Illustration of the Stena Industry Innovation Lab

Illustration of Stena Industry Innovation Lab which opens in May 2018.

Stena Industry Innovation Laboratory

​Welcome to a new national environment for research, innovation, education and demonstration of smart industrial production. The Stena Industry Innovation Lab, or SII-Lab for short, offers top opportunities for the Swedish industry to test digitalized production of the future. The lab offers fast communication systems with 5G, collaborative robots as well as virtual and augmented reality techniques for assembly. Here, the engineers of the future will be trained and the industry is offered to test new technical possibilities in practical test beds.

Sten A Olsson's Foundation for Research and Culture has invested 21 million kronor at Chalmers to triple the established business of the former Chalmers Smart Industry Lab and greatly enhance the offer to industry and society. The lab is renamed the Stena Industry Innovation Laboratory, SII-Lab, and becomes a national resource that is also part of the EU Commission's network of test beds. The new lab is located on Chalmers Campus Lindholmen, in the university building Patricia.

Map and address.

Read more about Stenastiftelsen's initiative at Chalmers lab for industrial digitization [In Swedish].

Modern 5G technology enables rapid communication between machines, products, robots and people. The lab corresponds well to the concepts contained in the German production initiative Industrie 4.0, based on the concepts of "Internet of Things", cloud services and advanced production technology. Expected effects are extremely fast and easy communication between products, machines, people and business systems, but also the powerful efficiency of communication between different stages in the product value chains.

Four demonstrators

There are four different demonstrators in the lab, all of which highlight digitalization and industry 4.0. The first two demonstrators are about communication and presentation of data. The other two are about aids for operators in the form of training, simulation and robots.

  1. Mini Factory 4.0
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. Collaborative robots - Cobots
  4. Simulation and training with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies

The new equipment will provide users with knowledge of digitized production and understanding of how, when and where to use the new digital tools. This includes about how products, machines and people can communicate with each other and with other systems.

The idea is that the equipment will be used in as well teaching and research as industrial cooperation. The laboratory is available for students in mechanical and mechatronics programs at Chalmers Lindholmen. But we also have cooperation with researchers in information and communication technologies and researchers who work with integration between man and machine. Industrial companies are also most welcome into the environment.

Progress is fast and the laboratory is built to quickly integrate new solutions in advanced manufacturing technology and communication. 


If you are interested in participating in the lab as a partner, please contact Dr. Åsa Fasth-Berglund.

Page manager Published: Thu 03 May 2018.