In August 2019, we feature a young but very active organization: innomine DIH. This DIH was selected in 2017 by EC within the “Support and mentoring program for DIHs in new member states” by PWC/Oxentia (and completed it successfully in 2018) and it has been actively involved in the promotion of European Initiatives: they are supporting the I4Ms Initiative and ADMA (European Advanced Manufacturing Support Centre) programme.
If you are curious about how they are doing, read the answers that his representative Dr. Gabor Vicze gave us in this short interview…
Tell us a bit about innomine DIH…
GV: innomine DIH is based in Hungary and focuses on supporting manufacturing SMEs in digital transformation (smart manufacturing). We are embedded into the regional digital manufacturing ecosystem, as an example is our active involvement into the Industry 4.0 Platform in Hungary and participation in multiple regional initiatives in Central-Eastern-Europe.
At the moment, innomine DIH is focusing in its participation in the EU-funded project CloudiFacturing, which aims to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes by applying Cloud/HPC-based modelling and simulation, therefore implementing advanced data analytics, and overall, follow the vision of Factories 4.0 and circular economy.
Can you provide some figures on the companies supported by your DIH?
GV: innomine DIH supported and supports several hundreds of Hungarian SMEs (primarily manufacturing SMEs and ISVs) at different level of services. The entry step is to promote the importance of digital manufacturing, solutions and international networks. For specific companies we provide more in depth services, including project management, support in gap analysis, solution design, etc.
What specific services do innomine DIH offer?
GV: innomine DIH provides end-to-end solution, which includes technology support, business support and financial support. The manufacturing SMEs look for innomine DIH services, due to its ability to demystify innovation and turn it into simple, feasible and measurable actions, projects and results. We boost our clients’ innovation capacity with a full range of strategy and innovation services.
Our holistic vision is the creation of a coherent innovation ecosystem fulfilling its true potential. Our aspiration is to grow the cake for our clients, boost the transfer of knowledge, create joint opportunity and increase the efficiency of innovation within the EU.
Innomine DIH helps SMEs by removing risks and financial barriers through this activities:
- Awareness creation activities (we actively promote Industry4.0 technologies and advantages),
- Matchmaking / Ecosystem building, including matchmaking and establishing connections between the ecosystem players,
- Support for ideas generation and project design (innomine DIH acts as inspirational support), and
- Accessing/overview on private and public funding (from project initiation to application and compliance support), especially in the area of innovation, digital technologies and smart manufacturing.
Did you receive any EU funds and, if so, how did you employ them?
GV: The most relevant project is Cloudifacturing, which enabled us to strengthen our connections with major European stakeholders. Other relevant initiative was the PWC/Oxentia mentoring program, which helped to develop the service portfolio and
strengthened our DIH network in Central-Eastern Europe.
Can you please provide a practical example of a case you supported?
GV: With the coordination of innomine as DIH, the manufacturing process at Bakony Elektronika, a Hungarian manufacturing company, operating – among others – in the automotive industry, was optimised in the frame of an experiment within the Cloudifacturing project
Within this experiment, with an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) company, DSS Consulting, the data collection and modelling system of Bakony Elektronika were tested and upgraded. All this resulted in a much more efficient manufacturing process. The data analytics toolkit developed by DSS Consulting were aligned to the specifications of Bakony Elektronika, and also tested at its premises, resulting in the decrease of the number of working shifts.
As a result of the experiment, Bakony Elektronika (considered as “end-user”), reduced the cost of manufacturing by minimising the losses of production, decreasing the time of each production cycle, and reducing the number of shifts required to achieve the same results.
Overall, this experiment – a collaboration between an ISV, end-user and of course innomine, in its role as DIH – resulted in a favorable working environment for all the employees, increased turnover and the creation of future collaboration possibilities and additional jobs. A minimum of €20,000 yearly cost savings could be achieved at Bakony Elektronika as a result of the experiment managed by innomine DIH.
For further information read the detailed explanation of the experiment here.
Interview by Almudena S. Escrich, DIHNET