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Digital Industry

The digitalization is changing today’s industry in many ways: Intelligent devices, broad interconnectivity and a free flow of data pose new value to ABB’s customers:  increased productivity, novel product offerings through mass-customization and an optimal employment of human workforce.

Our research activities contribute to create value by extending the digital offering portfolio across all customer segments for the complete customer value chain in order to achieve a highly flexible production. Increased robustness, reliability, security and hidden complexity are the corner stones.

At the German Corporate Research Center we support this with a focus on technology development: we drive the digital transformation of systems that create and aggregate data from device to cloud level. This way, we generate information as a basis for value adding solutions and services. Furthermore, we strive to deliver fundamental technologies to realize the digital plant with modular and virtual automation concepts, smart & collaborative robots, scalable and sustainable system architectures, integrated connectivity, and data analytics & optimization solutions. 

The goal of all of these projects is the delivery of technology prototypes to our business units. The development departments in the business units then take these prototypes and complete them to product-grade solutions.

Our research topics