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Digital Innovation Hub Smart Manufacturing in Zuid-Holland SMIZH

Hub Information

Hub Name
Digital Innovation Hub Smart Manufacturing in Zuid-Holland SMIZH
Local Name
Digital Innovation Hub Smart Manufacturing in Zuid-Holland SMIZH
Evolutionary Stage
In preparation
Geographical Scope


Smart Manufacturing is a cooperation of 8 fieldlabs in the province of Zuid-Holland to digitalise small series production. It is a ‘Digital Innovation Hub’ for the manufacturing industry that aims to automatise and digitalise ist production using inclusive technologies. The fieldlabs are specialised in digitized production, robotisering, 3D printing, sensing and big data. They offer facilities for development and testing of these technologies.

Smart Manufacturing is een samenwerking tussen acht fieldlabs in Zuid-Holland om de digitalisering van productie van kleine series producten te ontwikkelen en bevorderen. Het is een ‘Digital Innovation Hub’ waar de maakindustrie terecht kan om productie te automatiseren en digitaliseren. Dit leidt tot kwaliteitsverhoging en kostenverlaging, wat het voor de bedrijven mogelijk maakt om in de regio te blijven of te gaan produceren. Ook reshoring van productie die nu in het buitenland plaatsvindt, wordt dan mogelijk. De productietechnologie zal zoveel mogelijk inclusief zijn, dat wil zeggen dat mensen met weinig training en ervaring ermee kunnen werken. Zo wordt het grote arbeidspotentieel van Zuid-Holland optimaal benut. Alle ingrediënten zijn er om deze hub tot een succes te maken: een omvangrijke maakindustrie in alle topsectoren van agro/food tot water; fieldlabs die zich specialiseren in productie; fieldlabs rondom basistechnologieën als robotisering, 3D printing, sensing en big data en kennisinstellingen als TU Delft en TNO. Regionale overheden steunen dit initiatief van harte en lanceren het als één van de Europese Digital Innovation Hub.

Contact Data

Innovation Quarter
Year Established
Pr. Margrietplantsoen 32, 2595 BR, Den Haag (Netherlands)
Social Media
Contact information
Anton Duisterwinkel
+31 6 4684 7250


Organizational form
Networked organization, without formal structure
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Logistics

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Dutch national initiative for digitising industry, Smart Industry - Dutch Industry fit for the Future.

Market and Services


  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • 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 Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

When producting metal parts for industrial applications, certification is needed to ensure that the part is realiable and can be used safely. In  traditional production processes, this is well established, but for 3D metal printing, such certification is new.
We have cooperated with Lloyd's Register ( to ensure that certification is possible for 3D-printing.
This required a fully traceable digitized printing process.

Many manufacturing companies are considering to automize and digitize (parts of) their production process, but do not know where to start and who to partner with.
We have organized Question/Answer session, e.g. on digitization of discrete production, where customers and suppliers were linked.
Suppliers include Cead (, Delft Robotics ( and VMB Automation (

If a metal part on a maritime installation fails, it needs to be replaced quickly. However, production with existing technologies can take weeks, in addition to which transport can also be a time consuming process. It is not possible to maintain a complete inventory of spare parts on the ship.
Spare part production on the ship using 3D-printing technologies can very significantly reduce the production time and eliminates transport times.
We have shown that a 'welding' technique can be used to successfully produce spare parts for maritime installations in a relatively short time and affordable CAPEX for a automated welding installation.
This required digitazation of 3D-printing using models and automation of the welding installation.
Costumer: Valk Welding, Adriaan Broere,


  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Partners

    • TU Delft
    • TATOS
    • Lincoln Electronics
    • RDM Makerspace
    • Heerema
    • Exact
    • Haagse Hogeschool
    • Port of Rotterdam
    • Da Vinci College
    • Airborne
    • Krohne Altometer
    • IHC
    • Huisman
    • Valk Welding
    • Damen Shipyards
    • Rotterdam
    • VolkerRail a.o.
    • Vortech a.o.
    • Zoetermeer
    • GKN/Fokker
    • Bolier
    • LLoyds Register
    • MRDH
    • Royal Roos Slob
    • Koninklijke Marine
    • Van de Grijp
    • Hogeschool Rotterdam
    • Technical University Delft
    • Province of Zuid-Holland
    • Siemens AG
      Large enterprise
    • Autodesk
    • Autodesk
    • Demcon
    • Kuka
    • ISIS
    • Lemtech
    • IBM
    • Air Liquide
    • VDL ETG a.o
    • City of Delft
    • ProMarin
    • Allseas
    • KPN
    • The City of Stockholm - Founding Partner
      Regional government
    Last updated: 01/09/18 11:21