Aerospace, automotive and machine instruments manufacturing can sit up for new digital companies that promise to make their operations extra environment friendly and productive.
Main researchers from UBC College of Utilized Science, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software program Engineering (IESE), and Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Instruments and Forming Expertise (IWU) got here collectively on July 27 for a reception and lab tour to have a good time a brand new analysis collaboration concentrating on the digital transformation of the manufacturing business.
The preliminary two-year pilot goals to pool analysis experience from the three establishments to create digital twins for producers in aerospace, automotive and machine instruments.
A digital twin makes use of Web of Issues sensors to trace knowledge a machine, course of or manufacturing facility in the true world and replicate this in a digital atmosphere.
For producers reliant on guide operations, the extent of real-time knowledge and insights that digital twins supply is game-changing—notably within the face of sudden, deeply disruptive occasions just like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In comparison with the turbulent world round us, worldwide co-operation in science and expertise is an anchor in generally troubled waters,” stated Marc Eichhorn, Consulate Common of the Federal Republic of Germany. The UBC-Fraunhofer Collaboration on Industrial Digital Transformation (C-IDT) represents a “milestone of scientific collaboration and our dedication for the long run.”
Canada and Germany take pleasure in an extended historical past of science and expertise cooperation, with greater than 1,000 joint analysis initiatives over the past 50 years. The UBC-Fraunhofer C-IDT is simply the newest challenge in that historical past, constructing upon a decade-long partnership between UBC and Fraunhofer.
Such collaboration not solely permits for financial alternatives—Germany is Canada’s largest export market within the EU, with two-way commerce value roughly $26 billion in 2021—but additionally opens the door to extra rapidly handle important challenges like local weather change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Any such collaboration is not only an financial alternative and an awesome platform for scientific discovery,” stated Dr. Walter Mérida, Affiliate Dean for Analysis and Business Partnerships, UBC College of Utilized Science. “For my part, it has turn out to be now a necessity, given the quick timeframe that now we have with the challenges that we’re experiencing. We do not have 100 years to alter our power programs with out accelerating the innovation required to try this.”
Digital improvements are driving an unimaginable transformation of the manufacturing business—a lot so, that this transformation is taken into account the fourth industrial revolution (Business 4.0).
Dr. Peter Liggesmeyer, Director of Fraunhofer IESE, spoke concerning the worth in combining the three companions’ experience in Business 4.0 software program, machine instruments, and thermal influences and power degradation to create digital twins that can contribute to that transformation. Collectively, they are going to be ready “to enhance presents for business companions in North America and Europe.”
Dr. Steffen Ihlenfeldt, Director of Fraunhofer IWU, painted an image concerning the “manufacturing facility of the long run”: that manufacturing is shifting in direction of: one which makes use of native sources, has co-creation processes, is carbon-negative, built-in within the city atmosphere and permits for hybrid work.
Such collaboration not solely permits for financial alternatives but additionally opens the door to extra rapidly handle important challenges like local weather change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture by Martin Dee Images.
The UBC-Fraunhofer C-IDT’s work on digital twins represents an early step in direction of this imaginative and prescient.
“One of many key features of this challenge is to switch our data to business,” stated Dr. Yusuf Altintas, Director of the Manufacturing Automation Laboratory at UBC. Digital twins will assist producers higher monitor their machines and processes. Additionally they enable producers to mannequin adjustments in a digital atmosphere earlier than real-world implementation, lowering danger and price, and enabling safer, extra exact operations.
Whereas the pilot targets aerospace, automotive and machine instruments manufacturing—industries with eye-watering working prices and no room for error—Dr. Altintas reiterated the group’s shared hope to develop to different fields. These potentialities embody vital BC industries reminiscent of timber, meals, shipbuilding, healthcare (probably via the UBC College of Biomedical Engineering), mining and sensible farming.
The UBC-Fraunhofer C-IDT is open to long-term collaboration with analysis consultants throughout UBC’s campus, different universities and business companions. If you’re excited about studying extra concerning the collaboration, please contact the UBC APSC Analysis and Partnership group at [email protected].