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The “Smart Factory Hub” project offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to analyze the feasibility of smart factory technologies for their company.

The Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has drawn up an overview of current additive production processes and the legal requirements associated with the use of 3D printers.

The platform economy is only a very small segment of the job market in Germany but is growing steadily. Despite its poor reputation, it could open up new opportunities, according to a study by the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

Many firms are in a hurry to implement the new standard. They want to launch corresponding projects by 2020.

The search is on for innovative solutions for meeting the challenges of digitalization, from machine learning and big data through digital twins. The German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia is providing €9 million in funding for this.