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Århus Universitet

Århus Universitet

Århus Universitet

Collaboration with Aarhus University

Collaboration with Aarhus University

As a manufacturing company, it is essential to be able to assess whether digitalisation technology investments are paying off.

So far, it has been difficult to figure out, and a lack of overview is causing many to drop digital production technology investments.

With Aarhus University’s Center for Digital Twins – established, May 2019 – the overview is strengthened. The center is based on interdisciplinary technology research and the goal is to determine whether digital twins can provide a more flexible production technology with many applications.


A total solution was essential. One wanted a plug & play complete solution from a one-stop-shop supplier.

It was important that the supplier could effectively handle the entire process: from initial advice over delivery and installation to ongoing service and support, the quality should be top notch.

Techicon created a complete solution consisting of two connected module boards, mounted respectively. a UR3 and a UR5 robot.

In addition, a MiR-200 robot and Robotiq grippers are included in the solution together with a complete installation package, which can be used in the research in the production case around digital twins.


The collaboration between Technicon and AU strengthens production companies’ ability to predict whether a digital twin will be able to improve their production.

Technicon’s solution benefits students, researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises who need knowledge about the possibilities of flexible automation in a digital twin context.

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ROI Calculator

This calculator shows the potentially dramatic impact in savings on a robot versus manual labor over the life of the project.

  • 1. System costs
  • 2. Current costs
  • 3. Other savings
  • 4. Result

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Our calculator should be seen as an indication. With each installation, there may be other costs / savings that affect the repayment of the individual installation.

Step 1: System costs

Total system costs for new automation solution

Average production employees DKK 420,000/year/shift

Number of robots for new solution

Step 2: Current costs

Application of solution

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Average electricity costs for robots are around DKK 0.5 per hour.

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Productivity improvement over 7 years

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