RWTH Certificate Course Smart Engineering for Smart Factories

Successfully Using the Digital Value Chain

Become acquainted with the potentials of "Front Loading" in addition to classic topics of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Learn the basics of digitized production and focus on the integration of modern information technologies into technical processes. You will be able to successfully implement (engineering) technical approaches and concepts independently.

Course Contents

Machine-2-Machine-Communication / Human-Machine-Interfaces
Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and Dashboards for Information Visualization
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for     industrial robotics
Workshop: Integrated, collaborative robots and PLM-based Robot Assembly
Case Study: Optimization of an industry 4.0 production site

Group of Participants
You are an engineer in the fields of mechanical and/or electrical engineering.

The Smart Factory connects and automates machines and systems in order to synchronize work steps autonomously. Product families with many variants and ever shorter product life cycles require a shift of effort into engineering science development ("front loading"). New product variants can be efficiently produced by means of a continuously available digital planning chain.

In five days of attendance, basic knowledge will be built on the basis of lectures and numerous practical examples and exercises. This is deepened by the practical implementation of a digital planning chain in the Smart Automation Lab of RWTH Aachen University.

Further information regarding the certificate course "Smart Engineering for Smart Factories"

On the first day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Introduction to Industry 4.0, Product Lifestyle Management (PLM) and Integrated Collaborative Robotics

On the second day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • PLM-based Robot Assembly
  • New Control Paradigms for Future Production Systems

On the third day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Challenge of Consistent Information Flows: From Engineering to Production
  • Software Architectures and Development Processes
  • Data Modelling and Database Systems
  • Data Analytics for Industrial Production and Modern Manufacturing
  • Innovative Human-Machine-Interfaces

On the fourth day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Introduction to Communication Networks in Modern Production Systems
  • Machine-2-Machine Communication
  • From Intra-Device to Inter-Machine Communication using DDS
  • Modern Robotoics using Microservices in ROS

On the fifth day of the course the following topics will be taught:

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
  • Final discussion, exam and awarding of certificates

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Module Overview                   


Study format:
Certificate Course
5 days
Credit points:
2 ECTS (50 h. Workload)
Course fees:
3.200 €

incl. lunch, course documents & accompanying program, excl. accommodation / arrival & departure

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