SODI 4.0

Pohjanmaan liittoCo funded by eu

Project information:

Official name of the project: Smart Ostrobothnia Digital Industry 4.0

Duration of the project: 1.9.2023 - 28.2.2025

Project coordinator: Novia

Project partners: VAMK, Centria

Funding: ERDF

Budget: 101 454 €

Contact person in VAMK:

Mika Billing, Senior Lecturer (School of Technology)

tel. +358 207 663 312,

RDI Platform: Smart Industry

Language: Finnish, Swedish

Project description

The aim is to create skills to meet business needs for Industry 4.0. Skills development will encourage SMEs to approach Industry 4.0 in terms of skills, know-how and production implementation. This requires a corresponding upgrade of Technobothnia’s equipment.

VAMK brings to the project, above all, extensive robotics expertise. VAMK will manage Technobothnia’s robotics laboratory and operate it together with Novia and the University of Vaasa. VAMK is responsible for the design and construction of the robot FMS package to be implemented, i.e. the implementation of WP1 in the project.


The aim is to develop the region’s skills for Industry 4.0 so that they match the skills needs of businesses. In this way, we will get SMEs in the region to step up and move towards Industry 4.0, both in terms of knowledge, know-how and production implementation. In the SODI4.0 project, we have identified the need to upgrade Technobothnia’s laboratory equipment in a similar way. This will be done by designing, modelling, developing and building a robotic cell that includes a robot and a flexible material storage system (FMS), which will be integrated together through automation into a functional entity, as an example of how it can be made and applied in industry to achieve Industry4.0 level. The robotic cell must be able to be provisioned and remotely operated and visualised using VR technology. The process must be documented and shared openly with industry and companies in the region interested in developing production processes with robotic cells and higher levels of automation, including IoT technologies, cameras and sensors, in a safe and cyber-secure environment.


The interaction will create a wider knowledge of robotic cell technology in the region, both in companies and in universities of applied sciences. Technobothnia will create a physical robot cell. Create a virtual robot cell that can be viewed through VR glasses. A booking system will be created to book a time to use the robot cell, either locally or remotely. A cyber-secure interface that allows secure access to the robot cell locally and remotely. The robotic cell, completed in the Technobothnia laboratory, is intended to be in continuous and frequent use.

This will encourage collaboration in the region between: – universities of applied sciences and companies, and – the universities themselves. The visibility of the Technobothnia laboratory and the use of its equipment and facilities will be increased. It will increase opportunities to offer courses to companies and their staff with larger robotics packages, such as robot cells, and create better conditions for students to enter the job market with the desired robotics and production automation skills, including a higher security mindset with a focus on modern cybersecurity solutions, thinking and awareness.

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