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Industrial Transformation - Where do you want to go?

This is the third seminar in the seminar series Sustainable Transformation Seminars.

Time: Fri 2020-11-13 12.00 - 13.00

Location: Digital

Participating: Christoph Hanisch

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Development not only for production technology over a longer period of time was determined by miniaturizing mechancis with integrated electronics and sensor technology plus an increasing content of software. This allows for very interesting control and development concepts. Finally this technology got the trade mark Industry 4.0 (I 4.0). Technology is always a tool the use of which is determined by human operators and organizers. We need to be very clear on what this tool can do and what it cannot achieve. Starting from opportunites for I 4.0 I will discuss some boundary conditions for this tool in an industrial setting. This gives a clue for strategic issues that need to be considered. In a joint exchange of ideas with you we will think about images in mind we might develop to shape our research.

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Speaker: Christoph Hanisch 

About Christoph Hanisch

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Christoph Hanisch

Christoph Hanisch, studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Düsseldorf finishing with a Diplom in Pure Mathematics and a phd in Applied Physics. His research centred on of micro magnetism, magnetic methods for non-destructive testing and on hydrogen technology. Based on this work he joined the research department of Festo AG & Co. KG in Esslingen where he headed for many years a department on future technology. Besides these technical topics his education comprised studies in philosophy and education and in music at the Conservatory of Music in Düsseldorf.

He worked as an evaluator for the European Commission and the accreditation agency ASIIN included him as an industrial representative in evaluating study programs at different European Universities.

Towards the end of his professional career he focussed on how to strengthen the human aspect in technology development and company organization. Automation needs to be rethought. He insisted that we need a change of direction as technology is only one aspect of any innovation process. We need to understand the drivers behind in order to be better prepared to use technology and its development in a context that sustains people. He worked for these ideas participating in European road mapping exercises and developing a research strategy of the European Technology platform ManuFuture.

After retiring at the end of 2015 he continued working as an independent consultant. Topic: Social sustainability.