“Real-time connected value chains will dramatically increase agility in development and production. They will thus help shorten time to market,” says Infineon CEO Dr. Reinhard Ploss, “microelectronics is a key enabler for further digitization of the manufacturing industry and for an optimized and integrated supply chain management. With its high level of automation, our industry can serve as a blueprint showing how to secure important parts of the value chain and qualified jobs in Europe. We now want to share our know-how with other industrial sectors.”
Productive4.0 is part of ECSEL, the European funding program for microelectronics. Its aim is to strengthen expertise in microelectronics with a view to broad digitization. Thirty partners from Germany and a further 79 participants will work together for three years.
The project will cost €106 million. The EU and the participating Member States are funding the project as part of ECSEL with around €51 million. The Free State of Saxony and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will jointly contribute €9.6 million to the project.
The aim is to create a user platform across value chains and industries, that especially promotes the digital networking of manufacturing companies, production machines and products.
The participating partners will examine methods, concepts and technologies for service-oriented architecture as well as for components and infrastructure in the Internet of Things.
Other aspects are standardization and process virtualization, in other words, simulating manufacturing processes to optimize real workflows.
The platform can be used in the three interlocked process pillars for managing the supply chains, the product life cycle and digital production.
The Productive4.0 project will run until 30 April 2020.