The Mittelstand 4.0 – Competence Center Siegen supports small enterprises in adapting to the digitization of production facilities, and helps them to appropriate new types of machinery. In doing so, we put a special emphasis on the role of the worker in the context of digital innovation strategies, taking care that their specific knowledge and expertise can be secured and made actionable for successful digital innovation.
Supporting Digital Transformation
The Industry 4.0 Competence Center Siegen (branch Sankt Augustin) supports small and medium sized enterprises in in our region to improve and future-proof their digital abilities. The focus of the project is on the employees as well as their specific knowledge and expertise, which we try to enhance and support with our activities. Our demonstrator shows abilities of assistance systems, and we are actively engaged in several implementation projects where we support enterprises to get first hand experiences with using new technologies ans concepts within the topic of Industry 4.0 and digital work.
We run a demonstrator on-site where we can show several smartwatch based assistant applications in action. Functionalities range from displaying and analysing sensor data over supporting and monitoring work processes to receiving live notifications and messages from machines. The production roboter that serves as example for the demonstrator is part of the co-located Mittelstand 4.0 – Competence Center eStandards; the applications are also used in real-world implementation projects with several industry partners.
The project strives to participate in local events and exhibitions where we showcase our demonstrators and inform about Industry 4.0 related topics such as using digital assistants for augmenting production processes. We also offer free courses (online and at our premises) about how to conduct successful digitization projects, for instance in the form of Digital Scouts workshop series together with other local partners.