The COTEMACO SME Support Programme

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Food processing SMEs and automotive manufacturing SMEs dealing with flexible assembly and/or agile manufacturing in one of the COTEMACO regions can apply for the COTEMACO support programme.

The programme guides SMEs through the process of adopting collaborative robotic and shop floor digitalisation technologies, from the exploration of technological opportunities to the detailed definition of a business plan.

The programme consists of 2 phases, offering participants the following:

Incubation phase: Initial training and coaching

  • Introduction to technologies: Participants will learn about the technologies in general, about the State of the Art in Europe and what they potentially offer to their business.
  • With the support of a local COTEMACO partner, participants identify a potential business case for the adoption of these technologies in their business.

Adoption phase: From potential adoption case to a solid business plan

  • Participants will receive guided support from a potential adoption case to a well-defined business plan

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Engineer hand using tablet with machine real time monitoring system software. Automation robot arm machine in smart factory automotive industrial Industry 4th iot , digital manufacturing operation.
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Background and structure of the support programme

The implementation of new digital and robot technologies requires assessing the feasibility and carefully planning the adoption process, which proves very hard for SMEs. Combining structured education and tailored business advice, the COTEMACO programme enables SMEs to explore the latest technology solutions for their business and thus to be up-to-date with the latest production possibilities while minimising risks.

COTEMACO is a European project that connects 8 partners in 4 countries across Europe. In every COTEMACO region, technology and business organisations join forces to help SMEs to accelerate the adoption of novel technologies in the fields of Collaborative Robotics and Shop Floor Digitalisation. The partners will guide and coach SMEs through awareness, incubation and adoption processes which should lead to the implementation of new technologies on the shop floor.

COTEMACO is co‐funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) within the INTERREG VB North West Europe programme.

Technologies supported by the COTEMACO programme

COTEMACO welcomes applications from SMEs that are interested in implementing technologies that relate to either Collaborative Robotics or Shop Floor Digitalisation. Below you will find a definition of these technologies. Please contact your regional COTEMACO partner in case you have any questions.

Collaborative Robotics (Cobots): Human workers and cobots work together rather than performing their tasks separated from each other. This means that the worker…

  • … and the robot work in the same space, or;
  • … is not endangered by the robot, tool or process, or;
  • … does not need additional training to operate the robot and retains control, or;
  • … accepts the technology (feeling of collaboration rather than replacing each other).

Shop Floor Digitalisation: Digital devices make sure that workers are supported in their work and/or receive the right (personalised) information in the right format on time. Examples for devices supported:

  • Non-wearable, e.g. tablets, smartphones, projected systems;
  • wearable, e.g. AR/VR glasses;
  • control units, e.g. sensors, robots with integrated services.

How and when to apply

SMEs may apply for the COTEMACO support programme at any time. Applications will be evaluated and answered within 20 working days.

Before applying, it is strongly recommended that the SME gets in touch with its regional COTEMACO partner.

To apply, the SME must complete all relevant documents and send them to its local COTEMACO partner.

 

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Project Partners

Flanders Make

Georges Verpoorten, Mark Antonissen
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The University of Lincoln

Andrea Paoli, Mark Swainson
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ZeMA

Matthias Vette-Steinkamp
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Greater Lincolnshire

Simon Murphy
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Food Tech Brainport

Anke van den Heuvel, John de Groot
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HighTechNL

Ben van der Zon
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BEST

Matthias Hoffmann
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Voka

Veroniek Hermans
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COTEMACO Project Team

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Georges Verpoorten

Flanders Make
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Mark Antonissen

Flanders Make
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John de Groot

Food Tech Brainport
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Matthias Hoffmann

BEST
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Veroniek Hermans

Voka - Kamer van Koophande Limburg
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Matthias Vette-Steinkamp

ZeMA
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Daniela Schmidt

ZeMA
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Svenja Haerecke

ZeMA
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Andrea Paoli

University of Lincoln
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Mark Swainson

University of Lincoln
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Simon Murphy

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership
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Ben van der Zon

High Tech NL