Smart Products and Factories

29 October 2019

Centre for Industial Electronics
Alsion, Mads Clausen Institute University of Southern Denmark
Alsion 2
6400 Sønderborg

Digitalization is changing and even disrupting products and production these years. Products are already more personalized, but now they are turning into intelligent products that are also self-adaptable to new systems/environments with sensor feedback, data logging, remote access and communication. Smart products may even be able to forecast future events. Factories are digitalized and automated with autonomous robots with equipment that adapts intelligently to changing conditions and dynamically adjusts capacity and product mix.

The Mads Clausen Institute at SDU Sønderborg is launching the Center for Industrial Electronics (CIE) in October 2019 to educate engineers for future challenges in digitalization and power electronics. This seminar offers a tour of the brand-new facilities at CIE, and researchers will present the latest results and technologies in Danish industry. Danfoss, LEGO and Linak will address digitalization and give their thoughts about developing smart products and factories of the near future.

Sign up for an inspiring day in Sønderborg where you will experience how industry and academia collaborate to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges of the future.

09:30 - 10:00 Registration and breakfast
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome
10:10 - 10:40
Smart products in power Electronics

Thomas Ebel, Head of Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE), SDU

Capacitors are one of the key components in modern power electronics. If used as a DC-Link capacitor in an electrical vehicle or in a wind mill, modern capacitor technologies are required. Due to the fact that life time and reliability expectations are steadily increasing, condition monitoring is becoming a hot topic in power electronics. The components will communicate with the environment and become smart. Several different methods of condition monitoring of capacitors will be presented.

Thomas Ebel is Associate Professor, Head of the Section Electrical Engineering (Campus Sønderborg and Odense) and Head of Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE) in Sønderborg of the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Before this Thomas has had several positions in large companies around Europe where his focus was on Aluminum-Electrolytic-Capacitors.
10:40 - 11:10
Transforming our drives to be a smart & connected

Jakob Jul Jensen, Senior Manager, Danfoss Drives A/S

If you’re looking to realize untapped potential in your systems with intelligence, you know that adding more intelligence often means adding more components, sensors and complexity. Our vision is that Danfoss intelligent drives can act as your smartest IoT sensor without the added complexity. Our intelligent drives gather data from multiple sources by leveraging internal and external sensors. They use edge intelligence to generate actionable insights and can send valuable data to any cloud platform or on-premises system, wired or wireless.

Jakob Jul Jensen is a Senior Manager, Digitalization, at Danfoss Drives. He is driving the ongoing transformation to position Danfoss Drives as the preferred digital drive partner. He advocates a successful business transformation takes outset in people, both employees and customers – their journeys and experiences. Customer centricity is key to become the preferred digital drive partner and to accelerate our digital transformation.
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00
Smart Factory from design to operation using digital twins

Arne Bilberg, Associate Professor, SDU Mads Clausen Institute

This presentation will address Smart Factories based on Lean Automation and digitalization when developing adaptable, flexible and highly productive factories of the future. The presentation will demonstrate how simulation and digital twins can be used from design to operation, going from the virtual to the physical world.  The Smart Learning Factory can teach, challenge and collaborate with industry. Focus for Smart Factory research is also the SMEs.

Arne Bilberg is Section Head within Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research is within Smart Factory, Lean Automation, and digital twins, where modelling, simulation and virtual reality are major tools. Arne has been and is heading a number of research projects related to automation and digitalization targeting Danish industry and SMEs.
12:00 - 12:30
Agile Innovation: Design and set-up of a smart factory with digital twins

Anita Friis Sommer, Senior Innovation Manager Industry 4.0, Lego Group

  • Innovating between complementary competences and opposing working cultures
  • Goal alignment across multidisciplinary partners in a large-scale project
  • Development of a smart factory by iterative generation of incremental prototypes
Anita Friis Sommer is Senior Innovation Manager at LEGO Group, leading the simulation agenda in Innovation in Operations. She completed a post-doctorate on process modeling at the University of Cambridge and holds a PhD in product development management from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is a double recipient of the Maurice Holland Award (2016 and 2019) for research on integration of Agile principles into product development.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Visit to the Centre for Industrial Electronics
14:30 - 14:50 Coffee Break
14:50 - 15:20
Smarter Products: How to identify and realize new features

Peter Gravesen, Senior Programme Manager, Linak A/S

LINAK Linear electrical actuators are mechatronic systems developed for a wide range of applications including medical beds, couches and patient lifters, beds for home, furniture and a wide range of industrial applications for e.g. agriculture machinery. Advancement in low cost sensor technology, signal processing and data communication offers new opportunities for smarter products adding value to both customers, internal processes and market insight. Technology is available, but how do you pin-point the right specification.

Peter Gravesen is M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Industrial PhD in Microsystems and post doc. at MIT. He has 30 years experience with MEMS, micro-fluid systems, EAP actuators and insulin pumps. At LINAK A/S, he is responsible for new technology projects including sensor technologies, sound & vibration analysis, digitalization, as well as extended use of various advanced simulation tools.
15:20 - 15:50
The influence on solar panel variations on power production - a case study

Kasper Paasch, Project Manager, Mads Clausens Institute, SDU

The power rating of solar panels, even within the same production batch, can vary some percent, due to production tolerances. This case study analyzes the effect of the parameter variation on the overall power production of a large photovoltaic power plant during normal operation, and estimates the theoretical advantage of sorting each panel into power groups before mounting.

Kasper Paasch is Associate Professor in electronics. He holds a PhD (PV-sytems), MSc. in optics/telecommunication. Presently he is Project Manager for the PERegion- project and earlier on for the SUNRISE-projektet. He has 20 years of industrial experience.
15:50 - 16:00 Closing Remarks

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Registration fee
Members of ATV-SEMAPP or other promoting organizations: DKK 2,150
Non-members: DKK 2,775
M.Sc. students: DKK 200 & Ph.D. students: DKK 975 (Membership is free of charge. Early bird discount does not apply)
All prices are exclusive of 25 % VAT.
Early bird discount of DKK 200 when registering before 27 September 2019.

The fee includes talks, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

Binding registration
Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time.

Please do not hesitate to contact ATV-SEMAPP by e-mailing or phoning Jytte Laursen +45 4525 4898 or Charlotte Leser +45 4525 4899.