The research association Smart Engineering e. V., based at the Technical University Chemnitz in Germany, is an alliance of PLM experts from science, industry and IT. Their goal: to support the development of smart products and services over the entire product life cycle in the sense of consistent digital value creation.
"The digital transformation requires the manufacturing industry to rethink and redesign its methods, processes, technologies and organizational forms," says Dr. Patrick Müller of CONTACT Software. "Adjusting IT to this also in product development is absolutely relevant to competition". The Smart Engineering initiative focuses on scientifically based joint research with a focus on practical transfer.
This reflects the constitution of its members. Whether mechanical engineering informatics, virtual product development or production engineering – many excellent research institutes from all over Germany are involved. The Schaeffler Group and the associations it´s owl and prostep ivip represent the interests of industry. CONTACT Software, Conweaver and :em AG, among others, contribute their knowledge of IT technologies and best practices in engineering.
The research association Smart Engineering presents its work results in trade journals and at expert conferences. The association also promotes dialogue with industry through its own events, which are open to all interested parties. The next date has already been set: In mid-October 2018, a "Model Based Engineering" (MBE) theme day will take place, informing about new possibilities for model-based collaboration between mechanical, electrical/electronic and software developers.