SMeART - SMEs for smart engineering

Dieses Vorhaben wird gefördert aus den Mitteln der Europäischen Union, Erasmus+: Leitaktion 2 – Wissensallianzen.

Knowledge Alliance for Upskilling Europe's SMEs to meet the challenges of Smart Engineering

  • Program: Erasmus+ Program (KA2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Knowledge Alliances)
  • Project Lifetime: 01.01.17-31.12.19
  • Project Coordinator: Fachhochschule des Mittelstands (FHM)
  • Project Number: 575932-EPP-1-2016-1-DE-EPPKA2-KA

Project’s Approach
The greatest challenge for Europe’s engineering economies is the so-called smart industry, which is understood as the intelligent IT-based components and systems within all key areas of supply, production and distribution chains. For example, this innovation process also includes Cloud Computing or the Internet of Things. This irreversible leap forward in industrial development is comparable with the introduction of steam power, electricity or basic IT at previous stages and is therefore known as the fourth industrial revolution.

Engineering enterprises must act quickly because they need to:

  • build-up IT-controlled communication and interaction processes between various actors during the entire production and value chain
  • develop and implement Cyber-Physical Systems
  • redefine management and staff skills
  • restructure work organisation and communication flow

Unfortunately, Europe’s enterprises are poorly prepared for these developments and lag behind their competitors in the USA and Asia. In particular SMEs, the backbone of Europe’s industry and still global leaders in many parts of the market, are under enormous pressure in order not to completely lose contact and their share of the market in the medium-term. Recently, some national initiatives have put smart industry on the agenda, however these are very generic, not interlinked with each other and provide little support to SMEs.

Project Objectives

Therefore, the SMeART project has been initiated to build up sustainable cooperation between HEIs and engineering SMEs to ensure the successful transfer to smart industry. Four main results will ensure the knowledge-transfer:

  • EU Compass for Smart Engineering Initiatives and Policies
    Comparative description of major smart industry initiatives in all 28 member states, interlinking them through the project
  • Report on Learning- & Consultancy-Industry 4.0-Requirements of European SMEs
    A survey on smart industry situation of engineering SMEs and profiling of clear areas for support and guidance by HEIs
  • HEI-business cooperation model / Stress Test Tool
    Development of a HEI business cooperation model for upskilling SMEs to meet the challenges of smart engineering including guidelines and a Stress Test Tool concerning the individual SME-development
  • SMeART Learning, Exchange and Networking Platform
    Development of a sustainable learning, exchange and networking online portal to ensure further cooperation, development and lobbying

Project Workpackages
Within 7 work packages (3 ones are mainly scientifically oriented; 4 ones are mainly characterised administratively), the partnership controls the smooth and effective operation of the project. According to the main results, they are as follows:

  • WP1: Survey on European Smart Engineering Initiatives and Policies
  • WP2: EU Survey on Learning and consultancy requirements
  • WP3: co-operation model
  • WP4: Peer revision evaluation concept
  • WP5: Dissemination / exploitation
  • WP6: Management – Administration – Reporting – Communication
  • WP7: Quality Management and Project Monitoring

Project Partnership
Only a very comprehensive and strong partnership can deliver these outcomes. Therefore, the partnership consists of 15 very capable, well-chosen partners, who...

  • … are excellently interlinked & active in dissemination
  • … have direct access to SMEs in their countries
  • … give proof of their competences in SME4.0
  • … feel the pulse of market and time to recognize demands of SMEs
  • … act in different countries
  • … maintain an interface between science & economy

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Project Team

Prof. Dr. Manfred Leisenberg

Prof. Dr. Manfred Leisenberg

Leiter Prüfungsausschuss

Philipp Kronsbein

Philipp Kronsbein, M.A.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Forschung & Entwicklung
Fon: +49 521 96655251

Prof. Dr. Manfred Leisenberg

Prof. Dr. Manfred Leisenberg

Leiter Prüfungsausschuss


Project Partner