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Robotics for Infrastructure Inspection and MAintenance

Project description

Robot recruitment for inspection and maintenance operations

Industrial robots can be used to inspect and maintain machines and facilities in industries like energy, transport and civil engineering. Usually done manually, the automation of these operations will increase efficiency. In this context, the EU-funded RIMA project will facilitate the uptake of inspection and maintenance technologies. Specifically, it will establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs on robotics sharing best practices. The project will also provide education and training on automated inspection and maintenance operations in order to accelerate growth in the field. Among the expected results is the increased competitiveness of the EU’s robotic inspection and maintenance sector.


Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a huge economic activity (450 Bn€ market) spanning across sectors such as energy, transport, civil engineering. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications. RIMA is a 4-year project aiming to establish a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) on robotics sharing best practices and providing services to facilitate uptake of I&M technologies.
Our challenge is to reinforce this connection and to provide education and training on robotics I&M and to connect the value chain - research, technology companies, service providers, end users and investors- for accelerating economic growth in the field:
- RIMA is building upon the network pioneered by SPRINT Robotics extending it to all relevant sectors across the value chain.
- The RIMA network encompasses:
o leading research organizations supporting one DIH per region aligned with regional policies and industry sectors.
o Sectorial associations who will make a bridge with end users and industries.
- RIMA will offer services including support to testing and technology transfer, coaching and training on robotics for I&M, process optimization and communication. 50.5% of RIMA’s budget will be distributed to SMEs to run experiments using FSTP
- RIMA will advise on funding opportunities relying on the S3 Thematic Platform on robotics for I&M federating the common ambition of 13 EU regions.
- Network sustainability will be ensured by adapting the SPRINT business model
Expected results are (i) increased competitiveness of EU I&M Robotics, (ii) economic added value by increased productivity and availability of the critical infrastructure (iii) social and environmental impact through improved safety and less emission of hazardous substances (iv) the constitution of a sustainable and scalable (open to new members) DIH network aligned with the industrial and European policies and ambitions

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Net EU contribution
€ 9 161 186,95
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Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 9 161 186,95

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