SILESIA SMART SYSTEMS (previously Slaskie Centrum Kompetencji Przemysłu 4.0 - Silesian Competence Centre of Industry 4.0) - platform for cooperation between business support organizations, scientific units and universities, focusing on supporting industrial enterprises in the processes of digital transformation.
From 2018 we operated under the name of Silesian Competence Centre of Industry 4.0, which was a pilot phase of our activity. We collected the feedback from the market, with special emphasis on SMEs and we decided to expand our initiative and invite further Partners, who will help cover the areas of support services we had not been able to cover within the two-member consortium. This led us to Silesia Smart Systems project, coordinated by Katowice Special Economic Zone.
Main areas of specialization:
•Automation and robotics (Computer Integrated Manufacturing),
•Additive technologies and new materials for 3D printing,
•One-stop-shop - horizontal „soft measures”, including training and consulting, which prepare companies for the digital transformation process.
We support industrial companies, which want to undergo the digital transformation, involving the above mentioned technologies, or consider changes to their business model or implementation of smart products involving digital technologies.
SILESIA SMART SYSTEMS is now a consortium of complementary entities, cooperating with each other, using the synergy of influence, experience and competence. The consortium includes:
1.Katowicka Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna SA (lider)
2.Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego SA Bielsko-Biała
3.Górnośląska Agencja Przedsiębiorczości i Rozwoju Sp. z o.o
4.FundingBox Accelerator Sp. z o.o.
5.Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz - Instytut Technik Innowacyjnych EMAG
6.Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz - Instytut Spawalnictwa
7.Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz - Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych,
8.Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz - Instytut Metalurgii Żelaza
Silesia Smart Systems provides the digital transformation process to SMEs and large enterprises within Silesian Voivodeship and neighbouring regions.
Silesia Smart Systems delivers services to impact the local ecosystem, technology and business environments. In pursuing its mission, we support digital transformation in industrial enterprises and develop staff competencies in order to reduce production costs, increase productivity, release resources (employees) for tasks of higher value and intensify cooperation with suppliers and customers.
Our on-going, statutory non-profit activities include: community building, ecosystem learning, awareness creation, project development (identification of opportunities).
We aspire to become recognizable institution in Central Europe and trusted partner for enterprises, who offers them support at various stages of the digital transformation process through the implementation of dedicated advisory services, training and the development and joint implementation of the projects. The foregoing will benefit enterprises as they will become more competitive, organisationally more dynamic players within the framework of international value chains.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
RIS3 strategies that SCCI activities are aligned with
1. Regional Innovation Strategy of the Śląskie Voivodeship for the years 2013-2020
Strategic objective 2.1. Co-creation of competence centre network for the development of smart markets
Strategic objective 2.4. High level of participation of SME sector businesses in regional and meta-regional cooperation networks, increasing its participation in smart markets
2. Silesian Voivodeship Development Strategy SILESIA 2020+ (Title in domestic language: Strategia Rozwoju Województwa Śląskiego ŚLĄSKIE 2020+)
Strategic Objective: Silesia as a region of innovative economy based on innovation and creativity
Operational Objective A1 Innovative and creative Business and Products in the Voivodeship
A 1.1 Support increasing the ability of the region's companies to implement innovations and modern technological solutions.
A 1.2. Strengthen the innovative potential of universities and R & D sector entities.
A 1.6 Supporting the development and commercialization of scientific research, primarily in the field of modern technologies.
A 1.7. Supporting cooperation between scientific and R & D institutions and enterprises for the creation and implementation of innovative and creative solutions, including patents.
A 1.8 Support creation of new and development of existing companies with respect to the potential of the region and using technologies developed in the region, including in the areas of smart specializations of the region.
Operational objective: A.3. Competitive economy of the voivodeship based on flexibility and specialization of companies and network structures
A 3.2 Facilitate establishing relationships between companies by increasing the availability of ICT infrastructure and services.
A 3.3. Supporting the processes of restructuring and economic adaptation of traditional sectors facilitating their modernization, increasing the efficiency and use of modern technologies.
A 3.4. Implementation of modern management methods and strategies based on cooperation and specialization in companies;
A 3.6. Facilitating the cooperation of companies within clusters, aiming at creating a joint competitive offer.
Regional, national or European initiatives for digitising industry Silesia Smart Systems contributes to
We address the challenges of the European and Polish economy in relation to technological progress in industry and the impact of the Internet and mobile devices for consumer behavior.
We act in line with the European policy regarding the transformation of the digital industry and the reindustrialization of the European economy and the domestic smart specializations: ""Sensors and intelligent sensor networks""; ""Intelligent networks and geoinformation technologies""; ""Automation and robotics of technological processes"" and the regional specialization of the Silesian Province ""Information and communication technologies"". We also support the implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development - Ministry of Development and in the economic development policy of the Silesian Voivodeship, which emphasizes the importance of Industry 4.0 development in strengthening the role of the economy in international value chains.
We have also become a trusted partner for the Future Industry Platform Foundation (FIPF) - part of the Responsible Development Plan (name in domestic language ‘Morawiecki Plan’). This initiative was linked to the Operational Programme Digital Poland 2014-2020, operated by the Ministry of Digitalization. FIPF fosters cooperation, coordination and standardization of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH).
EU funded and other co-funded projects and initiatives involving SCCI
1. We were contracted by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology for two projects related to the Industry 4.0:
1.1 Pilot programme for analysing and shaping market potential for Industry 4.0 (completed)
1.2. Development of Methodology and Programs for Coaching Advisors and Leaders of Industry 4.0 along with Testing of the Model (ongoing)
2. COSME (Competitiveness of Enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises) (ongoing)
Katowice Special Economic Zone is the cluster coordinator of Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing (SAAM). SAAM is a part of the European Automotive Cluster Network (EACN) which has established a European Strategic Cluster Partnership for joint Industrial Modernization Investments. The project has been co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union. We started along with the Silesian University of Technology and we established the Silesia Competence Centre of Industry 4.0 and the Digital Innovation Hub in cooperation with technology suppliers (ICT, robotics, automation systems, and virtualization). Now the initiative has been extended by new partners and SAAM is the body under which our actions are developed.
3. SMART FACTORIES (completed)
We participated (as SCCI 4.0) in this project designed for 13 “new” EU countries. It is part of the EU initiative, Digitalisation of the European Industry, which is especially important as with the use of new technologies the European industrial sector can generate an additional EUR 110 billion in revenue per year. The aim of the project is to create a network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) and provide them with a training programme to improve their effectiveness.