Dürr, Fraunhofer and iTAC initiate a big data analytics collaboration
Mechanical and plant engineering company, research society and MES manufacturer sign letter of intent at HANNOVER MESSE
Dürr AG, its full subsidiary iTAC Software AG and the Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research are collaborating on the development of a big data analytics service. A management representative from each of the organisations signed a letter of intent in this respect at the HANNOVER MESSE. Their common objective is to develop and market a Machine Learning-as-a-Service (MLaaS) for the iTAC.MES.Suite, which is iTAC’s manufacturing execution system.
Machine Learning-as-a-Service (MLaaS) is a scalable artificial
intelligence offering in the cloud. The
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems in St.
Augustin was asked to collaborate in the project as a result of its big data
analytics expertise and, together with the iTAC experts, it will be pursuing the
objective of developing various sector-specific MLaaS for big data analytics.
Possible applications for the big data analytics
module that is planned for the iTAC.MES.Suite are predictive maintenance,
increased efficiency and reduced fault yield.
At this time, the plan is for iTAC to launch the product in the market
with and for Dürr in 2018.
Dürr AG, a
leading mechanical and plant engineering company, and the Fraunhofer Society
have collaborated on many other projects over the years. They are also both
involved in the ‘Heinz and Heide Dürr Foundation’ at the ‘Institute for Energy
Efficiency in Production’ (EEP).
The letter of intent was signed at HANNOVER MESSE by management
representatives of Dürr, Fraunhofer and iTAC on 26 April – in the presence of
Dr Heinz Dürr, Honorary Supervisory Board Chairman of Dürr AG – at the
Fraunhofer Society’s exhibition stand.
Photographer: Kurt Fuchs. Photo source: Fraunhofer
to right: Maria Christina Bienek (Industry 4.0 Representative, iTAC Software AG), Michael
Fritz (Manager of Corporate Business Development ICT, Fraunhofer Society), Dieter Meuser
(CTO, iTAC Software AG), Professor Georg Rosenfeld (Technology Marketing
Director, Fraunhofer Society), Dr Johannes T. Grobe (Senior Vice President
Sales in the Paint and Final Assembly Systems Division, Dürr Systems GmbH), Dr
Heinz Dürr (Honorary Supervisory Board Chairman of Dürr AG), Professor Reimund
Neugebauer (President of the Fraunhofer Society), Ralph Heuwing (CFO, Dürr AG), Professor Stephan Wrobel
(Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information