Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik IPK
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PublicationUsing a text mining tool for patent analysesThe content analysis of hundreds of patents during early phases of R&D processes is still complex and time consuming. Many companies avoid the analysis of patents and are not aware of the huge knowledge that might be useful for their own R&D. Therefore Fraunhofer IAO developed a method for a software-based patent analysis, the so called White Spot Analysis. Core element of this analysis is the usage of a textmining solution for the analysis of patents, especially for the analysis of problems and solutions provided by patents. This paper demonstrates the result of a White Spot Analysis: The practical example deals with the development of a new method for the repairing of gas urbines, especially the repairing of high pressure turbine blades. It is shown how the developed text-mining solution assisted the patent analysis and the idea generation process.
PublicationFrom technology market to market successProfitable commercialization of innovative technologies calls for goal-oriented business models. The Fraunhofer House of Business Model Engineering (BME) can be used to create models that ensure innovations are successfully positioned in the market from an early stage in their development. BME includes a value arena in which core values and added values such as service and emotional factors are weighted for each specific market. The technology-driven BME process itself is based on multiple different levels. Goals, design options and opportunities for exploitation are identified on the strategy level, while the design of the model (plan, build, run, change) takes place on the process phases level. Relevant structural elements are defined in specific configuration and planning contexts. The model creation process is supported by specially developed IT-based methods. Examples taken from numerous Fraunhofer institutes have demonstrated how BME can be implemented successfully.
PublicationCollaborative virtual engineering for SMEs: Solutions for nomadic engineers and managers( 2009)
;Kürümlüoglu, M. ;Kazi, A.S. ;Langenberg, D.Finger, J.Real-time interactive collaboration is the key to the success of organisations providing customised products/services to clients. This is especially the case when managers and engineers are on the move and need to communicate with and access data from not only the head office, but from other partners and clients engaged in the definition, development, delivery, or maintenance of the product/service. This paper presents technical developments of a collaborative environment built using mashup concepts to support SMEs in their virtual engineering work for three main use cases: manager on business trip; engineer on remote site; virtual team collaboration. An iterative living lab approach constituting systemic consideration of people, processes, and technologies was used. Findings indicate that for SMEs, simple integration of applications and services using mashup is a cheaper and more viable alternative for their collaborative virtual engineering work as compared to heavy investments in integration of applications using approaches such as service oriented architectures.
PublicationVirtual machine tool - A case study on virtual operator training( 2008)
;Denkena, B. ;Ammermann, C. ;Henning, H. ;Hohwieler, E.Schlegel, T.In operator training for machine operations, the application of virtual supported training courses promises great benefits for industrial usage. If the Human-Machine-Interface is adequately modelled, this may lead to a decrease in ramp-up times or system failures during a running production and an immediate hand on support of the user. In the presented paper, a prototype for virtual operator training to achieve a faster and more flexible ramp-up is described. The realized prototypical system shows new possibilities of future learning and demonstrates applications of virtual machine and control models. The developed approach is compared to existing approaches in the field of computer-aided operator training. Due to its flexible structure, the system allows a global implementation and adaptation to people with different languages and cultures and different machinery. The system structure as well as the developed training concept are described in detail to illustrate the economical benefits for an implementation in industry.