Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler
Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK)
Dipl.-Ing. Eckhard Hohwieler studied electrical engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin. In 1981 he entered the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) in Berlin as a researcher and became head of department for machine operation and programming in 1986. Since 2004 he is head of the department production machines and systems management at the Fraunhofer IPK. His research interests focus on intelligent manufacturing systems, condition monitoring and energy efficiency. Since 2009 Mr. Hohwieler has established the research area of self-organising production based on cyber-physical systems at the institute and successfully initiated and manages national funded research projects in the domain of Industrie 4.0 with industrial partners.
Industrie 4.0 Application Monitoring and Control
Industrie 4.0 and Cyber Physical Systems offer new solutions for distributed control and monitoring of machinery and manufacturing processes. Intelligent networked machinery, products and tools can cooperate in managing manufacturing processes. In an industrial clou-based scalable control platform functional modules for robots and machine tools will be provided by cloud mechanisms. Monitoring offers seamless information flow from manufacturing equipment and processes to production management level. Condition monitoring integrates different distributed information and generates useful information for intelligent maintenance management on life cycle behavior of machinery. Examples and approaches in current research projects with industry will be given.