Automation and Industrial Processes

Global competition drives industry towards a more flexible, cost efficient and adaptable production. On the other hand - global growth demands a resource efficient and sustainable production. Automation and digitalization is the solution and we are the experts.

Information and communication technologies are vital enablers for efficiency in many perspectives including productivity, energy, and environmental impact. But the digitalization of industry goes beyond the use of ICT for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter and safer workplaces, new industrial and societal networks and a more interactive and responsive way of doing business. We see a rapidly increasing demand and need for automation and industrial ICT and we are running a large number of industrial innovation projects together with large companies as well as SMEs.

Within Swedish ICT we have deep scientific knowledge as well as extensive industrial experience within automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, sensors and sensor systems, specialty optic fibers, systems and software engineering, cloud computing, resource utilization and efficiency, optimization, visualization and user experiences – all vital components of the renewal of Swedish industry.

Strategic innovation program: Process Industrial IT and Automation (PIIA)

SICS Swedish ICT Västerås is running the Strategic innovation program Process Industrial IT and Automation (PIIA).

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PiiA - Strategic Innovation Program

PiiA will strengthen Swedish competitiveness

SICS Västerås has been assigned to host the programme office for a new SIP, Strategic Innovation Program, for Sweden. The new SIP is Process Industrial IT and Automation: PiiA. Process Industrial IT and automation is an area where several Swedish companies are world leading when it comes to developing, delivering, integrating and using automation technology.

Right now, the activities of PiiA are being formed. In autumn 2013, eight pilot studies were granted, and in 2014 further calls and projects will be implemented. There will be program activities such as conferences or mentoring program and other strategic initiatives in PiiA, such as test-beds or graduate schools.

PiiA is one of five strategic innovation areas of Sweden appointed in 2013. The focus of SIP's is to contribute to a mobilization where industry, academia and the public sector together strengthen the competitiveness of Sweden and create conditions for sustainable solutions to global societal challenges. Responsible authorities are VINNOVA, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.

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