• 1/19/2017

Press workshop on the Industrial Internet/Industry 4.0 on March 31

Clever factories, networked machines, digital workplaces

Faster, more efficient, more flexible: The Industrial Internet or 'Industry 4.0' is expected to bring about fundamental changes in machines, production processes and the collaboration between companies. But what is really behind this "Fourth Industrial Revolution"? Who will benefit? Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are investigating the opportunities and risks involved in the increasing digitalization of both companies and society.

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are researching all aspects of the Industrial Internet or 'Industry 4.0'.
Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are researching all aspects of the Industrial Internet or 'Industry 4.0'. (Photo: Uli Benz / TUM)

New digital technologies can make it easier to produce faster, more efficiently and more flexibly: Networking machines, workpieces and products can accelerate processes, reduce idle times and changeover times and help avoid errors. And what's more: Industry 4.0 is intended to be able to control and optimize the entire value creation chain, from development and manufacturing to customer delivery and all the way to recycling.

At the press workshop five highly distinguished experts will report on the status of developments and discuss how Industry 4.0 will change the working world and society: Which technological prerequisites will have to be created? Which new business models and processes will digitalization make possible? How will it be possible to ensure data and information security? What socio-political discussions would be important but have yet to take place?

When: Friday, March 31, 2017, 9:45 am to approx. 5:30 pm
Where: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boltzmannstraße 15, Garching/Munich
Directions: www.tum.de/die-tum/kontakt-und-anfahrt/

The press workshop is intended exclusively for media representatives. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance by e-mail to: stefanie.reiffert@tum.de Please indicate whether or not you would like to participate in the dinner.


9:30 am
Welcome and registration
Location: Seminar room 2250; Courtyard 3 of the Department of Mechanical Engineering
Site map: go.tum.de/409285

9:45 am to 11:45 am
Short presentation and Q&A session, Prof. Gunther Reinhart
followed by tours through the machine hall
Topic: Humans at the focus of Industry 4.0 ("Der Mensch im Mittelpunkt von Industrie 4.0")
What will the workplaces of the future look like? To what extent can new technologies assist employees with development and production activities? How can digital technologies be used to optimize assembly and material flows?
During a tour at the Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management, researchers present working environments in which digital technologies support humans.
Another stop on the tour is the innovative assembly planning station which uses CAD design data as a basis for automated simulation of the optimum sequence of individual assembly steps.

12:00 noon to 12:45 pm

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Lecture with discussion, Prof. Birgit Vogel-Heuser
followed by a tour at the Institute of Automation and Information Systems
Topic: Smart Data as an Enabler of Industry 4.0 ("Smart Data als Enabler von Industrie 4.0")
Industry 4.0 makes products, procedures and processes more intelligent. The prerequisite is that information has to flow and has to be used at all levels – in planning and manufacturing as well as during coordination with component suppliers and partner companies. Large data volumes have to be analyzed and prepared in order for all the players to profit from the information, leverage existing expertise and recognize previously unknown relationships: Here Big Data is turned into Smart Data.
During a tour at the Institute of Automation and Information Systems the scientists will used the MyJoghurt demonstrator to illustrate the new potentials resulting from optimum networking.

2:45 pm to approx. 5:30 pm
Presentations followed by Q&A session and discussion, coffee and pastries

2:45 pm
Prof. Helmut Krcmar, Chair for Information Systems
Topic: Industry 4.0: Which business models are successful? What additional skills are required of employees – and which skills are no longer needed? ("Industrie 4.0: Welche Geschäftsmodelle sind erfolgreich? Welche Kompetenzen bei Mitarbeitern werden zusätzlich benötigt – oder nicht mehr benötigt?")
The relentless and irreversible digital transformation is moving at enormous speed and fraught with uncertainty. The focal point is the creation of value for the customer. The value transformation is causing the boundaries between suppliers to become blurred. Companies have to adapt their structures quickly to this viewpoint to remain competitive. Another challenge is to use the potential now available while continuing to explore new sources of potential. These strategies require a diverse range of skills on the part of employees. A mere knowledge of IT is no longer sufficient for these new areas of activity.

3:45 pm
Prof. Georg Sigl, Chair of Security in Information Technology at TUM and Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC)
Topic: Industry 4.0 – How companies can protect sensitive data and information ("Industrie 4.0 – wie Unternehmen sensible Daten und Informationen schützen können").
Wherever entire value creation chains are networked, data has to flow freely. This permeability provides an opportunity for companies to optimize their processes, but also entails the risk of data being hacked or manipulated. The success of Industry 4.0 therefore depends on maintanence of data and information security – not only for increasingly networked production activities, but also for a new generation of smart products and data-intensive services.

4:45 pm
Prof. Sabine Maasen, Friedrich Schiedel Chair of Wissenschaftssoziologie (Chair for the Sociology of Science)
Topic: More than just hype? The societal implications of Industry 4.0 ("Mehr als nur ein Hype? Die gesellschaftliche Bedeutung von Industrie 4.0").
The term Industry 4.0 evokes high expectations – in the media, politics and in business. Increases in efficiency and improved competitive strength are expected. But the Fourth Industrial Revolution is still only a prospect. Sabine Maasen takes a look at this topic from the social science point of view and illustrates controversies and contradictions. In the context of scientific and technological research, she calls for active participation in strategic planning on the part of politics, science, research and thus on the part of the university sector.

6:00 pm
Joint dinner and conclusion

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