Digi Breakfast: Digitalisation in Manufacturing

Come and hear how the Finnish industry is tackling the digitalisation challenge and how Aalto University together with the European innovation ecosystem EIT boosts the Finnish manufacturing industry.
Aalto Industrial internet campus researches the digitalisation of manufacturing

Welcome to Digi Breakfast: Digitalisation in Manufacturing 

Date: Thursday 4 April in Otaniemi at 8-10am
Address: Otakaari 4, 02150 Espoo, seminar hall 213

Digital technologies are disrupting the manufacturing industry. For Finland and the whole Europe to stay competitive, we have to add unique value to our products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing. 

Come and hear how the Finnish industry is tackling the digitalisation challenge and how Aalto University together with the European innovation ecosystem EIT boosts the Finnish manufacturing industry.


8.00 Breakfast
8.30 - 10.00 Presentations 

Opening words 
Janne Laine, Vice President Innovation, Aalto University

EIT Digital Innovation Factory and Entrepreneurial Academy
Marko Turpeinen, Node Director, EIT Digital Finland 

EIT Manufacturing 
Esko Niemi, Professor, Aalto University

Factory of the Future
Jan Blech, Professor of Practice, Aalto University

Nokia Conscious Factory
Kari Lyytikäinen, Business Development Manager, Nokia Operations

Data and Circular Economy
Jussi Mäkinen, Chief Legal Counsel, Digitalisation, Technology Industries of Finland

Metex award for best thesis in engineering
Presented by Jussi Neuvo, on behalf of Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation

Metex award to Janne Huotari

Janne Huotari was awarded for the best thesis in engineering with his Master Thesis "Dimensional tolerance analysis and quality assurance of a particle tracker’s support structure". Congratulations! 

Presentation slides can be found below

(Nokia's slides not available for sharing in public)  

Visit also Mechatronic Circus 2019! 

The Mechatronic Circus is an annual event presenting smart devices made by Aalto University's students at the mechatronics courses. You can pop by anytime between 10-16. There will be soup lunch (in Finnish soppatykki) during 11-14.  The venue is Aalto Industrial Internet Campus at Puumiehenkuja 5 E, just a few minutes walk from the Digi Breakfast venue. 

Student projects showcased include: 

Large-scale multi-material extrusion

Multi-material extrusion is a 3D printing technology offering great new opportunities. Two components, resin and hardener, are mixed in an extrusion head and then cured by chemical reaction. In this project, a system to mix and extrude two component materials and to control the process in 3D printing of large-scale objects is developed.


If a crane hook could be replaced with a universal gripper, it would make it possible to grab and lift irregular shaped objects fast without traditional fastenings. This project presents results of experimentation on different granular jamming based techniques aiming to lift heavy objects.

Direct drive hydraulic actuator

New direct driven hydraulic system can be more efficient and compact compared to the traditional valve-controlled systems offering also improved controllability. This project presents a test setup for direct driven hydraulic actuator. 


Accurate measurement of the tree volume is necessary for developing methods to estimate the amount of biomass in forests. In this project a device that measures the branch volume by plunging it in water and measuring the change in buoyancy and water level is developed. 


Numeric control systems are widely used for controlling machine tools in industry. In this project, a control for classic inverted pendulum is developed using Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl control system and Simotics L-FN3 linear motor.

Paper roll loading machine

Dynamic behavior of a rotor depends on the loading case and damping effect of the environment. This project presents a point loading device for a paper machine roll to simulate paper track load for research purposes.

Laboratory Pressure Former for Nanopapers

Nanopaper is made up of much shorter fibers than regular paper giving it many advantages compared to traditional paper. In this project, a nanopaper machine was constructed to provide a more efficient way of creating different nanopaper samples.

Automated crane system

Today’s intelligent cranes can be used almost like robots for many tasks in industry. In this project, a LIDAR laser scanner was used for scanning the surroundings and detecting obstacles around an overhead crane system.  

Don't lose focus!

Vision-based driver-assistance systems have already made traffic safer for us. In this project, a smart camera system for a passenger car is developed. System is capable of detecting 360° surroundings of outside of the car (tracking other traffic, pedestrians, etc.), as well as inside of the car by monitoring the drivers state (drowsiness, sudden illness, etc.) and objects not supposed to be in car.

Wet spinning machine

Wet spinning is one method for producing environment friendly cellulose nanofibrils. This project presents a prototype of a wet spinning line for CNF that might allow the production to be scaled up to industrial quantities.

In addition, we have quite a set of more or less useful or fun projects ranging from automated pancake maker and chess-playing robot to industry-grade bandsaw station for bar steel.

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