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We see ourselves as an innovation platform and “transmitter” between our research institutes, the Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and the OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts on the one hand, and our external partners on the other. These include, above all, industrial partners, but also scientists and students, start-ups as well as society and politics. We pursue a participatory research approach in which we integrate players from society, business, politics and science into our technology development.

As a real laboratory and certified test environment for Industry 4.0, the SmartFactoryOWL also offers companies the opportunity to test and further develop their products and technological solutions in ideal and real test conditions using practice-oriented demonstrators on a production area of approx. 2000 sqm.


Supported by two strong partners

In October 2009, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA was founded in Lemgo as one of four locations of the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, Systems Engineering and Image Exploitation (short: IOSB) focusing on industrial automation technologies. Since the beginning of 2012, it has been expanded in the middle of Ostwestfalen-Lippe to become Germany’s first Fraunhofer Application Center with the support of the state of NRW. The research work of the scientists from Lemgo focuses on cognitive processes in industrial automation based on networked embedded systems. The solutions developed are intended to support people in their work with increasingly complex technical systems. With the assistance systems thus created, machines and systems are given the ability to configure themselves according to the plug-and-play principle or to optimize themselves to a minimum possible energy consumption.

The OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, located in Lemgo, is a research university in the technology region of East Westphalia-Lippe with a focus on engineering sciences. For several years it has been one of the 10 strongest research universities for applied sciences in Germany. The Institute for Industrial Information Technology (inIT) of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering plays a major role in this as one of the leading research institutions in the field of intelligent automation. With over 60 employees, the inIT harmonizes information and communication technologies (ICT) with the high demands of automation technology. Due to the cooperation with the research areas “ProErgo- Ergonomic Design of Production Machines” and “DiMan-Direct Digital Manufacturing in the Context of Industry 4.0” from the Department of Production and Economics, the SmartFactoryOWL is able to work on research questions in an interdisciplinary way from the point of view of the technologies used, work organization and personnel deployment.