A world-leading center for innovation, pilot testing and technology qualification within mechatronics and related fields.
MIL is part of the national infrastructure for pilot testing and experimental development of products, systems and services. Particularly related to the offshore industry and manufacturing and material process industries.
MIL aims to strengthen the industry’s ability to innovate by offering a variety of test services currently unavailable in Norway. This will shorten time-to-market for new products and technologies and will, in turn, make customers more competitive.
Campus Grimstad is expanded with two new buildings:
A large industrial building for MIL which includes a robotics lab, a so-called «high force lab» which can handle forces up to 1000 ton, a climate chamber, equipment for material testing and a component test lab with plenty of electric and hydraulic power.
A building for UiA with offices, class rooms and various research labs related to ICT, multimedia and mechatronics, also available to MIL. Among these labs is also a research lab for condition monitoring (CM) and condition based maintenance (CMB) which is hosted by Teknova.
Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL) – under construction on the UiA Grimstad campus.
MIL is focused on testing related to product and technology development (pilot testing) and also offers testing related to implementation of new production methods, primarily within robotics and automation.
Examples of services include testing of:
Electrical and hydraulic components and systems for technical qualification
New sensor and instrumentation technologies
Prototypes and scale models of new products
Automated processes such as robotic welding
Materials and machine parts, e.g., for qualification of new production methods
MIL is not established to compete with existing service providers, but to complement existing services and strengthen the service sector within testing and innovation.
Furthermore, MIL is not only offering services to large and well-established companies, but also serves as a good innovation arena for startups, as well as small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).
Owned by the University of Agder, Mechatronics Innovation Lab AS, is a small staff organization with a project manager taking care of the day-to-day operations. Researchers, engineers and technicians are hired for specific jobs primarily from UiA, but also from the industry. Customers can also rent equipment and space in the lab and use their own staff to carry out testing.
MIL is partially funded by the government and by the regional industry and other private contributors.
The most important contributions by May 2016 are:
20 MNOK (2.5 MUSD) through the 2015 revised nation budget and additional 20 MNOK (2.5 MUSD) through the 2016 nation budget
Several companies have pledged to spend at least 50 MNOK (6 MUSD) on services the first five years of MILs operation.
Several companies are donating test equipment for MIL