“Not only studying, but also doing” is the motto of one of the largest industry 4.0 study and research factories of Austria. The Smart Production Lab in Kapfenberg is targeting to promote the digitalization of medium-sized businesses. NTS and Cisco provide support by means of expertise, manpower and network infrastructure.
THE DOORS OPENED ON MARCH 7TH.
The official opening took place on March 7th, 2018. More than 300 representatives from business, industry and politics were amongst the guests on the opening day. Amongst them were the provincial Minister of Styria for Economy, Mrs. Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, the provincial Minister of Styria for Education, Mrs. Ursula Lackner and the Mayor of the City of Kapfenberg, Mr. Friedrich Kratzer. Also present were representatives of the 21 cooperation partners and sponsors like NTS, Cisco, Hoerbiger, SAP, Pankl Racing Systems and Voestalpine BÖHLER Edelstahl.
FOCUS TOPIC: “INTERNET OF THINGS”
NTS and Cisco explore the topic “Internet of Things”. Here, the central aspect is the digital linkage of machine, system and man – from the product design via production planning and logistic all the way to the final product. Focal points of digital transformation are jointly executed by means of applied research projects that are based on real business processes. By this way, students are able to better prepare themselves for the digital production of the future. A nice detail on the side: Cisco and NTS are providing a stable network infrastructure for the laboratory.
NTS CEU Alexander Albler states, “For us, the Smart Production Lab in Kapfenberg is an answer to the challenges of the future production landscape – and this in close collaboration with stakeholders from research, teaching and economy. With these applied research projects, we are able to give even better contributions to the digitalization of production and to the design of industry 4.0. Together with our partner Cisco we are exploring the topic “Internet of Things” and we are particularly looking forward to the collaboration with students and especially to the discussion and the testing of new technologies.”