Europe is at the beginning of a new industrial revolution, labelled Industry 4.0. The ubiquitous use of sensors, the expansion of wireless communication and networks as well as the development of big data analytics has the potential to transform the way goods are manufactured. 

The 4STEPS project is addressing the main challenge of Industry 4.0 as a tool towards a new, digital industrial revolution holding the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, mass customisation, increased speed, better quality and improved productivity. Companies in the target regions are lagging behind in the adoption of innovative tools and solutions proposed by Industry 4.0 revolution and need to increase transnational cooperation in facing this challenge. 

The main project objective is to support the successful implementation of smart specialisation strategies and to apply Industry 4.0 to all the industrial sectors identified by each regions.

4STEPS will apply an innovative methodology based on the involvement of all quadruple helix actors in a bottom-up approach. SMEs will be the main target and will be involved trough a new network of “Digital Innovation Hubs”. The project will develop innovative productive methods and applications of Industry 4.0 thanks to the developments of: a new catalogue of potential services to be offered, a “Technology Maturity Level Index”, a transnational action plan and “Digital Innovation Hubs” that will be tested in pilot actions.

I4.0 supporting tool catalogue

The 4STEPS partnership has successfully elaborated an I4.0 supporting tool catalogue which is available in pdf format and in google classroom as well. The catalogue intends to collect the possible services provided by project partners in relation with the nine technologies of Industry 4.0 (Big Data, Augmented Reality, Simulation, Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, System Integration, Additive Manufacturing, Autonomous Systems).

The supporting catalogue will be useful to improve the level of innovation, business and economic development in all the central Europe countries and beyond, identifying the most suitable solutions options for the companies interested in I4.0 applications. The content of the catalogue is available in Google classroom with your own gmail account, and specific 4steps gmail account on this link:

Credentials for 4STEPS gmail account is the following:
user name: 
password: 4steps123

Industry 4.0 opportunities

The services of CNA Digital Innovation Hub network to support SMEs towards Industry 4.0 production model.












CNA Emilia Romagna:

CNA Emilia Romagna has a long experience in promoting and supporting innovation in SMEs by acting as an intermediary between the supply of research output and small enterprises’ demand, through specific actions including the development, dissemination and implementation of best practices for the introduction and management of innovation and in the field of RIS3 and Innovation 4.0.

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RE:Lab s.r.l:

RE:Lab is a research-oriented SME, born in 2004 as a spin-off of the Human Machine Interaction (HMI) Group of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. RE:Lab main business is the design and development of hardware and software embedded systems, human interaction, algorithms for intelligent systems, and applications for machine learning, test and reliability.

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Regional Development Agency Bielsko-Biala:

The range of services provided by the Regional Development Agency Joint Stock Company includes: Comprehensive aid for small and medium enterprises, professional counselling, organizational, economic, financial, legal and marketing issues, organization of training and seminars, International cooperation, creating associations, looking for foreign investors, promotion of the region and its economic potential.

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Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences:

FHV is active in the field of Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 and Physical Internet in combination with Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics/SCM and ICT. FHV is an academic partner and provides/disseminates research results, suggestions, etc. about “how to implement a sustainable factory of the future. FHV is an University of Applied Sciences and mainly educate students and adults in Bachelor and Master programs.

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DEX Innovation Centre:

DEX Innovation Centre (DEXIC) is a private non-profit innovation centre active in 4 main pillars: i) research & innovation support, ii) entrepreneurship & business support, iii) e-solutions and iv) innovation infrastructure. DEXIC works closely with public authorities, SMEs/start-ups and research centres and therefore has well developed access ways in the Czech Republic and its region.

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Pannon Business Network Association:

PBN, founded in 2006, as a regional business development organization aims at strengthening the economic performance of small and medium sized businesses in the Western Hungarian Region. As a leading public economic development organization in the region, the network contributes to the quality of employment and the improvement of the competitiveness of enterprises with the cooperation and networking of the regional stakeholders. PBN’s technology transfer spin-off company, called AM-LAB, which has already gained the Digital Innovation Hub status, is a service centre specialized on the application and presentation of the most recent manufacturing technologies to develop smart end-user product in strong co-operation with our key customers.


Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia:

CCIS is a non-profit, non-governmental, independent business organisation representing the interest of its members. With over 160 years of tradition, it is the most influential business organisation in Slovenia. CCIS unites 26 branch associations, representing all important industry sectors of Slovenia, under its roof. CCIS has 13 regional offices in Slovenia. CCIS is composed of branch business associations, regional associations and professional departments. CCIS represents all important industry sectors of Slovenia.

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Virtual Dimension Center:

The Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) is Germany's leading competence network for Virtual Engineering. Technology and service providers, users, research institutions and multipliers work together in the VDC network along the entire value chain of Virtual Engineering- namely in 3D simulation, 3D visualization, product lifecycle management (PLM), and Virtual Reality (VR).

Project Partners

4STEPS has 8 project partners from 7 countries


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