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About us

The Centre for Industrial Digitalisation is an interdisciplinary research and innovation arena that aims to promote innovation in the manufacturing industry through the deployment of digital technologies. The goal is to create a sustainable, fair, and competitive production environment.

The use of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 technologies is transforming industrial production. However, while these technologies are being continuously refined and employed in industry, they have traditionally been motivated primarily by productivity increases. The industry also faces other challenges such as sustainable and robust value chains, empowering employees in an increasingly digital workplace, and high levels of manufacturing flexibility.

Our centre is a unique combination of researchers from the fields of production engineering, computer science, and energy optimization. We work together to tackle industrial challenges related to sustainable production, resilience in value chains, and the development and use of human-centric production technologies. Our goal is to establish cyber-physical production systems where humans are empowered and feel competent in a workplace with a high level of digitalisation. We believe that production systems need to be connected, have virtual components, and have a defined level of autonomy.


Vision

Industry increases competitiveness and sustainability through employing digital tools and automation designed to:

  • Increase the environmental, social, and financial sustainability of their manufacturing capabilities
  • Secure resilient value chains, from raw material via customers, to re-use and circularity
  • Secure a human-centric approach to production system design that ensures that human is empowered and feel competent in their workplace

Cyber-physical production systems are based on three current developments:

  • Connectivity refers to the ability to stream data and operating status onto a network and control the system through the network.
  • Virtual components allow for the modelling and optimization of system performance in a simulated environment. It also allows for the visualization of system status and performance.

  • Autonomous control entails both the level of automation in the system and the level of control that the human has of the system. It is not necessarily so that higher automation is better for the system, but humans should always have autonomy when operating in their environment.

In the Centre, excellent, needs-based, and applied research is conducted to incorporate the above technologies in the production system design. The research aims to enable innovative solutions that not only incrementally improve the performance of the factories but also can lead to radically different production solutions that change the way parts and products are manufactured.

Mission statement

The Centre´s purpose is to create a supportive research environment that inspires, motivates, and assists manufacturing companies in their transition towards a green, digital, and resilient industry, through excellent, needs-based, and applied research projects, in collaboration with capable and like-minded partners.

The goal of the research carried out in the Centre for Industrial Digitalisation is to enable a future vision for factories that

  • manufactures green, circular, and highly customized products
  • contain systems that allow humans and machines to work in collaboration – utilizing their unique strengths
  • are populated by skilled humans that feel competent and in control of their work environment
  • have connected machinery that shares data and can self-diagnose, self-configure, and self–heal to maintain autonomy and meet customer demands.

We are not predicting the future, we are creating it

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