We work with the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) on the STEP (smart technician resource planning) research project. KIT is one of the world’s biggest research and teaching institutions, formed in 2009 from a merger between Karlsruhe University and the national
research centre of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft.
Behind the STEP research project is Smarte Techniker-Einsatz-Planung (Smart Technician Service Planning), promoted as part of the BMWI “Smart Service World – Internet-based services for the economy” bidding (“Smart Service Welt – Internetbasierte Dienste für die Wirtschaft”). The “Smart Services” theme is part of the government’s “Digital Agenda” and “High-Tech Strategy,” thereby providing a significant contribution to the further development of the future Industrie 4.0
Big Data and Predictive Maintenance are the keywords that characterize STEP. The goal is the application of continuous machine population monitoring data to predict needed maintenance and plan technician assignments so that breakdowns can be effectively prevented with the lowest possible planning and operating costs.
By the end of this three-year project, an innovative pilot system and service models compatible with data protection are to be developed that can also be used by medium-sized companies. As a consortium partner, FLS supports the STEP project with its expertise in operational planning.
Other consortium partners include:
USU Software AG TRUMPF GmbH & Co. KG Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
STEP project: https://www.projekt-step.de/de/
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