"Industrial automation is a fundamental prerequisite for competitiveness and sustainability"

Article · 31 August 2021

Darja Isaksson is Director General of Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, and since 2019 has been a member of the Swedish National Digitalisation Council, set up by the Swedish Government. Vinnova is involved in the Industry Day on 7 September and we have spoken with Darja Isaksson about the role of the government in the continued development of the industry in Sweden.

 

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Create space for reflection

Chronicle · Helena Blackbright, innovation researcher at MDH and Automation Region · 30 June 2021

There is often an almost reflexive effort to keep up with change and renewal, in both industry and various societal functions. But is there enough room and interest for reflection?

In the short term, it is easy to see how AI and other new technology can be used to improve work steps and processes. With the help of data analysis and algorithms, we can, for example, streamline logistics systems and change traffic flows to reduce or even out load. Very positive and clear effects in the short term, but seen in a larger perspective and in the longer term, there is a risk that they drive demand. It creates unwanted effects which, in the worst case, completely offset the positive effects.

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Automation Region supports new graduate school

Article · 29 June 2021

With support from, among others, Automation Region, the graduate school IndTech Industrial Technology Graduate School has been established at Mälardalen University (MDH). The graduate school, which offers advanced education in industrial digitization, will train future research leaders to strengthen Sweden's industrial competitiveness.

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Industry Day on the need and utilization of research

Chronicle · Moris Behnam, professor of computer science and head of research at Mälardalen University · 31 May 2021

The industry is increasingly strengthened by digital services and solutions, if not as fast as in other parts of society. One of the challenges is to find technical solutions that work together with existing processes and with the already existing range of machines and other equipment. It is a complex act of balance that requires many different skills.

Our vision for Industry Day on the 7th of September is that industrial companies will be given the opportunity to present their needs and challenges while researchers show what solutions are available and what is underway. An informal discussion that can give rise to new contacts and future research issues.

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In the future, everyone is a leader

Article · 31 May 2021

Recently, the seminar series on the future forms of collaboration finished, where representatives from around 40 companies gathered to discuss working methods and organizational structures. Martin Marklund from Automation Region's member company Sigholm led the seminar series.

– In collaborations within the organization, we gain a lot from whether everyone can be a leader but is also open to being led. You are a leader in the specific situation where you are most knowledgeable, regardless of whether you are a senior or junior.

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Processledare Catarina Berglund

IndTech - a somewhat anonymous Swedish speciality

Chronicle · Catarina Berglund, process manager at Automation Region · 29 April 2021

Times are changing and development in our area is rapidly progressing. Today we talk less about industry segments – automation and digitization are crucial success strategies regardless of industry. Collaborating across both regional and national boundaries to learn from each other feels natural. Cooperation is a means of competition and a prerequisite for being able to take the lead in digitization and the transition towards a more sustainable production.

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Exchange of experience helps industrial companies increase servicification

Article · 29 April 2021

Automation Region's service business network brings together product-focused companies that want to develop their service operations. Two of the network's participants are Fredrik Gustafsson, Väderstad, and Fredrik Oskarsson at Westermo. They act in different lines of business but in the network, they work towards a common goal – to make everyday life easier for their customers by developing their service portfolio.

Meet two of the members of the network
Ordförande Automation Region Ola Norén

IndTech shows the way forward

Chronicle · Ola Norén, ordförande Automation Region · 31 March 2021

It is with great anticipation that I take on the role of new Chairman of the Board of Automation Region. We have exciting times ahead of us with high goals and ambitions. In five years, we will be Europe's leading innovation environment for automation. It is a bold vision - and to succeed will require a great deal of courage, skill and energy.

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New forum for standardization will strengthen the Swedish industry

Article · 31 March 2021

As the industry is digitized, the pressure for coordination and cooperation on standards and interoperability between different systems increases. In a joint initiative, RISE, the Royal Institute of Technology, Lund University, the Swedish Institute for Standards and Automation Region are therefore establishing a new knowledge platform for standardization in the digitalized industry.

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The Service Business education will be commissioned training at Mälardalen University

Article · 26 February 2021

After a successful pilot round, Automation Region's education Service Business is now starting as a commissioned education at Mälardalen University. The training is for product-focused companies that, with the help of digitalisation, want to develop their service operations, something that has the potential to increase profitability.

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