Laser LT Digital Innovation Hub (Laser LT DIH)
The vision of LaserLT DIH is to become the strongest one-stop-shop on lasers, photonics and advanced manufacturing in Northern-East part of Europe through the development of three main pillars:
- Competence in laser technologies (FTMC DLT) – member of APPOLO HUB;
- Business support and access to finance (Science and Technology Park);
- Access to industry (LITEK™ cluster).
Through cooperation in RTD to develop, validate and provide for manufacturing SMEs the world-class laser and engineering technologies. Services provided by DIH will be research, development, designing,
prototyping, validation of technologies and equipment, test-batch production, the attraction of funds, market research, incubation and commercialisation. Pilot lines combining laser technologies with complementary ones are under construction to speed up the technology transfer to SMEs. Tight connections with similar DIHs on laser-based manufacturing and advanced manufacturing is established. APPOLO HUB is an initial point, and new H2020 project on Laser DIH is ready to start. The regional network of DIHs for local industry support is under discussion.
In frames of Smart InnoTech for Industry project, Laser LT DIH offers digitalisation audit services to Lithuanian companies. These services offer:
- Analysis of the company’s innovation and management processes;
- Summarising the company’s innovation potential;
- Recommendation of management and technology directions.
- Individual consultation from foreign experts;
- Group meetings with foreign experts and consulting services;
- Other project events.
- Details of the technological needs of the company;
- Recommendation of technological solutions;
- Planning deployment activities.
Innovation audit overview:
As part of the innovation audit service, we encourage companies to discuss the following topics:
Strategy and R&D policy
- Innovation and digitalisation in the company strategy;
- Company vision, mission, long-term goals and development directions;
- Practical R&D experience, projects;
- Company’s innovation potential: product development, innovation and implementation of sustainable technologies;
- Methods and indicators for performance (effectiveness evaluation);
- Implementation of innovative work/management standards and tools.
Organisation and Human Resources
- Key competencies of the company, their need and development;
- Human resources need and ways to meet them;
- Innovation search and implementation practices.
- Technologies used to increase competitive advantage.
Data and IT Technology
- Components of the company value chain;
- IT: process data collection and analysis;
- Networking between business partners.
- Demand and challenges for digital services in the enterprise sector/niche;
- The competitive advantage of the company over its competitors;
- Collection, systematisation and analysis of customer data;
All innovation audit services are charged by “virtual” companies funds – de minimis. Services are offered in three service packages:
- Innovation audit (2500 EUR de minimis);
- Innovation audit + consultations (7000 EUR de minimis);
- Innovation audit + recommendations (7500 EUR de minimis);
- Full package (12000 EUR de minimis);
Our client – SME from Lithuania – focused on manufacturing of optical glass gratings for measuring and detection systems needed technical solution – mass production improvement of flexibility, processing speed and quality. Conventional glass processing techniques such as diamond drilling and dicing, water-jet drilling, sand blasting or ultrasonic processing are still commonly used in mass production, although limitations of flexibility, processing speed and quality required search for novel technological solutions.
In the frames of this case Laser LT DIH provided Collaborative Research, Concept validation and testing services where mechanical glass processing (cutting / milling) was replaced with laser based processing. Process development was divided into two main parts – glass ablation optimization and development of sophisticated algorithms for laser beam scanner control in combination with xy linear translation stages. As the result – glass component fabrication time and process was simplified with higher throughput and flexibility for faster and more efficient production.
Precizika Metrology, UAB
Žirmūnų st. 139, LT-09120 Vilnius, Lithuania
Our client – SME from Lithuania – focused on manufacturing of compact laser sources for spectroscopy and LiDAR needed a stable electronic circuit board, fluently operating in a high temperatures for special applications.
In the frames of this case Laser LT DIH provided Collaborative Research, Concept validation and offered solution SSAIL (Selective Surface Activation Induced by Laser) technology application to fabricate circuit on glass substrate. It’s a new technology for writing electronic circuits directly onto glass by modifying surface properties with a laser. Pilot batch of circuit boards with SSAIL technology was fabricated. The client made testing at his own premises and the results showed that quality and stability was appropriate to their requirements of application. SSAIL technology applied in mass production increases efficiency and being cost effective.
UAB Integrated Optics
Kalvariju st. 125B, LT-08221 Vilnius, Lithuania
XI build., 2nd floor
Tel.: +370 5 2196393
During the last few years, 3D printing market significantly expanded. New applications of this evolving technology are being discovered every day. 3D technologies and robotics laboratory, working in this field provides consultations for SMEs on this topic.
In one case, laboratory received an inquiry from Lithuanian SME “Simpras” on potential applications of laser technologies for clay sintering. Laboratory provided consultations and carried out initial tests on clay samples provided by SME using 3D laser microfabrication equipment.
Žukausko st. 25, LT-08234 Vilnius, Lithuania
A spin-off from the engineering sector needed to foster the development of laser welder to prepare for investment. Experts from Laser LT DIH provided needed consultations, shared their technical expertise. Laboratory for incubation was provided, and end-user (potential client) was found.
Savanorių Ave. 235, LT-02300 Vilnius, Lithuania
SISMA is a worldwide enterprise reference for the design and production of extremely high precision laser-based machinery in Industry, Jewellery and Dental field. From 2001, its laser division produces laser sources and systems for welding, marking, 3-D and cutting, with a turnover of about 50 M€. Scientists from the Department of laser technologies (FTMC) provided consultation for SISMA by an inquiry regarding redesigning and optimising of their current product.
Via dell’Industria, 1 – 36013
Piovene Rocchette (VI) – Italy
One of LASER DIH missions is laser technologies knowledge transfer to business and public:
- In 2014, in Vilnius (Lithuania) Department of Laser Technologies organised APPOLO Project Workshop – New Processes and Opportunities in Use of Laser Technologies in Industry. Applications for laser technologies in the industry was discussed between academia and industry representatives from Lithuania (LINPRA, FTMC, ELAS, Rolands Moisejs, Progressive Business Solutions), Germany (IOM), Poland (IPG Photonics Poland), Finland (LUT) and USA (Naval Research lab).
- In 2017, APPOLO Summer School on Ultra-short Pulse Lasers Applications in Material Processing, organised by FTMC took place in Vilnius (Lithuania). The school was held at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology and the Laser and Engineering Technologies Cluster LITEK. 23 Students from Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, France, Ukraine and Russia participated in the Summer School. Lectures were presented by invited speakers and APPOLO partners. Students presented their experiments in various ultra-short pulse lasers applications during oral talks and poster presentations. All summer school participants visited Lithuanian laser companies „Light Conversion“ and „Ekspla“. In addition, they had a tour and discussions to „Elas“ (laser micromachining system integrator) and laboratories of the Department of Laser technologies (FTMC).
- In 2018, on September 10-14, The International Conference on Photo-Excited Processes and Applications, organized by the FTMC was hosted in Vilnius. During the conference, 163 presentations were presented (1 plenary, 15 invited talks, 53 oral and 94 poster presentations). The event was attended by scientists from 26 countries. The conference guests visited companies UAB “Šviesos konversija”, UAB “Ekspla” and laboratories of the FTMC Department of Laser Technologies