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.
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. The industrial building 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.
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).
Mechatronics Innovation Lab AS is mainly owned by the University of Agder.