Reutlingen University Selects Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the Cloud to Prepare Students for Industry 4.0

Students at German University’s “Learning Factory” Experience the Digital Transformation of Industrial Processes and Logistics

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France — September 20, 2016 — Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Reutlingen University in Germany has selected the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to implement teaching, learning and research practices that will help students master Industry 4.0 trends and better prepare for future careers. 

Reutlingen University deployed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud for its “Logistics Learning Factory,” an on-campus realistic learning and research environment for industrial production processes and logistics concepts.  Here, the university’s business and engineering students are learning about the convergence of a digital and a real smart factory.  First, they can use the platform to virtually develop an intelligent product or product feature and virtually configure a production line.  Next, they can engage in the additive manufacturing of the product’s parts, its production and assembly in the Logistics Learning Factory’s real-world environment. 

Reutlingen University offers 6,000 students international academic programs with close ties to industry and commerce, and has been top-rated in rankings for many years.  It had looked to add applied learning experiences to its Logistics Learning Factory in the context of Industry 4.0, a new era of smart industrial production in which the internet of things, robotics, big data, cyber security and other digital concepts are transforming factories.  

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, students can discover firsthand the product design, digital manufacturing, realistic simulation and collaborative innovation applications used by industrial companies to virtually experience product design, engineering and production. The platform offers easy deployment, maintenance, and secured data access anytime, anywhere.  Professors, teachers and students can save time and ease workloads, and teachers can remotely monitor projects, manage idea maturity and assign grades.

“We wanted to apply a more holistic approach to advanced industrial engineering lectures and student projects on digital engineering, smart production and logistics, as well as improve collaboration among students,” said Professor Vera Hummel, Industrial Engineering, Procurement and Production Logistics, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University.  “Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables us to help students build knowledge and expertise for new industrial processes that future employers will seek. Our special thanks go to CENIT AG, a well-established Dassault Systèmes partner, and a couple of Dassault Systèmes experts from the Stuttgart office site who advised us very professionally in the implementation decision.”

“Just as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud has helped industry transform the way that products are designed and developed, it can also address the needs of universities to transform the teaching, learning and solution development experience,” said Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs and Communities, Dassault Systèmes.  “The Logistics Learning Factory at Reutlingen University is the first learning and research environment of a university in Germany to adopt the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to align the skills of future engineers with the latest industry trends.”

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