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Industry 4.0 best practice examples

Digital transformation is a reality in many of the industrial companies in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and we can learn a lot from each others' experience. For this purpose, the DIGINNO network is sharing best practice examples from around BSR  in order to demonstrate how sharing knowledge and benefits between IT and industry sector will lead to innovation. #DIGINNObest


    How can we utilize advanced digital technologies such as automation, machine learning, cloud computing, and sensors to provide solutions for welfare?

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    How to digitalize a new product introduction process by using a 3D scanner? HT Laser is a system and component supplier for global machine building companies and a flexible subcontracting partner for the forest, paper, energy, marine, mining, and other industries.

    Read more from here.

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    ow to modify innovation concepts to fit local needs and requirements to help small and medium-sized industrial companies in digitalization? Demobooster is a co-creation platform that matches the digital needs of companies from the manufacturing, process, and service industries with innovative solution-providers specialized in software and embedded solutions.

    Read more from here.

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    How to meet the global demand for robotics with the help of startups? A Robotics start-up hub was created in Odense Denmark. The hub gives Robotics start-ups free development space and business support. It also provides developers with a low-cost solution for designing, testing, and marketing their products.

    Have a look here.

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    What are the solutions that could help us to overcome some of the global challenges posed by the crisis and lockdown? There are many Estonian practical solutions for contactless life, which can be implemented all over the world!

    Read more here.

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    How to gain significantly more time in the logistics cycle by upgrading the way you scan information? Swedish company Inseco supplies the manufacturing and process industry with fasteners, seals, bearings, and other mechanical supplies. By upgrading the way they scan information on boxes sent to be refilled from its customers, the company has gained easier and less handling, earlier signals for purchase and control of stock.

    Read more here.

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    Manufacturing businesses are stranded in today's competitive economy: efficiency must be increased, it's just a matter of understanding how and in what ways. Estonian company Torm Metall has increased the efficiency of the manufacturing process quickly from 35% to 60–70%.

    Have a look here.

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    How to provide the digital glass fragmentation test which is accurate, fast, and fits in the pocket? Finnish glass processing industry’s innovation leader Glaston uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to analyze glass fragmentation patterns in an image.

    Read more here.

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    How to provide 100% online notary service for receiving legal advice or electronic authentication of any document in videoconferencing mode? The Council of Sworn Notaries of Latvia creates and maintains the Notaries Information System to provide an online notarial service and other digital services available for society.

    Have a look here.

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    How can the national initiative enable manufacturing companies to implement and apply new methods and digital technologies?

    The Manufacturing Academy of Denmark (MADE) provides networking and knowledge support towards the implementation of new technologies in the production processes of SMEs.

    Read more here.

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    How to keep the machines running as much as possible, to minimize losses, and to increase productivity? 

    Estonia’s largest food product manufacturer, HKScan is constantly mapping ways to maximize speed and efficiency to keep production equipment up and running.

    Read more here.

  • TEPE

    How to automate the processes from hours to minutes? TePe is a Swedish company that develops, produces, and sells oral hygiene products. With digitalization, the company has drastically improved its efficiency. Operations that took hours have reduced to a few minutes.

    Look at the video here.

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    How to centralize the management of production planning, accounting and related business processes using ERP, MES, data warehouse, and mobility solutions? AS Valmieras Stikla Šķiedra and its subsidiaries are one of the leading glass fiber manufacturers in Europe, with more than 55 years of experience in the production of glass fiber.

    Have a look here.


    How to facilitate transparency, safety, and cost-efficiency both for the company and the customers? Danish company Maersk is a shipping company responsible for 18% of the container trade in the world. It has been a game-changer in the shipping industry by using IoT and blockchain.

    Have a look here.


    How can quality be improved while making life easier for customers? In spite of increasingly complex production, Volvo Penta has been able to reach high traceability, quality assurance, and effective production with a controlled supply chain.

    Have a look here.

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    How to rapidly increase productivity? Lithuanian engineering industry companies Hoda and Sargasas have applied digital solutions to drive operational efficiency. The companies are reducing manual labour while increasing the number of employees. In order to keep improving, they both plan to use more and more advanced technologies.  

    Read more here.


    How to create an internal system network to manage and monitor processes at any time from any place? With effective management and monitoring of energy resources, Latvian company Valpro has increased productivity, reduced production downtime and is also more environment-friendly.

    Read more here.

  • SSAB

    How does any part of a production chain have access to all data of any steel item regardless of where the item is processed? The challenge in steel production is that the material and associated information take different routes. Finnish-Swedish steel company SSAB has solved the problem by designing the SmartSteel concept.

    Read more here.


    Modern manufacturing has the appearance of a web of threads, where information stemming from production allows swift decisions to be made in the planning of production. Partnership with Columbus has taught Estonian wood manufacturing company, Barrus, that digitization is a business requirement if you want to be a real-time business, where decisions can be made as quickly as possible.

    Read more here.


    How robots get vision and human skills?  With solutions based on flexible automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence, Unibap offers their customers eyes to their robots which guides them in their tasks. When robots are modernized and upgraded,  production companies can increase quality and efficiency.

    Have a look here.


    How to produce 100,000 sofas and mattresses annually and reduce delivering time? Software company Flowit OÜ was called in to help automate the administrative processes in Bellus Furniture. Thanks to robotic process automation (RPA), incoming information is read by a machine interface. Instead of data entry, workers have more time to deal with customer service and actual sales.

    Read more here.

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    Swedish company CrossControl is highly determined to be competitive within electronics production and development. CrossControl develops and manufactures computers for industrial vehicles, vehicles often used in harsh and demanding environments. In order to be competitive, one of the areas that CrossControl has focused on is internal effectiveness in hand with digitalization, often based on already existing data.

    Have a look here.


    The biggest passenger carrier in the Baltic States, providing bus rides to 21 countries and more than 200 cities across Eastern and Western Europe, needed a solution to improve communication between buses and operators to synchronize ticket sales on the internet with a passenger list and location of the buses. Company MIDIS designed an interactive information system that significantly improved ECOLINES operator’s efficiency and customer service.

    Read more here.


    Lundqvist Trävaru in the very north of Sweden has created possibilities for its customers to design their own building ideas, at their own pace, without any direct contact or support of a salesperson or engineer. This has resulted in strong growth and a more efficient way of working. The movie shows how customers can build their house or garage in a 3d-design and calculator, creating a digital twin which also in real-time generate drawings, quotes and serves as basic orders into production.

    Have a look here.


    Factory of metal doors and other metal products needed a clear picture of production centers to work capacity at any given moment. For managing processes online Net Group built an ERP-program application where work assignments can be divided up between workers, production processes can be tracked, and input for rearranging and planning can be given, making production smoother and more effective.

    Read more here.

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