Agility and Retrofitting in Mechanical Engineering

The additional 4th Open Seminar of Business Upper Austria within the NUCLEI-project dealed with the challenges agility and retrofitting for small and medium sized companies within advanced manufacturing.

Modernity and tradition do not only exist in art - they are also the daily companions in industry: modern management methods and tools and quality work by tradition, even with "old" machines. You will (still) find one in almost all workshops and production facilities in Austria: Machines from back then. One could also say in a less appreciative way that old machines are "brown field" in terms of software, and yet for the companies they are valuable pieces - no typos - valuable pieces. Modern management methods and tools and quality work by tradition, even with "old" machines. The company Faschang showed how it works on April 11th. While new methods and tools are implemented in the management, old plant components are generally overhauled by specialists - keyword RETROFIT - in order to serve the customers for another few years. In two exciting lecture parts, the challenges for the company were dealt with and how they will be solved together with experts. A tour of the Faschang Werkzeugbau area gave the participants the opportunity to get an idea on site of how quality from Austria is produced at the location.

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Working Table Mechatronics Alliance

This working table was organized as a webinar to make it more flexible and efficient for the participants without the need to travel to meet in person. This proved to be a very functional solution working well for all participants.

At the beginning of the event in Košice, Viliam Ďuraš and Lubomira Levocka introduced the NUCLEI project and the purpose of pilot actions and working tables in particular to the participants in Slovakia. Then the Austrian partners joined from Linz, the participants on both sides were introduced, and Elmar Paireder presented Mechatronik-Cluster Business Upper Austria and its activities. After the introductions the presentations of the experts Florian Eicher and Thomas Kent Rohrberg followed. They provided valuable and inspiring information on their experience with Industry 4.0 – Maturity Model and Intelligence – From AI Technology to Ready-to-use Applications, respectively. The third originally planned presentation on blockchain technology for industry was not realized due to organizational reasons.

The event fulfilled its objective, i.e. the experts on both sides were able to get in contact and share and exchange their expertise in their fields of Industry 4.0.

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Blockchain in Industry

The 3rd Open Seminar of Business Upper Austria within the NUCLEI-project dealed with possible applications of Blockchain-technology in industrial environments.

What are blockchain technologies capable of and what are their benefits for industry? International and national experts gave an insight and showed - on the basis of already existing industrial applications – the great potential of this technology.


The participants used this Open Seminar besides the informational side for networking and experience exchange. There is a possibility to develop further activities.


-              The use of Blockchain-technology in Industry depends on trust and interoperability. This could be reached through standards (eg ISO)

-              Possible application areas are IOT, robots, machines, big dates and information storage

Regarding sustainability of this activity Biz-Up announced a Kick-off-meeting for establishing a Exchange of experience round. This meeting will take place end of January 2019, but will be realised outside of NUCLEI-project.


9.30 am          Short Introduction Working Table & Expectations of Participants 9.45 am          Industry 4.0 – Maturity Model Expert: Florian Eicher, Mechatronics-Cluster 10.30 am        Artifical Intelligence - From AI technology to ready-to-use applications Expert: Thomas Rohrberg, 2012ai 11.15 am        Closing

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Big data and digitalization in the era of Industry 4.0

Thematic scope of the seminar:

Giovanni Berselli, University of Genova, Department of mechanics, energetics,

management and transportation

Virtual Prototyping Tools and Digital Twins for Industry 4.0:

State-of-the-art Overview and Future Challenges

 tools for integrated design (CAE-centric design VS CAD-centric design)

 co-simulations (case study: eco-design of robotized plants – integration with

state-of-the-art digital manufacturing tools)

 virtual commissioning & virtual training (case study: an automated

manufacturing system)

Karol Kozak, Fraunhofer IWS, Image Processing and Data Management

Process 4.0:

 Is it efficient to start Deep Learning without database infrastructure?

 Do we always need a Deep Learning in industry?

 How to benefit from digital twin in simply data flow strategy?

 How to share digital twin in project consortium?

Przemysław Kazienko, ENGINE - The European Centre for Data Science, Wroclaw

University of Science and Technology

Data Science for Industry 4.0

 AI, data science, big data and machine learning

 6Cs and 4Vs

 data sources and types

 challenges, applications and benefits

 data eco-system for Poland

 what next?

Lucía Díez Robles, ITQ GmbH

Agile education in the era of digitalization

 The technical changes and their influence in the required skills of technicians

 The new challenges to be faced in education

 Novel educational methods for qualification of workers

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Innovation management in mechatronics, robotics and manufacturing system automation

In this seminar NUCLEI provided an opportunity for the representatives of business companies, educational institutions and local S3 managers to discuss the trends and processes of innovation management in industry at the level of SMEs, large companies, and educational institutions preparing the work force for the fields of mechatronics and robotics. The participants explored the introduction of innovations in the field in their respective contexts and the ways their mutual cooperation might enhance the progress and facilitate effectiveness in achieving the development and sustainability goals.

The participants agreed to maintain closer contacts and find ways to better coordinate the needs of individual stakeholders in the industry and to support smooth and fast transfer of innovations into practice at all levels, sharing the best practices and opportunities for improvements

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Effective Production

CMAB on June 28-29, 2017 has organized the third seminar “Effective Production” in Austria. 

Companies in the field of factory automation from Germany participate in two guided company visits of high performing Austrian SMEs. A German-Austrian matchmaking session between the Bavarian and the Austrian mechatronics cluster ensued.


28th June

17:00 Welcome to 3rd NUCLEI Open Seminar at Faschang Werkzeugbau GmbH

Welcome by CMAB, presentation of NUCLEI project and its potential benefits. Presentation by CEO Rudolf Faschang, tour through company with focus on efficiency and modern manufacturing methods.

17:45 Change of Location 

19:00 Networking event – cluster round table

Opening at evening location for German-Austrian networking event

21:00 Closing


29th June 

09:00 Welcome to Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH

Opening at second company location. Presentation by Matthäus Lang, tour through company with focus on efficiency and modern manufacturing methods

10:30 Closing




Rudolf Faschang

Welcome to 3rd NUCLEI Open Seminar

Brauhaus Bogner

Networking event – cluster round table

Herbert Ginzinger

Welcome to Ginzinger electronic systems GmbH

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German-Italian b2b meeting

Companies in the field of factory automation from both Germany and Italy joined in on a guided event for matchmaking, pitching and follow-up talks for tech cooperation


Innovation Management

The NUCLEI partners CRIT SRL and Steinbeis Europa Zentrum organised a Working Table on Innovation Management during the ICE/IEEE International Technology Management Conference in Stuttgart (Germany) on the 20th of June 2018. The transnational Working Tables support the exchange of information, ideas and experiences between companies which are not direct competitors, shares knowledge, and initiate multi-partner research projects. Within this workshop the companies of Festo AG (Germany), John Deere GmbH & Co.KG (Germany), and Holonix S.r.l. (Italy) have shared and disscused experiences and best practices in Innovation Management and Open Innovation approaches.


Mechatronics Alliance

Working tables have been organized on May 16-17, 2018 in Linz, the region capital of Upper Austria with the title “Invitation: European Mechatronics Alliance Kick-Off Meeting”. 

Europe is experiencing an era of exponential technical change, because there are many societal challenges arising from the transition to Industry 4.0, and all this is happening in the context of an uncertain global political climate. Mechatronics-related companies are starting to provide solutions for some of these big challenges, mostly regions with a large industrial base. 

There are several existing initiatives across Europe encouraging collaboration at the academic level, but there is no alliance encouraging the development of mechatronics at the level where it has the largest impact, namely at a regional cluster level.

Today, European funding mechanisms work on several levels, but when the current framework programs finish in 2020, the next program will be set up differently. In the next framework program interregional funding will establish to stimulate collaboration between clusters within different countries. It will not be bound to specific border regions but, instead, to a specific technological goal.

The Mechatronics-Cluster Upper Austria and the Province of Noord-Brabant propose to set up an European Alliance of regional clusters with significant activities in mechatronics. In its initial phase, the goal will be to optimize the use of existing infrastructure and knowhow in these regional clusters. The alliance can serve as a platform to make optimal use of existing programs such as Interreg Europe and the cross border interregional programs.



Day 1 - Wednesday, 16th May 2018

09:00 Registration at voestalpine Stahlwelt – Panorama Café voestalpine-Str. 4 , 4020 Linz, Austria.

09:15  – Welcome and introduction - The Broad Vision of the Alliance. Why is it Needed and what will it do? Bert Pauli, Vice Governor Economics of Noord-Brabant and Christian Altmann, Head of Clusterland

09:30 Cluster Introductions Presentation per partner (about 20 minutes each)

12:30 Lunch break

14:00 Joint discussion – Kick-off of the 1st European Mechatronics Alliance

- Presentation about EC Joint Research Centre support for scoping paper, Fatime Barbara Heygi PhD

- Opportunities & Synergies between existing regions. Finding relevant partners

- Needs & Goals

15:30 Coffee-Break

16:00 Thematic workshops - Identification of common topics to foster innovation in mechatronics/advanced manufacturing

- Mechanical / Electrical engineering

- Production – Industry 4.0

- Service and Maintenance

17:30 Wrap-Up Day 1 and discussion of Next Steps

19:00 Ars Electronica Center Linz incl. guided tour of the building and dinner at the restaurant Cubus (in the same building)


Day 2 - Thursday, 17th May 2018

09:00 Pick up at the hotel, transfer and visit to the

- Mechatronics Institutes of the Johannes Kepler University

- LCM - Linz Center of Mechatronics

12:30 Lunch Break

14:00 Transfer to Wels and visit to the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

- Center of Excellence for Smart Production

We hope both visits will enable an intensive exchange of experiences with the research community representatives of Upper Austria!

17:00 Transfer back to the hotel in Linz / Departure



Attending organizations: 

Elmar Paireder, Manager Mechatronics-Cluster – Upper Austria

Onno Huiskamp, Technology & International Cooperation Advisor – Province Noord Brabant

The goal of the Working Table Mechatronics Alliance was foster innovation in the field of Advanced Manufacturing with building a European-wide alliance, where specific topics are hosted by regional representatives. These hosts are responsible for setting up new projects 

From 17.06.2018 to 18.06.2018, 18 mechatronics initiatives from 10 countries, including Slovakia, Romania, Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Germany and Austria have met in Austria in Linz. The meeting was organized by the “Mechatronic Cluster OÖ” (Upper Austria) together with the Dutch mechatronics network to widen the impact out of NUCLEI. The aim of this meeting was to explore innovative technologies across borders and to promote cooperation. 


In the beginning of the event, Elmar Paireder, the manager of the Upper Austrian mechatronics cluster and Christian Altmann, the Clusterland manager, welcomed the guests. Furthermore, Christian Altmann talked about the high importance of innovative mechatronic technologies for the whole European industry as well as about their influence on the entire competitiveness in Europe. 

In the first part of the working table, the participating networks and enterprises introduced themselves with a short presentation. Every network reported about their current topics, priorities and expectations. On the basis of the presentations of the individual representatives, concrete topics were identified in the areas of research and development, production and management support, to which the participants have assigned themselves accordingly. 


After lunch, pre-existing initiatives such as the LCM's Symspace platform were presented and an exchange of experiences of a sustainable collaboration took place. Another important point was the cooperative development and implementation of innovation projects involving scientific institutions and enterprises. Subsequently, the identified organizational expectations and goals for a Europe-wide mechatronics alliance were concretized in a workshop. An important point for the participants was, above all, the establishment of technology-oriented platforms for transnational knowledge transfer in order to be able to make use of synergy potential. In addition, an attempt has been made to create a thematic map, which focuses on the research priorities of the individual regions. The first day ended with an exciting tour through the Ars Electronica Center, where they demonstrated where the technological journey could be in the future.


On the second day of the working table the major activity was the visit of the Upper Austrian research institutes in the field of mechatronics. The approximately 30 participants were able to gain a good impression of the local mechatronics competence in the Linz Center of Mechatronics, at the Johannes-Kepler-University and in the Excellence Center for Smart Production of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. Specific examples were the robotics department of the LCM, the metal 3D-printing research at the University of Applied Sciences Wels as well as the developments of the JKU in the field of digital hydraulic valves and non-destructive digital material testing.


All in all a format like an alliance could ensure to foster innovation on an transnational level as well as to establish a sustainable platform within Advanced Manufacturing.


The participants were able to get in contact with representatives of other networks and branche-related institutions. In detail on following expectations/aspects will be focused:

-          Foster Cooperation ( R&D-projects / international cooperation / Matchmaking / partnerships along the value-chain)   HOST: Hightech NL

-          -Technology & Exchange Platform (Symspace Platform / development of an Digital Innovation

-          Hub / Access2Knowledge / crossboarder activities /

-          development of new R&R-infrastructure)  HOST:

LCM/MC Upper Austria

-          Business Opportunities (integration of industry, research and education / sustainable development / market-pull) HOST: SWHEC

Identified common topis (in line with NUCLEI-topics)

-          Engineering (prototyping, systems engineering, product development, digital twins, vocational training)

-          Production (additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT, Industry4.0, sensors/actuators, smart mobility)

-          Management/Suppert (digital company, big data, new business models, self optimization, sales/services)

All participants agreed to cooperate more closely on these topics in the future


4.0 Tech Meetup

PWR has organized the Working Table "4.0 Tech Meetup" on March 28, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. 

Politechnika Wrocławska (PWR) was organizing a Tech Meet Up in collaboration with 3YOURMIND, the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Heart Warsaw. 

4.0 Tech Meetup was a meeting to build a network of company knowledge and relationships. Believing that the most interesting and noble ideas come to mind during conversations with people, the organizers came up with an idea, by gathered in one place, Professional and enthusiasts of new technologies.

The focus was on Industry 4.0 and new manufacturing technologies like 3D Printing. Some renowned speakers, e.g. from 3D Center, VSHAPER, Evatronix, Elmodis, VIX and Bibus Menos, have been invited to share their experience and knowledge regarding the trends in Industry 4.0.


17.00 Guest registration 

17.30 Opening of the Meetup - NUCLEI and 3YOURMIND

17.40 Pawel Zakrzewski, GE Aviation / EDC 

17.55 Krzysztof Nowak, 3D Center

18.05 Marcin Szymanski, VSHAPER

18.15 Wojciech Sakowski, Evatronix 

18.25 Adam Komarnicki, Elmodis

18.35 Tomasz Weis, Bibus Menos 

18.45 Mariusz Benna, VIX Automation

18.55 Q&A

19.00-22.00 networking session & refreshments



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