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IBG I Goeke Technology Group · 


Tool for interdisciplinary planning and product-related virtual optimisation of automated production systems

The design of products is often strongly customer-oriented and individual, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This applies both to products for the end customer and to the important role as a supplier, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Shorter product life cycles and an ever-increasing number of variants are constantly increasing the demands and the need for innovative planning and simulation systems in order to make products available to the market promptly and efficiently.

The functional design of production facilities and their time- and cost-optimised realisation are only possible by supporting and bringing together all those involved in the entire product development and production process. The simulation and programming systems currently available usually only consider part of the overall process, and there is also a lack of data consistency. The systems used are often too complex on the one hand,  on the other hand they do not cover the complete path to full virtual commissioning. The time-consuming and at the same time error-prone data conversion and system change steps therefore limit the usefulness of the available systems.

The aim of the project is to bring together all experts involved in the overall process in an interdisciplinary and cross-company way from the conception phase to the virtual production check in a common working environment - the conexing solution. This tool must offer a new form of collaboration in terms of adaptability to future product and production scenarios, and also create new possibilities in terms of usability and knowledge exchange.

Cooperation partner

  • ICARUS Consulting GmbH
  • SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG
  • Daimler AG
  • robomotion GmbH
  • IBG Robotronic GmbH
  • Link & Link Software GmbH & Co. KG
  • RIF e. V. Institut für Forschung und Transfer
  • Lehrstuhl für Produktionssysteme (LPS) der Ruhr-Universität Bochum


This research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supervised by the Karlsruhe project management organisation.