With an investment of a total of DKK 15.8 million. Over 3.5 years, local companies, Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality and the Business Council as well as the municipality's Knowledge Committee in 2021 have joined forces with Aarhus University to build a DTL, which is physically located at Innovest in Skjern. The new facility will ensure that local companies in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality are at the forefront of the industrial and digital wave.
The purpose of the laboratory is to show what the industry of the future looks like, and form the basis for the development of product prototypes using increased digitization, new materials and production technologies.
The collaboration with Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality is a concrete and very good example of how the latest knowledge, innovation and technology created at the university is made available to companies. DTL Ringkøbing-Skjern will contribute to local development and growth for the benefit of both the business community and the citizens of the municipality. To ensure success, the municipality's companies must seize the opportunity for close cooperation with the local DTL.
The laboratory is created in collaboration between Ringkøbing-Skjern Business Council and the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. The laboratory will be a hub to ensure a flow between research-based knowledge from the university and practice-based knowledge at the companies.
DTL Ringkøbing-Skjern is linked to the DIGIT center with a focus on Digital Twin technology, which makes it possible to make a digital copy of a product or a production process that can be developed and tested. You can read more about the technology here.
The laboratory is open for visits from companies and partners, just as there will be activities for school classes and youth education several times a year. In addition, PhD students, post docs and other researchers will continuously via e.g. lectures convey the results of their research. AU-DTL Skjern is supported by the Business and Growth Committee in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality with DKK 5.03 million. DKK, by the Municipality's Business Growth Forum with 5.0 mill. DKK, by the municipality's Knowledge Committee with 2.8 mill. DKK, and with DKK 600,000 each from the five local companies that have so far joined the project. The local businesses are:
The project last three and a half years. After the grant period, the goal is for the project to be self-financed. The funding must then come from companies and research projects.