Miriam Eisenbart studied mechanical engineering at KIT before joining the fem Research Institute for Precious Metals and Metal Chemistry in Schwäbisch Gmünd as a research assistant. For the past 2.5 years, she has been coordinating the platform MaterialDigital project KupferDigital. Since May, she has been head of the newly founded department...
Dear colleagues in the MaterialDigital Community,
after the inspiring general assembly, we are still full of energy and enthusiasm. It was great to have met so many of you in person and to have experienced such a rich exchange about digital concepts! In this newsletter, we would like to keep you up to date on the highlights of the assembly...
Join us here! This year's forum is entitled "QI-Digital, Digital Product Passport & Co. - Together for the Quality of the Future". You are invited to a two-day event, with a marketplace, conference, demonstrators, workshops across DIN's conference center in Berlin, and a convivial evening event.
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.