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META - Manufacturing 4.0 durch Entwicklung und Transfer progressiver Automatisierungslösungen
About META


01. April 2021 - Warmly welcome to the team!

Strengthened by new partners in the network, we are pleased to start the second year of Phase 2 and warmly welcome our new partners.

With DeSonic GmbH, we have a long-established partner in the field of ultrasonic cleaning systems and aqueous-based cleaning systems in standard and special plant construction at our side. From ultrasonic generators to fully automatic cleaning lines, the company serves everything from a single source and from its own production and builds on innovative systems for optimal operation and control.

Significantly contributing to the strengthening of competencies in the field of production lines and robot cells in the future will be EKF Automation GmbH from Freital. For three decades, the company has stood for innovative solutions and design challenges in the fields of automation, robotics and special machine construction.

As a specialist in the manufacture of inductors, cutting tools, tools for processing cables and plastic pipes, and progressive sports equipment, GBZ Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG our joint network vision. Thus, tools, products and services based on them are designed, developed and manufactured as well as supported for a wide range of applications in the mechanical engineering and sports industries.

GKN Driveline Deutschland GmbH is a leading global supplier of driveline systems and solutions for the automotive industry. As a global supplier to the leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of driveline systems from the smallest, ultra-low-cost passenger car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle. With the Mosel site, our network is supported by a renowned OEM partner with a wide range of manufacturing expertise and breadth.

18. January 2021 - Kickoff Network "NanoGeoTherm"

In the innovation network NanoGeoTherm - Nanotechnology for more efficiency in geothermal systems, which was newly founded at the beginning of the year, the META network is represented as a strong partner with a focus on production technology, automation technology and Industry 4.0. With a total of 10 partners, the network has successfully started phase 1. At the kickoff, our network presented its competences and first ideas were discussed together, which potentials the application of nanotechnologies has for near-surface geothermal energy.

In this field, few new innovative materials have been used so far, so that the use of nanotechnology on different levels promises considerable success for the overall system. The NanoGeoTherm network pursues the vision of significantly improving near-surface geothermal energy technically through the use of nanoscale materials, particularly in the areas of thermal conductivity but also electrical conductivity and mechanical stability. We look forward to further collaboration on interesting projects.

02. December 2020 - VDI/VDE-IT Workshop "Impulse für Innovationen"

In early December, our project executing agency, the VDI/VDE-IT, invited to the virtual workshop "Impulse für Innovationen". Together, the network management followed interesting presentations on the contents and potentials of the ZIM funding program and was able to ask open questions about the application to the competent team of the VDI/VDE-IT during the discussion round.

16. November 2020 - Kick-Off of Phase 2 af the international Network

With more than 25 participants from the circle of our network partners we started together with the Kick-Off in phase 2 of our network. Together with the international coordinator, Prof. Patalas-Maliszewska, the German network management around Mr. Schleinitz and Dr. Rehm led through the morning and informed the partners about the current topics, gave insights into the project situation and discussed further research and development priorities. The virtual format also provided an opportunity for the network partners newly added in phase 2 to introduce themselves. Very interesting contributions from the different areas of production technology, research and digitization were in focus. During the breaks, despite the local barriers of the virtual kick-off, there were lively discussions in the numerous breakout rooms offered by the web conference tool. Interesting implplus presentations rounded off the network meeting and were already the basis for further, joint project ideas.

24. September 2020 - all about automation at the fair in Chemnitz

After a long forced break from trade fairs, it was finally time again at the end of September - the first trade fair visit of the year at the all about automation in the exhibition halls on our doorstep. Almost 150 exhibitors showed, despite the current restrictions and the resulting hygiene guidelines, a variety of innovative products. In addition to the visit of our partners (at this point a big thank you to the EDC Electronic Design Chemnitz GmbH for the invitation to their booth) we had interesting discussions with new industry contacts such as JAT - Jenaer Antriebstechnik Gmb, IAI Industrieroboter GmbH and INFRANOR GmbH on drive-based condition monitoring.

21. August 2020 - Visit of the network partner H+E Produktentwicklung GmbH

The managing directors Mrs. Frohberg and Mr. Grütze of our partner H+E Produktentwicklung GmbH welcomed us warmly in beautiful Moritzburg. After final coordination of the interdisciplinary R&D project, which is planned in cooperation with the partner BMF GmbH as well as the professorships of production metrology and business administration III, we were allowed to get to know the ready product range from the different industries in more detail. In addition to automation solutions for intralogistics and transfer systems, H+E Produktentwicklung has already built up extensive technological know-how in the field of additive manufacturing over more than 13 years. As specialists for the design, development and production of complex geometries in 3D metal printing, the team around Mr. Grütze accompanies the complete production cycle from the first idea to the final processing. The laser melting process used (LaserCusing®) offers the possibility of producing complex objects from a variety of metal materials through tool-free and topology-optimized manufacturing.

23. July 2020 - Visit of the network partner BMF GmbH Grüna

Our next visit of the network partners led us to Grüna to our longtime partner, the BMF GmbH Grüna. Mr. Bernstein himself took the time to talk to us about the current trends and strategies in the field of mechanical blasting. Due to the strengthened market in the field of generative manufacturing, completely new task spectra and challenges arise, which can only be solved by a complete consideration of the process chain, from the raw material to the final processing. The bundling of the various competences in the network as well as the support on the research side were unanimously approved and are now to flow together within the framework of a larger joint project for the processing of this important complex of topics from the field of production quality control. We are looking forward to further cooperation.

14. July 2020 - Visit of the network partner Lehmann UMT

The start of our network visits leads us to Pöhl in the beautiful Vogtland region to the network partner Lehmann UMT, where we were warmly welcomed. During a guided tour through the production at the location, the managing director, Mr. Lehmann, and Mr. Lorenz from the sales department showed us the extensive product portfolio as well as the machinery and equipment of the company. We learned about the current trends and development priorities in the field of filtration technology and were able to exchange ideas about joint projects and future focal points, which have now been summarised in a first project sketch. At this point we would like to thank Mr. Lehmann and Mr. Lorenz once again.

24. June 2020 - Digital exchange of experience for ZIM network managers

Freshly started in the second phase, the two network managers Armin Schleinitz and Dr. Matthias Rehm participated in the digital exchange of experience for ZIM network managers on the topic Optimized funding conditions in ZIM & Digital Networking. Interesting presentations offered the opportunity to inform and exchange information about funding opportunities in the context of the new ZIM guideline 2020 and possible tools for digital networking.

12. June 2020 - Phase 2 started internationally

Our international management team introduces itself. Besides the TUC managers, our Polish coordinator Prof. Justyna Patalas-Maliszewska from the University of Zielona Gora has joined us. In her scientific work, her research focuses on computational intelligence in production, modelling and design methods, and tools and solutions to support production engineering. She is involved in various international research projects in the field of information systems, including several within the Interreg UE programme, as well as for companies and the Polish National Laboratory. She is well connected through her membership in the Polish Society for Production Management and the Polish Society for Innovation Management as well as numerous lectures in the Central European region.

31. December 2019 - Phase 2 international will start soon

Phase 1 of the ZIM network has been completed. We will soon start in phase 2 internationally with interesting Polish partners.

16. October 2019 - 14th cooperation exchange supplier industry in Stollberg

Booth of the network META at the cooperation exchange supplier industry in Stollberg. Picture: Alexander Winkler

Within the scope of the 14th cooperation exchange supplier industry of the Wirtschaftsförderung Erzgebirge the network META presented its previous research and development results to the regional expert audience. In the three-field sports hall of the Carl-von-Bach grammar school in Stollberg numerous visitors informed themselves about the current developments in the field of automation solutions for the production technology of tomorrow. The topics of digitalisation, machine and process monitoring and processing by means of robots were particularly well received.

26. September 2019 - 2nd Workshop on "Retrofittable features for drive control and monitoring"

  • Chris Schöberlein showed solutions for drive data acquisition in his lecture and disturbance monitoring. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Peggy de Witt
  • The trade fair demonstrator was very interested in the implemented algorithms for the drive fingerprint. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm
  • The test and application center for processing with robots was also presented to the participants. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm
  • During a snack there was an intensive exchange of experience on the subjects of drive monitoring and digitization. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Peggy de Witt
  • When visiting the laboratories, the extensive test stands of the control and regulation technology department were presented. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm

A great success was our 2nd workshop on 26 September 2019 on the subject of "Retrofittable features for drive control and monitoring". Mr. Holger Schlegel, Head of the Department of Control Engineering at the Chair of Machine Tool Design and Forming Technology, led the participants through the exciting program. Under the topic "Identification of controlled systems during operation and monitoring of performance and dynamics", Mr. Johannes Quellmalz impressively demonstrated in his lecture the wide range of algorithms that have been developed in the department in recent years. Based on this, Mr. Chris Schöberlein presented under "Drive data acquisition and determination of machining forces" the necessary means and developed solutions for data utilization and outlined the considerable potential of estimating machining forces in cutting machine tools. Mr. André Sewohl concluded the triple with his presentation on "Force/position control in manufacturing technology" and illustrated simulation-based and experimental results in the field of hybrid control of forming machines in addition to the state of the art.

During the live demonstration at the department's numerous test stands in Hall E, the participants were able to convince themselves of the performance and find out about the technical implementation. The test and application centre for machining with robots was also presented to the participants and initial machining strategies were discussed. At the concluding snack, there was time for an intensive exchange of experience in the fields of drive monitoring and digitization.

16. - 21. September 2019 - EMO Hanover

Booth at the EMO 2019 at Hanover Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm

This year's EMO took place from 16 to 21 September in Hanover and, as the world's leading trade fair for metalworking, is an important showcase for innovation, indispensable for global manufacturing technology and was an ideal platform for the META cooperation network. In the mav industrie 4.0 area, we presented initial solution proposals and numerous project and product ideas at the TU Chemnitz stand. The joint stand was a first-rate visitor magnet and offered the network with its forum area the additional opportunity to present the network to a broad professional audience in the context of a technical lecture under the title "Digitalisation of production technology through progressive monitoring and automation solutions".

03. July 2019 - 1st Workshop on "Funding opportunities through SAB / SBG and protection and patent law"

  • Network manager Peggy de Witt led the workshop. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm
  • Katrin Gräfe from SAB explains the extensive support programs of SAB. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm
  • The funding modules of the SBG, presented by Mr. Frank Däderich, represent an ideal addition to the funding instruments of the SAB. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm
  • Dr. Silvio Heider from the Patent Information Center at Chemnitz University of Technology discussed the benefits of industrial property rights, among other things. Picture: TU Chemnitz/Matthias Rehm

Network partners as well as external guests informed Ms. Gräfe about the extensive portfolio of support programmes of the Sächsischen Aufbaubank (SAB) for Saxon companies at the first workshop of the META network. In addition to the GRW grant, the innovation premium, the technology transfer support as well as programmes for information protection and the digitalisation of business processes were met with great approval. Mr. Däderich completed the SAB's offer with the presentation of the funding modules by the Sächsische Beteiligungsgesellschaft (SBG) and presented the essential advantages of SBG funding. Subsequently, Dr. Heider from the Patent Information Centre (PIZ) of Chemnitz University of Technology structured the complex process of patent application, discussed advantages and disadvantages and presented the range of services offered by the PIZ.

The extensive funding opportunities of the SAB can also be found online.

Overview of the range of services of the PIZ .

25. June 2019 - Visit of the international ZIM network "Soil2Heat" of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Network exchange between META & OF-Geothermie 4.0 Picture: TU Chemnitz/Katja Klöden

After getting to know each other during the exchange of experiences of the network managers in Berlin, the network coordination of the networks Soil2Heat (near-surface geothermal energy and cold local heating 4.0) and the network META (Manufacturing 4.0 through development and transfer of progressive automation solutions) decided to filter out possible synergies and focal points at a meeting, which will benefit from the innovative strength of the partners from both networks. After an invitation and a visit, it quickly became clear that there are many points of contact between the two networks and that a continuous future collaboration and cooperation is aimed at.

Further information on the ZIM network "Soil2Heat" can be found here.

02. April 2019 - Kick-Off

Consortium of the cooperation network META Picture: TU Chemnitz/Katja Klöden

For the presentation of first project ideas and the joint discussion of the technological roadmap, the network partners of all 9 companies and 6 research institutions met in the context of the Kick-Off on April 2nd in building M on the campus Reichenhainer Strasse. With the focus on monitoring and automation solutions for small and medium-sized companies in the field of production engineering, interesting approaches to solutions were presented.

These deal with the following topics:

  • Control Loop Performance Monitoring
  • Manufacturing process monitoring
  • Manufacturing process control
  • Manufacturing quality control
  • Modular Automation solutions
  • Manufacturing process developtment

You can also find more information on this here.

05. - 08. February 2019 - intec 2019

Technical discussion at the booth Picture: TU Chemnitz/Johannes Quellmalz

Within the framework of the trade fair for manufacturing technology, machine tools and special machines intec 2019, the network of will be represented at the Leipzig Exhibition Centre from 05 to 08 February.

Using the example of a glass machine tool, new partners were convinced by the alliance and the expertise it offers and given assistance for the age of Industry 4.0. Digitization and networking enable the intelligent monitoring of processes and components and the establishment of practice-oriented manufacturing process and quality control systems.

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Über das Netzwerk

META, the international Network about Manufacturing 4.0 durch Entwicklung und Transfer progressiver Automatisierungslösungen, is a network funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (ZIM), which is coordinated by the Chair of Machine Tools and Forming Technology. The network was founded in January 2019 with 14 members from industry and research.