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Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center

Hub Information

Hub Name
Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center
Local Name
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope
National

Description

MITC was established in 2011 after the manufacturing industry of the Mälardalen region expressed a desire to work more structured and long-term focused with competence development and academic collaboration. A collaboration platform was set up consisting of Mälardalen University as the competence base. Today around 20 people from the University and industry are actively involved in MITCs operations. MITC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides services to industry, ranging from technology development and case studies to coaching programmes for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). In 2019, MITC established its Technology Center in Eskilstuna, which will further strengthen MITC as a catalyst for industrial renewal and change.

The aim of MITC is to establish the Mälardalen region as a competitive node for development, education and research in direct collaboration with the manufacturing industry. MITC has member companies, for example, Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo GTO, GKN, Alfa Laval and Hexagon, and has over the years worked with over 150 SMEs, representing a large part of the region’s industrial base. Areas of focus for are manufacturing, industrialisation, and product development with digitalisation and sustainability as cross-sectional areas. Lately, particular focus has been on advanced robotics, cyber-physical systems and artificial intelligence.

The operational purpose of MITC is two-fold; firstly to efficiently and effectively plan, finance, coordinate and undertake development and research projects in close collaboration with industry and academia. Secondly, MITC runs a large variety of coaching and support actions towards SMEs. Activities are carried out in various large and small-scale projects funded by the EU, Vinnova, the Swedish Agency for Regional and Economic Growth, the Swedish Knowledge Foundation and the Regions of Sörmland and Örebro, in close alliance with other strong regional actors such as Robotdalen, Automation Region, Södertälje Science Park, Alfred Nobel Science Park as well as Örebro University and the Royal Institute for Technology. MITC has many years of experience running coaching and development programmes with SMEs. Several effective programmes have been developed in areas such as lean manufacturing, digitalisation, production development, and promotion of female leaders in industry. MITC also runs a long-term initiative, TransMission, supporting suppliers in the heavy vehicle industry in the transformation towards electric and autonomous vehicles.

The University’s strong research base in production systems, product development, AI, cyber-physical systems, robotics and embedded systems provides ample competence and resources to undertake innovative projects in close collaboration with representatives from the member companies and SMEs. Equipped with the latest digital technologies and networks, the Center hosts projects on, for example, advanced robotics for industrial applications, collaborative robotics, IoT, VR and AR, AI applications, digital twin.

 

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center
http://www.mitc.se/
Year Established
2011
Location
John Engellaus Gata 1, 63342, Eskilstuna (Sweden)
Website
http://www.mitc.se/
Social Media
Contact information
Mikael Hedelind
mikael.hedelind@mdh.se
+46(0)16 15 32 47
Contact information
Michael Rydell
michael.rydell@mitc.se
+46-70324587

Organisation

Organizational form
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Turnover
1.000.000-5.000.000
Number of employees
10-25

Technologies

  • Sensory systems
  • Cyber physical systems
  • Robotics
  • Internet of things
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Interaction technologies
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Additive manufacturing

MITC is an active node in the region, creating collaboration between the university, regional industry and connecting to Europe and the world.

 

Examples of national programmes where MITC is an active part include ProduktionsLyftet (https://www.produktionslyftet.se/), and leads the national DigiFuture intitiative (http://mitc.se/sv/digifuture). On a regional level, MITC is active in the regional programme "Smart Industri" i ÖMS (Smart industry in East Mid-Sweden) that focus on up-skilling workers and life long learning in industry (https://www.esf.se/sv/Resultat/Projektbanken-2014-2020/Alla-Projekt/Smart-Industri-i-OMS/).

MITC has developed its digitalisation competence and experience through activities within Digitaliseringslyftet, the Swedish national digitalisation lift. The programme piloted in 2016 and MITC was responsible for one of three pilots nationally to develop a model that could enhance the speed of SME digitalisation in the country. The model selected was a group coaching model and over the coming three years roughly 20 projects were funded nationally, of which MITC managed four. In total MITC coached around 25 SMEs in a group setting, complemented with individual SME coaching at their locations.

MITC is part of the Smart Industri I Regionerna 2.0 programme with focus on smart industry in the East Middle Sweden region. In this programme MITC is continuing to build on the programmes and experiences from the projects in the digitalization lift.

MITC is a member of DIA - European Digital Industry Alliance. A COSME funded project aiming to match competence needs between ICT SMEs and manufacturing SMEs. The partners in the project are SCS Pole France, TICE Portugal, GAIA Spain, Mesap Italy and BNPT Plasma tech in Germany.

Market and Services

Sectors

  • 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

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

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Tillväxtmotorn

Tillväxtmotorn is Mälardalen University's unique program for business leaders in small to medium-sized companies, developed in close collaboration with the local business community. Participating managers meet once a month to gain new knowledge from the University's teachers and researchers as well as from external lecturers. 

Client profile: CEOs and leaders from manufacturing SMEs. 

Client needs: Persons looking for a network in industry, access to university resources, as well as coaching and inspiration regarding business strategies and industrial leadership.

Provided solution: A living network with scheduled meetings, coaching, and inspirational talks. There is information provided from university sources as well as success stories from regional companies. Topics include digitalization, leadership, and entrepreneurship. 

Number of clients served: 250 


Through the program, you gain valuable contacts with Mälardalen University, which often leads to collaborations with our students. You will also be updated on current education and research. You get the opportunity to discuss everyday challenges and concerns with other business executives in SMEs. One success factor is that all participants sign a confidentiality agreement, which enables a confidential and open atmosphere. You also build a stronger network! 

The programme lasts for about a year where we offer lectures in for example business planning, strategy and leadership skills. More than 250 business executives have already joined the program!

Kvinna i Industrin (Woman in Industry)

A program for women that are drivers in industry. 

Client profile: Female employees in manufacturing industry with a will to advance in their careers. 

Client needs: Persons looking for a network in industry, and to get inspiration about possibilities in their career paths.

Provided solution: A living network with scheduled meetings, coaching, and inspirational talks.

Number of clients served: 250 (+25 in separate programme)

It is a development program where people meet monthly. Each meeting is 3 hours, which offers new knowledge and the opportunity to raise own questions in confidence. You also get 10 hours of personal coaching during the program time.

DigiFuture

MITC, Automation Region and Södertälje Science Park offer DigiFuture - a program for companies that want to start their digitization journey. With the help of coaches and experts in digitalization, you take your business from idea to requirement specification.

Client profile: Regional SMEs.

Client needs: Companies looking to digitalize some part of their business, but do not know where or how to start.

Provided solution: Coaching program with coaches visiting the company, carrying out workshops to identify different opportunities for the company to increase their productivity, through digitalization and lean development.

Number of clients served: 15

DigiFuture consists of coaching at one's own company and joint meetings with other companies. The program will increase competence, learning and development ability, but also guide the participating companies to continued support.

The program is aimed at industrial companies and industrial service companies in Sörmland, Västmanland and Stockholm. DigiFuture is an excellent continuation for companies that have participated in KickStart digitization, but is also suitable for companies that have not yet embarked on their digitization journey.

DigiLean

Are you ready to get started with the digitization work? But don't know where to start?
Do you want to know what others are doing and at the same time get expert support to get started on the practical work?
MITC we have the program for you!

Client profile: Manufacturing SMEs.

Client needs: Companies looking to digitalize some part of their business, but do not know where or how to start.

Provided solution: A combination of individual coaching and networking activities related to lean production development and the use of digitalization tools.

Number of clients served: 10


In the Digilean program we start from the ground up, in the Lean work, and show how a systematic work with improvements lays a foundation for continuing the development of the company with the help of digital technology.

The program combines increased renewal capacity (Lean) with the need to strategically work with digitization of the business. Participating companies are also given the opportunity to test their knowledge in a digitization project from idea to requirement specification. The program is run in networks with individual coaching between the joint network meetings.
It is a proven way of gaining new knowledge, testing new tools and strengthening the company's competitiveness.

Funding

  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Memberships

Customers

Number of customers annually
26-50
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations
  • Partners

    Last updated: 07/04/20 09:30