AUTONOMICS for Industry 4.0 is driving the next stage of evolution, enabling machines, service robots, and other systems to autonomously complete complex tasks. Transitioning from ICT-based control mechanisms to components and systems with autonomous capabilities will launch a new era of industrial production in which highly flexible production infrastructures will boost efficiency, economy and quality. Germany’s leading position as a high quality hub of manufacturing and a provider of state-of-the-art production technologies will be strengthened in this way.
At the DLR Project Management Agency we provide support to the Industry 4.0 field via the ‘AUTONOMICS for Industry 4.0’ initiative. We manage one of the key funding programmes, in which we use our experience acquired in the preceding ‘AUTONOMICS’ programme by the Federal Ministry for Business Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The aim of this funding programme is to connect state-of-the-art information and communication technologies with industrial production to thereby exploit potential for innovation. Another aim is to cultivate the development of innovative products and to enable production according to customer specifications.