SME 4.0 Competence Center Darmstadt – We will assist with your digitization projects from first information to final implementation.

The SME 4.0 Competence Center Darmstadt will assist you from first information to final implementation of your digitization project.

The SME 4.0 Competence Center Darmstadt is a central contact point for questions about digitization for small and medium-sized enterprises and craft businesses. The Center offers a free, comprehensive range of information, qualification and implementation support in the topic areas of “work”, “energy”, “ideas”, “security” and “efficiency” and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the “SME 4.0 – Digital Production and Work Processes” funding initiative.

As a first point of entry, companies can obtain basic information about the topic areas at one of the many information events. In addition, training courses and workshops, which are also free of charge, provide methods of analysis and tools to identify starting points for digitization in-house, as well as qualify employees for the implementation of digitization projects in the workplace. For the implementation itself, the experts at the competence center not only provide support by way of individual technical discussions, during which specific questions can be discussed on site, but also by actively participating in selected implementation projects. This offering is also free of charge.

The offering relates to various questions within the topic areas. The topic area “work” covers the handling of sensitive employee data and also the opportunities for optimizing work through digitization. The topic area “energy” addresses possibilities for saving and managing energy. The topic area “ideas” deals with new business models based on digitization. The topic area “security” introduces possibilities for reliable networking that is protected against external access. The topic area “efficiency” focuses on possibilities for increasing availability, e.g. by means of predictive maintenance, and optimizing in-house procedures.

Digitization helps you to optimize your processes.

Eight partners from science and practice pool their expertise in the SME 4.0 Competence Center Darmstadt. In addition to Fraunhofer LBF, they are represented by four institutes of the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, the Darmstadt Rhine Main Neckar Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main Chamber of Crafts.

Within these topic areas, Fraunhofer LBF assists interested customers from first information to completed implementation project. We will provide you with support to increase the reliability of your plant and machinery by means of sensor-based status detection, vibration control or a virtual product development process; we will assist to develop new sensor-driven and process-data-driven business models. Simply give us a call.

Sponsors and partners
“Digitization and networking the value creation processes of SMEs offer promising options for increasing their competitiveness and opening up new market opportunities. In contrast to this is the reluctance of SMEs to deal with the topic of Industry 4.0. The reasons for this include, among others, the staffing structure of many SMEs, their established infrastructure and the necessity for rapid amortization of investments. These special characteristics and the skepticism to be observed are to be specifically addressed by means of a suitable approach, appropriate qualification requirements and supporting activities during implementation so that the Industry 4.0 project gains momentum among SMEs. The LBF is part of the consortium and provides support with practical demonstration objects and on-site projects at companies that deal with the monitoring of components and systems.” Andreas Wank, M. Sc., Geschäftsführer Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt