30 November 2022
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The companies that are involved in the fieldlab have made the specs of their ERP systems available with the support of the province. In the Brainport Eindhoven environment that is characterised by low-mix, high volume, high complexity good communication between the comprehensive supplier network is essential for the flexibility, quality and time-to-market of OEMs. This gives them a global competitive advantage.
“At TNO we work on innovations in the field of smart industry with a multi-disciplinary team. What we do in Eindhoven is an example of one of the projects we are working on. In general, we invent and develop new solutions for smart industry or help companies implement solutions that already exist. We actively propose improvements towards industry.”
“We are also involved in a European project called industry 4.0. In this project, we look at data value and how companies can retain ownership of their data. What makes my job really exciting is that I get to see and get to know a lot of different companies and learn a lot.”
“I myself am mainly involved in the technology. I look at how companies organise their information technology. I visit a company, look at how the ERP system is organised and what is needed to optimise it. A lot of our technical solutions depend on the willingness to implement them. I among others look at semantic interoperability, data security and what a generic data connector should look like.”
“I have a very comprehensive job. When you have an IT background you expect to end up at a large company with an IT-department or in consultancy. In our role, we are exactly in the middle. We have an independent role. To me, the fieldlab is a kind of a playground. These open initiatives make me very enthusiastic. I cannot wait to see our solutions in practice. Some of the solutions we have come up with are already implemented on Brainport Industries Campus. That makes it really it really tangible. In the end, I will have helped to build the future of industry and that is great.”
TNO also actively proposes options to industrial partners that are in the market but are still unknown. One of these solutions is called horse: an operator support system that helps mechanics assemble products and systems in a fast and faultless way. This robot makes it possible for people with a distance to the labour market to work as a mechanic and also reduces errors made by trained mechanics. Horse is only one example of a variety of technologies that TNO is currently investigating in order to make work more efficient on the one hand an help people find employment on the other hand.