Research and Application Center Industry 4.0 LSWI

Research and Application Center Industry 4.0

Vision Industrie 4.0

When components communicate independently with the production plant and, if necessary, arrange for repairs themselves or reorder material, then we are talking about Industry 4.0. The new possibilities within the framework of digitalisation represent an elementary competitive factor for future-oriented companies in all sectors. The fourth industrial revolution is characterized by a multitude of technical innovations, which have a massive influence on the working reality of all employees. The result is a change in the demands on competences, skills and qualifications of the people involved. The processing and use of information within the production organization and control is in the foreground. State-of-the-art information and communication technologies interlock with production and, in combination, enable the versatile and resource-efficient factory of the future.

Industry 4.0 in practice

In practice, however, the question quickly arises as to the concrete design of the specific production processes in the company. The Research and Application Center takes up this problem and shows the concrete development and implementation possibilities of Industry 4.0. using the example of a hybrid simulation system and examines the possibilities that this set offers for increasing productivity and competitiveness.

Research platform, consulting instrument and test track

The Research and Application Center Industry 4.0 is unique in Germany, as it combines automation technology, logistics, robotics, as well as operational application systems in one executable learning factory. We help companies decide what digitalization means for future competitiveness and use the findings to advance our own research in areas such as Internet of Thing, analysis, artificial intelligence and qualification. In doing so, we work with real data and above all with real technology, which we use to make company-specific recommendations for action. We often accompany our project partners until the implementation.

Hybrid laboratory environment

Exploiting the potential of Industry 4.0 requires the further development of existing production systems. The use of modern tools for solution evaluation and appropriate qualification of employees are essential components of a successful migration strategy. Our demonstration environment offers a highly flexible infrastructure that can be configured for various purposes and scenarios. Typical fields of application already realized include qualification in the learning factory, internal use and function demonstrations as well as industry 4.0 evaluation. Our simulation environment finds the right solution for every production process using the Industry 4.0 tools. Worked on topics are among others:

  • Advantageousness of IoT investments
  • Advantageousness of IoT investments
  • Data generation for Big-Data Analytics
  • Training and education of workers in standard market scenarios
  • Connection of ERP/MES
  • Resilience to IT security problems
  • Cooperation of humans with robots and much more


Demonstration platform

As a modern provider of solutions for the industrial environment, you are faced with the challenge of providing industry 4.0-capable products in a marketable form and demonstrating their benefits for the customer's production system. The use of customer effective tools for solution evaluation and the appropriate qualification of employees are also part of successful sales. Our demonstration environment offers a highly flexible infrastructure that can be configured for various purposes and scenarios. Typical fields of application that have already been implemented include benefit and function demonstrations including industry 4.0 evaluation as well as internal and external qualification in the learning factory.

Training Center

The Research and Application Center Industry 4.0 is available in Industry 4.0-related subject areas to all partners who want to successfully meet the challenges of change. We also offer regular training courses for works councils and shop stewards who, among other things, learn about technical innovations and discuss the expected effects on working relationships for employees. The modular structure of our training courses enables us to address specific information and learning content that is tailored to the needs and questions of the participants. Finally, the combination of theoretical and practice-oriented seminar phases contributes to the development of a basic understanding of Industry 4.0, corresponding technologies, organizational principles and effects on the employees of the participants, thus making them fit for the upcoming developments.