The “smartfactory@tugraz" will be home to the new pilot plant for Industry 4.0 on the premises of the Graz University of Technology. There companies and universities can test and research into new production techniques related to digitalized industry. The Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology along with industrial companies and the Graz University of Technology are investing a total of approx. EUR 6.4 million. The focus is on production methods enabling the profitable manufacturing of small quantities.
State-of-the-art production technologies are made available on an area of about 300 m². This includes additive and laser-assisted manufacturing, collaborative robotics, hybrid technologies and connectivity to modern communications technology as well as Big Data analytics for testing and researching into industrial production applications. Companies can test the research and manufacturing of innovations in the field of Industry 4.0 under laboratory conditions before they are integrated into the regular production chain.