In cooperation with experts from research and industry, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG started a second round of the consortium project “Facing the Smart Future”, which focuses on smart products, smart production and smart services.
Here you will find information and news regarding the study progress.
Creating economic and technological transparency regarding actual developments in smart production, products and services
Exploring and analyzing market and technology trends and possible game-changing business models
Promoting valuable exchange and networking between the most relevant international industry partners
The consortium project...
Generating an overview on the status-quo of market applications, relevant trends and technologies.
Providing detailed information on selected applications regarding technological opportunities and market potential.
Deriving comprehensive business cases on selected highlight applications regarding technological feasibility and market competitiveness.
Here you will find current news on the progression of the study “Facing the Smart Future”. If you have further questions, please contact us!
The First Report Meeting of the consortium study “Facing the Smart Future” took place in the premises of the KEX AG in Aachen on February 25th 2016. Over 40 partners of renowned, international companies like Audi, Alfred Kärcher, Covestro and LG participated in the event.
The intermediate results of the study were represented by the specific experts and discussed in groups within the scope of two workshop sessions. Afterwards the partners had the opportunity to vote for the most interesting smart solutions/ applications. This offers the partners the possibility to influence the focus of the study.
In particular, the keynote speech of Prof. Dr. Frank Piller on “Managing Business Model Innovation in the Age of Industrie 4.0” received positive feedback. Moreover the partners had the opportunity to get together, network and exchange their views on the future of smart products, production and services.
A guided tour through the demonstration factory completed a successful meeting. The demonstration factory is a key element of the Smart Logistics Cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus on the basis of the close integration between praxis, research and further education.
The Second Report Meeting of the study will be held in June 2016.
On the 22nd of October 2015, KEX AG and its partners – Fraunhofer IPT, WZL and FIR at the RWTH Aachen University, as well as the Demonstration Factory GmbH – kicked off the consortium study “Facing the Smart Future”. The consortium is now composed of 22 leading companies from different industries, including e.g. Covestro, Hella, 3M, LG Electronics and Audi.
During the kick-off meeting, around 70 participants had the opportunity of presenting their expectations and objectives and thus influencing the direction and focus of the study. Furthermore, participants were able to network and to discuss further topics regarding smart production, products and services.
The next meeting is going to be held on February 2016, in which the first results will be presented.
KEX Knowledge Exchange AG
KEX Knowledge Exchange AG is a professional technology and market information provider. The aim of KEX is to bring relevant and customized technical knowledge right to the point.
As a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, KEX can look back on more than 20 years of experience in the methodical structuring, processing and interpretation of knowledge. Since we are located at the very heart of a broad network of experts, we are in constant contact with the latest technology trends and directly involved with the development of innovations.
Not only the technical expertise and the unique network of experts, but also the comprehensive access to exclusive information sources allow KEX to scan, scout and monitor technologies and markets effectively. To ensure quality, relevance and timeliness of all information, we use own knowledge management systems and develop them continuously. The information found is finally analyzed and evaluated by our experts regarding the specific questions of our customers. Therefore we can guarantee that all information provided by us is not only exclusive, but also customer-specific.
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Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of RWTH Aachen
Demonstration Factory of RWTH Aachen Campus
Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen
KEX Knowledge Exchange AG
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