Machining 4.0


Machining 4.0 is an Interreg project comprising of 13 partners across Europe, with Sirris as lead partner. The project has been awarded €2.55m EU funding and it will run between 2018-2021.


The project aims to increase the knowledge level of machining SMEs and transform them into more innovative enterprises by transferring knowledge on innovative technologies, stimulating hands-on experimenting and supporting the transformation process.


IMR will demonstrate how dynamic planning and scheduling can greatly help machining SMEs. To do this, IMR will set up a demonstrator in Mullingar so any company can visit and understand its benefits. IMR also offers, in collaboration with UCD, 15 vouchers of €12.000 to Irish SMEs to transform their production systems.


1000 SMEs will acquire knowledge on innovative machining technologies, 250 SMEs will experiment with new technologies and collaborate with R&D partners, and 50 SMEs will receive intensive business support. This increases the knowledge/innovation level for machining in NWE.


This will be achieved via:


  • The provision of access for SMEs to an online portal to provides specialized knowledge on innovative technologies for machining.
  • Access to complementary state-of-the-art equipment and demonstrations.
  • Vouchers for business transformation and coaching.


  • Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques (CETIM)
  • Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation (IOSB-INA)
  •  Irish Manufacturing Research
  • MedicalMountains AG
  • Stichting STODT Praktijkcentrum voor geavanceerde Technologie (STODT)
  • Swiss Mechatronics
  • University College Dublin – National University of Ireland Dublin (UCD)
  • University of Strathclyde (AFRC)
  • Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)


The North-West Europe Interreg programme is part of the European Cohesion Policy and is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme is designed to promote cooperation in North-West Europe. NWE663

IMR Contact Person

Fergus Quilligan

Director of Analytics


Automation & Advanced Control