1st Open call to SMES

Open Call for Experiments on AI-in-Manufacturing

Are you an SME that wants to test AI in your shopfloor?

Our Open Call One calls for proposals where AI plays a key role in your manufacturing environment. We support you with expertise in the fields of:

  • Design and Engineering
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Manufacturing Operations
  • Supply Chain
  • Training

Our services will enable you to realise AI driven manufacutring solutions on your shop-floor. For more detail about these services, visit our services pages.

You can apply for this support if your company is a SME or mid-cap and if your challenge is on using AI in manufacturing at your shop-floor. We need a description of your “AI in manufacturing application case”, the technical challenge, and your implementation plan. At the base line, we also need fact on how a successful implementation will help your business and why you need our support.

Please use the proposal template for preparation and follow the guide for applicants.

Submission deadline: June 30th, 2023

Maximum budget per party: 40.000 Euros

Submit Now Your Proposal- https://airise.eu/calls



Invotation to Hackathon !

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), University of Patras, is organizing a Hackathon for the EIT-funded activity Demo4Green.


We invite students, researchers, and digital professionals to join and use their skills to develop solutions that address sustainability challenges.


During the hackathon, teams will present their solutions, and the winners will receive cash prizes.


Take the opportunity to participate in an international event!


Registration for the event: https://forms.gle/M9BEp9B8ovySVhdm6

Welcome Advanced Manufacturing DIH to DIH2 network !

The Advanced Manufacturing DIH, coordinated by Intechcentras, has become a member of DIH2, the pan-European network of robotics and digital innovation hubs!


DIH2 aims to bring together the competences of 170 of strongest DIHs in Europe to create innovations that increase productivity, optimise production flexibility, improve the cost-effectiveness of advanced robotics solutions and stimulate the growth of the robotics market.


This membership will provide:

✔️ More opportunities to collaborate with most advanced robotics DIHs in Europe,

✔️ Access to state-of-the-art robotics technology training,

✔️ Opportunities for Lithuanian industries to benefit from Open Call funding sources.


More about DIH2: http://www.dih-squared.eu/


The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., has become a mentor for the Advanced Manufacturing DIH

More great news!

Europe’s Innovation Flagship, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., has become a mentor for the Advanced Manufacturing DIH (Digital Innovation Hub).

Together with the support and best practice of the VTT research centre, the BOWI project (Boosting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs) will help us to grow the technology offer of the PG SIC community, to improve business models and their role in the ecosystem of the Central Lithuania region.

About VTT:

  • >400 international research projects annually,
  • >2100 employees including >670 staff with PhD,
  • > €245 million budget.


More about the BOWI project: https://bit.ly/3xFsxjM



Technology Centre InTechCentras shares its impressions from the study visit of 18 November 2021 to the MADE Competency Center Industry 4.0 in Milan, Italy (established in 2019, covering 2,500 sq. m., € 9.6 million of investment, 46 technology partners).

During the study visit, the participants learned about the Center activities and the demonstrated technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Product 4.0, Maintenance 4.0, robotics, cybersecurity, sustainability and others.

‘Seeing solutions and technologies of Industry 4.0 concentrated in one place is a great experience.

The Italian cultural difference is that they tend to first test new technologies in a simulated environment, build a real industrial prototype if successful, and only after solving all possible technical glitches do they release it into industrial production. The MADE Center is a very good example of what an Industry 4.0 center would be like in Lithuania.

The visit was a great environment for networking. The participants, being professionals in their field, had the unique opportunity to share their impressions, best practices and ideas for the practical application of the technology.’

Rimantas Damanskis, Director of Pack Klaipeda, UAB, Member of the LINPRA Presidium

We share some of the visit moments and invite you to join us in 2022 during other visits to technology centers in Germany, Sweden, France, etc., organised by InTechCentras.







Intechcentras, the coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing Digital Innovation Center, has become one of the 9 European Digital Innovation Hubs selected to participate in the international Boosting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs (BOWI) two phases support program for experience exchange and technology application.

The winners of the second Open Call for developing digital innovation hubs (DIHs), chosen amongst 35 applications from 15 regions will become part of a 21-month program activities divided into two stages and will receive up to €100,000 funding. During the BOWI support programme selected hubs will be able to refine their technology offering, business models and their role in own regional ecosystem by applying the knowledge shared by the more experienced – mature – DIHs. BOWI’s mature DIHs have long-term experience in tackling the most challenging projects and a wide network of partners that newly selected DIHs will be able to benefit from.

More about project: https://bowi-network.eu/9-selected-dihs-to-take-part-in-a-two-stage-bowi-support-programme-of-experience-exchange-and-technology-application/


This past April, the team of Intechcentras developed two international competitive applications for EU funding under the 2nd Open Call of the consortium WeldGalaxy. This time we have delved into the innovation in welding equipment and robotics technologies.

A consortium of ABB, UAB, a new member of the association LINPRA, and UAB Stansefabrikken have also taken advantage of this opportunity and have submitted an application.

The funding intensity of the submitted applications is 100%! We keep our fingers crossed 😊


If you have any questions on attracting EU investments and would like free advice, please contact: Innovation Expert Marius Kvedaravičius, marius.kvedaravicius@intechcentras.lt, telephone No. +370 670 228


The Technology Center Intechcentras, the coordinator of the Advanced Manufacturing Digital Innovation Center, helped Šiauliai bicycle manufacturer Baltik Vairas to develop an application and receive funding for a Horizon 2020 project in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing.


Today, the company Baltik Vairas invests in artificial intelligence solutions that will help to plan production with higher accuracy. Under an already implemented project, Baltik Vairas will cooperate with 17 other partners from various EU countries (Technological Development Center Tecnalia, Volkswagen, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), etc.). EU support for these solutions will amount to 0.25 million. Eur.

Please find more on the solutions, leadership and progress of the company #Industry40 in the following article of Verslo Zinios:


Seventh meeting of the Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs

Seventh meeting of the Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs (01.07.2019, Brussels)

What role will Digital Innovation Hubs play in the Digital Europe Programme? How will funding work? How can collaboration between hubs be fostered any further? These issues will be discussed in the next meeting of the Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs.

The European Commission has proposed the creation of the first ever Digital Europe programme, which would invest €9.2 billion to align the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027 with increasing digital challenges.

Digital Innovation Hubs will play an important role in this programme to stimulate in particular the uptake of Artificial Intelligence, HPC and Cybersecurity by all industry and public sector organisations in Europe.

Digital Innovation Hubs will have both a local and European functioning, and therefore Member States will be expected to co-invest and participate in selection process of DIHs funded under Digital Europe.

This new meeting of the Working Group on DIHs will further enhance DIH collaboration and strengthen the European DIH network. The meeting will focus on the role and funding of hubs within Digital Europe, aiming to:

  • Gather feedback from stakeholders on the plans for future funding of DIHs under the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, in particular the Digital Europe Programme
  • Discuss what needs to be done in preparation for the new programme, with a special focus on fostering collaboration between DIHs

The meeting will be co-organised with the DIHNET Coordination and Support Action that also manages the newly launched DIHNET community platform for DIHs.



Technology leaders unite forces!

Country progress and prosperity is increasingly determined by digitization in business and the public sector. So far, Lithuania lags behind the most digitally advanced EU countries by the scope of introducing robotics, databases, artificial intelligence, and cyber security. In Lithuania, as little as every tenth company has digitized its processes. This is a reason why labor productivity in Lithuania is more than twice lower compared to the EU countries that are digitization leaders. This gap continues growing fast due to insufficient technology use.


16 Lithuanian organizations decided to unite and change this situation. They include Lithuanian universities, Digital Technology Centres (DTCs), associations uniting industrial and information technology companies, and private sector leaders in digital technologies. Experienced in digitization projects, they all have established the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) of Central and Western Lithuania.


Such centres are being set up across Europe and networked to strengthen the competitiveness of countries and Europe as a whole. EDIH will aim to help companies transition into the next generation of the digital economy age, where competitiveness depends on the manufacturing digitization level, namely to what extent automation, robotization, services and processes are digitized.


EDIH will operate as a one-stop-shop and provide innovation support and advisory services to businesses and public authorities.


EDIH plans to assist more 500 companies in the Central and Western Lithuania, so that more than 1,000 processes will be digitized, and more than 5,000 staff will be trained to use digital technologies at work. Before investing, companies will be able to test the digital technologies they intend to procure and install, and evaluate their performance.


EDIH consists of 16 organizations operating throughout Lithuania and representing various areas of competence and experience.


Research and study establishments:

  • Kaunas University of Technology
  • ISM University of Management and Economics
  • Mykolas Romeris University
  • Lithuanian Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education L3CE
  • Klaipėda University
  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences


Associations and businesses:

  • Association INFOBALT
  • Lithuanian Engineering Industry Association LINPRA
  • Technology Centre Intechcentras
  • Uosto Verslo Centras, UAB
  • Centre of Excellence Baltic Technology Park, VSI
  • Vilnius Industry and Business Association
  • Pažangios Inovacijos, UAB
  • Columbus Lietuva, UAB
  • Blue Bridge Code, UAB


On 28 September 2020, the 12 partners of the consortium submitted an application to MITA (the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology) aiming to receive EU funding for EDIH activities. EDIH activities are administered by EDIH Coordinator, Kaunas University of Technology.