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  • Automotive: Digital Assistance for Quality Control
  • Manufacturing: Digitized Operations
  • Factory Planning: Humans and Robots in One Work Area


Digitization in Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

Pressure to optimize is intense on the floors of motor vehicle manufacturers’ factories: Variance is steadily increasing. Costs have to be contained. Fraunhofer researchers are now using RFID technology to introduce more transparency in motor vehicle manufacturers’ supply chains and manufacturing operations. This reduces time and labor, thus boosting cost effectiveness.

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10th International Logistics Doctoral Student Workshop in Magdeburg, Germany

ALLIANCE supports the 10th International Logistics Doctoral Student Workshop, which is hosted by the Otto von Guericke University’s Institute of Logistics and Material Handling Systems in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF, on 20 June 2017 in Magdeburg, Germany.

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Hannover Messe: The Process Industry on the Way to Industrie 4.0

As far as the process industry is concerned, the road to Industrie 4.0 is still long. Fraunhofer researchers and engineers are working on interconnecting process systems so that they can be serviced and maintained predictively. They are combining operating data with employees’ knowledge. The researchers and engineers will be presenting their development at Hannover-Messe (Hall 2, Both C16/C22) from April 24 to 28.

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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.