Digital goods and technologies have long been providing us consumers support, taken for granted in our everyday life, and affecting our life together: how we work, communicate, and engage in society.
These changes of digital transformation are affecting the German economy to an even greater extent, though. Industrie 4.0 – far removed from being just the “latest buzzword” – is the natural refinement of intelligent industrial processes. Interconnected manufacturing holds the capacity to reorganize value chains and business models fundamentally.
Whereas new automated solutions frequently meant the replacement of humans by machines in the past, the goal of digitization is different: Companies are primarily interested in enabling their manufacturing operations to respond agilely and flexibly to customer demands, supplier relationships or competitors, for instance. Interconnected manufacturing needs people to do this.
With our research on digital assistance, smart supply chains and efficient manufacturing operations, we are creating custom solutions for companies and their service providers as they transition to interconnected manufacturing. We prepare companies to transition from Industrie 4.0 to Work 4.0.