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Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

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Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

Center on Symbiotic Mechatronics

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Year Established



Altenbergerstr. 69, 4040, Linz (Austria)


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Johannes Klinglmayr



LCM is a mechatronic research center and as such, has a long experience of product design. With the
organizational areas “Drives” (electric and hydraulic), “Sensors and Wireless Communication”, and
“Mechanics and Control” LCM is a solution provider in many different industrial sectors.

LCM operates an applied research center. Within its COMET K2 research center SYMBIOTIC MECHATRONICS it engineers, develops and studies new solutions in collaboration with its scientific and industrial partners. These partners are from universities, research organizations, SME and midcap industry.  LCM has dozens  of SMEs and industry partners as direct cooperation partners to foster industrial application of its research results. These activities are further fostered for LCM's clients in a variety of sectors, from small enterprises to large industry in agricultural, machinery or ICT domains.

LCM is registered at the EC portal as a non-for-profit institution, acting as a DIH within the  EU funded project DIH^2 on robotics, conducts educational workshop on top of its software tool SyMSpace and actively supports its partners in setting up and asquiring externally funded research projects.

It is part of  LCM's philosophy to support SMEs and midcaps on their journey to digitization. This is performed by forming consortia, drawing experiments or direct developments via EU-funding, or via  national funding. Within this we host open calls (within the EU project DIH^2) - , perform direct experiments (within EU project Cloudifacturing) - digitizing desing processes, or within direct digitization projects (within the Austrian excellence cluster of LCM) via model creation and optimization.

LCM's strategy on digital transformation for companies and Midcaps is to connect their virtual and real assets. We do this by enabling and providing CPS and IoT abilities via sensors, models and process descriptions. We perform feasibility studies, fund external partners for experimenting and host open-foresight workshops to create awareness within companies on how digital technologies will affect company stategy and their future.


Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

LCM is partner in EU research project DIH², nr. 824964 funded under  H2020-EU.2.1.1. on robotics,

Within the project, LCM conducts educational workshops on robotics and engages external players, and SME for benefiting from the DIH² services.


LCM is coordinator of the Austrian Center of Excellence on "Symbiotic Mechatronics"

which is a DIH for its scientific and economic partners. Within this center LCM cooperates with scientifc partners, SMEs and industry and jointly conducts applied research projects to  foster competitiveness and technological maturity of its partners.

This center of excellence is well aligned with the RIS3 strategy, as core functionalties within the center are:

- being a local DIH custer for the needs of regional industry and SME players. As such the center has around 50 scientific and economic partners. In close cooperation R&D solutions are developed and applied at the partnering companies.

- As the center is partly funded by the Austrian State proper evaluation is provided every 4 years. Additionally an scientfic advisory board is consulted and the C-level reports to the supervisory body which consists of university members and local industrial players. Together this ensures proper monitoring and evaluation.

- every 4 years the center realigns its focus and specifies its strategy togehter with its cooperation partners. With the new strategy the DIH center applies for new funding at the Austrian Ministry.


LCM is member of the internationa alliance on mechtronics for digitizing industry

to foster and emphasise the knowledge flow amongst applied research centers to be able to provide just the right answer and solution to its SMEs.


Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry

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

Services provided

  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses

Service Examples

Open Foresight on Blockchain

Within the Open Foresight project Human-Time-Machine, the strategic research department with LCM implements strategic foresight initiatives together with its industrial partners.

The foresight focuses on significant upcoming topics, involves different players from large scale industry to SMEs and emphasises a information flow for a better mutual pictures on the impacts of a future technology or trend.


  • LCM provides its open-foresight services on the topic Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Machine to machine communication (M2M).
  • LCM provided its open-foresight services on the topic blockchain.
  • LCM concepted, ideated, and consulted internal and external experts on the topics.
  • LCM, provides its services in cooperation with its partner institution, the Johannes Kepler University Linz

Relation to Digitization

  • Thinking and Exploring technological abilities that digitization brings together with business aspects is key for any take-up in Industry.
  • LCM brings together both consideration together with society tendencies, in order to foster company partner's digital strategy decision.



  • voestalpine (48 000 Employees,
  • Engel( 6600 Employees,
  • Greiner AG (10 500 Employees,
  •  Energie AG (4300 Employees,
  • Fagasoft AG (209,
  • Oberbank (2000 Employees,


More details:

Digitial Innovation Hub Robotics

Within the EU-project DIH2, Grant agreement ID: 824964, LCM serves as the Austrian Digital Innovation Hub on Robotics. LCM engages regional and local SME and general relevant stakeholders, and provides educational workshop and initiatives. LCM's internal DIH on applied research projects with industry and SMEs together with LCM's close relation to the local university lay the foundation for the profound service offer.

Service offer:

  • LCM host B2B match making events, bringing together SMEs and technology providers.
  • guides and supports applicants to the DIH² offered funding opportunities.

Relations with Digitization

  • LCM fosters, demonstrates and creates awareness on the potential of new digital abilities for the SMEs.



  • For the services LCM reaches out to its local clients and research network in the area of Upper Austria.




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indoor localization

client needs:

  • Localization of individuals in retail, industrial or office environments
  • Presence detection of persons in certain rooms
  • Indoor navigation systems for emergency application
  • Asset tracking with accuracies in the meter range


provided solution:

  • Use of commercially available smartphones as a mobile, localized device without additional hardware for the user
  • Possibility for simultaneous data traffic for the transmission of additional information
  • Long battery life of Bluetooth beacons

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Digital Twin

Within the DIH research center at LCM we develop digital twin solutions for our customers. In the presented applied research project together with our industry partner, we developed an active digital twin, that was also able to actively modify and change parameters in real time in the production process.

The tool was awared with the HERMES nominee award in 2017.

The tool was developed with our pindustry partner Salvagnini (1 500 employees,



  • creating digital representation of physical processes
  • developing models and modeling processes that allow new levels of agile production.

Relation to Digitization

  • LCM supports its customers by creation digital represenation of physical processes via digital twins. These tools are used for faster design and parameter fitting as needed in agile manufacturing.


  • Most clients are in the are of engineering
  • One example for a  digital twin solution is the company Salvagnini

More details:

SyMSpace for Industry

LCM hosts its SyMSpace a digital platform and simulation platform for automatic design, with the current lead use case of electrical engines.

With our DIH research center at LCM we support, acquire and conduct joint research projects with our partners forattaching digital tools such as SyMSpace closer to SME and industry needs. As a example we demonstrate a joint cooperation project upon the  EU-project Cloudifacturing, grant number 768892, Funded under H2020-EU.2.1.1.

 With the simulation and modeling tool SyMSpace, LCM could reduce development time for electrical engines  by significant factors for its partner.



  • LCM provides the abilitiy to speed up design processes by orders magnitude.
  • LCM provides a software framework for Knowledge and expertise handling.
  • LCM supports and assists in digitally representing expert knowledge.

Relation to Digitization:

  • The digitization of expert knowledge is a key element for automated service generation.
  • The represnetation of expert knowledge in digital LCM's software libraries are  vital steps towards digital platforms - key elements in digtal economy.


  • LCM uses the software tool SyMSpace for its clients in the field of electrical engine design and production.
  • LCM also has its software available for digital  twin processes, for example for a client in the area of bending machinery.
  • LCM opened up its software tools for various research cooperation partners


More details:

Coordination of Product Information System in the retail store

The DIH, i.e. the research and development center within LCM coordinated the EU-project ASSET on a digital product assistant for the retail store. The developed ASSET pilot platform is a complexity reduction tool that reduces and prepares product information such that it fits a consumers individual interest. The system is based on a recommender system with transparent property presentation (provided by ETH Zürich).


  • LCM provides overall project coordination and management.
  • LCM coordinates and develops the physical and digital interfaces for localization and mapping.
  • LCM operates physical field test implementation for feasibility and impact assessment.


Relation to Digitization:

  • Linking customers via their specific shop location with virtual products is a special kind of Human Machine Interactions and a particular example of how digitization can be smoothly integrated in everyday shopping routines.


The sevices were provided for a consortium consisting of

  • Fastline Gmbh & CoKG (Germany), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Ainia (Spain), KOOP (Estonia), Baltic Innovation Agency (Estonia), VKI (Austria).
  • and two retailers KOOP (Estonia) and Winkler Markt (Austria)

More details:

SyMSpace for Network of Knowledg Engines

At LCM the technology tool SyMSpace is used for automatic design with a special focus on electrical engines. We have now move the tool to be the platform for generic knowledge handling, where knowledge is available in the form of knowledge engines.

Collecitively a overall functionality called network of Knowledge Engine is created.

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Organizational form

(Part of) Private organization



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations


EFFRA - European Factories of the Future Research Alliance

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



Partner Type

Industry association


Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit)

Partner Type

National government


Johannes Kepler University Linz

Partner Type



FIWARE Foundation

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Mechatronics Alliance

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Kompetenznetz Adaptronik

Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization


Technological competences

  • 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)
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
Last updated: 18/12/19 15:55