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VTT SMACC Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre

Upper organisation
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University of Technology
Research Center

Korkeakoulunkatu 7
33720 Tampere


SMACC ecosystem hosts a network of research infrastructures and test facilities. It offers one-stop-shop for manufacturing industry ecosystem to reach Finland’s most advanced facilities and knowledge.SMACC offers unique services for SME`s in the field of machinery, manufacturing and digitalisation. The key features are rapid solutions, cutting-edge research expertise and extensive partnership networks.

SMACC consist of versatile research facilities, equipment and laboratories of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) available for SMEs. The research infrastructure can be utilised for various purposes such as product prototype creation, demonstrations and laboratory piloting in conjunction with production renewals or introduction of new technologies.

VTT SMACC Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre

VTT SMACC Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre

Contact Person
Risto Kuivanen
Business Development Manager
is SME contact

SMACC includes over 20 different laboratories with different expertise. Each laboratory can offer their diverse equipment to be utilized in various projects, pilots, demonstrations and other activities. SMACC-Labs’ infrastructures are grouped under 5 themes: Digital Factory, Robotic Village, Digital Systems, Materia Insight and Smart Machines.

The facilities and equipment of SMACC-Labs cover are continuously extending including, but not limited to:

  • Over 15 industrial robots with varying payloads from 2 to 225kg, e.g. ABB IRB 120, ABB IRB 4600, Comau NM 45-2.0, Kuka KR 110-150, Kuka KR 2500-150, Schunk Powerball LWA 4P, mir100, UR10
  • Extensive software selection for technical computing, design, simulation and monitoring.
  • Tools and software for production simulation and planning, off-line programming, and dynamic safety system definition for human-robot collaboration.
  • A variety of VTT developed open tools for digital factories (
  • Virtual Reality laboratory consisting of a cave, power walls, visualisation tools (Unity 3D, MiddleVR), motion capture devices, head mounted displays, control systems, surround sound and motion platform (MeVEA3DOF).
  • Semi-anechoic laboratory
  • Reverberation laboratory
  • Computer Cluster for technical computing
  • Tailored version of MIT’s FabLab (Fablab TUT)
  • Prototyping facilities and workshops
  • Vast amount of measurement devices for different use cases and access to VTT MIKES which is the national metrology institute (NMI) and national measurement standard laboratory.
  • More specific descriptions regarding the equipment can be found from SMCC-Labs website:
  • Pilot line / demonstration line / scale-up and pre-series
  • Full-scale production modelling, simulation and planning. Order and delivery process development
  • Proofs of concept and Lab testing of basic experimental set-up for e.g. machine and production systems, robotics and automation and IoT
  • Prototyping (integrated system/ sub-system) development & testing
  • Scientific & technological development
  • Product validation, certification and characterisation
  • Study / initial design / Simulation
  • Renting of available & selected infrastructure for SMEs
  • Awareness creation, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Ecosystem building, program and project services, co-creation, international networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Education and skills development
Other activities
• Systems Engineering
o Virtual, Mixed & Augmented Reality
o Digital Twins in product development and simulation
o Advanced Technical Computation (Structural Analysis and Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Acoustics, Parameter Sequencing, Sensitivity Reviews, Optimization)
• Additive Manufacturing
o Selective Laser Melting (SLM)
o Direct Write Thermal Spraying (DWTS)
o Direct Write Paste (DWP)
o Directed Energy Deposition (DED)
o Ceramic Stereolithography
• Material Insight
o Materials Characterization
o Materials Performance Evaluation
o Powder Coatings
o Powder Components
o Powder Based Additives
• Robotics
o Human-Robot Collaboration and Safety
o Mobile and Logistics Robotics
o Cognitive Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
o Flexible and Modular Assembly and Packaging Systems
o Factory logistic and material handling
o Robotics for manufacturing processing applications
• Clean Air, Noise & Sound Quality
o Airborne Contamination Control
o Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control
o Filter Material and Filter Development
o Noise, Vibration and Acoustics Modelling
Service for Industry and SMEs