Industry 4.0 – a topic BIBA deals with for more than 20 years

For much more than 20 years, BIBA has been exploring what is understood today as “Industry 4.0” – the technological and organisational challenges, as well as the opportunities presented by the digitalisation of logistics and production processes and how human beings fit into these processes.

In addition, BIBA has initiated and led the collaborative research centre “Autonomous control of logistical processes” (CRC 637) by the German Research Foundation at the University of Bremen, developed control processes and cyber-physical systems, and incorporated the research results into a wide range of numerous applications in cooperation with partners from industry. BIBA has set a clear course in the development of “Industry 4.0” and is still helping to shape development.

BIBA Competences in Industry 4.0

  • BIBA is a scientific partner of Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen and offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) practical support and qualification in increasing their digitization skills. The free offer ranges from information events, demonstrations and innovation workshops to implementation projects in which practical solutions make digitization tangible.
  • Industry 4.0 Test Environments for SME is a funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the aim of testing and optimizing product ideas or prototypes as practically as possible as well as experimenting with new business ideas. The BIBA with its laboratories is registered as a Testbed for this program since 2016.
  • In 2016, BIBA established its “Factory of Expertise on Autonomous Control in Production und Logistics” as part of the „Mit uns digital!“ Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Hannover. This Factory of Expertise offers free services to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) coping with digital logistics and Industry 4.0. These free services include demonstration activities, training courses for employees as well as dialogue workshops.

  • The IoTFabLab at BIBA cooperates with various technology providers in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things since 2016. The laboratory provides all the resources necessary for work in industrial and research projects as well as in teaching: from RFID, sensors, and programmable logic controllers to single-board computers and wearable computing systems to a comprehensive IT infrastructure for the collection, processing and visualization of data.