SmartFactoryKL has many years of experience in a wide variety of areas related to Industrie 4.0. With these competencies, industrial companies can be optimally supported and joint projects can be realized.

Our teams’ priority research areas:


– Modular concepts for equipment, infrastructures, software, and industrial Plug-and-Play
– Software engineering of modular and decentral architectures based on CPS
– Semantic descriptions and data modeling of services, processes, and equipment
– Use of the tools and methods of the “Digital Factory” in an Industrie 4.0 context
– Real time communication between control terminals and the IT environment (Industrial Ethernet, TSN, ..)
– Linking Industrie 4.0 and the approaches of lean automation
– Use of apps in the production for dynamic extension of control terminal functions
– Decentral computing tools, management of data and services in the age of edge computing

Human-Technology Systems

– Knowledge management in the production environment (semantic structuring of the entire value adding process, production cycles)
– Development of context-sensitive human-machine interfaces (HMI) in various fields of application (mobile maintenance support, monitoring of control terminals and equipment, design of manual work stations)
– Develop systems for worker support (mobile worker assistance, collaborative work, assessment and design of job sequences – workflows, to include intention recognition)
– Develop concepts for the use of innovative technologies and devices in the production environment (manual work stations, worker assistance) and practical evaluation in an industrial environment

Digital production process

– Process models and concepts for the integration of Industrie 4.0 solutions in existing environments and digital networking of IT systems and work units
– Lean automation methods
– Co-simulation-based process optimization (digital twin)
– Semantic information models
– Event-based plant and equipment controls
– CPPS architecture
– Vertical integration

Do you have any questions or are you interested in a cooperation? Contact us!


Stephan Hamm
Stephan Hamm
Operational membership management