FabLab of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences becomes test environment for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

In order to support in advancing their industry 4.0 projects, they are transferred to suitable pilot plants and demonstration factories (I4.0 test environments) across the country. The Rhine-Waal FabLab has now also been nominated for the programme.

The test environments are a central element of the funding measure. They support small and medium-sized enterprises by giving them the opportunity to test new industry 4.0 products and components as well as associated digital processes and networked business models in a real-life environment. In order to be classified as an official I4.0 test environment different criteria concerning competence, infrastructure and capacity had to be met. FabLab Kamp-Lintfort was the only test environment in the district of Wesel that was able to fulfil the requirements.

For many small and medium-sized enterprises industry 4.0 is quite a challenge. Among other things, they often lack suitable test possibilities or resources in order to develop their products. I4.0 test environments are a great support since they provide the infrastructure and competencies enterprises need. For more information about FabLab Kamp-Lintfort please contact Dr. Martin Kreymann (martin.kreymann@hochschule-rhein-waal.de).

Micro and small enterprises can receive funding up to 50 percent of the total costs, medium-sized enterprises up to 40 percent. The maximum funding amount is 100,000 euros in all cases. For more information on funding, please contact The National Contact and Coordination Office "I4KMU" (info@i4kmu.de).