Coordinator: Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia, LENS Living Lab
ROLE IN DIGI-SI
DIGITECH SI-EAST is a network of industry and academy research-innovation partners focusing on using collaborative robots and other digital and digitalized technologies needed to develop industry smart manufacturing applications. Competence Center ROBOFLEX is the heart of this network and provides industry clients »one-stop-shop« supporting services: INFO Center, DEMO Center, Innovation Office, and Project Office.
DIGITECH SI-EAST Collaborative Network Organization HORSE project initiated and developed the pilot network of HORSE competence centers in the EU, acting as the heart of regional digital innovation hubs. Competence Center ROBOFLEX (CCR), with its digital innovation hub DIGITECH SI-EAST, was established by TCS, 3L and ETRA, Ltd in Celje, Slovenia, in 2017. ETRA Company is specialized for robotic systems integration, industry automatization, and development of industry customized innovative solutions, and is the coordinator of CCR demonstration center.
Competence Center ROBOFLEX’s collaboration platform supports the initiation and implementation of precompetitive research and innovation projects to acquire new technologies and competencies relevant to the regional industry partners and their value chains. This platform supports networking and collaboration activities of Competence Center ROBOFLEX regional and international research-innovation partners coming from the industry and research organizations. Research, innovation, and piloting focuses on using humancentric robots, augmented reality, automated guided vehicles, high-performance cloud computing, big data,
artificial intelligence, communication, and cybersecurity technologies as an integral part of hybrid digitalized Smart Manufacturing.
The founders of DIGITECH SI-EAST are TCS -Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia and LENS Living Lab (3L) – an international virtual living laboratory enabled and coordinated by the Slovenian ICT companies affiliated to the INTESO Group. 3L is specialized for digitalization and management of virtual, spatial scattered industry research-innovation communities, operations, and test-beds.
TCS is a private non-profit organization C-TCS Institute based in Celje, established (2002) by technologically advanced manufacturing SMEs and their development partners to support partner development and acquire new advanced technologies, production systems, and competencies. 3L is an innovation partner of TCS,
launched in 2006 to help create an organized virtual innovation environment for technologically advanced SMEs in partner industrial research, innovation, and development of new technologies and related solutions (example: 3D laser technology for metal products). 3L was the initiator of the coordinator of the international partnership research and innovation program “Smart Machines & Systems” to stimulate and develop the market of smart machines and digitized services. It is a partnership program in pre-competitive research and development, launched in 2011 and has led to several regional initiatives and projects.
3L and TCS partners initiated the regional open research-innovation program innovative manufacturing innovation technologies – “InnoTECH 2020,” based on the mentioned international program “Smart Machines & Systems.” Within this program, a series of initial innovation workshops were conducted with advanced manufacturing SMEs, representing potential industrial pilots and demonstrators of solutions related to industry smart technologies and systems applications.
Institute C-TCS, LENS Living Lab, ETRA Ltd.
Regional strategic partners
Faculty of Logistics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Robotics, FERI (all University of Maribor), Laboratory for Robotics, FEE (University of Ljubljana)
CEA Paris, TNO Delft, TUM München and FZI Karlsruhe)