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Electronic Innovation Cluster (ELINCLUS)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 16 May, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Bucureşti - Ilfov
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Bogdan
Mihăilescu
Cluster Manager
+40723077221
bogdan.mihailescu@elinclus.ro
Male
Cristina
Marghescu
Other
+40213169633
cristina.marghescu@elinclus.ro
Female
Paul
Svasta
Internationalisation Responsible
+40213169633
paul.svasta@elinclus.ro
Male
Cristina
Lepădatu
ECCP Responsible Person
+40767278612
cristina.lepadatu@elinclus.ro
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Hungarian
Romanian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Electronic engineering
Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems
S3 EU priority areas: 
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Telecommunications
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
83
Number of SME members: 
72
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
1
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
9
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Antrice
SME
BEIA Consult International
SME
SAMWAY Electronic
SME
Center of Technological Electronics and Interconnection Techniques – UPB CETTI
Research Organisation
SunCommunication SRL
SME
SC TOP GEOCART SRL
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Mission

We are standing for our members and stakeholders to support their innovation and competitiveness all over the world with our best knowledge, services and commitment, and to build a trust among us which will bring more wealthy and self trust to our existing and future members and a vibrant business environment which will be hard to be broken.

Objectives

 

1. To develop and attract the best services to support the challenges and competitiveness of our members and stakeholders on the entire value chain of their innovation activity. 2. To create a common culture of innovation and business in line with the world best practices. 3. To create world-class research and prototyping support for our members and stakeholders. 4. To create a common research, technical, technological, and business knowledgebase to be shared to our members and stakeholders. 5. To ensure the financing of the research and innovation activity of our members. 6. To make studies about the business environment of the cluster, to develop strategies and policies about the needs and aims of our members and to promote and advocate them in front of all types of authorities and other stakeholders.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Enabling Facilities sharing
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

ELINCLUS cluster organization is an initiative, born during more than one decade of intensive cooperation between several innovative companies in the field of electronics, technical universities and government bodies to research and create new products and services on the market, intellectual property and internationalization.

Cluster’s main activities include:

  • Technological support (assembling, testing and prototyping);
  • Research & development support, IP technology transfer;
  • National and international  networking;
  • Politics, strategies, program and advocacy;
  • Courses, seminars, professional meetings, social events;
  • Matchmaking events at european level;
  • Production of electronic modules;
  • Technical and technological consulting.
  • International networking cooperation agreements with Steinbeis Foundation, MFG and electronic and software associations worldwide, the EEN network, the economic councilors network of MECMA-DCE;
  • Consulting (economic, management, financial, marketing, etc.);
  • Testing (electromagnetic compatibility).
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Belgium
Germany
Hungary
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Research & Development of innovative new electronics products in area of mechatronics, aerospace, automotive and s.o.; Technical and technological support for prototyping and small series production; IP technology transfer.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Prel-Met Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
INTERREG
Other
  • eDIGIREGION: Realizing The Digital Agenda Through Transnational Cooperation Between Regions, FP7-REGIONS-2012-2013-1 eDIGIREGION is a unique collaborative project that brings together organisations from four diverse regions: - South East Ireland; Central Hungary; Bucharest-Ilfov, Bucharest; and Castilla-La-Mancha, Spain. The consortium partners are representative of the triple helix stakeholders in each of the four regions and include industry associations, research/academic organisations and policy-makers. The goal of the eDIGIREGION project is to enhance regional competitiveness by exploiting regional strengths and smart specialisations to realise the key objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

 

  • Virtual and Practical Applications to Electronic Assembling Technology (VAPAEAT)     Project number 2013-1-TR1-LEO05-47531; 12/2013 – 12/2015.
  • NoE FlexNet: Network of Excellence for building up Knowledge for improved Systems Integration for Flexible Organic and Large Area Electronics (FOLAE) and its exploitation, 2010-2012. Grant Agreement no. 247745, FP7-ICT-2009-3.3, 2010 – 2012
  • ELECT2EAT: E-Learning Education and Continuing Training to Electronics Assembling Technology - Lifelong Learning Program 2007-2013 Leonardo da Vinci, 2007-2013. Project number: LPP-LdV-TOI-2007-HU-016
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

TIE Interconnection Techniques in Electronics (www.tie.ro) is a professional student contest having as the main organizer APTE (Management Entity for ELINCLUS cluster) and a different Romanian university each year where the contest takes place. The contest also has the support many ELINCLUS members, IEEE-CPMT Hu&Ro Joint Chapter, IEEE-CPMT Student Branch Chapter of the “Politehnica” University of Bucharest and AFCEA Romania. The event includes a one day workshop and two competition days.

Every spring, representatives of the Romanian academic environment participate. TIE has as permanent central purpose: the training of the future engineers involved in the development of electronic modules in the benefit of the industry. The subjects proposed are meant to mirror as close as possible real challenges they will encounter in their future professional activity as design and production specialists for electronic products in various fields. A major role is played by the IAC (Industrial Advisor Committee). This committee consists of people who are part of the electronics industry and includes many former TIE participants. This committee has a very good collaboration with the Technical Committee. As a natural result of this collaboration TIE has become an event that gives students the opportunity to have their level of professional competence certified directly by the industry. The IAC together with the TC manages, through a perfect collaboration, the generation of the subject (topic of the subject, drafting of the subject), the assessment scale, the entire evaluation process and finally, after ordering the results obtained by each student, sets up the score that a student should have achieved in order to receive the "PCB Designer" title. TIE not only aims to bring industry and university together, in a tighter, more constant collaboration but under its slogan, „Turn your hobby into a profession!”, also targets to challenge students to think outside of the box, to face them with real-life design challenges and present to them what are the industry’s expectations from an engineering graduate. Therefore, besides the student contest, workshops and presentations held by both foreign universities as well as electronics companies go along with the contest every year. As an end result many top contestants are being hired by companies that support TIE, and their “PCB Designer” diploma is becoming widely recognized.

It is important to underline that TIE, supported by academia, has become an industry-driven activity. The synergy between the electronics industry focused on development of electronic products and academia involved in education and training of the future electronic engineers has leaded to the continuous improvement of the quality of the graduate electronics engineers working in the industry.

 

The IEEE International Symposium for Design and Technology in Electronic Packaging (www.siitme.ro) is an annual Eastern European event, technically sponsored and organized by APTE (management entity for ELINCLUS cluster) and IEEE CPMT Society Hu&Ro Joint Chapter. SIITME is a scientific forum for exchanging information between academia and industry from Central and Eastern Europe on topics related to their experimental and theoretical work in the field of electronics and micro-systems, manufacturing technologies and advanced packaging. Therefore this conference is a meeting point for universities, companies and researchers in the field. It is worth noting that one of the committees of the event, Human Resource and Education Training Committee is industry-driven and represents the interests of the companies for high quality research. This event represents an opportunity to maintain a communication channel open between industry and academia, enabling the transfer of research results to the industry. From this point of view we should also mention the involvement of APTE – Association for Promoting Electronic Industry. APTE has the role of promoting dialogue between the economic and the academic environment, as such the event also hosts an exhibition where industry members can present their latest products and services. This is also an excellent opportunity for ELINCLUS members, especially SMEs to present their products for the bigger audience without high cost. SIITME is a conference that gives the opportunity to young scientists to present their work. Many of the participants are students who take this opportunity to present and discuss results they obtained to other researchers. Research teams from all over Romania present their results. Long-established universities such as Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara and Bucharest, as well as emerging young universities such as Alba Iulia, Baia Mare, Galati, Brasov, Pitesti, Suceava and Sibiu are present through the papers of nationally and internationally renowned professors and professionals.

NOTE: For sustained contributions to electronic packaging technology and for establishing the IEEE SIITME Conference and Exhibition and student TIE competition, as well as for IEEE CPMT activities in Region 8, Prof. Dhc. Paul SVASTA PhD., president of ELINCLUS cluster has received the 2015 IEEE CPMT Regional Contributions Award – Region 8 (Africa, Europe, Middle East).

 

Following the input of industry members from the ELINCLUS cluster regarding the necessity of better prepared human resources in the field of electronic applications (design, assembly, testing, etc.), APTE (management entity of ELINCLUS cluster) created a working group together with academia members, especially “Politehnica” University of Bucharest (UPB) and Center for Electronic Technology and Interconnection Techniques (CETTI). The working group members concluded that the young engineers, although they are well prepared for the design and simulation tasks required for development of electronic products they lack practical experience and “know how” in the areas of electronic assembly, testing and rework. The proposed solution, agreed by the working group members, was the introduction of a new discipline that tackles these subjects at UPB.

In the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year, for the first time an optional extracurricular laboratory at “Politehnica” University of Bucharest that represented a short introduction in electronic technology was organized. The goal of the activity was familiarizing first year students with the general aspects of electronics modules assembly and initiation of interested students in the methods and technology of design and fabrication of common electronic modules and devices. The objective was also to promote the electronic technology understanding and increase interest among students. Students would achieve practical experience for assembly of common electronic modules, including the fabrication technology, with the goal of obtaining knowledge for designing, assembling and testing his own electronic projects. During the laboratories, the students were introduced to basic electronic components, devices and equipment. Also they were taught to design simple electronic schematics (multivibrator astabil circuit for example) using CAD design software and choose the appropriate components for assembling. For the hands-on part they were introduced to IPC Electronic Standards for Through Hole and Surface Mount technology and they had the opportunity to manually assemble their own electronic prototypes using breadboards, perfboard and printed circuit boards (PCBs) using SMD components. Due to high demand and also with good results from the previous participants at the laboratory course, this activity became part of the curricula for first year students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The students acquired practical knowledge regarding electronic components soldering in Through-Hole and SurfaceMount technology according with IPC technical standards.

In the 2014-2015 academic year the curricular project for third year students was updated, requiring that students who wanted a grade higher than 7 out of 10 to design, assemble, test, measure and compare their findings for their own electronic module within the requirements of their thematic. The specific competences to be gained by students attending this hands-on project are:

  • Ability to design, execute and measure small/medium complexity electronic circuits;
  • Ability to design small/medium complexity electronic circuits and to implement them using CAD techniques;
  • The use of methods and tools specific to signal analysis

 

These activities resulted in more students being engaged in practical applications since their first year of studies and also better prepared for their bachelor thesis, the next step towards becoming a high valued electronic engineer. Also the introduction of this course into university curricula is higly appreciated by companies like MIELE Romania, Continental Electronics and many SMEs within ELINCLUS and Buharest-Ilfov region of Romania.

 

 

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

ELINCLUS is an electronics and IT national cluster in Romania having a high commitment with innovation and cooperation, establishing as objectives the promotion of the R&D in the region, support in cross-sectoral initiatives and internationalization; enhancement of entrepreneurship and collaboration between members and inter-cluster collaboration; as well as building strong partnerships between diverse stakeholders to exchange and generate new knowledge, synergies, ideas, business opportunities and joint initiatives