Working together - achieving success together
In the 'Intelligent Machines and Components Lab' companies have direct access to the know-how of the scientists and developers in the research factory. And more than that: they control developments and thus actively influence the direction of the networked factory of the future in the long term. This is how new data-based services are created around the companies' current products and future-oriented business models. For a partner company, working in an 'Enterprise Lab' means that the employees involved quickly build up new knowledge from current research projects and creatively think their previous products, processes and services in new directions - away from day-to-day business, but with the concrete background of their own market.
Creative minds in a team
Having good ideas alone is not enough - an innovation is only created when a saleable product or service offered meets a market. The team of practitioners, scientists and developers creates market-ready new products and services. This is how concrete and calculable benefits are created for the company in the 'Enterprise Lab'. In doing so, the team uses the infrastructure of the research factory, which is already set up or will be set up especially for the 'Lab'. Specifications, implementations, tests and improvements take place directly in the practical infrastructure, so that ideas can be implemented quickly and efficiently and feedback loops remain short.
Intelligent Machines and Components Lab
The offer of this 'lab' is especially directed at machine and plant manufacturers: we assume that in the future it will no longer be sufficient for the business success of the machine and plant construction industry to supply highly productive and reliable machines and plants with which high-quality products are manufactured worldwide. Instead, customers will buy benefits, in extreme cases only the product manufactured with the machine or plant. As a result, product-related services relating to the actual machine are moving into focus.
However, this means that machine and system manufacturers need IT know-how quickly - there is not enough time for them to build this up themselves. This is where the institutes of the research factory come in as experienced partners in production-related information technology. In the 'Intelligent Machines and Components Lab', new data-based services and business models can be tested right up to the point of selling the benefits. In this way, the partner company from the mechanical and plant engineering sector actively controls the development process. The concrete services that we develop together here include
- Standards for the (self-) description of the machine and its components ("configuration data"), so that a "speaking" information model of the machine is created
- Design of the ideal engineering process from CAD to PLC programming, so that the configuration data virtually "drop" in the process
- Concepts for data storage and storage of runtime data: what does a component, the controller, the MES or a cloud 'know' about the operation?
- Test implementations with virtual and real components, controllers and MES systems.
The company's employees, so-called embedded scientists, are given a workstation at the IOSB, but can also work on defined project tasks at their 'home workstation' in the company. In this way they also act as know-how multipliers at their headquarters. For each Intelligent Machines and Components Lab, a Steering Committee ensures that the strategic direction is correct, that the goals are met on time over the two or three year term of the Lab and that resources are available. The Steering Committee consists of company executives and department heads from the institutes of the research factory.