Workshop „Machinery of the Future“ in Eindhoven 

Last December, we kicked off the German-Dutch Fieldlab “Machinery of the Future” with the visit of Bavarian Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder and Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau. Now we are are driving the project forward. On September 13, the Cleantech Innovation Park and the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg visited the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven to discuss the joint vision of the Machinery of the Future. As part of the German-Dutch Manufacturing-X kick-off meeting, we furthermore got to participate in a tour of the Brainport Indsturies Campus, presentations and workshops, as well as a company visit at ASML, a leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. 

Participants of the German-Dutch Manufacturing-X kick-off meeting at Brainport Industries Campus

Progress in the project „Machinery of the Future”

After starting the day with a joint breakfast, we kicked off our workshop to discuss the vision of the Machinery of the Future. The vision document was prepared and presented by the Institute FAPS at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. With the project, we are promoting cooperation and knowledge exchange between companies and universities in the region. In particular, we support small and medium-sized companies in working on sustainable and future-proof machines and platforms to strengthen the region’s competitiveness. In a next step, we are looking forward to discussing the topic with further partners from the area to incorporate their perspectives and needs into the projects, and jointly develop and implement it.

Interesting program around Manufacturing-X

The workshop took place as part of the German-Dutch kick-off meeting on the topic of Manufacturing-X. Manufacturing-X is a joint initiative of politics, industry, and science to create an open and decentralized data ecosystem for Industry 4.0, in which companies can securely exchange their data along the value chain. The day continued with a series of presentations and discussions on the topic of Manufacturing-X and the implementation of Industry 4.0 in small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the role of cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands in advancing both countries in this area. An exciting day ended with a tour of the Experience Center of ASML, the leading provider of optical lithography systems for the semiconductor industry.

A productive workshop and future expansion of the collaboration

We would like to thank FME, the Brainport Industries Campus, and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Munich for the excellent organization and the interesting program. We are looking forward further international collaboration to advance the project, and the exchange with current and new partners in the region.

Impressions from the visit to Eindhoven