Could your business use robot technology?

Could your business use robot technology?

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is offering firms up to 400 hours of free consultancy in robot technologies, and a chance to win funding of up to €150,000 for automation projects.

ROBOTT-Net, the new EU funded project, aims to speed up the development of robotic technologies and increase the competitiveness of Europe's manufacturing sector. 

It will educate companies about hardware, new information technology systems and protocols to help them run factories more efficiently and get more from the data within their businesses.

The MTC, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, is one of just four leading European research organisations in the ROBOTT-NET consortium, including Fraunhofer IPA (Germany), the Danish Technological Institute (Denmark) and Tecnalia (Spain). 

Companies of all sizes with a concrete idea, challenge or development project related to industrial robots are eligible to apply for vouchers, giving the project approximately 400 hours of free consulting.

The best two project applications from each country’s centre will receive an EU grant of up to €150,000 to develop their robotic manufacturing system.

‘Open Lab’ demonstrator events will be held in all four countries, with the UK’s first Open Lab hosted at the MTC on the 26th May.

“We need to get more automation into supply chain companies in the UK to become more globally competitive,” says Neil Rawlinson, strategic development director at the MTC.

“Theoretically there is a 30% productivity improvement for UK businesses if we get automation into the supply chain, so that we can reach the same levels as Germany or Japan.”

“This project and the Open Lab gives you access to robotics expertise across Europe, and the MTC is one of them,” says Professor Ken Young, technology director at the MTC.