Also on the 11th day of German aerospace regions of the BDLI regional forum, which was held on 16th of June 2016 in Dresden, the conmotion GmbH took part. This year’s slogan was „Digitalization of the aerospace and space republic Germany”. As for many years tradition we also use this meeting to exchange experiences and to discuss actual challenges and trends with members of the German aerospace and space industry.
Industry 4.0, a megatrend not only in aerospace and space industry, was this year’s main topic. Therefore lectures, elevator pitches and open forums have been taken part to go into detail on these issues. After a welcome by Andreas Sedlmayr (representative for small and medium-sized businesses and chairman of the BDLI regional forum), Martin Dulig (Minister of State for Economics, Labor and Transport in Saxony, Deputy Prime Minister of Saxony) and Brigitte Zypries (Parliamentary State Secretary from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, coordinator of the Federal Government for the German aerospace) the challenges, opportunities and risks which are linked to Industry 4.0 have been shown and discussed. Part of the discussions has been either the question how to implement Industry 4.0 in general in this industry but also the effects on the supply chain. Thereby new business models and processes have to be developed to align Industry 4.0 to the requirements which will increase even more during the next years. Thus the integration of Industry 4.0 into existing internal systems, also from an IT point of view, has to be considered but the approach also has to be linked to the historical way of producing or the manufactured products of each company. The most important aspect when implementing Industry 4.0 is to discuss first the way of how to gather, analyse and use data.
A second topic of this year`s conference has been UAV (unmanned aeronautical vehicle). This was mainly captured by an open forum with Michael Walz (Airbus D&S) and Dr. Reiner Stemme (REINER STEMME Utility Air-Systems GmbH). Thereby it has been made clear that the technic is already able to support this approach, but due to high bureaucratic standards and burdens it will take some time before it will become reality in passenger air traffic. An outlook has been given that the existing systems and the technic for UAV will be implemented during the next years, so that probably by 2025 – 2030 UAV will serve regular flights.