How can SMEs & Start-Ups From RIS Countries Take Advantage of Digital Transformation?

The Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) is the EIT Community’s outreach scheme that helps boost innovation capacity in European countries that have lower participation. The RIS scheme enables the transfer of good practices and know-how from EIT’s unique approach to boost innovation in EIT RIS countries.

The RIS I40H Project is dedicated to support digital transformation for manufacturing SMEs and start-ups in EIT RIS countries and to help them in their digital transformation in post-crisis transition or their engagement in networks for digitalised manufacturing as supply-chain partners. It also contributes to the development of local ecosystems in RIS countries.

The RIS I40H team conducted a 3-step methodology that helps SMEs on their way to implementing Industry 4.0 solutions based on digital technologies

Three Steps to Industry 4.0

#1
Interactive Seminars

  • Scanning digital skills of SMEs in each country
  • Introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies to SMEs
  • Interactive discussions
  • Mapping SMEs’ individual level of digital maturity

7 Seminars
6 Countries
110 Participants

#2
Individual Consultations

  • In-depth evaluation of digital maturity of SMEs
  • Suggested areas of improvement
  • Individual assessment of SMEs digital competences
  • Suggested areas of improvement (SAI)

7 Consultations / Minigrants

#3
Planning of a digital transformation project

  • Roadmap for implementation of the digital solutions
  • Ditigalization plans

8 Digitalization Plans / Minigrants

Experience from RIS I4H Partners

Experience from the Czech Republic

Main organiser

We provide municipalities with modern and cost-effective alternatives to conventional sewerage systems. Thanks to the EIT Manufacturing mini-grant, we received digitalization consultancy and an assessment of digital maturity of our operations. We have got help in selecting solutions for IoT water level measurements and discovered opportunities in the ERP system for next steps to fill in the technology gap.

Robert Nevrlý, Chairman of the Board
PRESSKAN system, a. s.

Experience from RIS I4H Partners

Experience from Greece

Main organiser

Thanks to the EIT Manufacturing mini-grant, we performed an analysis of available mold digitalization solutions in form of a ‘mold digitalization toolbox’. These technologies were utilized in the formation of three mold digitalization tiers. Digitalized solutions in injection molding enhance the Bazigos’ products, securing a more prominent place in the global injection molding market.

Antonios Gargallis, Research and Development Engineer
Bazigos SA

Experience from RIS I4H Partners

Experience from Lithuania

Main organiser

Thanks to the EIT Manufacturing mini-grant, we could seek out digitization experts for an in-depth analysis of our existing operations, such as sales, procurement, manufacturing, quality control and assurance, digital resource management and digital safety. All this has resulted in a clearer pathway and much-appreciated external impetus towards Altechna’s digital transformation.

Vytenis Jočys, Quality and Process Engineer
Altechna Coatings

Experience from RIS I4H Partners

Experience from Poland

Main organiser

Blokado develops smart parking technology. Thanks to the EIT Manufacturing project, we have received digitalization consultancy helping us in defining our needs in planning a new production line and assessment of digital maturity of our operations. We have got a sound digital roadmap on the next steps to fill in the technology gap. In terms of business development, we have discovered potential solutions for the digitalization of our products.

Artur Foksa, Founder, CEO
Blokado sp. z o.o.