Current scientific projects

  • How do I build a flexible manufacturing
  • When is automation useful and when not
  • Why does the human have to be the focus?
  • How do I increase the resilience of my production?
  • How do I make the most of the latest AI methods?
  • How do I achieve sustainable production

The Research Team at SmartFactoryKL answers these important questions within the scope of research and development projects, wholly in keeping with the vision of Industrie 4.0. Thanks to the close collaboration with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence we participate in the research results won in the Research Department “Innovative Factory Systems”.

Working as a network with partners from the fields of academia and industry, we take up problems from the practical arena and develop intelligent solutions ranging all the way up to innovative ready-to-market products

Research and Innovation Centre on Advanced Industrial Production


01.04.2022 - 28.02.2026

RICAIP is an EU-project which will build and develop a distributed testbed for advanced industrial production. This will be established by integration of different testbeds at CIIRC CTU (Prague), at CEITEC BUT (Brno), at the DFKI department Kognitive Assistenzsysteme (COS) and the Centre for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (ZeMA) in Saarbrücken, as well as other testbeds like the SmartFactory Living Lab.

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As research topic, this project will examine flexible and distributed production systems and define in this context an interconnected architecture using Multi-Agent Architectures.

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Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Kaiserslautern


01.08.2021 - 31.07.2024

The  SME Digital Center Kaiserslautern provides free support to small and medium-sized enterprises in Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond in the form of information and suggestions that assist in the implementation of their projects. 

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The SME Digital Center Kaiserslautern is a part of the Mittelstand-Digital Network. The Mittelstand-Digital Network is a program of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection to support digital transformation in small and medium companies and commercial trades.

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KI4ETA 
Artificial intelligence for energy technologies and applications in production


01.06.2021 - 31.05.2024 

The KI4ETA project aims to use AI to enhance efficiency measures and optimize operations in production systems. Seven sub-projects are developing, among other things, an energy management platform for the development of self-learning applications and the necessary networking/infrastructure.

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Various AI-supported assistance systems and self-learning monitoring algorithms help to create a transparent and secure IT infrastructure. 

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RZzKI 
Regional Future Centre for AI and Digital Transformation Saarland Rhineland-Palatinate 


01.03.2021 - 31.12.2022 

The goal of RZzKI is to develop and apply a holistic approach to digital transformation, with the key focus on the design and handling of human-centric artificial intelligence (AI) systems. 

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SMEs and their employees in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate are provided consulting and training support to enable participation in the testing and introduction of new technologies, in particular, AI systems.

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SmartMA-X 
Smart Manufacturing GAIA-X Test environment


01.01.2021 - 31.05.2024 

smartMA-X develops practical methods to integrate production systems in the GAIA-X data ecosystem. The goal is shared production with continuous access to data and machines. Companies can experience GAIA-X live in an industrial production environment and learn from the initial findings.  
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SmartFactory-KL production network

5G IDEAS 
(I)ndustrial
(D)emonstration of 5G (E)stablishment and ​​​​​​​(A)pplication(S) 


20.11.2020 - 31.07.2022 

Project "5G - Industrial Applications" develops possible applications of 5G technologies in the industrial environment. Selected examples include: the construction of a 5G infrastructure in the interior of the SmartFactory-KL, a demo system with a robot arm for flexible integration and control of a module, and the wireless connection of AR data glasses to an edge server for outsourcing computing operations. 

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DIMOFAC 
Digital & Intelligent MOdular 
FACtories


01.10.2020 - 30.09.2023

The goal is to achieve flexible manufacturing by integrating plug-and-produce modules into a closed-loop lifecycle management system for the continuous adaptation, optimization, and improvement of fast and flexible manufacturing. 

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A digital twin and a digital thread-link to the product and process data flow is created for each component, enabling improved reconfiguration and also secure communication throughout the product life cycle. 

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RACKET 
Rare Class Learning and Unknown Events Detection for Flexible Production

 


01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024 

The RACKET project approaches the problem of detecting infrequent and unknown faults through a combination model-based operations and machine learning in theoretical and representative application scenarios. 

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The approach is based on the assumption that a physical or process engineering model of a manufacturing plant exists, but it is not fully specified and uncertainties in structure, parameters and variables remain. 

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InCoRAP 
Intentoriented cooperative 
Robot Action Planning and worker support in factory settings


01.01.2020  -  31.12.2023 

InCoRAP explores human-robot interactions while taking into account the human intent. The goal is to achieve smooth dynamic interaction between humans and robots. The machine is expected to know the human's intentions prior to taking its own actions.  

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HyperCOG
Hyperconnected Architecture for High Cognitive Production Plants


01.09.2019 - 01.03.2023

The main objective of HyperCOG is to demonstrate the innovation potential of the Cyber-Physical Systems and Data Analytics to transform the process industry and business models. HyperCOG aims to implement an industrial cyber-physical system that allow a real-time monitoring, high data volume analysis, multilateral communication and interconnectedness between CPSs and people.

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KoKobot 
Development and expansion of technology-oriented fields of competence for a "Collaborative and Cooperative Robotics Platform"


01.09.2021 - 31.07.2023 

In the KoKoBot project, methods are being researched and tested to implement the simplified integration and programming of industrial robots (Plug & Produce).

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These are based on an “app” concept with manufacturer-independent communication to expand system functions, for example, online trajectory planning. Detailed information is provided on the KoKobot homepage: KoKoBot - Building a platform for collaborative and cooperative robotics - TU Kaiserslautern.

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CircThread 
Circ
ular Digital Thread 

 


01.06.2021 - 31.05.2025 

The aim of the CircThread project in response to the SC5-31 H2020 call for projects, is to enhance decision making using information across the product life cycle to improve product lifespan, repair, remanufacturing and recycling. 

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Additionally, to deliver an information management system to exchange product life cycle data across all stage of the product (incl. design, manufacturing, retail, use, collection, and end-of-life circular loops) using use the latest modern digital technologies to enable exchange of information in a scalable, transparent, secure and decentralised approach.

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STAR 
S
afe and Trusted Human Centric ARtificial Intelligence in Future Manufacturing Lines


01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023 

STAR is a joint effort of AI and digital manufacturing experts towards enabling the deployment of standard-based secure, safe reliable and trusted human centric AI systems in real-life manufacturing environments.

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STAR will research, develop, validate and make available to the AI and Industry4.0 communities novel technologies that will enable AI systems to acquire knowledge in order to take timely and safe decisions in dynamic and unpredictable environments.

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PHYSICS 
Optimized hybrid space-time service continuum in FAAS


01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023 

PHYSICS exploits the most modern, scalable and cost-effective cloud model (FaaS), operated across multiple service and hardware types, provider locations, edge, and multi-cloud resources.

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To this end, it applies a unified continuum approach, including functional and operational management across sites and service stacks, performance through the relativity of space (location of execution) and time (of execution), enhanced by semantics of application components and services. SF-Use Case will transform the current software architecture into a serverless architecture.

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MAS4AI 
Multi-Agent Systems for Pervasive  
Artificial Intelligence for assisting Humans in Modular Production Environments


01.10.2020 - 30.09.2023

MAS4AI develops a multi-agent-based technology for the integration of AI algorithms in autonomous modular production (shared production) with worker assistance.

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ReCircE 
Digital Lifecycle Record for the Circular Economy


01.10.2020 - 30.09.2023 

The ReCircE project aims to improve resource efficiency in the material cycle by combining a digital product description – the lifecycle file – with intelligent sorting technologies supported by artificial intelligence. 

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DIGITbrain 
Digital twins bringing agility and innovation to manufacturing SMEs, by empowering a network of DIHs with an integrated digital platform that enables Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS)


01.07.2020 - 31.12.2023 

DIGITbrain is composed of 36 partners, cooperating to provide SMEs with simple access to digital twins. A digital twin is the virtual representation of a product, system, or process that simulates real physical characteristics in real time. 

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The digital simulation enables optimization of production processes as well as predictions of machine failure or service requirements. 

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5G Kaiserslautern
5G for technology, people and the environment 


01.08.2019 - 31.12.2022 

5G Kaiserslautern is a research project performing T&E and advanced development of the latest 5G standards in uses cases from the areas of logistics, cooperative autonomous machines and vehicles, event engineering, production and automation, transport and agriculture. Private 4G and 5G campus networks are being established at various locations for this purpose. 

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BaSys 4.2 
Die Middleware für Industrie 4.0


01.07.2019 – 30.06.2022 

BaSys 4 defines a reference architecture for production systems that enables the transition to Industrie 4.0. Our open source middleware Eclipse BaSyx is a reference implementation of the BaSys 4 concept. The project has 18 partners in research and industry working on the continuous engineering of manufacturing processes and Industrie 4.0 for the process manufacturing sector in this Fraunhofer IESE project. 

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CanvAAS 2 
Connected Assets iNteroperability framework Via AAS 


01.01.2021 - 31.12.2021 

CanvAAS 2 is an extension of the CanvAAS project. The aim is to further develop the existing CanvAAS API in terms of the synchronization mechanism between physical assets and their digital twins. CanvAAS 2 also develops new ways to integrate basic safety mechanisms. 

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CloudiFacturing 
Cloudi
fication of Production Engineering for Predictive Digital Manufacturing 


01.10.2017 - 30.09.2021 

The goal of the CloudiFacturing project is to promote the vision of Factories 4.0 and the circular economy by improving the competitiveness and resource efficiency of manufacturing SMEs. 

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The optimization of production processes becomes possible on the basis of expanded analysis of digitally captured factory data. In the context of manufacturability, models can be created, simulations calculated, and optimization potential can be identified. The project provides a cloud infrastructure platform for this purpose. 

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BaSyPaaS 
Realisation of service-based production - With BaSys 4.0 to Production as a Service


01.06.2019 – 31.05.2021 

The "BaSyx" middleware from BaSys is used to prepare descriptions of production plants and their skills using asset administration shells (AAS).

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In the event of an external inquiry, the AAS based on real production data of past production steps/products, contains all the relevant information needed for a feasibility check and to prepare a quotation. Semi-automated software supports this work step.

 

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Akzent4BaSys 
Active worker-centred shop floor interaction system for BaSys for the flexible provision of information to the employee


01.12.2019 - 30.11.2021 

Akzent4BaSys aims to give operators flexible data access at the machine level, which can be used for further exchange with colleagues, for example, maintainers, machine operators, or production managers. 

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Smart mobile phones provide this innovative means of communication between human and machine or even from person to person. In addition to text messages, photos, video, and voice messages supplement the communications.

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DigiPro4BaSys 
Digitisation of existing plants for the visualisation of data of the production process and the value stream using the BaSys 4.0 middleware


01.06.2019 - 31.08.2021 

The project aimed at the use the BaSys 4.0 middleware to achieve end-to-end digitalization and the user-friendly visualization of the collected data. SMEs generate the data by equipping existing plants with sensors and components to provide systematic monitoring of the processes, faster remedies for faults, and end-to-end support for operators.

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PERFoRM
Production harmonized Reconfiguration of Flexible Robots and Machinery

 


01.10.2015 - 01.09.2018

The project consolidates previous EU research projects on the topic of reconfigurable and innovative plug & produce systems.

The PERFoRM objectives were to standardize and align methods that support a new generation of flexible and smart production networks, and to demonstrate and implement methods, strategies, and technologies to transform existing production systems into flexible plug & produce systems. 

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