The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Saxony, Germany, created the “Factory of the Future,” a 17,000-square-foot innovation hub where scientists can create new technology to improve the production process and train workers for sophisticated, high-skilled jobs. “The machines and resources are so much more sophisticated that we will need qualified people to handle these processes in the future,” says the director of the institute.
To ensure future workers are fully prepared, the lab has created a state of the art virtual environment where potential employees can test out the new technologies and intelligent systems that are set to form the building blocks of German industry.
“Our task at Fraunhofer is to bring as much of our research as possible straight into industrial production,” says Matthia Putz, director at Fraunhofer Institute.
“We don’t focus on reports, we develop new products and new technologies together with industrial partners,” he adds.
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