From micromachines to connected, autonomous and reconfigurable micro-factories

The connected, autonomous and reconfigurable micro-factory currently being developed within the framework of the MicroLean Lab finds its origin in the micro5, a revolutionary 5-axis milling machine designed in 2015 at the HE-Arc Ingénierie. That year, as part of a product design course, three Industrial Design Engineering students had the idea of creating a micro-factory made up of different types of micromachines. One of them, Mathieu Steulet, who then worked as an assistant in the Read more…

MicroLean Lab has won the i4Challenge 2020

MicroLean Lab is one of the six winners of the i4Challenge 2020, in the “New Ideas” category. Organized by Basel Area Business & Innovation, this challenge rewards the most promising Industry 4.0 solutions. It is open to companies and research centers from Switzerland, Alsace and the southwest of Germany. Discover all the winners 

150 people discover the MicroLean Lab

From the 3rd to the 19th of November, 150 people working mainly in Swiss companies came to discover the first proof of concept of the autonomous, connected and reconfigurable micro-factory developed by the MicroLean Lab at the Saint-Imier Technology Park. In groups of no more than five people, they had the opportunity to learn more about the MicroLean Lab, a community of interest bringing together watchmaking groups, Swiss SMEs and the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie Read more…

The MicroLean Lab opens its doors in November

We were planning to present the first prototype of our micro-factory this fall at the SIAMS fair in Moutier. After its cancellation, we invite you to discover it in our renovated premises at the Saint-Imier Technology Park. Several micro-visits will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons of the first three weeks of November, in accordance with the sanitary measures in force. They will be limited to ten people per hour. To see the Read more…

Philippe Grize presents the MicroLean Lab at the Swiss Digital Days

Ordering your new car from your computer by completely personalizing it, changing your mind when it has already been ordered, monitoring its production and finally picking it up in a chosen place, this is what the 4th industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, allows. During the Swiss Digital Days (November 1-3. 2020), Philippe Grize, director of the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie, speaks about the evolution of industry from the 19th century and presents the MicroLean Lab, an Read more…

The German structure to support the 4th industrial revolution

The MicroLean Lab is integrated to the Lab Network Industrie 4.0

The Lab Network Industrie 4.0 (LNI4.0) is a German association founded by companies linked to Plattform Industrie 4.0 in cooperation with the Bitkom, VDMA and ZVEI federations. It aims at helping the German medium-sized sector play a leading role in global digitization. This experimental network makes it possible to test new technologies, innovations and business models in the environment of Industry 4.0 and to examine their economic feasibility before their launch on the market. In addition, Read more…

The MicroLean Lab at the virtual SIAMS fair

During the virtual SIAMS fair, the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie professors Claude Jeannerat and Nabil Ouerhani present the MicroLean Lab in a short video then Max Monti, the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie Partnerships and Valorisation Manager, answers the questions of the virtual visitors. Discover more on this experimentation center aiming at developing an autonomous, connected micro-factory that can be reconfigured at will called to revolutionize the means of microtechnology production. See the MicroLean Lab presentation Read more…

The development roadmap

An agile, iterative approach has been chosen in order to minimise risks and to quickly demonstrate the potential of the concepts that are conceived, studied and developed in the Lab. The project is broken down into three 5-step iterations: Analysis and Specification Dsign Implementation Testing and Approval User Feedback and Improvement The deliverables of the three iterations take the form of open-ended, upgradable prototypes: Iteration 1: validation prototype: micro-factory concept comprising functional blocks that are Read more…

A response to new societal expectations

As alarm bells are rung about climate change, more and more people are waking up to the environmental challenges we face. The current generation were born with smartphones in their hands and are no strangers to “Fab Labs” – open places where they can fabricate their own products on demand and thwart planned obsolescence. The MicroLean Lab must take into account the trends embodied by this generation and view these challenges and generational changes as Read more…

The application to a culture of know-how

Naturally, for businesses who produce physical objects, Industry 4.0 requires them to get to grips with a whole new culture, the digital one. The digital culture can be harnessed to: interconnect stakeholders within value chains, distribute relevant information through these chains, significantly improve the availability of manufacturing resources through the Internet of Things and augmented intelligence, optimise resources and supply chains intelligently , develop new sources of income in the form of associated services, while Read more…