Dear colleagues of the MaterialDigital community,
we are very pleased to present you the ninth newsletter of the MaterialDigital platform! As always, the newsletter contains interesting facts and current information about the platform. One important message in advance: we will be present with PMD at international congresses twice more this...
Three years ago today, our interesting project started. We have achieved a lot, but still have a lot ahead of us. We are looking forward to the new challenges and that we will tackle them together.
We would like to thank everyone who has worked with us on the platform and supported us!
Here we will share overview publications on the topics of the MaterialDigital platform. This should make it easier for interested parties to get started around the digitization of materials. Also feel free to take a look at our forum, where we now have areas for publications, including more in-depth topics in individual PMD work areas.
Current Bitkom study shows the need for digitization in Germany, the high relevance of Industry 4.0 and its impact on sustainability, especially in terms of CO2 emission savings. While large companies have taken on a pioneering role, medium-sized businesses have a lot of catching up to do.
Dear MaterialDigital Community,
we wish you and your families a happy Easter and peaceful holidays.
Your PMD Team
The present initiative to digitize materials is of particular strategic importance for Germany as a business location, which can only be adequately addressed by pooling the efforts of all stakeholders. Due to the diversity of materials and the processes associated with their production and use, the complexity of the lifecycles of materials and the multitude of academic and industrial participants impose a huge challenge. There are many scattered activities, but there is a lack of bundling of the efforts of all stakeholders, which can eliminate redundancies and a lack of acceptance and advance a common basis in the digitalization of materials. Our goal in meeting this challenge is to contextualize material data in a way that is consistent with all stakeholders: All necessary information on the condition of the material, including production and application-related changes, must be made available via a uniform, machine-readable description. Another central task is to lay the foundation for the development and transfer of an efficient ontology for materials and the associated processes into the applications.
The platform MaterialDigital was launched on 1 July 2019 to initiate appropriate measures. The platform serves primarily to structure the topic area but serves as well as an interaction and communication platform. In addition, it helps to identify concrete work tasks that can be developed in agile working groups and projects of different composition linked to the platform. The dimensions of a data room can be spanned by coupled scientific (specific materials: e.g. Cu, steel, fiber reinforced plastics, functional ceramics,...) and industry-led pilot projects (along value chains: e.g. raw material across supply chains and OEMs up to recycling).
The platform itself is not a service provider, but a networker and interface of the project and responsible for:
The networking of stakeholders via communication measures, webinars, events and joint governance.
Development of initial concepts for an infrastructure for the digitization of materials implemented by decentralized data servers, operated by local hosting at the partners.
IT-secure access certification that ensures data sovereignty.
Coordinate and drive the development of runtime environments.
Coordinate joint projects in academia and industry.