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Mechatronics and automation

The core of Industry 4.0

Through the integration of IT in electromechanical sys­tems, the mechatronics paradigm has had a lasting impact on innovation in many sectors. Today it forms the basis for the digitalization of products, processes, and business models – and therefore also for Industry 4.0. In Bavaria, this applies to industrial key sectors with approximately 50 percent of all industry employees.

The cluster has established itself as a communication and cooperation platform of leading experts for mechatronics & automation in science and industry. Cluster players have conducted more than 50 research and innovation projects to date, focusing on mechanical engineering and plant construction, the electrical and electronics industry, med­icine, and vehicle technology. Thus, the cluster provides valuable support in the digitalization of the product crea­tion process and, with its »mechatronikakademie«, is ded­icated to the adequate qualification of current and future specialists.

Cluster topics of strategic importance are handled by SITs (Strategic Innovation Teams). The definition of these top­ics and participation in the SITs are among the leading benefits of cluster membership. More than 200 members from industry and science in conjunction with Bavaria’s economic and innovation policy support the positioning of »their« cluster as a successful private-public partnership and as a location factor for an innovative Bavaria.

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Focus Areas

  • Safety in production
  • Mechatronic drive technology
  • Industrial additive manufacturing
  • Digitalization and Industry 4.0
  • Collaborative robotics
  • AI in production

Cluster management creates spaces where companies, research and educational institutions, and other players can gather and work together. Offers include technical and networking events, the previously mentioned work­ing groups, and cooperation projects, for instance in prod­uct and process innovation or internationalization. Cluster members also present their innovative capacity through joint exhibition stands at regional trade fairs and leading in­ternational fairs or publications in cluster media.

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[Translate to English:] Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke

Cluster Spokesman

[Translate to English:] Heiko Bartschat

Heiko Bartschat

Cluster Managing Director