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Developing factories of the future

The national program to develop technologies for the factories of the future brings tangible results after three years.

Developing factories of the future

GOSTOP, the Slovenian program for the factories of the future, was launched in late 2016. Within the program, top national research institutions have joined hands with the leading Slovenian tech companies to foster development of the technologies related to the so-called factories of the future.  The role of coordinator fell upon on the Institute Josef Stefan, the leading Slovenian research institution – more specifically, to the institute’s Department for automation, biocybernetics and robotics. The partners include, among other universities in Ljubljana and Maribor and companies like Kolektor, Hidria, Inea, Cosylab, Yaskawa, LPKF and Fotona.

The program focused mostly on three areas: smart tools, robotics, and photonics. In September, IJS presented the first tangible results. A diversified tech group Kolektor, for example, developed machine vision robotic cells. Hidria and TEKOS (Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre) jointly developed a pressure sensor for controlling the injection molding process. The industrial vision solutions were also developed by Inea, the leading Slovenian specialist in manufacturing informatics, automation, and automated process control. L-Tek has developed its own SMART IoT platform that permits all sensors to be aligned to measure, monitor and control elements and processes. Automotive supplier Podkrižnik worked on intelligent transmission systems and Špica International on identification technologies used in storage. Leading global manufacturer of vacuum motors Domel used the program to further improve its quality system.

The total value of the program was around 10 million euros. The funds were provided by the European Union and Republic of Slovenia.

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