Digital in NRW

Digitalisation support for small and medium enterprises

Overall target of the Industrie 4.0 competence center is to enable SME to efficient and and effective processes along the value chain by digitalization and connectivity. The three hubs Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Ruhr and Rhineland cover the target region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Currently the topic Industrie 4.0 is confusing and not concrete for SME. Best practises of methods and technologies are not present in the industry. Adequate offers, which fit for SME, are missing.

First this confusing situation has to dissolve and SME have to be provided with specific and target oriented offers of information. Target is to increase awareness in the SME and develop technologies and methods. The next step is to advise with company-specific proceeding and develop use cases with project partners. This allowes to recognise the value on the operating layer and descrease uncertainty. The last step is to support the implementation by concerning companies targets. The service offer of the competence center orients itself on the analysis of the competence chain informating, demonstrating, concepting, qualificating and implementing.

The overall target of the competence center is to support SME and handicraft business in implementing Industrie 4.0 solutions. The long-time experience of the concortium results in close coorperation with regional SME, which is increased by the project.

Topic Area

  • Information Management
  • Production Management

Research Focus

  • Informationslogistik
  • Informationstechnologie­management
  • Produktionsplanung
  • Produktionsregelung
  • Digital Products
  • IT-Komplexitätsmanagement

JRF Guiding Topic

  • Society & Digitization


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