Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Open Call 2018

L4MS launched its first Open Call 1st September - 7th Dec 2018 receiving a total number of 191 drafted applications that resulted at the end to 42 submitted applications (22%) from 14 different countries accross Europe. Ten most promising Application Experiments will begin their journey this spring with L4MS experts. 

The goal of L4MS Open Call was to find promising Application Experiments (AEs) to enter the L4MS acceleration program. The following entities and other members of the automation value-chain were invited to submit proposals: 

  • Manufacturing SMEs and Mid-Caps
  • Automation Solution Providers, Software Developers, System Integrators
  • Mobile Robots, Sensors and Equipment Manufacturers
  • Competence Centres
  • Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs)

Above entities were asked to submit their proposal either individually or as a consortium. L4MS provided brokerage services – linking the individual Applicants (SMEs) with system integrators, mobile robots manufactures and manufacturing SMEs - to match applicants to form an eligible consortia of 2-3 partners. The proposals were scored by external experts, evaluating the excellence, impact and implementation potential.

Next steps

At the beginning of this year evaluators selected ten promising Application Experiments to join the program and start their journey with L4MS. All applicants were invited to sign sub-grant agreements with the L4MS project, allowing their team to receive initial funding (EUR 3.000) for the first, "Experiment definition" phase.

After the definition phase, up to six teams will be selected based on their performance and business potential to enter “Stage 2”, in which they will be offered technical, financial and business support to execute their experiment. AEs can get up to a total of 250,000€ equity-free funding (max. 100,000€ per entity), access to state-of-the-art testing facilities, technical and business mentoring and training. Read more about Open Call and benefits for companies  

Interested in applying? 

To apply to the Open Call, the applicants have to demonstrate, through an industrial Application Experiment, how OPIL + 3D simulation would reduce installation time and costs of mobile robots, compared to already available solutions on the market. 

OPIL provides ready connectivity with equipments for optimal material handling on factory floor. These include (but not limited to) mobile robots, AGVs, forklifts, workers and sensors, as well as IT infrastructure of the factory such as various warehouse management and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems.

Read how Estonian manufacturer Chemi-Pharm benefitted from 3D simulation

OPIL also provides an easy deployable suite of applications for rapid development of complete logistics solutions; these include components for path planning, mapping, navigation and so on. 

The proposal should, in essence, describe the manufacturers' intralogistical challenge, how it could be automated and how OPIL is deployed in the solution.  

L4MS launches its 2nd Open Call in 2019 - So make sure you apply at!  

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