To ensure that German industry (in particular medium-sized companies) becomes not only a leading provider but also a leading market for and user of industry 4.0 technologies, it is vital that companies receive implementation support. On 27 January 2016, the kick-off meeting was held for the BMBF-funded ‘ADAPTION’ joint project at the consortium leader Festo AG’s premises in St. Ingbert. The aim of the project is to develop a maturity-based migration model in order to empower production companies to develop cyber-physical production systems (CPPS). This requires a holistic approach taking into account both technical aspects and also the associated impact on organisation and staff within CPPS. The staff groups affected will be involved in the change process to ensure that they can access implicit production knowledge and determine requirements for necessary, expanded and new skills at an early stage.
The role of DFKI’s Educational Technology Lab is to formalise and provide technological software implementation for a maturity-based and procedural model for CPPS migration, as well as to expand an existing assistance system with CPPS-related digital learning scenarios. This research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will run for 36 months with a funding budget of 2.4 million euros. The consortium leader is Festo AG, and the other partners are FESTO Lernzentrum Saar GmbH, FESTO AG & Co. KG, Bernhard & Reiner GmbH, PROXIA Software AG, Jacobi Eloxal GmbH, the Industry and Labour Research Cluster at TU Dortmund (TU Do), the Chair of Production Systems at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), and the RUB/IGM Office of Cooperation at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB).