Digital Manufacturing Innovation Hub Wales (DMIW)
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Waterton Technology Centre, Waterton Industrial Estate, Bridgend, CF31 3WT, Bridgend (United Kingdom)
The Digital Manufacturing Innovation Hub Wales (DMIW) based in Bridgend, South Wales, is a non-profit organisation, working and investing in creating connectivity and innovative technology solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises Across Europe.
DMIW is based in Waterton Technology Centre which is a building housing a fully operational test facility for Industry 4.0 experimentation. It is supported by Ford Motor Company and has many links to other manufacturing businesses and supply chains with particular influence and emphasis on Control Systems.
The Hub is part of a network of specialist technology organistions for Industry 4.0 practices around the UK and Europe, with a specific focus on Control Systems and the interactions made between Robotics, Sensors, Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Hub provides a physical link between SMEs, academia and other organisations and facilitates engagement with like minded organisations looking to improve their digitization conceptions. It allows all members to develop, research and establish innovative technological solutions by connecting individuals to a wider network, sharing their experiences from many different trades, environments and manufacturing processes; as well as supporting and facilitating financial investment, strategic focus and operational procedures.
Our support is based upon a holistic approach to improving profitability and sustainability, by solving common manufacturing failures or problems.
Clients are offered the opportunity to engage with like minded individuals who have experience in many different trades and manufacturing processes.
Companies bring their application information and dilemmas to us and we will work with them to evaluate the production cycle and its pitfalls. Feasibility analysis is completed and solution-orientated products and processes are developed to help:
Improve production and output
Offer diagnostic solutions
Innovation development and prototyping
We have a fully equipment testing and simulation facility where we can provide equipment, knowledge and applications to test and improve prototypes and prove concepts in a live manufacturing environment.
By engaging with other SMEs, academia and our own digital community, we are able to share knowledge and draw upon a wealth of research and expertise across Europe, strengthening our Welsh manufacturing industry and forging links with SMEs across the network.
Working directly with SMEs and technology providers we are able to identify commercial opportunities for the new products and services developed and support our clients to engage with supplychains.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
DMIW was set up to provide strong support / collaboration opportunities for SMEs and large companies alike, via projects which benefit all parties from industry to academia, by improving the awareness of digitised services and applications.
The hub has developed a CPS/ Industry 4.0 Smart Teaching/Learning Factory environment which is equipped with leading-edge hardware and software to support best practice, providing access to competences that can help in assessing, planning and mastering the digital transformation.
Linkages to RIS3
Innovate UK - UK Industrial Strategy: Associations witha number of innovative organisations driving growth accross the UK and identifying 'Grand Challenges'.
Catapult Centre Links - Promoting the development and early adoption of advanced digital technology.
Closely aligned with the Digital Catapult
Continuing with I4MS Strategy:
Market and Services
- Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
- Manufacture of machinery and equipment
- Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- 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
- TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations
- Awareness creation
- Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Commercial infrastructure
- Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
- Education and skills development
Client Engaged - SME
Client Issues: TECHNOLOGY
- Loss of Manufacturing time due to breakdowns
- Lack of Knowledge on equipment (Historically)
- Maintenance Disruption
Solutions to Issues
- Introduction of connectivity devices including Sensors, Display screens, Error capture.
- Result forming information allowing solution recognition via human-machine interaction developed with software applications.
- Easier scheduling of general maintenance with software analysis of data capture.
SAS International a leading British manufacturer of quality metal ceilings and bespoke architectural metalwork and interior products.
Installing equipment in iconic, landmark buildings worldwide, SAS leads through innovation, cutting-edge design and technical acoustic expertise. Success has been built on continued investment in manufacturing and achieving value for clients through world-class engineered solutions.
In recent years meeting the ever-increasing demands of clients worldwide with particular focus on time sensitivity has become increasingly difficult. SAS a solution led company, driven by delivering quality, design innovation and maximum value required assessment and assistance in obtaining necessary statistical data from the manufacturing process without halting production. SAS were keen on identifying areas for improvement especially in relation to machinery maintenance and error proofing performance.
The hub and its facility enabled the simulation of the manufacturing process and with the installation of the Industreweb software – parties were able to gather data and concluded that financial commitment was required to investigate further applications because of the success of the limited simulation.More details: http://www.dmiw.co.uk
Client Engaged – Small Medium Enterprise
Express Service Engineering Limited
Client Issues: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
- Limited to Local Customer Base
- Funding Access
- Minimal Knowledge of Technology
Solutions to Issues
- Introduction to outsourcing providers with expertise in business technologies
- Guidance on Local, National and European Funding opportunities
- Increased Customer Connectivity and Awareness
ESEL – Funding opportunities available to established businesses who are surviving ‘Business in Focus’ funding initiatives and support to develop a technological presence and marketing approach to secure business from a wider market, improving online representation, something that ESEL had not previously been aware of and were unable to risk without advice and support.
Datakom south Wales growth awards business of the year 2016 – consultants helping to keep local companies at the forefront of the wider technological customer focused environment. Delivering innovative products allowing conference calling systems, fibre connectivity and cloud based communication solutions. ESEL developed alternative sales avenues including an Ebay store connection.
Introduction to the Bridgend Council employability scheme and business engagement ‘Employability Bridgend’.
Client Engaged – Small Medium Enterprise
Engineering Control Services
Client Issues: ECOSYSTEMS
- Connecting Knowledge to Application
- Demonstration of Capabilities
- Expense of Simulation
Solutions to Issues:
- Facilities for Simulation
- Loan of Equipment to enable Visual Demonstration
- Clearly identify Financial Attributes
ECS was finding it extremely difficult to demonstrate their capabilities to customers. Visually allowing customers to see the benefits of connecting their knowledge of system applications to the local manufacturing businesses. The hub was fundamental in creating a partnership environment where the engineers of ECS were able to simulate project applications allowing management and floor operatives from various factories to attend a demonstration of the commonly featured requests to view in simulation the application requests in an environment which would not disrupt individual current manufacturing and showcase the ease of application prior to a financial commitment.
The use of the hub and its facility in this application permitted the customers to understand conceptually the manufacturing capabilities and productivity of their individual ventures. Following the success of the simulation future collaborations were identified.
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- Regional funding
- Private 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
Politecnico di Milano
Networked, cluster organization
Wales Automotive Forum
Control 2K Limited
- Screens and display technologies
- 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
- Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Software as a service and service architectures
- ICT management, logistics and business systems
- Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
- New Media technologies
Business Experiments in Cyber Physical Production SystemsBusiness Experiments in Cyber Physical Production Systems
BEinCPPS Innovation Action aims to integrate and experiment a CPS-oriented Future Internet-based machine-factory-cloud service platform firstly intensively in five selected Smart Specialization Strategy Vanguard regions (Lombardia in Italy, Euskadi in Spain, Baden Wuertemberg in Germany, Norte in Portugal, Rhone Alpes in France), afterwards extensively in all European regions, by involving local competence centers and manufacturing SMEs. The final aim of this Innovation Action is to dramatically improve the adoption of CPPSs all over Europe by means of the creation, nurturing and flourishing of CPS-driven regional innovation ecosystems, made of competence centers, manufacturing enterprises and IT SMEs.The BE in CPPS project stems upon three distinct pillars:• A FI-based three-layered (machine-factory-cloud) open source platforms federation, integrated from state-of-the-art R&I advances in the fields of Internet of Things, Future Internet and CPS / Smart Systems and able to bi-directionally interoperate data pertaining to the machine, the factory and the cloud levels.• A pan-European SME-oriented experimentation ecosystem. In a first phase of the project, the five Champions will provide requirements to the platforms integrators. In a second phase, an Open Call for IT SMEs developers (applications experiments) will award 10 third parties. In a final third phase, the extended platform will be instantiated and deployed in additional 10 third parties equipment experiment SMEs.• A well-founded method and toolbox for Innovation management, where an existing TRL-based methodology for KETs technology transfer will be enriched by a CPPS certification, education and training programme for young talents and experienced blue collar workers and by a well-founded three-fold (objectives-variables-indicators) method for results assessment and evaluation.
Manufacturing Industry Digital Innovation HubsManufacturing Industry Digital Innovation Hubs
VISION: By 2023, Europe will set the reference for the Industry 4.0 market: European CPS/IOT Open Digital Platforms providers will be able to flexibly and dynamically connect the Real World with digital Enterprise Systems through common open standards; European ICT SMEs will be growing fast through leadership in data-driven smart Industry 4.0 services; European Manufacturing SMEs will successfully compete globally with innovative products and services, digitised Industry 4.0 processes and innovative business models, involving their workforce at all levels in this Digital Transformation innovations.
MISSION. The MIDIH 4.0 project aims at implementing the fast, dynamic, borderless, disruptive side of the I4MS innovation coin: technological services (interactive try-on demos, webinars, challenges, hackathons and awards) will be driven by young and dynamic ICT talents virtually meeting older and experienced manufacturing engineers in a one-stop-shop global marketplace; business services (ideas incubation, business acceleration, demand-offer matchmaking and brokerage, access to finance) will support SMEs, startups, web entrepreneurs as well as corporates in the delivery of innovative products and services, in accessing new markets, in fund-raising; skills building services (serious and role games, participative lessons and webinars, virtual experiments in physical teaching factories, professional courses for existing technicians as well as for executives) will not only help SMEs and corporates understand the new technologies, but also take full advantage of them, providing an operational framework that will stimulate trust, confidence and investments.
The MIDIH project is an inclusive Innovation Action of 21 beneficiaries coming from 12 EU Countries, including, Competence Centers, Digital Innovation Hubs, CPS/IOT Technology Providers as well as Lighthouse Manufacturing Industries. A two-iteration Open Call will help achieve a critical mass of cross-border experiments.
Logistics for Manufacturing SMEsLogistics for Manufacturing SMEs
L4MS (Logistics For Manufacturing SMEs) will spark incremental (productivity increase of new users by a factor of 4 and system setup time reduction by a factor of 10) and disruptive innovation (batch size one & consumerization) for over 100,000 European Manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps, building on their intra-factory logistics challenge (50% of the production cost of an item) unleashing their digitalization potential by powering new robot systems that are more cost effective at lower lot sizes.
L4MS relies upon:
• An open industrial IoT platform with enablers for rapid and efficient deployment of customized logistics solutions.
• A suite of "Smartization services" including business modelling, technical support, mentoring, access to skills and to finance.
• The L4MS Marketplace, a one-stop-shop, where European Manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps will access the L4MS services.
• A portfolio of 23 cross-border Application Experiments by 50 SMEs selected through 2 competitive Open Calls, that will test more than 40 services & apps leveraging 10M€ of public funding across 12 established and emerging Digital Innovation Hubs.
• A growing ecosystem that will foster Smart Specialization in each single region linked to L4MS.
L4MS will transform a pan-European ecosystem into a self-sustainable start-up operating an Open Platform for Innovations in Logistics (OPIL) and L4MS marketplace consisting of 21 members. Comprising 6 Competence Centres, 5 technology providers, 4 industry associations, 3 end-users and 3 business developers -currently engaged in I4MS (XS2I4MS, HORSE and BEinCPPS) and FIWARE- plus 6 Satellites Nodes. L4MS covers 14 EU countries, 15 regions with 8 of them from East Europe.
L4MS will help demonstrate that public funded research with a “Smartization” approach (accelerating Industry 4.0) can help manufacturing SMEs & Mid-Caps achieve digital excellence and global competitiveness through logistics automation become “entrepreneurial states and digital industries”.
Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare RoboticsDigital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics
DIH-HERO (Digital Innovation Hubs in Healthcare Robotics) will establish a broad-based pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs specialising in Healthcare Robotics. The network will focus on developing services that join business and healthcare stakeholders in developing innovative products and services for the healthcare market. DIH-HERO will develop channels between healthcare and technology providers that reduce barriers to adoption and which develop strong mutual understanding between robotics technology innovators and healthcare professionals. DIH-HERO will operate throughout the healthcare "pathway" that connects Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Care as well as covering all aspects of hospital logistics and clinical services. It will also focus on home and care-based robotics addressing healthy aging and elderly care. The DIH-HERO consortium brings together a comprehensive network of partners reaching north, south, east and west across the European regions. The partners bring with them connection to their own regional networks and extensive expertise in healthcare innovation that ranges from surgical intervention to care at home. Each Hub partner delivers both technical and medical expertise to the consortium through their pre-existing operational relationships with hospitals and healthcare facilities. They couple in-built expertise in business development, access to finance and innovation to robotics technology and healthcare expertise in a network of hubs that will connect and stimulate robotics innovation in all aspects of healthcare. DIH-HERO is built on concrete plans to sustain the network beyond the time span of the project and to provide a long term network for innovators in healthcare. The network of Digital Innovation Hubs created and supported by DIH-HERO will ensure that robotics innovation in healthcare is accelerated, that SME can develop global reach and that the advantages of robotics based healthcare can be propagated across Europe.
Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEsFostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs
The initiative for Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs (DIH4CPS) will help European enterprises overcome these innovation hurdles and establish Europe as a world leading innovator of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. DIH4CPS will create an embracing, interdisciplinary network of DIHs and solution providers, focussed on cyber-physical and embedded systems, interweaving knowledge and technologies from different domains, and connecting regional clusters with the pan-European expert pool of DIHs. Backed by the IVLab, an experienced and well-established network organisation focussed on Interoperability, DIH4CPS can innately build on an extensive existing network, add value to its existing knowledge transfer capabilities and guarantee the sustainability of the growing DIH network. DIH4CPS expands the already existing network and aims for creating an integrated platform for DIHs from different, especially digitally underdeveloped sectors and regions. A selection of eleven initially starting application experiments guarantees an outstanding funding for European SMEs and Mid-Caps right from the start and demonstrates the high dedication of the consortium to reduce the digital divide. At least ten additional experiments will take up that torch during the project and allow external companies from sectors in need to further exploit the DIH4CPS network and uplift their portfolio, especially by including (semi)-autonomy into their products and systems. DIH4CPS will not only benefit the application experiments but also the individual DIHs by significantly complementing the regional investments made. Implemented in the IVLab structure, the DIH4CPS Network will leverage and sustain its impact far beyond the project duration, creating a vibrant, overarching and cross sector one-stop-shop for collaboration between SMEs, DIHs and Tech providers.
DIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMSDIGITAL INNOVATION HUBS AND COLLABORATIVE PLATFORM FOR CYBER-PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
HUBCAP will provide a one-stop-shop for European SMEs wanting to join the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) revolution. It builds on seven established Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in seven European countries, each embedded in its regional innovation ecosystem, offering complementary technical expertise, experimental capabilities, and specialist knowledge in CPS application domains. From this base, HUBCAP will create a growing and sustainable European network offering SMEs opportunities to undertake experiments, seek investment, access expertise and training, and form new business links. This is enabled by a cloud-based open collaboration platform with a ‘sandbox’ capability to help users trial new technology.
HUBCAP will lower barriers for SMEs to realise the potential of growing autonomy in CPSs by accessing advanced Model-Based Design (MBD) technology, providing training and guidance, and acting as a gateway to the full network of all registered DIHs specialising in CPS. Half the project funding will go to supporting SMEs, including open call funding for SMEs join the ecosystem and experiment with MBD technology. HUBCAP will extend an existing open collaboration platform to enable SMEs to co-create, analyse and validate new CPS products in a virtual setting, by accessing CPS assets (models, tools, services) and experimenting with new solutions, de-risking investments in skills or resources.
The consortium’s DIHs have been chosen to cover complementary MBD capabilities. They represent a wide area of Europe and offer considerable experience in Innovation Actions, managing open calls, and outreach to businesses. Technology providers will help populate and validate the initial collaboration platform and carefully selected seed SMEs will assist in kickstarting the ecosystem and reaching out to entirely new users of MBD technologies. HUBCAP will ensure sustainability through a not-for-profit association to extend and maintain the network and platform after the project.