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Knowledge transfer in the „Industrie 4.0 Test Area“

Enterprises can test new products and concepts in the Experimental and Digital Factory of Chemnitz University practically

Digitalization and Industrie 4.0 are not only current keywords but also offer great potential for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) to produce new linked and customized products or services. The Professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Management of Chemnitz University of Technology owns with the Experimental and Digital Factory (EDF) a practical model and learning factory. It is used for research, development and qualification purposes of concepts and technologies in digitalization, networking, and Industrie 4.0. Another focus lies on the subject of energy and resource efficiency. “The Experimental and Digital Factory provides an excellent test environment for producers or suppliers, users, and service providers. Thus, it contributes to the knowledge and technology transfer between research and economy”, explains Prof. Egon Müller, chair of the professorship.

The EDF as registered “Industrie 4.0 Test Area” can now be used by enterprises for the testing of newly developed products, concepts, processes, and business models under realistic conditions. Examples are linked IT and automatization solutions with real machine parameters, monitoring of material and energy flows, intelligent logistic and maintenance systems, retrofitting of machines and plants, 3D printing or AR-/VR applications. Small and medium-sized enterprises are eligible to apply for funding of up to 100,000 euros in the framework of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research initiative “Industrie 4.0 – Testumgebungen – Mobilisierung von KMU für Industrie 4.9”. Next deadline for project drafts is January 15, 2018.

Further information are available from Hendrik Hopf, phone +49 371 531 38527, email (Translation: Alissa Hölzel)

Matthias Fejes

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