Joint Lab Data Analytics: creative solutions through new forms of cooperation

March 02, 2020

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The Joint Lab was kicked off with a hackathon. Seven teams – five in Nürnberg, two in Mexico – had eight hours to work on a real-life problem from the mechanical engineering industry that was derived from a Joint Lab use case. The data analytics and optimization solutions developed are incorporated into the further analysis.

BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH and the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS have founded a so called Joint Lab Data Analytics. The common goal is to strengthen data analytics expertise by means of selected applications. The Joint Labs are an approach in which more creative solutions can be developed in less time through new forms of cooperation and infrastructure. To this end, scientists are working together with developers from companies in small interdisciplinary teams for a limited period of time on specific questions from industry. Practical cooperation between the teams is organized in an agile manner: depending on requirements, it’s either virtual-digital or in direct exchange on site, for example in the newly developed co-working spaces at Fraunhofer SCS.

The three-year cooperation will pursue the goal of advancing the digital transformation and sustainably expanding the data analytics skills in the company. Compared to conventional collaboration formats, the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS gains a more comprehensive insight into the company and can provide more in-depth scientific support.

In the run-up to the founding of the Joint Lab, a series of workshops took place in which data analytics use cases along the product life cycle at BHS Corrugated were collected, evaluated, and prioritized. The potential development was followed by detailing of the quick start ideas, planning of the lab activities, and creation of the lab concept.

Fraunhofer SCS is planning more Joint Labs with other interested companies.