RIMA (Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance) is a 4-year project aiming to tackle this gap by establishing a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) and industry associations to support the uptake of robotics – and help small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to develop novel solutions for different industry sectors. It connects key stakeholders in Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) robotics and aims to accelerate innovation and uptake of robotics between these stakeholders.
Inspection and Maintenance (I&M) represents a large economic activity spanning across multiple sectors such as energy, oil&gas, water supply, transport, civil engineering and infrastructure.
Currently EU is a global leader in this rapidly growing field with more than half of all manufacturers of I&M robots based in Europe. EU hosts over 50% of I&M robotics offer but there is a bottleneck connecting it to the market and high potential applications.
RIMA supports financially and technically 50 cross-border experiments involving European Small and Medium-sized enterprises through 2 Open Call rounds (2019/2020) with a total amount of 8.1M€.