Press release - September 28, 2020

CONTACT Software researches new generation of electrical drives

An outstanding innovation campus is being built in Berlin, where thousands of people will live and work in the future. In the new Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science, CONTACT Software and partners are already researching on innovations for the products and production of tomorrow.

Werner von Siemens is considered as founder of modern electrical engineering and created a global electric and technology group whose largest production site is still Berlin. Now Siemensstadt 2.0 is growing up on an area of 70 hectares around Siemens' Dynamowerk: with laboratories and workplaces for innovative research clusters and start-ups.

Energy, intelligent infrastructure and mobility of the future are the major topics that are being researched on the new campus. The first active cluster is the Werner-von-Siemens Centre for Industry and Science (WvSC), which focuses on the technology fields of digitization, new materials and additive manufacturing. CONTACT Software is involved in all three current WvSC projects.

The first project is designed to increase the power density, efficiency and availability of electric drive technologies. The aim is to develop a new generation of large industrial motors that deliver energy much more efficiently, come onto the market faster and convince with longer running times.

CONTACT's task around the digital twin is to plan, simulate and secure the processes for order-specific and autonomous production. In addition, large engine manufacturers and their customers should be able to exploit performance data from ongoing operations for digital services and further product generations (closed-loop engineering). Here, the digital twin is used to prepare and visualize the operating data in a suitable format and to link it end-to-end with enterprise systems such as ERP and PLM. The platform for this is CONTACT Elements for IoT.

"With the development and market launch of the first generator, Werner von Siemens has initiated the second industrial revolution," says Lucas Kirsch, who is working on the project with his colleagues from CONTACT's Engineering Transformation team. "Today we are heading for the fourth industrial revolution. The ambitious goal: to improve the entire value chain of e-drives in the context of Industry 4.0".

The project "Electrical Drives" involves 13 industrial partners, several institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Technical University of Berlin as well as the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The EU supports their research work with grants from the European Regional Development Fund, the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises with state funds.        

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