The Internet of Things (IoT) and digitalization offer Finnish manufacturers many new development opportunities. However, since small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have limited R&D resources and the technology is rapidly evolving, they often need a trusted partner, neutral advisor and trained staff to help them define how new technologies can be effectively applied in their business and engineering environments. The purpose of the high-tech laboratories at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK) is to demonstrate the possibilities of technology and encourage enterprises to rapidly adopt them.

The SeAMK Digital Factory was developed in partnership with Siemens in Finland and IDEAL PLM by using the latest automation technologies and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions to make the opportunities of the Industrial Internet and digitalization available to the students and the manufacturing sector. To validate the concept and develop the new initiative, more than ten Ostrobothnian companies continuously provide invaluable information on their processes and requirements.

“Siemens is the only provider in the market extending digitalization from product development and operations through to production, thus offering a holistic automation solution” said Hannu Reinilä, Head of the Degree Program in Automation Engineering and Information Technology at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK).

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences: SeAMK uses a Digital Factory to enable Finnish firms to explore digitalization opportunities and create an innovative learning environment