HYDRIVE Engineering is part of the Smart Workbench research project

In Autumn 2016 the research project “Smart Workbench” started. Altogether 12 partners of research, university and industry will be working together to successfully put the research project into practice. These partners aim for developing a method to significantly simplify interdisciplinary collaboration during product development. HYDRIVE Engineering is project partner as well. This emphasises our claim to actively push research.


Development tasks today

Nowadays, products have to be developed to offer more functions and be more competitive than ever. One of the many challenges of product development is rational action. This also goes for the development of production processes.

This is one of the reasons why plant processes are becoming ever more complex, even when development times are becoming shorter. This makes it even more important for different disciplines to work closely together.

The birth of a research project

We would like to take a closer look at this issue. The Smart Workbench research project aims to identify an innovative method for smoothly coordinating various project partners involved in a development process. The project team aims developing a packaging machine, which will serve as an example of this smart workbench.

The smart workbench shall be a system for assisting product development. It aims to simplify communication in a project for any application and any industry. This provides the different departments with the relevant information, which is easy to understand and put into practice, while the graphic representation of the information enables interdisciplinary collaboration.

Industry and research come together

The project was officially launched in the autumn of 2016. Over the course of four years, 12 partners will be working together to successfully put the research project into practice. Five different institutes and departments from the Dresden University of Technology are providing their support. Alongside HYDRIVE Engineering, the following industry partners will work on the project: Symate GmbH, Neongrau GbR, Facilityport GmbH, FAD Fertigungs- und Automatisierungstechnik GmbH and Sandstein Neue Medien GmbH. Another project partner is the Dresden branch for packaging machines of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV. The Sächsische Aufbaubank is supporting the project with EU funds as part of the InnoTeam programme, making the Smart Workbench project a key part of the technology promotion programme in the German state of Saxony.

When opportunities arise

Ultimately, the Smart Workbench project is an opportunity for all project-based work because it will make coordination and collaboration in development considerably easier. The faster the new tool becomes widely used, the greater its effect on the industry will be. The aim: more development in less time.

We will keep you up to date on the programme’s progress in our blog.