An excellent education also requires an excellent infrastructure - which Austria offers in the field of digitalization thanks to its pilot plants. Austria‘s first pilot plant is operated by the Vienna University of Technology in Seestadt Aspern (Vienna‘s Urban Lakeside). As a demonstration plant for smart production and
cyber-physical production systems, the facility focuses on new concepts and solutions for multi-variant serial production (low volume - high mix) in the field of
Other pilot plants are being created in Upper Austria and Styria in order to optimally link science and business at other universities. The Graz University of Technology is conducting research at its smartfactory@tugraz into agile production concepts of the future which ensure data security. In contrast, the LIT Factory at Johannes Kepler University Linz is working on new types of partial frontier production technologies with high processing engineering and digital innovation potential.
International research under Austrian leadership
The cooperation of business, science and teaching has a long tradition in Austria, also on an international level. One current example is the research project „SemI40“ (Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0). Launched in 2016, this three-year project under the leadership of Infineon Austria involves 37 partners from five countries researching on the further development of adaptive, self-controlled factories. The project will focus on the areas of „intelligent production“ and „cyber-physical production systems.“ Secure data traffic within and outside the factories plays a key role. With a volume of 62 million Euro, the research project ranks among the largest digitalization projects in Europe.
Research centers for the factories of the future
Austria scores high in areas of relevance to digitalization, also in European comparison, thanks to high research funding for production research, investments in the research infrastructure, for example in the form of pilot plants, as well as its university and non-university research. For example, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Austria‘s largest research and technology organization, carries out research in the fields of security & safety and mobility. Joanneum Research is concentrating its research efforts on robotics, and Johannes Kepler University Linz initiated the focal area of artificial intelligence. The Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies (COMET centers) also deal with issues of relevance to digitalization. An additional example is the newly created industrial research center Pro2Future (Products and Production Systems of the Future) specializing in future production systems and products.
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