Innovation Factory North: An Approach to Make Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Companies Smarter

Charles Møller*, Andreas Kornmaaler Hansen, Dan Palade, Daniel Grud Hellerup Sørensen, Emil Blixt Hansen, Jonas Nygaard Uhrenholt, Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen

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This chapter presents the Innovation Factory North (IFN) as a platform for a collaborative approach to trigger and accelerate industry 4.0 based innovations in small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises. The potentials for SME becoming 'smarter' are huge and well-recognized. However, 'how' to approach this is difficult. In IFN, manufacturing companies, technology vendors, and academia join forces to trigger digital transformation. The IFN approach has been developed during an ongoing regional research and innovation project in a collaboration between industry, academia, and the government. This chapter presents the generalized approach and discuss the preliminary findings from more than 60 cases of applying the approach as steps towards making the participating companies smarter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Smart Production for SMEs : A Methodological and Practical Approach Towards Digitalization in SMEs
Number of pages14
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-15427-0, 978-3-031-15430-0
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-15428-7
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Collaborative learning approach
  • Industry 4.0
  • Innovation factory
  • Smart production


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