ERJ staff report (PR)
The Fraunhofer Institute is to showcase its application of digital engineering technology to develop and build new production plants in “record time” for specialty chemicals company Lanxess. during this year’s Hannover Messe exhibition in Germany.
Digital engineering allows development work around the planning of products and manufacturing to proceed simultaneously: shortening development times, reducing costs and providing more fully developed plant designs. It is also, says the Institute, “a building block for self-controlled, interconnected manufacturing of the future.”
Back in early 2010, Lanxess decided to enter the water purification business and planned to build a production facility for reverse osmosis membrane filter elements by autumn of the following year.
Together with the chemical company’s experts, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF in Magdeburg, Germany designed and had the manufacturing technology ready for production in just nine months.
Afterward, the team built a second, fully automatic plant in just one year. Part of this plant – scaled down – will be on display for the first time at the Institute’s booth at Hannover Messe, 7-11 April in Hanover.
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