The project is addressing the main challenge of Industry 4.0 as a tool towards a new, digital industrial revolution holding the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, mass customization, increased speed, better quality and improved productivity. Companies in the target regions are lagging behind in the adoption of innovative tools and solutions proposed by Industry 4.0 revolution and need to increase transnational cooperation in facing this challenge.
Towards the three years duration of the project and the collaboration between 8 project Partners from 7 different EU Countries, the main project objective is to support the successful implementation of smart specialization strategies and to apply Industry 4.0 to all the industrial sectors identified by each Region.
4STEPS will apply an innovative methodology based on the involvement of all quadruple helix actors in a bottom-up approach. SMEs will be the main target and will be involved through a new network of “Digital Innovation Hubs”. The project will develop innovative productive methods and applications of Industry 4.0 thanks to the developments of:
- a new catalogue of potential services to be offered;
- a “Technology Maturity Level Index”;
- a transnational action plan and “Digital Innovation Hubs” that will be tested in pilot actions.
4STEPS project is funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme that encourages cooperation on shared challenges in central Europe.
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