With a planned investment of DKK 140 million within the next four years, SDU's new I4.0 Lab will consist of the following competences, but not limited to:
- Advanced robotics and automation solutions
- Digital modeling consisting of digital twins modeling (process, line and plant level)
- Virtual reality and augmented reality
- Big data collection and analysis in order to develop Predictive Maintenance Tools
- Mobile devices and location detection
- Cyber security
In the Laboratory, which continues to be developed, hyper flexible production facilities can be developed and analyzed in an interdisciplinary collaboration between students, researchers, and the industry. Furthermore there will be a close linkage to relevant existing facilities. The activities created in the laboratory and corresponding activities are in close and integrated collaboration with industrial partners - this applies to technology suppliers as well as manufacturing companies.
The facilities will support the interdisciplinary collaboration that is aimed at unfolding big opportunities for the industry, which will be essential for Denmark's competitiveness and may contribute to better working conditions in Danish production. Furthermore, we strive to strengthen the local basis for a global export of I4.0 equipment with potential for exponential growth.
SDU's ambitions with I4.0 Lab:
- To strengthen and develop the ecosystem around Industry 4.0 through collaborations and partnerships between scientists, students and companies
- To strengthen funding for the area, considering that Denmark invests significantly less in innovation in production than other comparable nations
- To create awareness of Industry 4.0 through demonstration centers with affiliated task forces
- To educate the workforce with new competences with a focus on educating robotics engineers and strengthening basic technical understanding.