The production of the future must be intelligent, flexible, adaptable, and, at the same time, cost-efficient and sustainable. The Industry 4.0 concept addresses these technological requirements through the comprehensive digitalization, networking, and automation of industrial production along the entire value chain.
Speed up routine work, simplify decisions, and use resources more sparingly - these are just some advantages of tomorrow's smart fab. This is made possible by the intelligent networking of autonomous, self-controlling, knowledge-based, sensor-supported, and spatially distributed production resources, workpieces, and business processes. And this networking goes far beyond the company's machinery. In the future, it will no longer be enough to simply control and optimize the company's production processes - customers and suppliers will also be directly integrated into value-creation processes.
Research focus and solutions
The institutes cooperating in the FMD research and develop technological solutions for components and systems for the realization of intelligent, flexible, energy-efficient, and networked production for the sectors:
- Digital twins
- Smart digital production
- AI and machine learning
- Sensor systems for process and condition monitoring
- Non-destructive material testing
The aim is to provide pioneering impetuses for future production technology and to transfer this quickly to industry through a wide range of knowledge and technology transfer.