The project covers intervention in the North and Center Region (NUTS II), and aims to foster the adoption of Industry 4.0 methodologies in Portuguese SMEs, in traditional and technological sectors, promoting benchmarking actions to assimilate the necessary information for their digital transformation, in order to enhance competitiveness and value creation.
Its operational objectives are the following:
(O1.) Access new skills, good practices, concepts and knowledge generated in spaces with strong innovation dynamics, seeking to internalize them and integrate them creatively in the knowledge base of companies;
(O2.) To promote the valorization and transfer of technology, the qualification of human resources and the development of new areas of competence, namely the digitalization of Industry 4.0;
(O3.) Guide SMEs, providing them with knowledge, information and tools, for business transformation in order to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0;
(O4.) Encourage innovation in the national economic fabric, through the development of companies and entrepreneurs, making entrepreneurs aware of the importance of digital presence and technological incorporation in business models;
(O5.) To promote the integration of companies in worldwide production chains and in the specialization clusters that constitute them, so as to potentiate innovation and the internationalization of SMEs;
(O6.) To strengthen cooperation networks, international replication of relationships established with other companies/research centers of R&I;
(O7.) Increase profitability, associated with the adoption of technological systems in a productive context, ensuring the possibility to predict and prevent production stoppages, as well as optimize (preventive) maintenance and thus equipment efficiency;
(O8.) To promote the national economic fabric in the target markets as a synonym of quality, sophistication, and technologically robust;
(O9.) To promote international partnerships (chambers of commerce, research and development centers, business associations, agents, importers, among others);
(O10.) Stimulate participation and dissemination processes at a national and international level.