Digital Innovation Show from it's OWL: Artificial Intelligence for Industry


Press Release it's OWL, May 8, 2020 - Every year at the joint OWL stand at the Hanover Fair, the top cluster it's OWL presents new research approaches and solutions for Industrie 4.0. Since the fair has been cancelled, over 40 companies, research institutions, start-ups and networks are now presenting their innovations at The main focus of the digital innovation show is on artificial intelligence for tomorrow's industry. From May 11, interested parties can also find out about new technologies and their fields of application in presentations.

The OWL joint stand at the Hanover Fair is a fixed point of contact for representatives from business, science and politics from all over Germany. "In Hanover we wanted to show how industry and science in the Leading-Edge Cluster are jointly developing the potential for artificial intelligence. We are now doing this with the digital innovation show. Visitors can find out about new technological developments and applications and exchange ideas with experts," says Günter Korder, Managing Director of it's OWL Cluster Management, explaining the motivation behind the digital innovation show.

The more than 40 exhibitors include the world market leaders Beckhoff, Böllhoff, Claas, Hettich, Lenze, Phoenix Contact and Wago, start-ups, universities and Fraunhofer institutes. They will present new approaches in the fields of machine learning, digital twins, platforms and robotics.

In addition, the organizers are offering a lecture every day from May11 to 18, where interested parties can find out about the potential and application fields of new technologies and discuss them with experts. Topics include artificial intelligence in product creation, Big Data in production, digital twin, circular value creation and open innovation. Dates and registration at

AI Research and Machine Learning

The innovation show, which was organised by OstWestfalenLippe GmbH and owl maschinenbau, is divided into six thematic areas: AI research, machine learning through intelligent automation, mechanical engineering, IT, start-ups and networks. Visitors can research both by topic area and by exhibitor.

At the universities and Fraunhofer facilities in OstWestfalenLippe, 350 researchers are working on over 100 projects to make artificial intelligence usable for industrial value creation. Using concrete application examples, they present research results in the fields of autonomous systems and machine learning, predictive maintenance, cognitive robotics and assistance systems. For example, the Institute of Cognition and Robotics (CoR-Lab) at Bielefeld University will present a cognitive robotics system that is used to mount terminals in control cabinets. The system is able to recognize the environment and objects independently. In this way, different assembly tasks can be performed without additional programming effort.

Machine learning is an important success factor for networked production and new business models. The world market leaders in automation technology are the driving force behind this. In the Leading-Edge Cluster, they develop new solutions that lead to considerable optimization and savings. For example, Lenze and Phoenix Contact will be presenting the possible applications of digital twins to improve the efficiency and productivity of machines and systems. Using machine modules, it will become clear how information is exchanged between components, machines and digital services across manufacturers. In this way, specialists can detect anomalies in the operation of the machines at an early stage and avoid failures or production errors.

Intelligent machines and the key factor IT

Smart services and digital platforms play an increasingly important role in Mechanical engineering. Medium-sized technology leaders show how machines and value-added chains in the furniture, agricultural machinery and process industries are connected with each other and which value-added services are created as a result. Hettich Maschinentechnik, for example, will be showing an automatic testing machine for small parts that was developed together with Ceres Vision. The machine uses cameras to inspect the component geometries of the parts to be tested. Up to 250 parts per minute and with 100 percent accuracy. The system operates autonomously over a longer period of time and can be linked to the quality management software.

The right IT solution is the key to process optimization and networked production. Against this background, more and more IT companies are getting involved in the networks in order to develop new approaches together with manufacturing companies. What the path to complete monitoring of the security aspects of self-optimizing production systems can look like is shown, for example, by TÜV Süd in cooperation with Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and other partners from CIIT in Lemgo. They are working, for example, on modular certification, extended risk assessment and the use of a digital twin for monitoring machine safety.

New business models and networks

New business ideas arise from the cooperation in the networks. Start-ups find an optimal environment in OstWestfalenLippe. Nine start-ups present their ideas. The topics covered include robotics in production and machine communication, IT security and transport systems, intelligent heat transfer and material recycling, and the use of agile methods in innovation management. The Paderborn start-up Unchained Robotics, for example, has developed automated control software for the use of robots in logistics. This enables the collaborative robots to transport packaging in an automated and space-saving way.

Networks offer companies and research institutions the opportunity to jointly develop new subject areas. Smart Food Technology pools the forces for the digital transformation of the food processing industry. In the Cir-Quality OWL project, the five industry initiatives support companies in the region in thinking about high-quality products and processes in closed biological and technical cycles. This also increases the resilience of economic activity. The FMB - the subcontracting fair for mechanical engineering offers the largest forum for medium-sized mechanical engineering companies from November 4 to 6.

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