Digital value chain as an integrated project

June 17, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The intelligent networking of development and production processes for electronic components and systems is the focus of one of Europe's largest research projects to date on digitization of the value chain and industry 4.0.

Corporate Europe is facing the challenge of integrating their entire processes into a globally networked, digital value chain. "The right use of digitization makes development, production and logistics faster, more flexible and more cost-effective," said Jochen Hanebeck, Chief Operations Officer of Infineon Technologies AG, the consortium leader of the research project. "The goal of the iDev40 project is to automate highly complex processes using methods of artificial intelligence and to train employees for the new key tasks of the future.

 

The three-year research project focuses on three topics: secure data and knowledge management in the product life cycle, digital information flow and innovations in the supply chain. Intelligent data management provides secure access to information for people and systems. It enables fast learning from large amounts of data. Development and production teams are networked with each other independent of location and communicate along the value chain in real time. Processes can be virtually mapped by digital factory and product twins and thus simulated holistically and comprehensively. Artificial intelligence and machine learning play a decisive role here.

An important research aspect of iDev40 is the further development of the jobs of the future. On the one hand, this concerns new activity profiles as well as the necessary competences to interact with highly automated, complex systems. The project contributes to securing more than 15,000 jobs in the companies involved in the project in the medium to long term. Worldwide, there are about 50,000 employees of the project partners along the entire value chain in the field of electronic components and systems.

As a private public partnership, iDev40 is intended to strengthen the global competitiveness of the European microelectronics industry. The project unites investments from industry, individual countries and through ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) Joint Undertaking. iDev40 is co-financed by investments from industry, Austria (BMVIT), Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania and Spain as well as the ECSEL Joint Undertaking.


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