ROSE-AP).
    • A marketplace as one-stop-shop for SMEs to access essential services for digital transformation including business modelling, technical support, access to skills and finance.
    • 2 competitive Open Calls to launch an ambitious Technology Transfer Program with 260 Agility Audits, 26 cross-border Technology Transfer Experiments and 26 ROSE-AP, leveraging over 26M€ of public & private funding in advance robotics solutions for Agile Production.
    • Members deeply rooted in their regional Smart Specialization Strategy (bringing €5M additional funding on top of EU funds), ensuring ‘working distance’ services for every SME in Europe - whichever the sector, wherever the location, whatever the size.
    • A Corporate Sponsorship Program from equipment and automation suppliers committed with the network to get access to wider market and latest research in robotics.

    DIH^2 will transform this network into a self-sustainable non-profit association with members all over Europe. DIH^2  will demonstrate that public funded research can help SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through adopting advanced robotics solutions in Agile Production.
  • HUBCAP
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
    DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

    HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
    HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
    The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.
Last updated: 06/08/18 08:45