On 24 October 2012, the Mechantronicum, a excellence centre for electronics and mechatronics that is unique in Europe, was opened in Tallinn.
The centre includes modern measurement and production labs; the region’s first robotic manufacturing system conforming to the quality requirements of the aerospace and automobile healt-tech industries; as well as companies specialising in these fields.
The most important part of the € 7 million Mechatronicum Innovation Centre is the € 2 million fully automated robotic system or FSM (flexible manufacturing system) which is intended for mechanics and electronics companies. The robotic manufacturing system can independently produce various high-tech components according to programmed software, without any human intervention. The FMS was acquired with an INNOREG grant from the Central Baltic Interreg IVA project and € 200,000 of co-financing from the City of Tallinn.
“The Mechatronicum Centre brings high-tech manufacturing, a possibility that was lacking in Estonia, to the research park. Now, students, scientists and companies have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and create innovative products. This centre is a precondition for cooperating with the world’s most renowned companies, for instance, in the auto and aviation industries,” Pirko Konsa, a member of the Tehnopol management board said.
According to Jüri Riives, a member of the Mechatronics Innovation Centre management board, high-tech manufacturing should be Estonia’s future. “The Mechatronicum Centre is the cornerstone of new knowledge and smart manufacturing. We have all the preconditions here to create unique products that will provide new momentum to Estonia’s economy,” Riives said.
The robotic production line can also be used for the development of new technologies. The system is ideal for the construction of product prototypes. The new production line also provides practical training opportunities for Estonia’s higher technical education.
In the six-story Mechatronicum building with 8,300 square metres of total area, the manufacturing space is connected to office space. The building houses the operations of the Mechantronics Innovation Centre; Metrosert, which deals with the verification and calibration of measuring tools; Ektaco, which develops hardware and software systems; and the Patent Information Centre.
There continues to be a great demand for the laboratory and office space at the scientific park. Of the 20,000 square metres built at Tehnopol in recent years, 90% is currently occupied.
In the evening, a formal reception organised by the Tallinn City Government took place at the Tallinn Town Hall. The guests included guests from Germany and Austria, and the INNOREG project partners from Finland, who attended the opening of the Mechatronics Innovation Centre and were pleasantly surprised by the unique features of the equipment at the Centre.
“The capacity of the flexible manufacturing system surprised us and created an interest in specific cooperation projects,” Mr. Holger Hoffman confirmed. Mr. Hoffman is with Deharde Maschinenbau, which was named Boeing Supplier of the Year 2009.
Tallinn City Enterprise Board
Coordinator of Business Development Projects
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