Irish SMEs Accelerating Production Through Robotics

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Irish Manufacturing Research

National Science Park

Dublin Road

DN91TX80 Mullingar


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There are DIH² Robot Days happening all across Europe right now! Join the Irish effort and secure funding for your project! Places are limited and time is running out. Get your ticket today!


Robotics and automation are key tools to transform the manufacturing agility and competitiveness of SMEs and drive economic growth across the island of Ireland and the European Union. Only a few innovative manufacturing projects can do without robotics today. While robotics is increasingly being promoted in manufacturing plants, many SMEs face the dilemma of value vs investment in their path to robotics implementation.


The Irish DIH² Robot Day at IMR aims to facilitate the connections in your local ecosystems that will enable agile production in your factories. Throughout the event there will be a focus on agile robotics and comprehensive information on the use of robotics in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

  • We will provide you with hands on support with funding and technical support opportunities available direct to your company.
  • Major robotic companies and technology providers will be available to you and present use-cases of concrete implementations and practical best practices.
  • We will facilitate the connections in your local ecosystems that will enable agile production in your factory.


09:00 – 09:30 Arrivals & Check-In

09:30 – 10:20 Welcome and introductory address

10:20 – 10:50 Tea break and networking

10:50 – 11:20 Tour and demos at the IMR facility

11:20 – 12:45 Workshops (including funding)

12:45 – 13:30 Lunch break and networking

13:30 – 14:30 Exhibitions and Open Fair

We are looking forward to meet you and help you in your agility journey!

248,000 Funding and FREE expert technical support

DIH² Open Call Process:

Here is some information about the open call process and the work expected during the selected project. The aim of the open call is to increase the uptake and integration of robotics technologies in European SMEs and to contribute to the development of a digital platform for connected factories (COPRA-AP). The open call is divided into 2 stages with a number of steps:

- A 1st stage where you register your interest and provide with information about your company (should take 30 minutes or less)

- Upon selection, you will be invited to participate in a brokerage event in IMR in December. The objective here is to partner you with a technology provider (or two) that has the relevant equipment and capabilities for your automation challenge(s).

- To help you with your 2nd stage proposal, a Digitisation Audit will be carried out with you with support from IMR.

- The 2nd stage application is a description of the work to be carried out during the 10-month project and its expected impact, as well as the ROSE-AP to be developed by Technology provider / ISV / System Integrator (details below) in order to received up to €248,000 in equity-free funding.

Your DIH² project

The 10-month project will be divided into 3 elements:

  1. Technology Transfer Program (TTP) (Duration: 8 months):

up to €200,000 equity free as a lump sum:

  • The TTE will be developed in either IMR’s, the technology provider(s)’s or your facilities and the consortium will get engineering support. The expected result will be a Demonstrator validated in a realistic environment (TRL 6) or even a Prototype (TRL 7). In this stage, you will define your roadmap for implementing the full solution in your production and indicate the key steps for the next five to ten years.
  1. IP&ELS Services (duration: depending on the need)

€6,000 voucher per TTE:

  • Support on solving specific issues related to ethical, legal and socio-economic (ELSE) matters
  1. ROSE-AP Stage (Robotic-based Open Standard Enablers) (Duration: 2 months)

€30,000 per consortium:

  • DIH² offers a reference system architecture that enables SMEs to step into Industry 4.0 without large-scale changes in their current production equipment. This Common Open Platform Reference Architecture for Agile Production (COPRA-AP) allows the integration of heterogeneous systems, robots, automation equipment and sensors under a common platform.
  • The Technology Providers – with the support of the network – will participate in the standardization and commercialization of the common platforms components (ROSE-AP) developed as a result of the TTEs. These components will be incorporated to the COPRA-AP for their reusability.

Further details and support:

The Irish DIH² Local Evangelist of Robotics

Sabine Giron | Research Engineer

Robotics & Automation Group | Irish Manufacturing Research

Address: National Science Park | Dublin Road | Mullingar | Co. Westmeath | N91 TX80 | Ireland

Call: 01 567 5000 | 083 875 1174


Twitter: @Sabine_Robotics #DIH² #RobotDay @L4MS @IMR_ie

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