One of the priority SME objectives must be to promote the digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises in particular. Business and politics are equally challenged here: On the one hand, with the expansion of the digital infrastructure, ie state-of-the-art broadband access as well as high-performance fixed and mobile networks, also for rural areas. In addition, the security of the company’s IT and its data must be strengthened, e.g. against cyberattacks, industrial espionage and international security agencies. And, most importantly, companies must have well-educated professionals who enable and drive the digital revolution.
Human & Robotic
The use of robots is not only limited to the classical field of application in the industrial environment. One of the most important trends in robotics is the direct cooperation of human and assistant robot e.g. in production, in the service sector and civil protection as well as in the household or in medicine.
In human-robot collaboration, the machine assists humans. The robot does the physically demanding work, the human being controls and controls the processes. So the machine does not replace the human being, but supplements his abilities and removes physically straining or tiring work.
The prerequisite for good cooperation is that the robot perceives the human being, reacts to his actions and does not endanger him. They enter into direct interaction with humans. High safety requirements ensure that robots, even in the event of a malfunction, do not endanger humans and their environment. All of this is only possible through the tremendous advances in electronics and software development.
The MittelstandsCampus sees this deployment of autonomous, collaborative robots in the factory of the future as a key principle of Industrie 4.0. There will be no separation between automated and manual workstations.
Since November 2018 we offer the Panda Robotics Basic Training in cooperation with Franka Emika. Experience the features of the panda and learn how easy and fast the panda can be programmed with the help of apps.
Revolution with additive Manufacturing
Traditional industrial manufacturing is revolutionized by the use of Additive Manufacturing, which makes production more individual, flexible, faster, better and more efficient. This saves development time, assembly and production costs and can lead to surprising product innovations. This enables medium-sized companies to sustain their competitiveness. Additive manufacturing is understood to mean the production of components by the layered application of material from informal raw material, e.g. Metal powder.
The objects are almost 3D printed and can take shapes that can not be produced by conventional manufacturing methods or that have bionic structures that are more stable and lighter. The method is suitable for individual production up to small lot sizes.
To capitalize on the benefits of additive manufacturing, companies need to find the right application and streamline product development. The MittelstandsCampus offers experience and knowledge in additive manufacturing. Ask our experts!
Digital Procurement and Supply Chain Management
Medium-sized companies have access to large amounts of data that were previously difficult to cope with or whose great potential could not be recognized or exploited. These are structured and unstructured data with years of experience in procurement, production and customer relationships, in-house information about personnel, as well as data that originate outside the company or on the Internet.
Successful companies use this valuable information by collecting, structuring, analyzing and integrating their ever-increasing amounts of data through Artificial Intelligence (AI) into business decision-making processes. Learning AI can e.g. Analyze all data sources on customer-supplier relationships and provide recommendations for action through algorithms. Purchasing negotiations, the short-term search for a second source or the risk assessment in the supply chain are thus much more effective.
The requirements for procurement and supply chain management are changing. If you want to be successful in business in the future, you need to use modern technologies such as artificial intelligence. With the experts of the MittelstandCampus you will be able to benefit from the information advantage.