„We connect science and industry, tradition and innovation, people and technology, into one functioning ecosystem.“
The rapid development of digital technologies creates barriers for small- and medium-sized enterprises in terms of their adoption and integration of processes. The DIH-B4I was created as a support tool to enhance the competitiveness of business through the introduction of digitisation, new technologies, and artificial intelligence in business or production processes. B4I services target mostly small- and medium-sized enterprises. We provide our clients with institutional, knowledge-based, and infrastructural support. A one-stop shop.
DIH B4I aims to enable, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, access to key knowledge, software, technology platforms, prototype samples and test systems, which improve the quality of production and business processes and enable the production of high value-added products and team and support development knowledge-based economy.
Digitization and advanced technologies such as 3D printing and additive production are essential for Czech companies to increase their productivity. The B4I center concentrates the expertise of corporate and academic partners who can help them with digital transformation.
The STAR region is one of the most dynamic science and research regions in the Czech Republic. It is no wonder that a DIH is based here, specializing in additive and other advanced technologies, and the related digitisation of small- and medium-sized enterprises. We are transforming the Czech Republic from an assembly factory into a brain centre.
The mission of HiLASE is the application of laboratory super lasers in an actual business environment. Thanks to the DIH, we now connect our state-of-the-art laser technologies with 3D printing methods and are helping to innovate Czech industry.
The B4I DIH focuses on the management of production processes, and especially on costs associated with production. Other technologies such as 3D printing only help to optimize processes and reduce the overall cost of component production. The DIH will help businesses emphasize things that have the greatest impact on the final quality and price of each product during production.
BENEŠ and LÁT is a modern company that has been putting digitisation into practice since 2004. Since 2014, it has been consistently implementing Industry 4.0 standards in its plants, which are functional and based on the practical needs of production with regard to the price of solutions for medium-sized enterprises.
Czech industry and Czech science must work closely together. Finding a common ground is often complicated as these are two completely different worlds; however, it has become evident that the connection between science and industry is both possible and extremely useful.
Sharing the experience and existing know-how of the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, in the field of material technology within the DIH, opens new opportunities for the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Czech Republic.
CARDAM is a unique research and development centre which proves that collaboration between academia and industry can be very effective. Through our connection with the DIH, we can offer small- and medium-sized enterprises opportunities that will not only increase their competitiveness, but will also open the door to further technological development.
The B4I DIH is able to provide a significant part of its services using existing infrastructure, both within the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences and through other members of the consortium. In the field of additive technologies, this involves mainly 3D printing of metallic materials with laser sintering of powdered metals. For this purpose, one device of a research nature for the development of materials and also a device of a production nature for application use are available. To support project solutions, it is also possible to use the well-equipped laboratories of the Institute of Physics , which offer a wide range of analyses needed for materials research and development (analyses of material microstructure, mechanical properties, physical properties, corrosion properties, fatigue properties, etc.). The HiLASE centre disposes of unique laser systems, state-of-the-art experimental stations, and other equipment that can be used in a wide range of industrial applications.
B4I – the Innovation Centre for Advanced Technologies is a shared infrastructure based in Dolní Břežany. It provides services for small- and medium-sized enterprises in one place. Businesses will be able to use the services of AdditiveLab, DigitalLab, and TechnicalLab, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for additive production and digitisation. At B4I, the client will be able to try out an innovative solution that they can subsequently apply to their production processes. The advantage of the innovation centre is that it comprehensively covers all technological steps. From the strategy of digitisation, the performance of data collection, and the implementation of solutions, to the search for new technological solutions, the optimisation of design, preparation, to production itself, subsequent processing and quality control. Businesses can also use office facilities at all times.