The Austrian Center for Digital Production supports companies in the digitalization and automation of discrete manufacturing and production processes. Special focus is on the needs of SMEs and the tasks arising from the production of small batch sizes. The portfolio of expertise ranges from the virtual representation of products and production systems to the automation of design tasks, machine-to-machine communication, including sensor integration, integration with and into IT systems, data science and the consideration of socio-economic aspects.

M2M – COMMUNICATION – AUTOMATED SHOP FLOORS

In cooperation with our partners, we develop solutions that enable:

Flexible, reconfigurable automation
Vertical integration
Interactive production planning
Comprehensive access to process data
Predictive quality assurance

The “Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0” of TU Wien allows testing and evaluation under realistic production conditions.

 
DATA DRIVEN PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Based on real-time data supply at both machine level and resource planning entities, we develop solutions for:

Optimized, interactive production planning
Self-learning process optimization (at machine and planning level)
Resource consumption optimization
Predictive maintenance

The “Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0” of TU Wien allows for rapid prototyping and demonstration by using sample data of typical production situations.

AUTOMATED DESIGN & LOT-SIZE-1 MANUFACTURING

Using product virtualization, automated design, workshop connectivity and flexible automation, we develop solutions that enable the production of small batches (down to lot-size 1) with the same quality and production costs as larger series.

Production examples of the “Pilotfabrik Industrie 4.0” of TU Wien provide both a representative product variety and the required environment.

 
DYNAMIC PRODUCTION NETWORKS

By providing concepts for the intra- and interorganizational coordination of workflows, decentralized production can be made more reliable and efficient. In addition, these approaches enable the creation of virtual “bottom-up” factories by individually bundling (manufacturing) technology-driven suppliers to form production network being on a higher layer of the supply chain hierarchy.