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The new 5G wireless technology represents the communication standards of the future – especially in the economy. With 5G the needs of manufacturing companies and the increased demands on industrial applications are taken into account. For 5G enables needs-based networking with high bandwidth, low latency and a high number of connections. Thus 5G creates an important basis for applications in Industry 4.0, intelligent mobility and logistics as well as for the Internet of Things.  

At the 5G4KMU Transfer Centre small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have the opportunity to further develop their products, applications and business models, using the new 5G wireless standards. In addition to the necessary 5G infrastructure, companies are provided with technical expertise in 5G.

Project partners

Reutlingen Centre Industry 4.0

The Reutlingen Centre Industry 4.0 is supported by ESB Business School at Reutlingen University and is integrated into the organisational structure there.  The core topics of the research work relate to the strategies, technologies, procedures and processes in production and logistics systems. The focus is on technical, business and information technology questions. It will therefore be possible in future to undertake the ever greater deployment of information and communication technology and the intensified global networking of plant and machinery to decentralised, cyber-physical systems (CPS) under the collective term »Industry 4.0«.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA and its more than 1,000 employees together with research partners and customers from industry is dedicated to meeting the organisational and technological challenges from production in connection with the new digitisation and networking technologies.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Digital technologies are changing our working environment and having a deep impact on industry and society. Long established methods and processes are being modernised and revolutionised by digitisation in the shortest possible time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO together with enterprises, institutions and public-sector bodies is developing strategies, business models and solutions for the digital transformation. In cooperation with both large and small and medium-sized enterprises we are tapping the potential of new technologies such as cognitive computing, block chain, autonomous driving or IoT platforms in order to use them for product innovation, process improvements or new business models. In doing so, we enable our customers to align quickly and efficiently the needs of the market to the potential of new technologies and to integrate them in their own products and processes. To support people in their work in the best possible way, our interdisciplinary research teams are working on solutions to allow an efficient interplay between people and intelligent technology.

Campus Schwarzwald - Centre for Digitisation, Leadership and Sustainability

The Campus Schwarzwald is the very centre in the Black Forest region for teaching, research and technology transfer in the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industry around the topics of digitisation, leadership and sustainability. 

Through the initiative of regional enterprises, the region and the University of Stuttgart, the Campus Schwarzwald is becoming a key component of excellent university education and the development of cutting-edge technologies in the field of digitisation in mechanical engineering.

Ways of working together

Quick checks

In a quick check your project ideas on 5G can be examined in more detail by means of a feasibility study and a joint workshop.

Exploring projects

You can carry out your project idea together with a test environment. First prepare a suitable concept, then make and test it as a prototype in a test environment.

Open lab days

On open lab days you can visit test environments where the key topics of the test environments and demonstrators around the topic of 5G are presented.


Test environments


Region: Reutlingen

Werk150, formerly the ESB Logistics Learning Factory, provides the transfer of knowledge in training courses, further education, demonstrations of solutions in Industry 4.0 and in applied research. Here we demonstrate solutions in the digitisation of a customised product development, concepts in the design of production and logistics systems or the deployment of technical assistant systems in the form of collaborative work systems human-machine.

We conceptualise and design: 

  • demonstrators for know-how transfer – making 5G and Industry 4.0 visible,
  • the deployment of cloud-based tools for service-oriented collaborative engineering,
  • automation solutions in logistics,
  • value-added structures and processes,
  • hybrid work and production systems,  
  • methods and tools for the planning and realisation of sustainable factories, production systems and warehouses,
  • Solutions for the most cost-efficient design of logistical supply systems on the strategic (location and production strategies), tactical (adaptability and robustness) and operative (dynamic and flexibility) level.



Prof. Dr. techn. Daniel Palm

Hochschule Reutlingen / Reutlingen University

Alteburgstraße 150

72762 Reutlingen

Telephone: +49 7121 271 3105

email: daniel.palm@dont-want-spam.reutlingen-university.de

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA

Region: Stuttgart

The scientists at the Fraunhofer IPA investigate the demands and potential of 5G around the topics of production. This includes, for example, the integration and networking of different systems in production (machinery, robots, SPS, cloud services), machine-to-machine communication (M2M), cloud-edge architectures or digital production images. The Fraunhofer IPA supports SMEs from the conception and implementation of their ideas all the way to testing with 5G infrastructure in the test environment.  


Matthias Schneider

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA

Nobelstr. 12

70569 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49 711 970-1658

email: matthias.schneider2@dont-want-spam.ipa.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Region: Stuttgart

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO explores the possibilities of 5G in the context of cloud-based solutions, particularly in the Internet of Things (IoT). The focus is on practical issues as well as on challenges, solutions and tests for developing smart services and smart products. In this connection the importance of new, innovative business models, networking, cloud computing and suitable architectures as well as artificial intelligence plays a special role in our activities.  In accordance with these categories, the Fraunhofer IAO would like to make 5G technology available to small and medium-sized enterprises. Backed by companies, ideas can be developed all the way from the conception of intelligent products and services, to implementation of the first prototype, to testing it in the available 5G test environment, through to new product launches  


Dr. Holger Kett

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Nobelstr. 12

70569 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49 711 970-2415

email: holger.kett@dont-want-spam.iao.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA / Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology

Region: Mannheim

At the site of the project group for automation in medicine and biotechnology in the middle of the Mannheim University Hospital, a fully equipped experimental hybrid operating theatre, which is a central unit of the infrastructure, is available as a technology development platform, allowing development and testing in a clinical environment and so an uncomplicated transfer of developments to clinical applications. The development of medical solutions and innovative medical processes requires early testing in realistic scenarios. At the Mannheim Medical Transfer Centre an infrastructure is available to partners from industry and research in which innovative products can be trained in realistic scenarios and process data can be collected for simulation purposes.     


Johannes Horsch

Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik und Automatisierung IPA / PAMB

Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3

68167 Mannheim

Telephone: +49 621 17207-146

email: johannes.horsch@dont-want-spam.ipa.fraunhofer.de

Campus Schwarzwald - Centre for Digitisation, Leadership and Sustainability

Region: Black Forest

The Centre for Digitisation, Leadership and Sustainability Black Forest GmbH (Campus Schwarzwald) operates as an innovative network and education platform in close cooperation with the University of Stuttgart and the mechanical engineering and machine manufacturing industry from the Black Forest region.  
The modern campus building, which opened in autumn 2019, has a machine park covering 700 square metres and a high-tech laboratory directly on site in Freudenstadt.
As part of the 5G4KMU project, research topics are to be dealt with in cooperation with regional partners of the Campus Schwarzwald and other interested companies in a company-specific way, using the industrial test environment in the area of 5G.
The focus of the test environment lies on the factory/integration level, as well as on the digital product image in (special-purpose) engineering and the manufacturing industry. These include, for example, digital industrial engineering, the digital twin, virtual commissioning and the acquisition and needs-based analysis of large data volumes in the industrial context.

In addition to the 5G demonstrators, the Campus Schwarzwald 5G Transfer Centre offers the development of new products, training courses, application consulting and business model development on the basis of individual application cases, particularly for SMEs, related to the key topics mentioned above.


Tobias Riethmüller

Centrum für Digitalisierung, Führung und Nachhaltigkeit Schwarzwald gGmbH

Herzog-Eberhard-Straße 56

72250 Freudenstadt

Telephone: +49 7441 86849 02

email: tobias.riethmueller@dont-want-spam.campus-schwarzwald.de