With the “Smart Wireless Production” working group anchored in the “Wireless Microsystems” business unit, Fraunhofer IPMS has used its synergy with the Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden) in the area of smart industrial production. The group, which has been supported for over three years with 1.2 million euros from the “Cooperation Program for Universities of Applied Sciences”, is led by Prof. Dr. Dirk Reichelt who also holds a professorship in Information Management at the HTW Dresden. The work group supports the Fraunhofer IPMS and HTW Dresden collaboration in developing novel solutions for the digital transformation in industrial manufacturing.
With similar intent, Fraunhofer IPMS takes part in the model factory “Industrial Internet of Things Test Bed” project at the HTW Dresden. Under the headline “Make digitization come alive” HTW Dresden launched the industry model factory focussing on IoT solutions in industrial surroundings under the direction of Prof. Dr. Dirk Reichelt. The test bed funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) was designed to reproduce highly real and precisely detailed partially-automated production processes. Besides research projects the test bed serves as a platform for demonstration and information purposes. Starting in 2017 HTW Dresden and Fraunhofer IPMS have been organizing workshops. These utilize the example of the Fraunhofer IPMS wireless, maintenance-free sensor systems based on RFID-UHF to illustrate how RFID and sensor technology can be combined to open new and interesting fields of application.