Innovation Projects

The Challenge

Due to increasing digitalization, users of new technnologies often lack expertise to evaluate the potential of technological implementation solutions adequately. At the same time, testing such technologies operationally often involves risks, as ongoing processes can be disturbed easily.

Our Approach

Several members of the CCI community network join consortium projects with the objective to map out the entire infrastructure of use cases. Collaboration efforts then lead to formulating a general goal of which each partner works on a separate technological component according to the organization’s own interests.
As a different component of our innovation projects, we offer opportunities for individual projects in which we define use cases and transform these further into a finished product.
Moreover, the Center Connected Industry develops so called lighthouse projects in collaboration with our community. Our goal is to build an overall technological solution for the industrial factory of tomorrow. This solution is then tested in our very own production environment such as in the DFA.

Why working with us?

At the Center Connected Industry, we work together with renowned experts with diverse industrial and research background knowledge. Applying agile workfkow methods such as rapid prototyping, we can determine whether or not the previously developed applications are technically and economically feasible. We then make use of our unique infrastructure to develop and test prototypes with minimized risks.

Examples

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  • Transparent value chain
  • Connected technologies
  • Standardized interfaces

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  • Sequence optimization of orders
  • Track & Trace
  • Company-wide

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  • Transparency
  • Tamper-proof
  • Company-wide
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Industry Pilots

The Challenge

The combination of different technologies to form new solutions is often difficult. On one side, the necessary knowledge is often missing. On the other, the validation of these solutions in their own production environment is not possible for most companies due to numerous factors.

Our Approach

Together with you and our industry members, we develop new solutions and provide the necessary infrastructure for their validation. With our experience and external perspective on your challenges, we take ideas one step further.

Why working with us?

At the Center Connected Industry, you have the opportunity to develop industry pilots from proof of concept to final pilot together with us and members from our community and you are able to test your pilots in a real production environment.
We make sure that the required expert knowledge is incorporated into the development process and that the final result is a validated business case for you.

Examples

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Intelligent residual sheet management:
Optimized residual metal-sheet management with retrofit.

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All necessary data for maintenance and servicing activities on a machine are available on a single device.

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RFID-supported collection of boxes and SAP process integration.

Management Workshops

The Challenge

The terminology of Industry 4.0 and digitization raises many questions. What exactly is behind this terminology? Which technologies are there? Which ones can I use profitably and in what instances? How does something like this look practical? Is this also possible in my organization?

Our Approach

In modular workshops, we want to answer these questions together with you. The contents of the individual modules range from the transfer of basic knowledge about Industry 4.0 to a deeper introduction to individual technologies or applications and finally to a strategic approach to better evaluate the productive application of the technologies. An Industry 4.0 Roadmap can also be created.

Our goal: The workshop content is customized for your company and can be adapted to different target groups – from senior management to technical personnel.

Why working with us?

At the Center Connected Industry, you have the opportunity to not only gain theoretical knowledge but also, for example by visiting the theme park or the demonstration factory, to receive hands-on insight into various Industry 4.0 applications. Our local community gives us the opportunity to draw not only from our own knowledge but also from the expertise of our members. Together with our members, we can cover almost any topic area on Industry 4.0 and digitization in production and logistics.

Studies

The Challenge

The drive towards Industry 4.0 and the general trend towards digitization has produced a wide range of technologies and solutions. For many applications, there is a large number of possible solutions to solve general and specific challenges. The resulting market is confusing due to its size and diversity, and the offers and their suitability for use can hardly be compared.

Our Approach

In consortium studies, we work with members from different fields that are involved as users or providers. For one topic area, we conduct a general overview and analysis of existing technologies. With the identification of relevant parameters and use cases, as well as the analysis regarding defined criteria, we develop a general overview of the suitability and application potential of technologies and solutions.

Why working with us?

We have extensive experience in the requirements and framework conditions of technical solutions for industrial use through diverse projects in various application areas and fields of technology. Through our cooperation with experts from research institutes, we complement the scientific perspective in our studies and also include future technical solutions in our considerations.

Examples

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Membership

Become a member of the Center Connected Industry

Companies can choose between a Business, Premium or Executive membership. Depending on the type of membership, you will receive the rights described below within our service modules as well as an allocated research and development budget, which you can use in the form of service modules for certain offers. As a business member of the Center Connected Industry, you can benefit from the following advantages, among others:

  • Use of the brand “Member of the RWTH Aachen Campus”. 
  • Member support and rental of our premises 
  • Access to the Virtual Campus, our annual meeting in Aachen and discounted access to various working groups 
  • Support in the development and dissemination of further training offers 
  • Access to our Innovation Labs, theme park and demonstration factory 
As a premium member of Center Connected Industry, you enjoy all the benefits of business membership: 

  • Use of the brand “Member of the RWTH Aachen Campus” 
  • Member support and rental of our premises 
  • Access to the Virtual Campus, our annual meeting in Aachen and discounted access to various working groups 
  • Support in the development and dissemination of further training offers 
  • Access to our Innovation Labs, theme park and demonstration factory 

In addition, you have the following advantages: 

  • You have the opportunity to develop your own solutions in the innovation laboratories and showrooms 
  • The participation in the working group meetings and webinars is not only discounted in the membership, it is included 
As an Executive Member, we offer you all the benefits of Business Membership: 

  • Use of the brand “Member of the RWTH Aachen Campus”. 
  • Member support and rental of our premises 
  • Access to the Virtual Campus, our annual meeting in Aachen and discounted access to various working groups 
  • Support in the development and dissemination of further training offers 
  • Access to our Innovation Labs, theme park and demonstration factory 

As well as all the benefits of Premium Membership: 

  • You have the opportunity to develop your own solutions in the innovation laboratories and showrooms 
  • The participation in the working group meetings and webinars is not only discounted in the membership, it is included 

In addition, our Executive Membership offers you further attractive opportunities for long-term, successful cooperation: 

  • As an Executive Member you rent member offices and are therefore directly connected to the Center Connected Industry if required 
  • The included project budget will be discussed individually 
  • Active participation in the construction of a Living Demonstrator