M2i Knowledge Application and Transfer projects

RESEARCH GROUP

Dr.ir. J.T. Hofman

KEYWORDS

laser welding, joining, knowledge application

MATERIALS INNOVATIONS INSTITUTE (M2i)

At several universities and other knowledge institutes, research on the subject of materials is being performed. Applying and transferring this knowledge towards companies remains difficult. M2i (Materials Innovation Institute, formerly known as NIMR) can over a solution. This innovation program, – a collaboration between government, industry and knowledge institutes – actively stimulates the Dutch industry to innovate in the field of materials and products towards the market. M2i bundles the fundamental research with the application and valorization of the knowledge gained from this research. Special attention is paid towards the SME’s in the Netherlands by means of subsidies knowledge transfer projects.

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FROM KNOWLEDGE BUILD-UP TO KNOWLEDGE APPLICATION AND TRANSFER

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Within the Chair of Applied Laser Technology considerable knowledge on the subject of laser welding and cladding has been gaired over the years. Major parts of this research have been conducted with financial support from the M2i. Within special –short term- projects, the available knowledge is transferred and applied in industry. This application of knowledge is divided in the following 6 Valorization Modules:

1) START-UP COMPANIES

The valorization of new ideas originating from the research program will be emphasized and organized by M2i in such a way that new business will definitely arise to be implemented in start-up companies, SMEs, new consortia or whatever organization might be feasible. An  important task of M2i’s Program and Valorization Managers is to actively stimulate and facilitate the process of new business creation by advising new companies about venture capitalists, private investors and business education.

2) MULTI-DOMAIN BUSINESS CREATION

Through intensive joint efforts in defining, executing and monitoring the M2i program, several players from industry and knowledge institutes get to know each other well. This creates trust and helps in getting insight in each other’s needs and technological capabilities. Such a strategic clustering of partners is an important objective of M2i in order to create integrated solutions leading to value added product propositions.

3) KNOWLEDGE VALORIZATION FOR M2I’S INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS

In addition to the research projects initiated by the industrial partners of M2i and conducted on their behalf by the university, the industry implements and finances mirror projects in-house to increase their knowledge absorption capacity. These mirror projects serve two goals. First of all, they enhance the company’s involvement in the research projects considerably. And secondly, they increase their capacity to understand and integrate the technology building blocks developed by the university partners.

4) KNOWLEDGE VALORIZATION FOR SME’S

Based on technology roadmaps the M2i program will continuously organize knowledge valorization projects with trade associations by tailoring knowledge to innovate the business of their SME members. These knowledge transfer projects are sometimes linked to the M2i program and sometimes they are more general in nature. Such an approach guarantees a “complete package” for the renewal of SMEs. Flying squad as high tech support team

Through the M2i community high tech support teams will be established to assist companies in solving unexpected yet critical technological hurdles in their material related projects. A second task of the high tech support team is to act as a flying squad in making quick scans for companies that want advise about better and cheaper material solutions.

5) FLYING SQUAD AS HIGH TECH SUPPORT TEAM

Through the M2i community high tech support teams will be established to assist companies in solving unexpected yet critical technological hurdles in their material related projects. A second task of the high tech support team is to act as a flying squad in making quick scans for companies that want advise about better and cheaper material solutions. 

6) FACILITY SHARING

The M2i program will function as a shared infrastructure / equipment resource for all its participants. This policy is beneficial to all partners because sharing infrastructure means that the scope of available equipment is much broader, the accessibility of dedicated instruments is much improved, and more expertise is developed in using the equipment.