September 3, 2020 12:00 - 1:30
Industry 4.0 is currently revolutionizing production like no other topic. The states of the EU Community were among the first to initiate the digital transformation and thus the trend towards Industry 4.0. In spite of the fact that the term was already used almost 10 years ago, the introduction of Industry 4.0 technologies in companies has so far been very slow. It is therefore necessary on the one hand to carry out high-level sustainable and responsible research with regard to Industry 4.0 and on the other hand to transfer the findings from the research to the companies accordingly.
Three EU projects, which were made possible by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, in particular the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) funds, deal exactly with these topics. The SME 4.0 project investigates the specific requirements of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and supports SMEs in identifying suitable industry 4.0 technologies in manufacturing and logistics. The effects on the organisation of smart SMEs will also be dealt with. The OpenInnoTrain project aims to form an international and inter-sectoral network of organisations collaboratively working on the joint research field of Open Innovation, University-Industry Cooperation and Research Translation to facilitate Knowledge Development and Sharing in four contemporary areas: FinTech, Industry 4.0, CleanTech, FoodTech. The project MAKERS looks at key issues around the theme of Industry 4.0 and manufacturing renaissance, in view of identifying trajectories that can sustain a competitive advanced manufacturing sector in Europe, and therefore secure jobs and prosperity.
In this panel discussion, representatives of the 3 projects present the results and approaches for the transfer of industry 4.0 topics from research to industry and a leading practitioner will report about the current activities to introduce Industry 4.0 in practice. The session will conclude with a moderated question and answer session.