“Productive4.0”, the largest European research initiative in industry 4.0, launched in May. Under the coordination of Infineon Technologies AG, more than 100 partners from 19 European countries are working on the digitization and networking of industry. In the project, partners like BMW, Bosch, Philips, Thales, NXP, STM, SAP, ABB, Volvo and Ericsson are participating in the project by leading institutes such as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and FAPS. At the kick-off event on 19.05. in Dresden, representatives of politics, business and research discussed the importance of research programs for networked production.

Europe and especially Germany have special strengths in the automotive, energy, safety and industrial electronics industries. Productive4.0 is part of ECSEL, the European program for microelectronics. It is intended to strengthen the competence for microelectronics with a view to a broad digitalisation. For three years, 30 partners from Germany as well as 79 other participants will work together. The project has a volume of 106 million Euro. The EU and the Member States involved support the project within the framework of ECSEL with around 51 million Euro. The Free State of Saxony and the BMBF will participate in the project together with 9.6 million Euro.

The goal is the creation of a user platform across value added chains and industries, which particularly promotes the digital networking of manufacturing companies, production machines and products. The participating partners examine methods, concepts and technologies for the service-oriented architecture, as well as for the components and infrastructure of the “Internet of Things”. Other aspects are standardization and process virtualisation, ie the simulation of production processes to optimize real processes. The platform can be used in the three entangled process columns for the management of supply chains, product life cycle and digital production. The project Productive4.0 will run until April 30, 2020.

In the subproject “IntraFly”, the FAPS institute, together with BMW, IEMTEC and Kinexon, is investigating the use of flexible, location-free flight robots in digitally networked production. Within the scope of the subproject, a new class of in-house conveyor systems is to be created, which results from the development of the third dimension and thus a high flexibility with regard to changing material sources and sinks as well as a high conveying speed and the possibility of a multidimensional and completely infrastructure-free material transport of all Known intralogistics solutions.

The website provides an overview of the project partners.


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