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Research & Development

Concentrated on the essentials

Working in collaboration with renowned research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute or the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), we devote ourselves with developments that will change the future world of work. Completely new kinematics for manual assembly are currently being researched with support from the Federal Government.

Smart Factory KL
Cooperation with universities

Our company benefits from its spatial proximity to numerous universities and research institutes. Numerous graduates of the TU Kaiserslautern, the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences with degrees in industrial engineering, logistics and environmental protection work in our company. Close cooperation exists with the University of Applied Sciences HTW Saarbrücken, which has particularly specialised in teaching software developers. We award scholarships to students and offer internships, Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations.

SmartFactoryKL

SmartFactoryKL is a trailblazer of the intelligent factory of tomorrow. As a leading centre of excellence and manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform, we develop innovative factory systems in which the vision of Industry 4.0 is already becoming reality. To this end, we work in a network with renowned partners in industry and research on new concepts, standards and solutions, which form the basis for highly flexible automation technology. For example, SmartFactoryKL already has the first inter-manufacturer Industry 4.0 system worldwide.

Further information is available at www.smartfactory-kl.de

MiniTec Smart Solutions GmbH

MiniTec Smart Solutions GmbH is a startup, which develops interactive assistance systems for manual assembly. The condition of the product and the intention of the user are identified with the help of sensors. The collected information is compared with internal process descriptions and, based on this, the user is supplied with suitable instructions. The startup was formed at the start of 2017, from a long-standing cooperation with the SmartFactory KL e.V. technology initiative and MiniTec GmbH & Co. KG.

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Smart Factory

MiniTec has been an active partner of the SmartFactory in Kaiserslautern since 2011. Several of its employees are very committed members of our workgroups. Together with other active representatives of member companies, they drive forward the technological implementation of our new demonstrator. The company in Schönenberg also actively participates in discussions on further development of Industry 4.0. Together, we draw up a vision of the production of the future, which we have named Production Level 4. MiniTec was and is a valuable partner for us and an important member of the SmartFactory KL e.V. technology initiative. We look forward to many more years of continued constructive cooperation.

- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Ruskowski, Chairman of the Board
of the SmartFactory KL e.V. technology initiative.