New technologies – the key to managing coronavirus as well as Industry 4.0

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Advantages of new technologies, such as 3D print, lasers or IT systems for collecting and analysing of large quantities of data will be joined under one roof at a new innovation centre and Digital Innovation Hub – Brain4Industry in Dolních Břežany. A conference called “Digitalization and 3D Print in the Practice of Czech Companies” outlined the advantages of the innovation approach being initiated there to the representatives of industry and research organizations.

“The project of the centre in Břežany provides further evidence of the successful transfer of the FZU scientists’ research results to industrial practice and of intensive collaboration with companies. Next year we would like to start the construction of the building. The companies will thus be provided with an opportunity to use shared infrastructure in the area of advanced production technologies and digitalization,” said the director of the Institute of Physics Michael Prouza when opening the event in ELI Beamlines laser centre.

Drive of innovations for Czech companies

The conference programme introduced the future services of the innovation centre and the hub, and based on real examples representatives of industry and research institutions were presented with an opportunity to get acquainted with the benefits of digitalization for companies, implementation of new processes to companies and with production management based on exact data. 

The presenters included also CARDAM company from Dolní Břežany, which specializes in innovative additive technologies, mathematical simulations and solutions in the area of digitalization and provides complex solutions for the development of new applications and production processes. Its director, Ondřej Kurkin, presented the utilization of the company’s technologies in the design and development of RP95-M protective mask. It is highly effective against carcinogenic and radioactive harmful substances and pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungal spores.

„Thanks to the highly professional approach and close cooperation of scientists from the Academy of Sciences, technicians and technologists of our company, we were able to produce a mould with a weight of 64 % lower than a conventional tool and to shorten the production cycle of series production by a quarter,“ said Jan Lát, the co-owner of Beneš a Lát, a.s. in relation to the benefits of digitalization for the company. Due to the complexity of the shape, the company applied new additive technology – i.e. mathematical simulation followed by 3D print to the process of the production of a steel mould for serial production of car parts.

Also, representatives of the Institute of Physics presented themselves at the conference. Tomáš Jetmar introduced activities of the National Centre of Competence for Materials, Advanced Technologies, Coatings and their Applications (MATCA), which is part of TAČR grant programme and Jan Brajer from HiLASE laser centre talked about the utilization of intensive light sources for a wide range of high-end industrial applications, such as Laser Shock Peening, Laser Induced Damage Threshold and laser micromachining.

Next year we would like to start the construction of the building.

Michael Prouza

OThe conference was organized by the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, which is also the main coordinator of the innovation centre and the Brain4Industry (DIH B4I) Digital Innovation Hub. Other members of the B4I consortium include the Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CARDAM Solution technological company and STAR Research & Innovation Cluster. Beneš a Lát company and CZ Group are industrial partners of B4I. The event was moderated by Radek Špicar, the vice-president of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic. More information about the speakers, DIH B4I services, but also the presentations and photos from the event can be found at