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Hannover Messe 2019

Artificial intelligence in manufacturing: Human-centric support

SmartFactory-KL – Smart factories that can touch, hear, see, and speak.

“Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence” is the theme of Hannover Messe 2019 and Artificial Intelligence is to be showcased there as the next logical step in the context of Industrie 4.0,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Ruskowski, Head of Innovative Factory Systems research department at DFKI. This is the topic of the presentation by SmartFactory-KL, DFKI, and 15 partner firms at the Hannover Messe in Hall 8, D18.

The aim is to show a range of entirely new possibilities in the field of manufacturing in the future based on data from networked machines. “As knowledge bearers, people will still play the key role in the future because, while AI collects and evaluates huge data volumes, a person is ultimately responsible for deciding the outcomes,” said Ruskowski while adding: “The deployment of AI enables replication of the human senses in ways that facilitate better cooperation between machines and operators.”

The partner consortium developed several use cases showing how AI can assist people in a production environment and will present these at the Industrie 4.0 demonstrator set up at the Hannover Messe. For example, condition monitoring is performed with the aid of algorithms. AI “hears” defective scraping noises or “feels” any undesirable vibrations and reports these anomalies (anomaly detection) to the operator.

The ERP system can automatically generate the predictive maintenance job order. A service technician receives the information via tablet, smartphone, or even via the display in data glasses. The potential of remote maintenance is facilitated by the use of AR, for example, the engineer back at the office can support the technician on site.

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, CEO of SmartFactory-KL, emphasized the potentials of AI applications: “Today, we can manage huge amounts of data and we can process complex algorithms. Enormous computing power for very little money is precisely  “the Enabler,” that AI needs to get rolling. Whether pattern recognition for the field of autonomous driving or augmented reality in the manufacturing sector – the market is meeting a technology that is suddenly cheap and available – also for SMEs.”


The partners in the Industrie 4.0 Demonstrator 2019 at SmartFactory-KL are:

  • B&R Automation
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • EPLAN Software & Service
  • Festo
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • KIST Europe
  • MiniTec
  • Pilz
  • proALPHA
  • Weidmüller


Prof. Dr. Martin Ruskowski
Head of DFKI Research Department Innovative Factory Systems
Phone: +49 631 20575 3400

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