Future fields in SME

Innovation

Future fields in SME

INDUS Holding AG welcomed the RBW Innovation Forum as a host this year under the motto "Artificial Intelligence (AI) in SMEs".

Once a year the Rheinisch-Bergische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft (RBW) invites companies to an Innovation Forum. Using practical examples from the region, innovative, technical and above all future-oriented topics will be presented and discussed. In line with the PARKOUR strategy programme, we presented our strategic focus “Driving innovation”. Numerous innovative companies in our group are already using artificial intelligence. In addition to financial support with our development bank concept for projects with a significant level of innovation, we also provide methodical support in the innovation process. Our focus is on innovation projects that are thematically aimed at opening up a future field, such as the digitization of process technology in the context of “Industry 4.0”.

IEF-Werner GmbH from Furtwangen is one of the innovative examples from the INDUS Group. The more than 150 employees of the company develop modular components and applications for mechanical engineering with the highest precision and quality. In a development project on the use of machine usage data to optimize plant technology and its service life, IEF is working in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart on the special use of machine learning methods. The system learns from historical and, if necessary, real-time available usage data. IEF’s in-depth know-how and the ability to forecast future events enable the system technology to be optimally controlled.

BETEK GmbH in the Black Forest, on the other hand, relies on the interaction of man and machine (Cobots). Cobot is an industrial robot that works together with people and is not separated from them in the production process by protective devices. At BETEK, the Cobot is integrated into tasks in which the employees are exposed to a high level of physical strain. The division of work thus combines the benefits of automation with the strength of employees in evaluating and processing complex production steps. With more than 300 employees, BETEK produces carbide-tipped wear tools, tool systems and wear protection solutions, e.g. for road construction and mining.

These are two of many examples from the INDUS Group that approach the subject of digitisation in different ways. We look forward to posting more examples on our blog in the future.

With kind regards,

Your Dr. Jörn Großmann

Author: Dr. Jörn Großmann

About the author

Dr. Jörn Großmann

Member of the Board

Dr. Jörn Großmann studied materials science and obtained his doctorate as Dr. rer. nat, MBA. He has been a member of the Board of Management of INDUS Holding AG since January 2019 and is responsible for the division Technology & Innovation.