Welcome to the UBC-Fraunhofer Collaboration on Industrial Digital Transformation (C-IDT)

UBC Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) and Fraunhofer Institutes for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) and Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) set up a framework for research collaboration in the field of Industrial Digital Transformation. The focus of the collaboration is on the digitalization of machines, processes, and infrastructure and ultimately on the digital transformation of organizations and businesses in the manufacturing industry.

The C-IDT combines the expertise and resources of three renowned research entities, emphasizing on digital modelling of physical systems (e.g. manufacturing machinery and processes) in the form of a Digital Twin, to perform monitoring and control, predictive maintenance, and operation optimization. The expertise in modelling and operation is not limited to manufacturing industry and is expanded across a diverse set of industry sectors.

For this, the C-IDT aims to acquire, coordinate and carry out the contract as well as publicly funded research and development projects with industrial and other partners.

This research framework provides an effective platform to build on more than ten years of UBC – Fraunhofer cooperation. As cities and technologies become smart and inter-connected, we can consider moving beyond net-zero by providing net-positive services in a low-carbon economy.

– Prof. Walter Mérida, Associate Dean of Research and Industry Partnerships for the Faculty of Applied Science

I expect that the combination of the BaSyx system with the process simulation models developed at UBC in the area of machine tools and with the wear models and thermal models of Fraunhofer IWU will enable a significant increase in the quality of production processes.

– Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, Director of Fraunhofer institute for Experimental Software Engineering

The collaboration will give us the opportunity to enhance our digital machine twins with plug and produce software solutions developed by UBC. By that, the collaboration with UBC and IESE will cover the whole value chain in production from the machine level all up to logistic resource and task allocation

– Prof. Steffen Ihlenfeldt, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU