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The TEI section’s research considers various phases of the innovation process, and it extends the traditional view by considering the boundary-crossing and interdisciplinary nature of innovation from Engineering to Business. Starting from ideation to developing a first prototype, setting up manufacturing enabling and applying technologies of the Industry 4.0, up to commercialization on the market. The focus is general engineering and how to generate innovate products and production of the future. The focus is to develop and demonstrate technical engineering solutions in combination with comprehensive business models.
This is done by bringing together engineers and innovative business researchers who in collaboration can transform an idea into a tangible innovation, that may become a new smart product or service. A big focus for the researchers is the Smart Factory where researchers the digitalized and automated factory of the future is designed and developed. The researchers work with virtual simulation tools where virtual prototypes and digital twins of the production can be tested in a virtual VR environment before implementation.
These joint forces represent the backbone of our education programmes on Engineering, Innovation and Business.
In collaboration with internal and external partners, the SDU TEI group is a reliable and qualified partner for the local industry in joint projects.
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Smart Factory - Automation and Digitalization - Industry 4.0
We take the latest knowledge regarding automation and digitalization into account. Together with companies, we generate innovative solutions that enable companies to become more productive and adaptable. Our mission is Digitalized Production, where we will apply automation and digitalization to the challenges of local and regional companies and to co-develop innovative and disruptive solutions.
Therefore, our Smart Factory research takes Industry 4.0 principles like automation and digitalization into account. This includes the Lean Automation approach, which implies the following: First, “lean” the company before automating appropriate elements; second, provide simple, easy-to-use and business-oriented solutions for small and medium sized companies; and third, in line with current research, lean automation is also referred to as “autonomation”, which means “automation with a human touch”. We believe a big asset in smart manufacturing is the human in collaboration with technology.