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Research and development are an integral part of :em AG’s DNA. Which is why we have been involved in various collaborative research activities with teams from German universities and industry ever since our company was founded. Here is an overview of current and past projects.

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The project “Automation of the process chain for customized additive manufacturing (autoADD)” was recommended for funding within the framework of the LOEWE 3 funding initiative of the Federal State of Hesse and aims to establish a digital, automated, end-to-end process chain for customized additive manufacturing.
Project duration: 01 July 2016 and still ongoing

Role of :em AG
:em AG is primarily responsible for the design and development of information technology solutions as well as the implementation of interfaces and an integrated IT environment for the additive manufacturing process chain.

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InnoServPro addresses the needs of operators of capital equipment for a high level of availability, minimal downtime and optimum output of their machines and systems. The joint project is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and aims to implement individualized, availability-oriented business models by developing innovative service products.
Project duration: 01 October 2015 through 31 March 2019 (projected)

Role of :em AG
:em AG has been tasked with formulating the definition of the term “digital service”, creating a model for representing digital services and developing a methodology for the model-based mapping of digital services. :em AG will implement the developed methodology as a prototype within the scope of the joint project. Thanks to its many years of experience in data model development and system integration with different PDM/PLM systems, :em AG is involved in a large number of work packages.


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The objective of the research project FAS4M is to develop an approach for linking abstract functional models with 3D CAD models to support end-to-end model-based system development. For this purpose, a SysML-based language (MechML) was created for the logical design of the system under development and software interfaces developed.
Project duration: 01 October 2013 through 31 March 2016

Role of :em AG
:em AG was tasked with the development of the methodology and concrete implementation in demonstrators. A link was created between the CAD system Siemens NX and the CAMEO Systems Modeler so that the methodology could be implemented using the MechML language.

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The objective of the mecPro2 joint project was to increase efficiency in development projects for cybertronic systems. The project focused on the integration of information and data from all the development disciplines involved. For the first time, a link between systems engineering and PLM was investigated in detail and innovative concepts validated in demonstrators.
Project duration: 01 November 2013 through 31 December 2016

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The development of a standardized, model-based process model for the development of CTP and CTPS was the focus of :em’s activities in the joint project. As a result, it was possible to generate new service products for boosting efficiency in multidisciplinary development projects and implement solutions for model-based system integration.

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The partners in the joint project “TRUST – Teamwork in cross-enterprise collaborations” aimed to analyze the impact of trust in the context of other factors that influence collaborative ventures. Procedures and tools for cross-enterprise projects were tested and made available in theory and in practice during the project.
End of project: 31 July 2013

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Implementation and testing of the trust assessment developed by the project partner Darmstadt Technical University (Department of Computer Integrated Design) in the global enterprise collaboration wizard from :em AG. As a result, IT support for the strategic deployment of measures to protect intellectual property was made available to users within day-to-day data exchange processes for the first time.


Dr. Marcus Krastel, Management Board, :em engineering methods AG
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