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Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

Hub Information

Hub Name
Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH
Local Name
Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


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 is is registered as non-profit research organisation in the European Commission Participant Register.
A Core element within LCM is its simulation and modeling know-how which is utilized in process description, automatic machinery design, digital twin creation, predictive maintenance and assistance systems.
LCM hosts and operates its SyMSpace platform that allows autonomous design principles simulation and optimization processes.  Within Artificial intelligence, these digital process handling and applying are a vital pillow for further progress (besides machine learning).
The know-how within SyMSpace have leveraged LCM for automation of knowledge-work and have contributed to LCM's white paper on knowledge engines and the network of knowledge engines.
It is the next evolution step beyond the internet of data and is currently piloted at LCM in diverse joint research activities and in open foresight and its overall research strategy.

Die LCM GmbH ist eine außeruniversitäre angewandte Forschungseinrichtung. Unser Kompetenzbereich umfasst elektrische und hydraulische Antriebe, Sensor- und drahtlose Kommunikationssysteme, Mechanik und Kontrollsysteme sowie strateische Früherkennung. LCM ist als non-profit Forschungseinrichtung im Partnerportal der Europäischen Kommission registriert.

LCM ist Lösungsanbieter in verschiedenen Industriebereichen. Wir ermöglichen unseren Kunden einen one-stop Shop für die Umsetzung. Von Der Simulation über die Prozessbeschreibung, atomatisiertem Design, dem Erzeugen von digitalen Zwillingen, Prototypenbau und Testung sowie Vorhersage und Assistenzsysteme hat das Linz Center of Mechatronics einen breiten Kompetenzbereich.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
Center on Symbiotic Mechatronics
Year Established
Altenbergerstr. 69, 4040, Linz (Austria)
Social Media
Contact information
Johannes Klinglmayr


Organizational form
(Part of) Private organization
Number of employees


  • Sensory systems
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobility & Location based technologies
  • Advanced, or high performance computing
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Software as a service and service architectures

LCM is fostering the digitization in industry on several levels.

 LCM is granted the Austrian Center of Excellence on "Symbiotic Mechatronics " from 2018-2021 and from 2022-2026 with substantial funding. E.g. 53 Mio Euro from 2022-2026 with funding from national and regional level. As a competence center on Mechatronics we hence foster the digitization

regional level:

by providing a one-stop shop in development and prototyping of new mechatronical and digital services for industry. We assist our clients from research to implementation. We provide training, education and workshops to provide skill sets to employees in industry and at university in domains related to digitalization in industry.


national level:

we connect and bring together different industrial players, form joint research project on digitalization in industry, within our Excellence Center. The relates to subjects such a digital twins, simulation and actuation, Cyber Physical Systems, platform activities and automized digital services for industry.  LCM is coordinator of the Austrian Center of Excellence on "Symbiotic Mechatronics"


international level:

LCM is partner in EU-DIH on robotics, the DIH² project

Here we support and inform companies how to best use digital tools for their industry. We form a strong international network and provide funding for SMEs. Additionally, LCM is member of the internationa alliance on mechtronics for digitizing industry

Here we join forces to ensure that we can deliver state-of-the-art technologies to our industry partners in various domains of digitization in industry.

Market and Services


  • Agriculture and food
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of machinery and 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

Services provided

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

Service Examples

Coordination of Product Information System in the retail store

client profile:

end users, retailers (Estonian retailer KOOP, Austrian Retailer Winkler Markt)


client need:

retailers: user assistance systems for the shop floor competing with online.

End users: transparent information system to make informed decisions at the point of sale.


Provided Solution to meet the needs:

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).

The tool was developed in a consortium consisting of Fastline Gmbh & CoKG (Germany), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Ainia (Spain), KOOP (Estonia), Baltic Innovation Agency (Estonia), VKI (Austria).


Open Foresight on Blockchain

Client profile:

voestalpine (48 000 Employees,

Engel( 6600 Employees,

Greiner AG (10 500 Employees,

 Energie AG (4300 Employees,

Fagasoft AG (209,

Oberbank (2000 Employees,


Client need:

Companies need to set strategic decisions. To do so new technologies need to be assessed and related business scenarios need to be drafted.


Provided Services to meet the need:

Within the Open Foresight project Human-Time-Machine, LCM implemented a strategic foresight initiative on the topic Blockchain. The project started 2017 and ended 2018.  Within the project LCM, its partnerin institution, the Johannes Kepler University Linz and its partnering industrial clients concepted, ideated, and consulted internal and external experts on the topic blockchain

Digitial Innovation Hub Robotics

Within the EU-project DIH^2, LCM serves as the Austrian Digital Innovation Hub on Robotics.

Digital Twin

Customer profile:

Salvagnini (1 500 employees,


Client need:

Our client aimed at close to lot size one production, with a minimum of adjustment and calibration of manufacturing processes.


Provides Solution to addess the needs:

At LCM we develop digital twin solutions for our customers. In this example 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.

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

The tool is in cooperation with EU-projects such as Cloudifacturing


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.


  • 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
  • Partners

    Last updated: 19/07/21 18:02