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it's OWL and Fraunhofer IEM at the Hannover Fair


As in previous years numerous partners were represented at the booth of the network. In addition, there were for the first time workshops with which the Fraunhofer IEM demonstrated on-site what continuing education in terms of digital transformation can look like.

The booth of it's OWL 2019An increasing number of successfully completed projects ranging from the automation industry to manufacturers of agricultural equipment or consumer goods made the stand (photo Sendler) of the network Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe (it's OWL), where universities work closely with industrial partners, as in recent years has become a magnet for SME’s and large Companies.

One of the workshopsThis year there was a new offer. The partner Fraunhofer IEM (Fraunhofer Institute for Design Technology Mechatronics) invited visitors to workshops (photos Fraunhofer IEM) in which practical examples were used to demonstrate and practice new opportunities for professional training. That was well received. Especially when delegations visited the booth, it was not uncommon that interested people participated who would love to become active instead of just following presentations.

Active participation desirableFor the next year, Dr. Lydia Kaiser and Kirsten Harting of the Fraunhofer IEM explained, the concept is adapted. Groups should be invited actively and topic-specific to a maximum of two to three appointments during the fair week.

At the same time, the workshops were a test balloon for a new continuing education program, with which the Fraunhofer IEM in Paderborn wants to support companies directly and very competently in their digital transformation. Based on the idea that every company needs and can develop its own concept.

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