COTEMACO - Increased NWE COmpetitiveness Through Efficient MAn & Machine COllaboration


Project Summary

Manufacturing SMEs in NWE are struggling to maintain their cost competitiveness against large-scale production facilities in low-wage economies. This sector specifically suffers workforce scarcity because employees in manufacturing SMEs are often subjected to physically repetitive tasks. The tasks are often under-stimulating, as well as contributing to adverse health effects. The next step to increase competitiveness will only be achieved by offering the high levels of production flexibility, made possible by collaborative robotics.

With the potential to have as much, if not more, impact on the manufacturing sector as 3D printing or IoT, cobots focus on enhancing the cooperation between human workers and industrial robots, unlike previous automation waves. Cobots manufacturing not only allows for a more efficient use of employees (+85%, MIT): it reduces health issues and raises motivation.

The COTEMACO regional field labs in the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Germany are showcasing key production steps in the automotive and food industries, in order to tackle current low sectorial awareness and knowledge gaps. The auto and food field labs share transferable knowledge of tasks, such as handling and (un)loading. Cobots are brought closer to end-user SMEs through testing and interacting in the relevant industry conditions by SME management and other stakeholders in regional manufacturing economies.

COTEMACO engages with 60 SMEs from automotive and food sectors in the field labs via voucher schemes. Working with 50 of these SMEs, COTEMACO is also working towards implementing collaborative robotics through international cooperation. This will maintain >€500M of regional turnover and >1250 NWE manufacturing jobs, and generate >€50M and > 125 new jobs. Replication across other sectors and regions will ensure long-term financing sustainability of field labs (private contracts), exploring the potential of additional funding to be paired with regional sources.

Project Partners

  • The University of Lincoln

    1 Brayford Way
    Lincoln
    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

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  • Voka - Limburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    51 Governor Roppesingel
    Hasselt
    3500
    Belgium

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  • Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership

    36 Orchard Street
    Lincoln
    LN1 1YZ
    United Kingdom

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  • HighTechNL

    68 HighTechCampus
    Eindhoven
    5656
    Netherlands

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  • Food Tech Brainport

    3 Scheepsboulevard
    Helmond
    5705 KZ
    Netherlands

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  • Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology GmbH

    Geb. 9 Gewerbepark
    Saarbrücken
    66121
    Germany

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  • Advice Center for socially acceptable Technology-Designing

    6 Fritz-Dobisch-Straße
    Saarbrücken
    66111
    Germany

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  • Flanders Make

    133 Oude Diestersebaan
    Lommel
    3920
    Belgium

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Flanders Make Ger van den Kerkhof / Georges Verpoorten 133 Oude Diestersebaan
Lommel
3920
Belgium
ger.vandenkerkhof@flandersmake.be / georges.verpoorten@flandersmake.be http://www.flandersmake.be/
Name Contact Name Email Country
The University of Lincoln Simon Pearson, Mark Swainson spearson@lincoln.ac.uk, mswainson@lincoln.ac.uk United Kingdom
Voka - Limburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry Catherine Dreesen Catherine.Dreesen@voka.be Belgium
Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Martin Collison martin@collisonassociates.co.uk United Kingdom
HighTechNL Ben van der Zon ben.van.der.zon@hightechnl.nl Netherlands
Food Tech Brainport Anke van den Heuvel, John de Groot anke.heuvel@helmond.nl, john@foodtechbrainport.nl Netherlands
Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology GmbH Matthias Vette-Steinkamp matthias.vette@zema.de Germany
Advice Center for socially acceptable Technology-Designing Matthias Hoffmann matthias.hoffmann@best-saarland.de Germany

News



Events


AgriFoodTech 2018

, Brabanthallen ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

Visit partner Food Tech Brainport to learn more about COTEMACO as they represent the project at this 2-day event. AgriFoodTech is the trade fair with focus on more efficient, effective, sustainable and other ways of production, as well for machine builders, food processors as for professionals in agriculture and horticulture. On December 12 and 13, 2018, AgriFoodTech will connect top sectors as High Tech Systems & Materials with Agri & Food and Horticulture & Materials. The latest High Tech and IT innovations are represented on both the exhibition floor as in the congress program.
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Flanders Make Symposium 2018: The Future of the Manufacturing Industry

, Kinepolis, Antwerp

On Tuesday 27 November, Flanders Make will host their annual Symposium at Kinepolis Antwerp. During this inspiring day, we will discuss the trends that define the future of the manufacturing industry. FM will illustrate their research results and show concrete cases of companies with whom they collaborate. Their annual Symposium is also a great networking platform. You will meet, among others, CEOs, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs. During these networking moments, you can also join several demonstrations illustrating the results of our partnerships with companies and other research institutions.
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