Current Projects

Project description

The joint project COCKPIT 4.0 researches innovative automation solutions for small series assembly in the aviation industry.

For this reason, prototypical solutions are developed and implemented in research demonstrators. Complex products with high quality demands on components and production processes as well as a high variety of variants characterize the tasks.

The use of novel assistance systems in communication between people and the work environment, cooperating, adaptive robot systems as well as qualification methods that can be adapted to the respective task are central subprojects that lead to a uniform system solution.

Human-centred penetration of real components in the assembly network based on computer-aided implementation techniques is enhanced by advanced digital twinning techniques. As result of this modern technology is the realization of digital twins.

Project Objectives

  • Exploring the interface between humans and the work environment in small batch assembly with a focus on planning and programming functionalities
  • Development of technology-assisted systems for complex components and assembly processes
  • Preparation of procedural knowledge on assembly processes and return to upstream areas such as design and assembly planning


  • Methods of digital twinning in small batch assembly
  • Selected methods of artificial intelligence, such as neural networks in the interface between human and work environment
  • Human-robot cooperation in small batch assembly

The European Union grant the project COCKPIT 4.0 through the Innovation Bank of the State of Brandenburg within the framework of the program for the promotion of research, innovations and technologies (ProFit Brandenburg)

Project partners
The project partners are Rolls-Royce Germany Ltd & Co KG in Dahlewitz, the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) Berlin

Project Duration
01.01.2018 – 31.12.2020, 3 Years

Contact Person
Carsten Wedemeyer

Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center

Project description

The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus helps small and medium-sized enterprises in the Brandenburg region to increase their digital competence. The center provides modular offers that support SMEs in the use of digital solutions, depending on their degree of maturity. The human being is the focus. Employees, social partners and executives are, for example through learning partnerships, actively involved at an early stage in order to introduce new technologies and economic systems in an employee-friendly way. The center has special know-how in the following areas:

  • Qualification,
  • Automation Technology, Digital Factory, Smart Factory,
  • Logistics, cyber-physical systems,
  • Smart Enterprises,
  • IT Security & Privacy.

The free information offered by the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center includes the following concrete offers:

  • information materials and events,
  • business talk and company visits,
  • seminars, demonstration events, trainings in the training laboratory,
  • Training-on-the-job, online seminars, online training modules and video tutorials,
  • Learning partnerships
  • Support of implementation projects in companies.

Trainings of the competence center are carried out both in the model factory at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus - Senftenberg, in the training centers of the project partners as well as directly on site in companies.

Project partners

Partners of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus are the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus - Senftenberg (consortium leader), the University of Applied Sciences Wildau, the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde, the IHP GmbH Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics Frankfurt (Oder) and the State Working Community of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Brandenburg, represented by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Cottbus.

The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Center Cottbus is one of currently 26 centers of the nationwide initiative »Mittelstand 4.0 - Digital Production and Work Processes« under the umbrella of »Mittelstand-Digital« ('SMEs go digital').

Project duration:

01.11.2020 - 28.02.2023
01.11.2017 - 31.10.2020

What is Mittelstand-Digital?

Mittelstand-Digital informs small and medium-sized enterprises about the opportunities and challenges of digitization. Regional centers of excellence help the small retailer as well as the larger production site with expert knowledge, demonstration centers, networks for the exchange of experience and practical examples. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy enables the free use of all offers from Mittelstand-Digital. Further information can be found at

Contact person:

Diana Zeitschel

Innovation Center Modern Industry Brandenburg (IMI)

Project description

Set up as a central point of contact for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Brandenburg, the Innovation Centre of Modern Industry (IMI) Brandenburg is the first point of contact when it comes to tackling the challenges of automation and digitization.

With a focus on the manufacturing industry, the institution, financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), accompanies process innovations and helps the responsible staff of the SMEs to understand and exploit the potential of digital technologies.

The support measures developed as part of the project serve the fields of innovation, technology and knowledge. Corresponding formats provide the necessary know-how, network, mediate the right partners and thus pave the way for the successful implementation of their own innovation projects. The following offers and services can be accessed free of charge by small and medium-sized companies in Brandenburg:


In close cooperation and through intensive company support, process innovations are accompanied from the first idea through to implementation. The following individual services can be used free of charge:

  • Maturity level determination: technological maturity level & benchmarking to the competition
  • Potential analysis: relevance comparison & topic prioritization / specification
  • Project support: Systematic & coordinated implementation preparation
  • Partner acquisition: Search & networking with potential implementation partners

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A model factory is available to illustrate the functional principles and possibilities of various technologies. Among other things, technological solutions from the following areas:

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Automation with robots
  • Digitally supported order processing
  • Digitally supported work preparation & quality control
  • Internet of Things & Cloud
  • Predictive maintenance and repair

The demonstration and test environment is open to anyone interested and is welcome to visit. Extended sightseeing tours with the involvement of other technology partners are possible after appropriate arrangement.

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Knowledge forum

In addition to imparting methodological and technological expertise at specialist and networking events, workshops and information tables at trade fairs and exhibitions, IMI Brandenburg provides information online under the heading "Knowledge Forum" about the range of events offered by relevant players in the region, specialist topics and success stories from SMEs, as well as current announcements and helpful information on digitization and automation topics.

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Project Duration:            

24 Months (2021 – 2022)

Contact Person

Carsten Heintze