In the SmartFactoryOWL, a cutting-edge lab environment for ICT-based automation technologies, the most important research topics for digitization at the shop floor level of the factory of the future, such as adaptability, resource efficiency and cognitive human-machine interaction are addressed. Located on the campus of the OWL University in Lemgo in the heart of germans leading-edge technology cluster "Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe it's OWL", the SmartFactoryOWL is simultaneously research and testing lab for the scientists and engineers of the involved research institutes and companies as well as a outstanding learning environment for students (Bachelor, Master, Ph.D) of engineering study programmes. In particular for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) it is possible to test and optimize their production systems with integrated Industry 4.0 technologies and to train their staff.
A research and demonstration factory for Industry 4.0 technologies: SmartFactoryOWL - an initiative of the Fraunhofer-Society and the OWL University.
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In October 2009, the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA was founded in Lemgo as one of four sites of the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) with the focus to Industrial Automation Technologies. Since early 2012 it will be expanded as Germanys´ first Fraunhofer Application Center with support by the state of NRW.
The research and development work of the Lemgo scientists focuses on cognitive technologies in industrial automation based on networked embedded systems. The developed solutions are intended to help humans to work with complex technical systems efficiently.
With resulting technical assistance systems machinery and equipment preserve the ability to configure itself according to the plug-and-play principle or to optimize itself to a possible minimum of ressource consumption.
The OWL University of Applied Sciences (German: Hochschule OWL) in Lemgo is a state university in Germany, which carries out research and higher education at four locations. The university belongs to the 10 best research oriented Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany and enrolled approximately 6.700 students in 9 faculties. Because of its research strength the university became a full member of the European University Association in October 2010.
The Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT) of the OWL University is one of the leading research institutes in the field of intelligent automation. In inIT information and communication technologies are reconciled with the high requirements of industrial technical systems.
Due to cooperation with the Department of Production and Economic of the OWL University it is possible to handle research questions interdisciplinary from the perspective of the technologies used, work organization or employment of staff. Thereby the basis is created to support especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the transition to industry 4.0 efficiently.