The Industrie 4.0-Demonstrator “smart4i“ was inaugurated at interpack in Düsseldorf  in May 2017. Here, 36 young engineers have presented the benefits of of an interdisciplinary Systems Engineering to visitors and other exhibitors: with the example of the production of personalised powerbanks. Once initiated by VDMA and ITQ, the student project received support from numerous partners from the industry as well as research.

On the SPS IPC Drives 2017 we will present the next generation of our smart4i which takes this challenge to the next level: its new virtual model (“digital twin”) is able to show the production live from Garching (near Munich) as well as Las Palmas (Gran Canaria). At our joint stand (hall 6, no.240) with Bayern Innovativ GmbH the smart4i will be the main highlight.

In addition, the smart4i Demonstrator represents an integral part of  our innovative research project called NUCLEI which has started in July 2016. NUCLEI aims to establish a transnational innovation management model in Central European regions and to create a transnational pool of knowledge that supports advanced manufacturing innovation beyond regional borders.