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  • Digital Assistance Systems for Maintenance in Plant Construction
  • Digital Transformation in Automotive Manufacturing
  • Innovations for Digital Construction Sites


Europe’s Largest 3D Mixed Reality Laboratory Reopens in Magdeburg’s Port of Science

Europe’s largest 3D mixed reality laboratory “The Elbedome” in Magdeburg’s Port of Science was officially reopened in the presence of over one hundred guests from business, academia, research and government today, May 24, 2018, after extensive upgrading.
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Augmented Reality: Digital Assistance for Maintenance in the Plant Construction Industry

The aspirations for and the reality of digital transformation in manufacturing often still diverge widely. At this year’s Hannover Messe, the Fraunhofer IFF will be demonstrating how digital twins can already be used in real manufacturing worlds, for instance, very practically as augmented reality assistance systems for maintenance in the plant construction industry.
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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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Returning to the pre-digital ages is not an option.

It is certainly no longer a secret that digital transformation is changing our world forever. This is already perceptible in many domains of life right now. It is successively pervading business and everyday life. Digital transformation is not an end unto itself. It is an outcome of technological progress, which we intend to exploit. Thanks to digital transformation, we are witnessing hitherto undreamed of opportunities in the private sphere, at work, and in the interconnectivity of people and machines. It is not only interconnecting data but also combining ideas and creating new visions.

As it seems, however, we are just setting out on a long path, not knowing where it is going to take us exactly one day. The capabilities of digital transformation are enormous. The related challenges and open questions are still confronting many actors with big problems, though.

Returning to the pre-digital age is not an option, though. Even though some obstacles remain to be overcome, the benefits of digital technologies clearly prevail.