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MicroHub.Swiss - The Swiss Microtechnology & Micromanufacturing DIH

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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)

CSEM

Coordinator website

http://www.csem.ch

Year Established

2015

Location

Jaquet-Droz 1, 2002, Neuchatel (Switzerland)

Website

http://www.microhub.swiss

Contact information

Dr. Bahaa Roustom
bahaa.roustom@csem.ch
+41327205111

Description

Description

microhub.swiss is a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) focused on Microtechnology & Micromanufacturing. As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to be an orchestrator and accelerator of Swiss digital innovation. We aim to support start-ups, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector whose focus is on the digitalization of Microtechnologies and Precision Manufacturing. Our objective is to assist these bodies in their digital transformation journey, thanks to our well-developed portfolio in digital technologies, established industrialization ecosystem and experience in innovation management.

Our goal is to help Swiss and European companies in their innovation roadmap ̶ acting as a regional one-stop-shop for digital innovation management:

  • R&D and innovation management
  • Coaching
  • Testing
  • Prototyping
  • Access to funding
  • First series production
  • Connecting the ecosystem

Through our extensive network of regional, national and European DIHs, we aim to assist the organizations we support gain access to projects from the European Commission, and facilitate their access to H2020 and FP9 projects though our links to EPoSS, the HTA alliance and EARTO.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

MicroHub.Swiss is playing a major role in accelerating the adoption of digital technologies by Swiss and European companies especially SMEs.

Microhub.swiss through its members is have a leading role in The regional Micro-Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center (M2C)  alliance which aims at addressing and anticipating the future needs of industry in term of innovation and implementation of new advanced manufacturing processes.

Microhub.swiss has also active role in the Swiss National AM-TTC alliance that is a an association of different Swiss technology transfer centers that aims to accelerate the path towards digital transformation in manufacturing

Microhub.swiss is also playing a key role in connecting Swiss SMEs with EC-funded bodies, European DIHs and RTOs partners across the continent:

Smart Anything Everywhere

Microhub.swiss is an active partner in the SmartAnythingEverywhere initiative through its participation in Gateone project, Smarter-SI and FED4SAE projects that aim to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies by European SMEs.

HTA

Microhub.Swiss is also participating in the Heterogeneous Technology Alliance (HTA), bringing together CSEM in Switzerland, CEA/Léti in France, Germany’s Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Mikroelektronische Allianz), and Finland’s VTT and their respectives DIHs. The objectives are to combine experience of four of Europe's leading research institutes in microelectronics, and develop microtechnologies, nanoelectronics, and smart systems for next-generation products and solutions. By pooling the capabilities and facilities of industry partners of each organization, access to an even broader range of digital technological expertise will be offered to European SMEs.

 

Other European initiatives

Microhub.swiss is active in the European Territorial Cooperation program (formerly the INTERREG initiative), which provides significant support to cross-border and transnational projects.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • 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

TRL Focus

  • 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
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Smart Textile

Company profile

Heidi.com SA is a Swiss company, specializing in ready-to-wear clothing for adult men / women.

Need

The concept of connected devices is spreading to all industries around the globe. Following this trend, the Swiss clothing company Heidi.com was also looking how they can enter the market of smart clothes.

When talking about connected clothes or e-textiles nowadays, producers and designers face the problem of the seamless integration of the various functions. The energy source is a major problem and Photovoltaic cells are often considered to supplement and extend the battery lifetime, however existing solutions are not aesthetically acceptable.

Therefore, Heidi.com wanted to have a technology integrated in its clothes that is not visible to the wearer and perfectly fits to the existing design of Heidi.com.

Solution and services

As part of the Expo 2017 in Astana, CSEM has entered into a new partnership with Presence Switzerland, the Swiss Pavillion and Heidi.com to develop backpacks equipped with miniature but flexible solar cells that are built into the retailer’s logo without being visible. The solar cell generates energy even in poor light conditions, thus enabling interaction with the surrounding environment. This innovation, developed under the auspices of the European gateone-project, paves the way for the democratisation of this technology in the textile world. This ground-breaking experiment will also permit to collect real-time data on how the cell harvests light and the amount of power it generates during the exhibition.

More details: https://houseofswitzerland.org/headlines/switzerland-showcases-its-capacity-sustainable-energy-innovation-astana

Digital Ergonomics

Company profile

ProcSim is a Swiss SME specialized in modelling and simulation of processes and logistic flows. On the basis of scenario analysis by simulation, Procsim helps its clients to make the right decisions for the optimization of their flows and processes.

Need

Many companies are concerned with the physical constraints of their employees and operators by manual work routines. Excessive physical stress is one of the most frequent causes of musculoskeletal disorders that account for 1/3 of all employees’ absence days.

To tackle this challenge and answer their clients' need, Procsim wants to integrate the ergonomic design in their offering and provide ergonomic workstations perfectly adapted to employees to better optimize work environment, be more productive and contribute to the economic and social success of a company.

Solution and services

CSEM developed the system’s sensors for load transport measurement and tags, or stickers, for tracking workers’ repetitive movements. In this way, specific tasks can be digitized and simulated to identify the best possible workstation layout. Under test with Nestlé and a hospital, the tool also has potential in pharma, watchmaking, airports, and logistics. The resulting digital tool enables modeling and quantitative analysis to be applied to the design and optimization of ergonomic work environments. 

More details: https://procsim.ch/gs1_18-2-3-2-2/

Smart Skin

Company Profile

F&P Robotics is a Swiss SME, manufacturing state-of-the-art intelligent robot especially for Food production, packaging and Medical assistance.

Need

Robots have been working in the industrial production for decades, however they have been doing this in an isolated environment with no humans around. In recent years, the field of collaborative robotics has gained a lot of traction and robots started working alongside their human coworkers. This change demands the robots to be aware of their surroundings in a much more comprehensive way. TF&P Robotics has been aware of this challenge in their customers’ industry and wants to penetrate the market of cobots which can safely collaborate with their coworkers in industries of food production and packaging as well as medical assistance without increasing the cost of their current robots to remain competitive in a very challenging market. 

 Solution & Services

With the printed electronics platform developed by CSEM, and thanks to the gateone-project, F&P Robotics could implement an innovative hybrid integration approach for an artificial haptic experience based on a human-robot-interface. This allows a customized and cost effective solution combining printed pressure sensors and the robot hardware/software with a high integration factor: printed pressure sensors on flexible/stretchable foil were placed under the robot skin enabling the robot to “feel the environment” and to interact with humans once touched. The security feature, i.e. emergency function, was implemented whereas teaching/learning features are also enabled.

Furthermore, CSEM accompany F&P robotics in the innovation management process and we guaranteed access to funding through Innossuisse (700 kCHF) to build the next generation of cobots.

More details: https://www.gateone-project.eu/pressure-sensitive-robots.html

Organization

Organizational form

Public Private Partnership

Turnover

>5.000.000

Number of employees

>100

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

Regional

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

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

Partners

Haute-Ecole Arc

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.he-arc.ch


Microcity SA

Partner Type

Incubator/accelerator

Website

https://www.microcity.ch/


University of Neuchatel-Faculty of Science

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.unine.ch/sciences/en/home.html


NECO

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Website

https://www.ne.ch/autorites/DEAS/NECO/Pages/accueil.aspx


CNCI

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce

Website

https://www.cnci.ch/


Finergence

Partner Type

Private investor, institute

Website

http://www.finergence.ch/


FSRM

Partner Type

Other

Website

https://fsrm.ch/site/index.php/en/home-2/


AIP

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

https://www.aip-ne.ch/

Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • 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
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
Last updated: 08/10/19 14:57