The project DiCoIN - Digitally Connected Industrial Network - has the goal of a large-scale digitization of industrial value chains.

The project DiCoIN – Digitally Connected Industrial Network – has the goal of a large-scale digitization of industrial value chains. This primarily contains more intensive data and information exchange among the involved actors in the network – the industrial companies, their suppliers and the transport partners involved. Additionally an automation and proactive decision support in the accompanying processes has to be defined. Industrial value chains and production processes are increasingly taking place in complex value-added networks, where hundreds of companies are involved at the same time. The coordination of such networks is not a trivial task, since material requirements, delivery times and availability as well as transport capacities have to be reconciled with one another, with the aim of ensuring the individual process reliability next to frequent disturbances and bottlenecks.

The two Upper Austrian start-up companies in the ICT industry Satiamo and Curecomp have already advanced relatively far in this process. With their transport management and supplier platforms, they now serve a network of hundreds of suppliers and transport partners within the industrial sector and simplify or digitize their associated processes. Together with the Upper Austrian research institutes at the University of Linz and the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg, these processes will be further advanced and the existing scope of services of the platforms will be expanded by new digital services, innovative automation and decision support approaches. The strategic expansion of the portfolio of both partners can generate productivity gains for existing users in their already existing processes. Together with four selected Upper Austrian industrial partners from various industries, the experimental implementation of a prototype for an ensured automatization process will be realized within the project.

The existing performance portfolio of the two partners will be expanded by four fields of innovation and developed into a complete model of a digitized material preparation process. Digital delivery notes will be created, which in a second step represent the basis for the automated transport processing procedure. Based on Predictive Analytics, a risk-based process control of the material preparation process, which ensures compliance with process and delivery times, needs to be established. If at all, the human actor should only intervene in the process on the basis of “management-by-exception”. Finally, the quality assurance in the process will be supported multimedially in order to process complaints by using a smartphone app.

The project combines four technologically different approaches (data standards, automation, predictive analytics and multimedia support) to an overall approach within the framework of the production-supporting process of material supply. This contributes to its digitization and, at the same time, to an increase in productivity among the users. On the basis of the experimental developments the resulting effects on role profiles and organizing structures will be examined.

2017 – 2019

Satiamo GmbH, curecomp Software Services GmbH, FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH, Fronius International GmbH, Banner GmbH, Donau Kanol GmbH & Co KG, FACC AG

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DiCoIN – Digitally Connected Industry Network