From research to industrialisation
The work carried out by IRT Jules Verne, France’s sole Institute for Technological Research dedicated to manufacturing, revolves around industrial research with the aim of rapid transfer to companies. Its collaborative approach constitutes a vital lever with which to accelerate the development and deployment of technological innovation, and to respond to market challenges in various industrial sectors, as well as to increase the know-how of equipment suppliers – many of which are SMEs – and of integrators involved in plant modernization.
Helping SMEs become tomorrow’s champions
IRT Jules Verne now numbers some fifteen SMEs among its industrial members and supports their development by means of dedicated programmes, promoting collaboration between large companies and SMEs on projects, and through the close links it maintains with the EMC2 cluster. The co-development of new production processes carried out at the IRT alongside large corporate clients allows SMEs to spread their development risks and helps facilitate the initial commercialisation of innovative solutions. The aim is to welcome 50 such firms by 2020 and help them to successfully cope with the profound changes that are currently taking place and to imagine the industrial processes that will transform them into the champions of the new technologies set to shake up the factories of the future.
In 2017, the IRT Jules Verne joined forces with the EMC2 competitiveness cluster to create Accès PME, a program dedicated to SMEs, aimed at supporting the emergence and structuring of an innovation project and its orientation towards the most appropriate support system. Accès PME is a system operated by the EMC2 competitiveness cluster for projects carried out within the Jules Verne IRT. This initiative is also supported by the grouping of SMEs GIE Albatros.
The industrialisation strategy
To meet the needs of industrial players and promote the industrialization of new solutions, IRT Jules Verne has put in place a value creation strategy which in 2018 translated into several concrete actions, including:
- The integration of industrialisation within the creation of R&D projects: taking into account real-world cases of use, the involvement of technology providers and integrators in consortia, support in conducting market studies, and creation of demonstrators, among other activities.
- The creation of a team within IRT Jules Verne dedicated to pre-industrialisation whose role is to carry on the mission after project completion.
Olivier Preziosa, IRT Jules Verne’s Technology Transfer Strategist, explains: “Pre-industrialisation activity transforms the results of the IRT’s innovation projects into products or solutions that can be utilised by manufacturers to meet the concrete needs of industry”. The dedicated pre-industrialisation team intervenes both during R&D projects (upstream phase) and/or at the end of such projects (downstream phase).
- The creation of an external group of industrialisation experts to whom the industrialisation strategies of each project are presented. This group makes recommendations based on its extensive experience. The group members are either authentic end-users such as Airbus, Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Naval Group, or else representatives of the players involved in value addition such as SATT Ouest Valorisation and the University of Nantes.
INNOVAMICS : the 1st start-up project resulting from a R&D project of the IRT Jules Verne
A few months before the end of the COMMANDO-STAMP project, the creation of INNOVAMICS was initiated by an IRT Jules Verne post-doctoral fellow involved in the project. This start-up aims to offer simulation services based on the tool developed during the project and to market software licenses over a 3 to 5 year period.
In order to support the emergence of INNOVAMICS, IRT Jules Verne has implemented a personalized follow-up and conducts various actions: subcontracting of services, involvement in the follow-up of the roadmap, partnership and operating licence under study, etc. INNOVAMICS already has as a commercial target companies involved in the project and industrialists.