TEST-4-SME aim is to initiate an innovation support network in the BSR to provide testing and consultation for electronics small and medium-sized enterprises on how to demonstrate conformity with international standards during early product development. All electronic products should prove conformity to standards, which requires testing of product prototypes. Early stage testing can also help avoid failures in later stages and thus can be extremely cost-effective as well. TEST-4-SME network members include 15 partners from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Germany and have expertise in a wide range of testing methods needed by electronics producers. Network members will advise and train enterprises’ staff in conforming to standards, and share knowledge across the network to improve the quality and efficiency of testing in order to speed up the process of product development for electronics enterprises. In scope of the project, seven pilot enterprises will test the network's services. Project shall also analyze the landscape to identify what other electronics testing providers exist in the region to see if they can be included in our network via referrals or in the future. The list of electronics testing labs will be generated, governing rules for the network created and demand for existing testing services in the region will be analyzed. Further investments into testing equipment will be made and laboratory stuff trained. The summary of consultations and referrals to enterprises and workshop materials for enterprises will be conducted. Testing services will be evaluated, the network will be expanded and the long-term sustainability strategy planned.
Start: 1.10.2017End: 31.12.2020
Budget: 1 775 300 €ERDF financing: 1 453 195 €
Coordinator: UT Tartu ObservatoryPartners: Riga Technical University (LT), University of Latvia (LT), Ventspils University College (LT), Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies (LV), Centria University of Applied Sciences Ltd (FI), Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design (DE), JSC Modern E-Technologies (LV)
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