Since 1 July 2018, the DiK has been working on the CaMPuS research project (research on Intelligent Cloud Manufacturing Service and Pilot Factory). The project, funded by the BMBF with the project management agency PTKA, is carried out on the German side in cooperation with the Institute for “Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools” (PTW) on the part of the TU Darmstadt and with the company Festo Didactic SE and on the Chinese side with the companies CASICloud-Tech Co., Ltd. and ITEI (Instrumentation Technology and Economy Service).

The digitalization of value-added processes increases the possibilities of cross-national networking as well as the complexity of production processes. German companies with locations abroad, for example in China, are faced with the task of equipping their employees with the novel competencies necessary to master complexity. Above all, a holistic understanding of processes and the ability to apply new technologies, such as cloud technologies, in a benefit-oriented way, will be decisive for success in the future. Realistic learning environments, which are developed and tested within the CaMPuS) project in cooperation between research and industry, support the development of competencies.

The aim of the CaMPuS research project is the development of a prototypical, physical learning and innovation environment. The project investigates which competencies of employees of different hierarchical levels in Germany and China are needed to analyze and optimize production processes by using industry 4.0 technologies. The developed modular and mobile learning factory modules can be networked across locations. They enable the mapping of a complex production network to convey a holistic understanding of the process. The focus is on three use cases: Cloud services, component traceability and worker assistance.

First, the current state of digitization of production and the competence requirements of employees in selected Chinese companies and German branches in China are recorded. Subsequently, concepts are developed how the identified competence requirements can be conveyed with the help of real learning environments. On this basis, three learning factory modules in the form of physical, mobile demonstrators will be developed, set up and equipped with the necessary software to present the defined use cases. The resulting learning factory modules are to be addressed and networked worldwide via cloud services. To this end, a learning factory environment will be set up at the TU Darmstadt and at the project partners in China, tested and subsequently used for training courses and demonstrations. At the end of the project, further training needs will be jointly identified and a roadmap for further cooperation drawn up.