“Hands-on mentality” - also in terms of Industry 4.0 – connects South Korea and Germany

17/04/2015

Korean and Aachen perspective on Industry 4.0/Smart Factory

  Visitors Copyright: Fraunhofer IPT / Guido Flüchter

Following their stay at this year’s Hannover Messe, a 20-member delegation from South Korea visited the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and the Fraunhofer IPT. Along with representatives of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy and of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Korean industry representatives had travelled to Aachen to a common forum on Industry 4.0. “There’s an impressive development in the context of Industry 4.0 in South Korea. Both of us have the same “hands-on mentality” which shows that we are culturally not so far away –we see very good partners in them”, Professor Fritz Klocke, professor at the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) and head of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT welcomed the delegation and emphasized the already good relationship with the Korean industry. The visit to Germany was a good chance to take a closer look at the latest developments on both sides and to expand those for the future. As one of many examples Professor Klocke cited the cooperation with Korean universities.

  Visitors Copyright: Fraunhofer IPT / Guido Flüchter

Under the heading Industry 4.0, current research projects of the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries” and the optimization of production in the context of Industry 4.0 and Smart Sensor Technology were focused. Dr. Gyu Taek Lee (Program Director for Embedded Software, Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology KEIT) and Dr. Steve Kyoung-Han Bae (Smart Factory Team, Industry Innovation Movement Headquarter) presented the work of the “Strategy for Manufacturing Industry Innovation 3.0” initiative which started in 2014 and the Smart Factory Strategy of the Ministry. South Korea pursues similar approaches in the research environment as Germany distinguished by a high practical relevance. “Industry 4.0 is globally oriented and not just a German issue or initiative”, Professor Klocke underlined and, building on this, hoped for more good “joint-cooperation” with South Korea for the future. The day was concluded with a panel on the future cooperation and with a tour of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering and of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT. The Korean delegation was very impressed by the campus and the opportunities that have been created in Aachen.