Customers expect fast delivery times and fully customized products. This forces SMEs to renew their production processes. Shortening lead times requires people-oriented process innovation (“Quick Response Manufacturing”) and innovative digital technologies (“Industry 4.0”). The QRM4.0 project, is being carried out within the context of Interreg V-A Euregio MeuseRhine, with 1.68M euro from the European Regional Development Fund
QRM4.0 supports SMEs in this Quick Response Manufacturing process through coaching, training and sharing expertise and best practices. The participating companies will receive concrete know-how and gain knowledge through practical workshops, company visits, demonstrations and interactions with innovation leaders. Via a voucher system, companies receive support and coaching to transform and digitize their production process. A network of SME manufacturers and IT service providers serves as a learning platform for exchanging best practices.
The project aims to support the small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine in this process as follows:
- Inform and inspire: knowledge about QRM (how to form self-managing teams, involve the operators in the production-innovation processes) and innovative digital technologies (how to connect production machines, extract and visualize production data in a dashboard) to shorten the lead times, is transferred to the SMEs through hands-on technology sheets and inspiring testimonials, visits to industry leaders, hands-on demonstrators and workshops.
- Training, coaching and support: small and medium-sized manufacturing companies can start an individual use case (with the support of a subsidized voucher) to digitize their production, with training and coaching of the project partnership.
- Exchange of best practices: A learning network around shorter turnaround times allows small and medium-sized manufacturing companies and IT solution providers to share their experiences, learn from each other and evaluate the opportunities for professional collaboration.