The Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL) is one of the world leading centres for innovation, pilot testing and qualification regarding mechatronics and related fields.
In a ceremony on 16 August 2017, the new centre was opened by Monica Mæland, the Norwegian Minister for Trade and Industry. The rector of the University of Agder (UiA) Frank Reichert, the chairman at MIL Kristin Wallevik and the chairman in the industrial group NODE Frode Jensen were also present at the opening ceremony.
"This is really exciting, especially for the Southern part of Norway. With the new MIL facility, we have a unique infrastructure in which to develop robots the offshore industry, as well as to conduct advanced research of new production methods, primarily within robotics and automation," says Mæland.
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 has a comprehensive competency network and works in close cooperation with industry partners. Only in this way is it possible to integrate the technologies developed at the institutes into market-ready products or make them usable in the form of licenses. Key technologies from automation and robotics will give Norwegian industry a clear advantage over international competitors.
MIL will not only offer services to large and well-established companies, but also serves as a good innovation arena for start-ups, as well as small and medium size enterprises (SMEs).
Owned by the University of Agder, the 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.