Project Summary

Issue: Machining (turning, drilling, milling) is a manufacturing process where dedicated tools are used to remove material from a workpiece to obtain the desired shape. The NWE machining sector comprises 6800 SMEs with 135.000 FTE and generates €24 billion turnover. This sector has innovated too little in the past 5 years, resulting in a decreased turnover (4%) and employment (5%) and delocalization of machining of large series to low-wage countries. The project aims to increase the knowledge level of machining SMEs and transform them into more innovative enterprises by transferring knowledge on innovative technologies, stimulating hands-on experimenting and supporting the transformation process.

  • An online portal provides free access to specialized knowledge on innovative technologies for machining.
  • A transnational fieldlab network integrates seven regional fieldlabs and gives machining SMEs open access to complementary state-of-the-art equipment and inspiring demonstrators.
  • Twelve machining applications - based on the typical challenges from the NWE machining sector - are co-developed with the machining SMEs to translate the broad Industry 4.0 vision into tangible applications with high potential for machining.
  • A voucher scheme is set-up to (financially) support machining SMEs that want to transform their production systems (50 transformation vouchers of 12.000€).
  • 50 machining SMEs are intensively supported and coached to define their transformation plan and start the integration of innovative technologies in their production system.

Project outputs are placed under care of EFFRA and transferred across different sectors in NWE.
Change: 1000 SMEs acquired knowledge on innovative machining technologies, 250 SMEs experimented with new technologies and collaborated with R&D partners and 50 SMEs received intensive business support. This increase the knowledge/innovation level for machining in NWE.

The Machining 4.0 project website includes:

Project Partners

  • Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques

    52 avenue Felix Louat

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  • Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation (IOSB-INA)

    6 Langenbruch

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  • Irish Manufacturing Research

    1 Unit A, Aerodrome Business Park, Rathcoole, Co.

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  • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland Dublin

    1 Engineering & Materials Science Centre, Belfield

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  • Swiss Mechatronics

    5 Technikumstr.

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  • ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

    15, Postfach 805 Gertrudstrasse

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  • Stichting STODT Praktijkcentrum voor geavanceerde Technologie

    212 Gieterij
    7553 VZ

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  • University of Strathclyde

    16 Richmond Street
    G1 1XQ
    United Kingdom

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  • MedicalMountains AG

    14 Schützenstraße

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Name Contact Name Email Country
Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques Patrick Orlans France
Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation (IOSB-INA) Sascha Heymann Germany
Irish Manufacturing Research Fergus Quilligan Ireland
University College Dublin - National University of Ireland Dublin Nikolaos Papakostas Ireland
Swiss Mechatronics Kathrin Hopkins Switzerland
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hans Wernher van de Venn Switzerland
Stichting STODT Praktijkcentrum voor geavanceerde Technologie Bob Selker Netherlands
University of Strathclyde Stephen Fitzpatrick United Kingdom
MedicalMountains AG Yvonne Glienke Germany


Machining 4.0 Event at Irish Manufacturing Research

, Irish Manufacturing Research, Ireland

Over 80 companies from around Ireland attended the High-Performance Hard Metal Machining Workshop on the 15th and 16th September, areas such as precision engineering, aerospace and medical were topics focused on. This workshop was an excellent opportunity for SME’s around Ireland to come together and get first-hand demonstrations and experience and learn from world-renowned leaders in the machining industry. IMR Senior Technologist Dr Carlos Garcia presented on the Machining 4.0 project and vouchers available for SMEs.
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Zhaw & Swiss Mechatronic Event


Machining Partners Zhaw and Swiss Mechatronics hosted a workshop in Neuhausen to promote the Machining 4.0 project and vouchers available to SMEs. The Laboratory in Neuhausen demonstrated the "Fieldlab SmartPro 4.0", which was developed by the ZHAW - Institute of Mechatronic Systems, An impressive assembly facility, developed as part of the Interreg project "Machining 4.0", highlighted various aspects of Industry 4.0 in operation. Its goals and priorities were explained by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Wernher van de Venn in his presentation. Just as it can be used to develop concrete solutions tailored to the needs of SMEs in the metal-cutting industry in cooperation with ZHAW and what saving potentials and benefits SMEs can derive from them.
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TOC/TSC Meeting in Fraunhofer

, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA Smartlab

Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) Machining4.0 TOC/TSC meeting took place in Fraunhofer IOSB-INA Smartlab, the meeting kicked off with a Brainstorming session and presentations from project partners. All partners were in attendance and contributed to the session, STODT, Sirris, University College Dublin, Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde, Irish Manufacturing Research, ZHAW Soziale Arbeit, Cetim - Centre technique des industries mécaniques, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Swiss Mechatronics
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Machining4.0 Official Launch

, Citywest Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

The Machining 4.0 project launch took place during the National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in the Citywest Exhibition Centre in Dublin on 17 January 2019. The event represented the largest annual one day gathering of key decision-makers for the food, pharmaceutical, medical, life sciences, engineering, electronics and supply chain sector. Over 3,000 delegates attended to hear from leading experts on topics including Brexit, Smart Factory, Lean, Skills & Training, Procurement, Health & Safety and Clean Room. Machining 4.0 had an exhibition stand at the displaying information about the projects. Project partners were available at the stand during the day to provide discuss the project with interested parties. During the morning project co-ordinator, Bart Verlinden from Sirrus gave a short talk on Human-centered and digitized manufacturing to shorten lead time. Further details can be found here
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Advance Forming Research Centre (AFRC)

, University Strathclyde AFRC

Machining4.0 partners AFRC hosts Scotland’s first machining conference in over three decades took place at University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre this month, marking the largest ever event hosted by the Inchinnan based research centre. Designed to revitalise the country’s engineering community, re-shore work and promote developments across the machining sector, the event was attended by over 300 delegates from firms large and small across Scotland and the world. A collaboration between the AFRC and ten of its industrial members and partners, Machining Scotland featured innovative technology, software and cutting tools, it also showcased the AFRC’s Hybrid platform, which combines machining and additive on a retrofitted CNC machine. Margaret Toberty, Director of Operations at MSP said: “Exhibiting at the inaugural Machining Scotland event was a must for MSP and as anticipated we made fantastic new contacts and even reinvigorated some old ones. “The event was well supported by industry experts and visitors, whom all benefited from the presenter's thought-provoking, innovative topics
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