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News from the International Open Research & Innovation Collaboration Program
EU HORSE Project - Flexible Collaborative Robot Applications
LENS Living Lab is a collaborative partner of TCS - Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia in the EU program HORIZONE 2020 funded partnering research and innovation project related to the development of a new generation of flexible collaborative robots for the needs of manufacturing SMEs (http://www.horse-project.eu/).  Beside new technical solutions HORSE project will develop and start up the initial network of Competence Centers as one of the instruments to facilitate the appropriation of new technologies in European industry. HORSE Centers of Competence (CoCs) will be established in four locations across Europe (F, NL, D and SLO), in order to simplify usage and facilitate access to robotics by European industry and especially first users SMEs.
CoC Slovenia Business Case 
Competence center in Slovenia (CoC Slovenia) will be formed as a modern industry driven open research and innovation virtual organization.
The vision of CoC Slovenia is to become an integral part of the EU network of competence centers with the focus on advanced, flexible collaborative robotic systems for the needs of manufacturing SMEs.

The core partners of the CoC Slovenia are:
  • TCS - Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia:
    - CoC Slovenia legal representative,
    - Regional network of the manufacturing industry and R&D partners from different industries (toolmaking, machinery, automotive etc.),
    - Project office services,
    - Network of the Central, Eastern and South European industrial clusters
  • ETRA Ltd
    - Robotics system developer and integrator (KUKA, ABB, FANUC etc.)
    - Operator of the CoC Slovenia Technology Demonstration Center
  • LENS Living Lab - INTESO Group (SI, A, D, DK, India, SA, USA):
    - Open research - innovation methodologies, systems and services,
    - International open research and innovation program “Smart Machines & Systems”,
    - Coordinator of the regional open research and innovation collaboration platform for robotics,
    - The portfolio of the existing LENS Living Lab open research and innovation collaboration platforms (AALaseR, LogDyn, InnDEX, KM FEST, ICA etc.),
    - ICT systems and services (3L ExArca, SITRAC etc.)
The core team partners will co-develop a business plan and sign the long-term consortia agreement to support performance and give a legal framework to this new competence centre in Slovenia. The final organization and the name will be formed and agreed during the second phase of its development. 
In the first phase the CoC Slovenia architecture was developed (Figure 1) where  the organizational framework of this virtual collaborative organization was identified.  The CoC Slovenia is defined[1] as an organization created to support sustainable collaboration between industry, research and educational organizations, professional associations, representatives of public sector and other interested parties on the area of flexible collaborative robots for manufacturing SMEs.
 
News from the Knowledge Management Festivala Global Collaboration Platform
The Figure 1: The illustration of the CoC virtual organization in Slovenia as integral part of the HORSE EU network is presented
(Source: HORSE Project, LENS Living Lab & TCS)
This long-term collaboration will provide the access (One stop shop) to the regional and global information, knowledge base and services, technology providers and pool of virtual R&D resources. CoC Slovenia is embedded and supported by the technology collaboration platform coordinated by LENS Living Lab. This platform represents the collaborative working environment to support open research and innovation efforts on the selected areas of CoC Slovenia collaborative interests, supported by the appropriate organization of work and e-services. This platform has been established at this phase and is under development. It is available to all HORSE project partners and other regional and international stakeholders on this link: https://3lexarca.com/platform/570211f1b12b68c02cadc850/.
 
[1] Definition used by LENS Living Lab
KUKA collaborative robot arm
(Source:  HORSE Project, KUKA, 2016)

AALaseR - Laser Additive Manufacturing
Technology Collaboration Platform

 
Laser additive manufacturing technology is representative of the emerging Industry 4.0 key enabling technologies (KETs). Industry 4.0 and key enabling technologies are driving forces for the rethinking and restructuring of existing classical manufacturing industries and the introduction of new technologies supported by new work concepts. The holistic industrial innovations from this area needs, partnering and collaboration of partners from different domain as manufacturing technology, component and equipment providers, system integrators, high-tech entrepreneurs and research community (laser, metallurgy, sensors, electronics, internet of things and services, industrial engineering, management etc.). 

With the world's leading developer and producer of laser AM technology equipment, a few LENS Living Lab network industry partners recently launched the international AALaseR - technology collaboration platform (AALaseR). The main mission of this technology collaboration platform is to support innovation and business partnering in this field. This will be done by  joint development of different industrial applications and services for the needs of aerospace and automotive industry. The core business partners in this initiative are BALMAR, OPTOMEC and LENS Living Lab - INTESO Group.
 
Prepared by Brane Semolic,
LENS Living Lab - INTESO Group
In this year we organized two KM FEST events:
  • KM FEST in New Delhi, India, 12th February 2016 and
  • KM FEST in Detroit, USA, 13-14th April 2016
Brief reports from both events can be found in the next section of this newsletter
 

Incoming KM FEST event in 2016


KM FEST in Odense, Denmark, 11-12th  October' 16 
More information on this link: 
KM FEST Global Collaboration Platform 
 
A Short write up on National Convention- ‘Building World Class Infrastructure- Role of Consultants’ held at New Delhi on 12th Feb, 2016 at India International Centre,
 
The event was co-promoted by Project & Technology Management Foundation (PTMF) and Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) and held as KM –Fest Event. In all display panel, brochures, backdrop in conference venue- KM Fest name and logo has been clearly displayed. Photographs will be sent and shared. The event was very successful and we had very senior professionals drawn from across industries and consulting companies participated. There were total 76 delegates. The quality of presentations as well as contents were excellent.
We had three technical sessions in addition to the normal inauguration session as well as summing up and valedictory session. The technical session were:  First session was on Project management strategies  in large Infrastructure projects, The second session was on  Capacity building strategies for Large Infrastructure Projects and third session has dealt with consultants perspective of challenges in infrastructure projects. This seminar focussed on large infrastructure projects and challenges for the consultants covering engineering consultants, project consultants and management consultants.
The first session was led by Mr Rami Goldratt CEO of Goldratt Consulting who were the inventor of Theory of Constraints (TOC). He talked about at length on challenges in project management and how key strategies can deliver the successful outcome. Covered numerous cases and caselets. The session was excellent. We are organising more programs in that line.
The second session was led by Dr Graham Hastings Evans, MD of NOCN, UK. Dr Graham was consultant for skill and capacity building for London Olympic. He has covered key strategic initiatives taken at London Olympic for capacity building which was a mammoth affair. The session has generated lot of interest and questions.
Both lectures were highly appreciated. In the third technical session we had couple of speakers drawn from very senior professionals discussing consultants’ challenges in specific large power projects and highway infrastructure projects.

Prepared by Rajat K. Baisya, PTMF, India                                       
KM FEST event in Detroit - Global Proejct Management Competence (GPMC) Conference a Full Success
 
Almost 200 people registered at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan on April 13-14 for orbitak's two-day conference on Globalized Project Management Competence. Attendees included leaders from industry and academia as well as students from the university. An international panel of speakers from three continents shared their expertise on trends and expectations in managing programs and projects on a global scale, the partnership of industry and academia in addressing project management issues, and strategies for American companies to utilize when operating abroad. Hosted by orbitak International LLC the event opened with its CEO, Thomas Baumann, greeting the group and outlining the event’s topics. Dr. Maria Vaz, Provost of Lawrence Tech then welcomed the group to the university followed by a keynote address given by Irene Spanos, Director of Oakland County’s Office of Economic Development and Community Affairs. Keeping with the theme of local development, Dan Kinkead of Detroit Future City presented an overview of achieved and planned projects in the City of Detroit. The conference then launched into the international aspects of project management, with renowned speakers from India, England, Germany and the US presenting. Individuals from industry and management experts shared their “lessons learned” regarding the requirements, strategies and competences needed to succeed in international markets. Topics addressed included product design on a global scale, getting the right product in the right market, and the difference between complicated and complex project management. Of great interest were topics that spoke to the human element of managing globalized projects: burn out, career management, establishing global teams, dealing with multicultural teams when differences in language, values and customs offer challenges not usually encountered when working locally. A panel discussion and Q&A session ended each day of the conference. Sponsored by LTU, Siemens, the Dürr Group, Secure-24, the IPMA-USA, KM Fest, Oakland County, ESD and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, registrants to the event included project  professionals and students from southeast Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Haiti. In a survey conducted amongst all those who attended, the variety of speakers and topics was especially welcomed. Judged as “worthwhile and informative”, the attendees not only enjoyed learning about the different topics from varying industries, but also the opportunity to share and network amongst themselves during breaks and lunch sessions. If you are interested into more detailed information , please contact us at info@orbitakinternational.com
 
Orbitak International LLC is a project management consulting firm that follows simple principles in order to identify customer challenges, understand their needs and create holistic solutions. The company’s many years of global experiences in all facets of program management, help customers get the results they are looking for. orbitak’s unique insights relative to the international business world and dynamic network of resources allow for successful and effective management of stakeholders and projects. orbitak is located in Bingham Farms, Michigan, and has affiliates in Germany, India, China, UK, Slovenia, Brazil and Russia.
 
Prepared by Thomas Baumann, ORBITAK International
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