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Aalen University / Transfer Platform Industry 4.0 Hochschule Aalen / Transferplattform Industrie 4.0

Contact Data


University Stuttgart / IFF

Year Established



Beethovenstra├če, 1, 73430, Aalen (Germany)


Contact Name

Prof. Dr. Axel Zimmerman

Contact Email

Contact Phone

+49 7361576 6702



The I 4.0 test beds are a central aspect inside the advancement. They support SMEs to test their new I 4.0 products and components as well as the appendant digital process and linked business models under real conditions.

Die I 4.0-Testumgebungen sind ein zentraler Baustein innerhalb der Fördermaßnahme. Sie unterstützen kleine und mittlere Unternehmen indem sie ihre I 4.0-Produkte und Komponenten sowie die zugehörigen digitalen Prozesse und vernetzten Geschäftsmodelle unter realistischen Bedingungen „auf Herz und Nieren“ prüfen.
Hierzu verfügen sie neben einer technisch breiten Infrastruktur über die notwendigen Kompetenzen, um gezielte Impulse für die Weiterentwicklung ihrer Lösungen zu geben. I 4.0-Testumgebungen sind in der Regel an Forschungseinrichtungen angesiedelt.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Digitalisation of Industry and SME
Smart Product Testlab - Smart Lab

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Testing and validation

Service Examples

Situation: Unscheduled stops of the machines or the whole factory causes high coasts.
Idea: One Producer of spindles upgrade his products with sensor systems, an evaluation electronics and lifetime models, to make a statement of the remaining lifetime. In addition to this, they can send these information to another IT systems.
I 4.0 test bed: The Producer want to see the interaction of his component with other components at the machining center and the higher level IT systems in a I 4.0 test bed.


Organizational form

Governmental agency



Number of employees


Evolutionary State

In preparation

Geographical Scope



  • National specific innovation funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)



University Stuttgart / IFF

Digitization technological focus

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things┬á(e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management