Fraunhofer Create Development Community for Industry 4.0 Applications and Technologies

For the past two years, the three Fraunhofer Institutes in Aachen, Germany have been working alongside other experts from industry and research in the Fraunhofer High Performance Center for “Networked, Adaptive Production” to identify new approaches to digitalization and networks which will help pave the way for a successful transition to Industry 4.0. In late April 2018 the institutes declared the “International Center for Networked, Adaptive Production”, ICNAP, open for business and welcome additional partners into the Community. The official opening ceremony, which will included talks by institute representatives as well as from industrial partners such as Ericsson GmbH, Kuka Industries GmbH and MTU Aero Engines AG.

The objectives are to develop production systems and supply chains in line with Industry 4.0 and to test their suitability for industrial applications on the basis of specific production tasks. Along with their partners, the institutes will explore various means of raising forecasting efficiency within adaptive process chains and areas of application for the digital twin and big data analytics in the production environment in five pilot lines in various sectors.

Networked machinery with 5G connection

Membership in the moderated research community gives companies access to the results of fundamental and practical results of research and development benefiting not only from the data released from production and manufacturing processes as well as from the relevant software developments available to them for test purposes but also have access to the sophisticated, fully networked infrastructures maintained by the Institutes involved. State-of-the-art sensor systems, 5G data transfer and access to the Fraunhofer-Cloud “Virtual Fort Knox” are already available and will be fully integrated within the test environment.

Membership of the Community also provides companies with the opportunity to help shape selected development projects focusing on networked, adaptive production with other pioneers of Industry 4.0 and to share ideas and experience with companies and scientists at the IT-production technology interface

Fosters exchange of ideas relating to experience with Industry 4.0

The International Center for Networked, Adaptive Production is the result of an initiative of the German Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft with considerable support from industry which was set up as the Fraunhofer High Performance Center for “Networked, Adaptive Production” at the end of the year 2016 with a budget totaling 6.4 million Euro. The mission of the High Performance Center is to design an open research platform and test environment where industrial companies can explore and test new concepts for digitalized production in a sophisticated environment mirroring industrial practice. Highly successful partners from the sectors including IT system providers, plant and equipment manufacturers and manufacturing companies have already committed to contributing to further collaborative work.

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