The transfer of new technologies from research to SMEs is a central goal of the Leading-Edge Cluster it's OWL. Research institutions and companies jointly develop new technologies, for example in the areas of self-correcting manufacturing, human-machine interaction, intelligent networking and systems engineering. Through events, workshops and transfer projects, they are made available to SMEs.
The SmartFactoryOWL is a research and demonstration platform of Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Here, researchers demonstrate the potential of digitisation and intelligent automation and address the most important fields of action of the intelligent factory, such as adaptability, resource efficiency and human-machine interaction. New technologies can be experienced in a real production environment and tested in individual pilot plants. With the support of interdisciplinary teams of experts, companies may integrate their production and work processes and qualify their personnel by means of a wide range of training courses.
MMI Transfer Laboratory: Machines understand humans
Human-machine interaction offers enormous potential for increasing the user-friendliness, performance and reliability of machines, systems and equipment. The MMI Transfer Laboratory at Bielefeld University combines the expertise of the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) and the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University. Topics are virtual and augmented reality, interaction design, usability, machine learning, automatic image processing and interactive robotics. Demonstrators allow interested companies to learn about new technologies, evaluate software for realising interaction in practice and test the safe use of tools.
SE LIVE LAB: Intelligent products through Systems Engineering
At the SE LIVE LAB of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM in Paderborn, methods and tools of Systems Engineering (SE) for the interdisciplinary design of mechatronic systems are tested, compared and applied. The basis is the model-based development of technical systems (Model-Based Systems Engineering -MBSE-) using the CONSENS method. Developers from different disciplines design a joint system model of the development project and thus create a uniform communication basis.
Digital in NRW
Within the broader framework of "Digital in NRW - Competence for SMEs", particularly small and medium-sized entreprises have the opportunity to take part in free lab tours and workshops in the Demonstration Centres. All dates can be found at www.digital-in-nrw.de.