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Industry 4.0 in Lego format – thanks to the DFKI

Generations of engineers started off with the legendary Danish bricks. And now, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) is using those same colorful toys to bring futuristic technologies to life in a special Lego showcase at CeBIT 2016 that makes business process management and Industry 4.0 easier to grasp.

17 Feb. 2016

The DFKI model explains how flexible manufacturing processes can be planned, managed and analyzed with regard to overall value creation in cyber-physical systems. As part of the German Federal Government’s high-tech strategy, Industry 4.0 stands for smart production systems and represents a very exciting vision. This blueprint sees the world of production – i.e. plant components and products themselves – increasingly intertwined with the virtual, digitalized world.

Cyber-physical systems in smart factories are transforming production processes like never before. Flexibility is being dramatically increased, which enables companies to manufacture products on an automated and profitable basis, even when unit numbers are low but the number of product variants remains high. The DFKI Lego showcase at CeBIT 2016 in Hannover takes tractor production as an example. The research center’s innovative scenario provides a clear and accessible explanation of the business process management methods for Industry 4.0, not least because – just like in a real factory – people also have a part to play, in activities such as parts supply and assembly.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI), Hall 6, Stand B48

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