How can digitisation support modern production? What opportunities arise? And, above all, what experiences have already been made? On 3 July, these questions were discussed at a Business Lounge about the “digital process chain in development and production”, which was organised at Dobl bei Graz by KNAPP Industry Solutions and ACstyria. At lectures held by ivii, Siemens, TAGnology, Dassault Systèmes, the Fraunhofer Institute, Rockwell Automation, Autforce and Boom Software, more than 70 participants were shown where the digital journey was heading for. For from the engineering phase via the production phase to topics relating to quality assurance, digital methods have become a significant success driver.
How we want to live: ivii ventures an outlook on the year 2040
“The future cannot be predicted but designed. Our visions form the basis for this.” This is how Peter Stelzer (CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of ivii GmbH (Ltd.)), who held the keynote of the Business Lounge, philosophised. He gave an outlook on the year 2040, in whose centre he saw man as the winner of digitised transformation. The idea of placing the vision in the centre of the lecture arose during a lecture held by Prof. Andreas Syska, who had born the large-scale Initiative Deutschland 2040 (Initiative Germany 2040). This is an initiative worth being tracked and supported. In his capacity of CEO of ivii GmbH (Ltd.), he also demonstrated what solutions provided by were used by industries ranging from automotive industry to pharmaceutical industry even now. In this respect, the company focuses on the use of image analysis in production.
Digital is becoming real: from the digital twin to big data
In the course of the Business Lounge, the “digital twin – a complete simulation of production processes”, which was presented by Wolfgang Roth (SIEMENS), met with special interest. This concept encompasses the whole value added chain. This helps to significantly reduce the number of the prototypes needed and, above all, predict the performance of production and the product. Still another factor that is particularly important for handling such digital data is visualisation of this data. Therefore, Johannes Behr from the Fraunhofer Institute for Graphical Data Processing discussed the opportunities of using virtual und augmented reality, which are big even now, with the participants.
Data is the black oil of the future
Still the amount of acquirable and acquired data also poses the challenge not to lose what counts most out of sight to companies. The way how the increasing data volume can be used in manufacturing and production companies efficiently was shown by Uwe Küppers (Rockwell Software), who also particularly dealt with the way from pre-digital production to digital production. The result: Big data is the black oil of the future – as long as it is used correctly.
ACstyria sets additional digitisation impulses
At the end of the Business Lounge, Wolfgang Vlasaty (General Manager of the Mobility Cluster ACstyria) presented the further procedure of Styrian industry: “We are convinced that the topic of digitisation significantly supports mobility industry as a whole in remaining fit for the future. For this reason, we will, on 24 October 2018, organise a Business Lounge about the topic of smart production in order to go in-depth even more. A Best Practice Tour to Styrian showcase companies also is planned for 3 and 4 October 2018.”