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Free Online Training Opportunity for firms, employees and students looking to upskill in the area of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

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IDEAM Cluster in collaboration with the IN4.0 Interreg Atlantic Area project have partnered to offer a Free Online Training Opportunity for upskilling of firms, employees and students looking to develop their knowledge in the area of Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Advanced manufacturing is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of companies through digitalisation and smart factory innovative solutions. To learn about the new technologies driving innovation in traditional manufacturing sectors, a series of six modules have been developed to help learners understand IN4.0 technologies and how they can improve productivity and efficiency.

Three courses are available, each of which combines 2 modules and a short test. When a learner completes a course they receive a certificate of completion with their result. Participants can pick and choose the most relevant courses which interest them. The training can be undertaken at any time online, through a dedicated e-learning platform. Participants can choose to take 1, 2 or all three courses.

The courses which form part of this training offering are:

  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Industry 4.0, People and Change Management
  • Course 2: Digital Manufacturing Related Key Enabling Technologies (KET)
  • Course 3: Digital Factory: Manufacturing Intelligence for Engineering and Production

The IN 4.0 Project funded by the Interreg Atlantic Area programme aims at improving the competitiveness of traditional manufacturing companies, whom are striving for business continuity in increasingly demanding markets, where innovation is a key factor in strategic positioning. Through this training initiative, the project partners which include the V-LINC research group in the Munster Technological University are making this training available in partnership with IDEAM - the Irish Digital Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Cluster.

In this training, participants will understand the theory and practicalities involved in:

  • Diagnosing the starting point for the digitalisation of a company.
  • Identifying the main key enabling technologies of the connected industry.
  • Understanding the fundamentals of the connected industry in the main industrial sectors.
  • Channeling strategic thinking, the right leadership style and the cultural profile of companies to ensure the success of the digital transformation.
  • Determining the level of maturity of the existing technologies likely to be implemented in SMEs.
  • Training staff to move towards IN 4.0.
  • Designing innovative strategies to reduce costs in the application of technology.
  • Identifying new marketing methods.

Indicative Duration: 15 hours

Modality: Online

Dates: Register before the 15th of July 2021, and content will become available online from 48 hours after your registration until the 23rd of July, 2021.

Please register your interest and take advantage of your digital career and understanding of what digitalisation means for your workforce and business innovation processes.

After registration you will receive a username and password to access the online training platform URL: and the content you have registered for. The end date for completion of the IN4.0 training courses is 30th June 2021, but as mentioned previously the courses can be accessed at any time day/night which suits your learning schedule.

For more information on this course please contact Yvonne O' Byrne, IN4.0 Project Manager, Munster Technological University at

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IN4.0’ (1/11/17 - 30/09/21) is a funded Interreg Atlantic Area project which brings together 10 partners from Spain, France, Ireland, Portugal and the UK including the V-LINC group in Munster Technological University. The project aims to connect the traditional shipbuilding manufacturing sector with companies involved in industry 4.0 technologies. It has an overall budget of €2,551,552, and the Lead Partner is Diputación Provincial de Pontevedra, Spain.

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The Irish Digital Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (IDEAM) Cluster: an Industry-Driven Cluster bringing together the Digital, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors across the island of Ireland. The main objectives of the IDEAM Cluster are to foster educational engagement, SME productivity, competitiveness and internationalisation. 'Together we can make a real difference'.

IDEAM Cluster is striving to improve economic resilience, recovery and renewal whilst creating a collaborative outreach ecosystem for industry. IDEAM Cluster assists Manufacturing SMEs in all aspects of digital transformation and Industry 4.0. The cluster will help more than 70 Manufacturing SMEs, from the Mid West and all over Ireland to increase productivity, improve competitiveness and expand into international markets. IDEAM is funded through the Regional Technology Cluster Fund (RTCF). RTCF is a fund that provides a platform for engagement between enterprise and regionally-based academic institutions to drive productivity and competitiveness in and across the regions of Ireland. Under Project Ireland 2040, this fund is administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

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