Research Cluster Industry 4.0



Shaping digital transformation


The profound application and use of information technologies by Industry 4.0...

...leads as consistent digitalisation to significant changes in industrial value added.

The German economy must quickly implement new production concepts from Industry 4.0. This is the only way to secure competitive advantages. The transformation to digital value creation poses major challenges for SMEs in particular. At the same time, SMEs with their agile organisational structures offer enormous potential for the successful implementation of Industry 4.0.

For the transformation into digital value creation the necessary know-how is not or not yet available in some SMEs. The Research Cluster Industry 4.0 of the Hochschule Hannover - University of Applied Sciences and Arts therefore deals with essential questions for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in these companies and supports them in joint research projects.

Behind the activities of the research cluster stands an interdisciplinary team of twelve professors and associated research assistants from Faculty I - Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Faculty II – Mechanical and Bioprocess Engineering and Faculty IV – Business and Computer Science. In cooperation with SMEs, implementation projects are applied for with various project sponsors in order to introduce and implement the important aspects of Industry 4.0 in these companies.

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Collaboration with companies

A cooperation between research clusters and companies is possible, for example, through:

  • Publicly funded projects through joint applications (e.g. Central Innovation Programme for SMEs- ZIM, funding from the European Regional Structure Fund, funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF).
  • Contract research
  • Research cooperation

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    Projects

    Read the publication of the Industry 4.0 research cluster free of charge
    The Industry 4.0 research cluster presents current results from its diverse research projects in eight articles. Virtual techniques in product development, teaching concepts for Industry 4.0, energy harvesting in antennas, energy management in production plants, cross-company IT security requirements, decentrally controlled production processes and speech recognition with microcontrollers are covered.

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    Video on the Industry 4.0 model factory: innovative, practice-oriented, digital! (in German)

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    Video on IT security in production at the Fab4HsH model factory (in German)


    Team

    Work areas:

    • Automation technology (Factory Automation and Process Automation)
    • Industrial communication (PROFNET, Ethernet APL, highly available communication networks)
    • Industry 4.0 (SME digital centre Hannover)
    • IT security in automation technology
    • Energy efficiency in production plants

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    Twelve members from three faculties - one research cluster


    Work areas:

    • Design and Virtual Product Development
    • Simulation and Integrated Factory Planning
    • Virtual & Augmented Reality during Product Development
    • Robotics and Ergonomic Simulation
    • Digital Mock-Up and Digital Twins

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    Work areas:

    • Contactless Identification (RFID)
    • RFID based Sensors and Actuators
    • Location of objects
    • Energy Harvesting

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    Work areas:

    • Production Engineering (Optimization of Production Processes and Tool Systems)
    • Edge Zone Analysis (Residual Stress Measurement and Determination of Retained Austenite using an X-ray diffractometer)
    • Component strength (rotating bending)

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    Work areas:

    • Development of Electronic Circuits
    • Development of Switching Power Supplies (Power Converter)
    • Application/Programming of Microcontrollers for
      • Integration in networks (Inter/Intranet, WiFi, ZigBee, etc.)
      • Intelligent Devices in Home Automation
      • Intelligent Sensor Systems
      • Decentralized Autonomics Components in Production
      • Investigations into the swarm intelligence of networked devices

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    Work areas:

    • Design of Transformation Processes
    • Introduction of Agile Operations
    • Development of Executive Personnel and Teams

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    Work areas:

    • Digital Signal Processing
    • Embedded Systems / Cyber Physical Systems
    • Active Noise Control
    • Low-Latency Audio Signal Processing
    • Acoustics

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    Work areas:

    • Automation technology
    • Innovation management and knowledge management
    • Industry 4.0 with cloud connection

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    Work areas:

    • Mixed Signal integrated circuit design, especially
      - analog-to-digital converters and
      - electronics for harsh environments

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