ProduktionNRW vernetzt die Branche


Die digitale und vernetzte Produktionswelt beflügelt die Maschinenbauer und fordert sie zugleich heraus. Auf dem Gemeinschaftsstand der Hannover Messe stellten digitale Champions aus Nordrhein-Westfalen ihre Lösungen vor.

The Hannover Messe is the key platform for the technology industry worldwide and reflects all the core themes of the industrial value chain, from individual components through to the ‘Smart Factory’. It is the perfect setting for the more than 30 companies in the mechanical engineering industry in NRW to demonstrate their potential before an international public.

At the North Rhine-Westphalia State pavilion at Hannover Messe: Integrated Automation from 23 to 27 April 2018, ProduktionNRW presented specific examples of how digitalisation projects can be implemented, impressively showcasing the performance of the mechanical engineering and plant construction industry in the State.

Innovations made in NRW

The panel discussion on “Innovations made in NRW – digital champions introduce themselves” provided stimuli to implement digitalisation projects. Experts from Boge Kompressoren, IMI Precision, Phoenix Contact and Digital in NRW showed how they have implemented smart Industrie 4.0 projects within their businesses. The event was based on the innovation magazine “Innovationen made in NRW – Chancen der Digitalisierung” (Innovations made in NRW – opportunities offered by digitalisation), which has just been published by ProduktionNRW, and illustrates numerous examples of digitalisation in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Digital without borders

The business lunch on digitalisation, organised by ProduktionNRW and attended by Koninklijke Metaalunie, NRW.International, the VDMA Forum Industrie 4.0 and Dutch Smart Industry, showed that there is value in looking beyond national borders. “When it comes to implementing the Smart Factory and Intelligent Production, both countries face the same challenges,” said ProduktionNRW Cluster Manager Hans-Jürgen Alt. “We can learn a lot from each other, and enrich each other’s experiences.”

The necessary stimuli came from a start-up company from the Netherlands and one from NRW: FeroLabs, a start-up from Düsseldorf, showed - using an example from the steel industry - how machine learning can be used as a predictor of production quality. And Dutch start-up White Lioness technologies showed how Virtual Reality and the digital twin can help with the implementation and adaptation of individual customer requests.