Summary of the project
The main aim of the SEE4.0: “Enabling Industry 4.0 in Small European Enterprises” project is to strengthen key competences (required by Industry 4.0) of SMEs owners and managers through developing innovative training materials in order to train and equip this group with Industry 4.0 relevant knowledge, skills and competences. SMEs having owners and managers aware of Ind4.0 and equipped with skills to implement Ind4.0 solutions, that are inevitable in today’s and future business market conditions, will have ability to gain competitiveness. It will do it through developing an Introducing Industry 4.0 to SMEs – practical implementation paper, SEE4.0 modular training components and SEE4.0 toolkit with customized learning paths. The content produced by the project will be tailored to the needs of learners, as practical as possible, with case studies and best practices gathered right from the field where SME operate, in contrast to many already available theoretical materials, coming from research organizations or consulting companies, hardly applicable in SME settings.
The primary target group are SME owners, managers at various levels and all personnel delegated to pursuing Industry 4.0 challenges.
Secondary target group are VET trainers, training organizations and identified stakeholders, related to SME-connected structures (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, Clusters, Business Clubs, professional organisations) and Public officials responsible for VET policy-making.
This intellectual output will be a publication providing essential information for implementation of Industry 4.0 in SME’s environment. There is a lot of fuzz around Industry 4.0 that can be clearly seen in variety of publications. What can be noticed, however, is that they do not provide concrete
implementation examples, but rather focus on the theoretical aspects. In other cases, the implementation of certain solution required significant financial investment, and as such is not possible for SMEs. Such publications obviously help SMEs in understanding the Industry 4.0 concept but cannot be used as practical implementation guidelines. Therefore, this Intellectual Output can be considered as a collection of “recipes” suitable for SMEs and will be directly used by the owners and managers of SMEs. It will include practical approaches that support SMEs in the implementation of Industry 4.0 taking advantage on the decreasing costs of technologies like 3D printing, robotics, Augmented Reality, etc. It will be available in all partner’s languages (ES, GR, PL, RO) and in English. Its length is estimated to be about 70 pages.
Insufficient qualification of workforce is one of the main barriers for Industry 4.0 Introduction. In order to overcome it, the partnership will prepare a suitable multilingual and modular course content for
SMEs owners and managers focused on Industry 4.0 for SMEs. All the training components will share the modular structure, that will greatly improve the reception of the materials. This decision has been made based on the approach in which SMEs are in most cases not able to revolutionise the way they work on a daily basis, but are rather in favour of implementing various Industry 4.0 elements on a step-by-step manner. The modular training components will cover the aspects identified and agreed during the planning phase and they will be the following: technology and entrepreneurship, ICT and Cyber Security topics, Ind.4.0/automation topics, Industrial IoT topics, Ind.4.0/CAD/CAM/3D Printing subjects, Entrepreneurship for Industry 4.0 subjects, including funding/grants to help them grow, internationalisation.
The SEE4.0 toolkit will be composed of several sections/modules:
i) Introducing Industry 4.0 to SMEs – practical implementation paper,
ii) SEE4.0 modular training components,
iii) A set of Case-studies about Industry 4.0 elements,
iv) A set of relevant tools and resources explaining Industry 4.0 elements and concepts.
The Toolkit therefore will enable to learn about Industry 4.0 and its role in SMEs day-to-day operations with the use of the practical implementation paper. In addition to that, also a modular training components on Industry 4.0 for SMEs will be implemented in an online and interactive way,
thus allowing for knowledge and skills acquisition in the IND4.0 sector. The course implemented will also have a number of engaging exercises/activities, that will be used in order to check and verify newly possessed knowledge and skills. The content of the Toolkit will also be expanded by the
collection of Case-studies collected by all project partners – at least 14 examples (2 per each partner) will be presented, showcasing how the elements (e.g. CNC technology, robotics, PLM systems, AGVs, CAD/CAM etc.) upon which Industry 4.0 is based, are used nowadays and how they
support organisations from different fields. Finally, the tools and resources will act as a supplementary set of additional relevant materials supporting the learning processes. This section will act as a collection of useful external materials that are beyond the scope of this project, but which might provide an additional value for the SMEs owners and managers. While during the project lifetime it is expected that each partner identifies at least 5 such resources (35 in total), this section will be open to all people, and everyone using the SEE4.0 toolkit will be invited to suggest other resources, thus contributing for the benefit of other users.
Danmar Computers – applicant, Rzeszow, Poland
Danmar Computers LLC is a private company operating in the field of Information Technology and providing vocational training in this field. Danmar has an extensive experience in developing modern Web and mobile applications that are used for educational purposes. Danmar also has long-term experience of carrying out European projects within which company’s R&D staff conducts research and prepares trainings tailored to the needs of various learners.
Ludor Engineering-partner, Iasi, Romania
Ludor Engineering is a Romania based engineering company dedicated to providing comprehensive services in product development, mechanical engineering and design and prototyping. It also has expertise in implementation of advanced technologies in education, including Industry 4.0, drones, 3D printing, etc. Ludor Engineering has direct experience of participating in EU projects including Erasmus+, as both coordinator and partner.
University Politehnica of Bucharest– partner, Bucharest, Romania
University Politehnica of Bucharest is the largest Technical University in Romania, with great expertise and bearing an essential role in the development of Higher Education in the country. One of its research and development centres, UPB-CAMIS, has a vast experience and expertise in ICT technologies for innovation and creativity in Engineering, these concepts being taught to students for several years. CAD/CAM or additive manufacturing technologies constituted an integral part in the training process of a technical engineer.
Ke.Di.Vi.M2 KAINOTOMIA – partner, Larisa, Greece
KAINOTOMIA provide business consultancy to companies & supporting services and consulting support services to trainees to facilitate their (re) entrance into the labour market. KAINOTOMIA has participated in several national projects, offering a high degree of expertise regarding training in contemporary fields, matching them with those that have a high demand in job’s market, in order to develop trainees’ knowledge, skills and attitudes towards their integration in the labour market.KAINOTOMIA has been participating in co funded national projects under the name of “local development plans and entrepreneurship for unemployed based on specific local needs and growth potential”.
MACDAC ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY BUREAU LTD -MECB-partner, Iklin, Malta
MECB Ltd is a Malta based Excellence Consulting Bureau, dedicated to driving excellence & innovation support through the provision of relevant, multidisciplinary, high-quality:
>technical consulting services
>research and training services
>EU project partnering services
As an organization,
– MECB is a member of the EU Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition
– MECB Ltd is registered with the Malta Financial Services Authority is private limited liability company with registration number C 37773.
– In addition, MECB Ltd is a corporate member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise & Industry, registration number: C016/05
In terms of expertise available,
– Our staff members are experienced in a range of fields as relevant from scientific publications and/or past projects. These include 3D Modelling, Augmented Reality, Technological Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity Methods; Sustainable Development, Life-long learning, e-
– MECB has direct experience of participating in a range of EU projects & tenders including LLP Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus+, FP6/7, EEA and KA2. This means we are experienced to working under pressure and within deadlines to generate high quality project deliverables all within
EU financial rules
INSTALOFI LEVANTE SL-FYG-partner, Valencia, Spain
Instalofi Levante S.L. (FyG Consultores) is a private, high-level training enterprise with experience in running a wide range of workshops, training courses and mentoring programmes aimed at supporting SMEs or individuals who are interested in starting up, developing or internationalizing their businesses. Through our organization, the entrepreneurs, SMEs and Start-Ups have easy access to the information that is necessary for their activity. The strong focus of FyG on business
development and internationalisation activities, coupled with its experience in the promotion of technological and innovation cooperation is directly connected with the objectives of the project SEE 4.0. In addition, FyG has participated in several initiatives connected to industry 4.0 such as the
development of the Erasmus+ project InVET “Industry 4.0 for VET”:
Founded in 2001, is present on international markets helping companies to define strategies that allow them to grow in foreign markets and international business. As a supplier of innovative solutions, adding business value through training methodology implementation at a professional
level, innovative formulas, methods of cooperation and partnerships, selection of HR and training on Internationalization, the company is able to help in their way grow to SMEs and entrepreneurs.
EMPORIKO KAI VIOMICHANIKO EPIMELITIRIO HERAKLIOU-HCCI-partner, Irakleio, Greece
HCCI is one of the largest chambers of commerce in Greece, and the largest independent networking and business support organisation in Crete. Representing the interests of approx. 22.000 members from all sectors of the economy, the Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry offer its
members a wide range of practical and professional advisory services. HCCI is an autonomous public body established in 1918, not-for-profit organization, receives no subsidy from any governmental body and it is financed entirely by its members’ contributions and fees and by community grants. The HCCI’s role is to act as an advisor and consultant to the general government for issues concerning commerce, industry and other issues relevant to economic development. In addition, the HCCI aims to encourage and support private initiatives to the greatest possible extent in order to assure the necessary conditions for the promotion of healthy entrepreneurship.
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