Make manufacturing more efficient and creative | Use digital technology to speed up the development process | Use virtual and participatory methods to plan work processes
Transforming manufacturing into a faster, more flexible and more digital business
Digital transformation and Industrie 4.0 continue to make inroads into R&D and manufacturing. People, products, IT systems, machines, plants and the like are increasingly connected and talking to each other, often via mobile devices.
Many companies are pondering how to best harness the power of digitalization and tap its vast potential. Our services can help you align your strategies, processes and organization in an efficient and methodical way to make the most of state-of-the-art technologies in your manufacturing company. Drawing on many years’ experience in real-world consulting projects and the latest findings in cutting-edge science and research, we have what it takes to make the transition work for you.
Solutions for your value chain
Putting innovative methods and vast experience developing products and production lines to work, our experts investigate the development process from front to end. Everything from the inceptive idea to the finishing touch on the final product comes under their microscope. We test new products and processes in virtual environments such as our “Immersive Engineering Lab” to build solutions that hone your competitive edge. Then we fine-tune these processes in near-real-world environments such as the “Future Work Lab“ to speed their journey to practical application.
Designing innovative products and efficient processes
Digital tools such as virtual and augmented reality help us design and assess processes, products and even entire buildings. We also explore ways in which digital engineering can accelerate, improve and boost the cost-effectiveness of organizational processes in manufacturing companies’ technical departments.
Our customers can also count on our support for their efforts to develop efficient processes and attractive work systems, and to organize industrial workflows in more flexible ways.
What our teams do falls under the heading of socio-technical systems engineering. This requires a diverse skill-set – knowledge of the technical issues, insight into processes and the ability to boost efficiency, paired with leadership, coaching and change management skills.
Our Cognitive Engineering and Production researchers focus on:
Optimizing manufacturing companies’ processes, from digitally supported engineering to lean job processing on the shop floor
Making the most of IT in product development
Actualizing use cases and custom Industrie 4.0 solutions, from the inceptive idea to the product launch
Drafting attractive and resilient staffing plans for shop floors, flexible employment models and ergonomic shift schedules
Assessing and fashioning manufacturing workstations with exoskeletons
Digitalizing production lines and deploying digital twins, from initial consultation through to developing and optimizing smart products, processes and even entire factories
Developing virtual reality technologies and applications to support engineering in the manufacturing industry
Devising human-machine interaction technologies and concepts for connected production lines
Designing interactive surfaces and spaces
Incorporating VR/AR in learning and remote scenarios
The Cognitive Engineering and Production Research Unit is organized in the following teams:
Connected Manufacturing Systems
Develops methods, use cases and procedures for the realization and efficient operation of connected, cognitive manufacturing systems
Supports companies with product creation and the design of suitable production processes. Current areas of focus are the impact of Engineering 4.0 on the development process, the influence of additive manufacturing technologies on product development, and urban production
Helps companies manage their product development on the basis of scenario planning and other strategic methods. Areas of focus include cutting-edge approaches to product development – along with the requisite IT systems – and the development of frugal innovations
Investigates the use of 2D and 3D user interfaces in the age of digitalization. Areas of focus include the application of virtual and augmented reality in product development and manufacturing, and the development of interactive surfaces