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Europe is at the beginning of a new industrial revolution, labelled Industry 4.0. The ubiquitous use of sensors, the expansion of wireless communication and networks as well as the development of big data analytics has the potential to transform the way goods are manufactured.
The 4STEPS 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 customisation, 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.
The main project objective is to support the successful implementation of smart specialisation strategies and to apply Industry 4.0 to all the industrial sectors identified by each regions.
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 trough 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 has 8 project partners from 7 countries