Digital Manufacturing

At our technology park, we develop manufacturing solutions for wood processing, woodworking and the construction industry.

Integrated planning, manufacturing and logistics processes form the key areas of focus. We align ourselves to the ideas of Industry 4.0 and adapt them to our sectors. We take an interdisciplinary and cross-institute approach to the production-oriented development of constructions and materials.

Collaborative robots in the timber industry

Service portfolio

The Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH offers a wide range of services and a wealth of collaboration options.

Typical services in the field of digital manufacturing:

  • Research projects commissioned by companies and institutions
  • Technology developments tailored to the size of the company (from micro-enterprises to industrial companies)
  • Support in applying for research funding from national and international funding organisations (including Innosuisse, FOEN, Horizon 2020, M-ERA.NET)
  • Analysis and optimisation of planning, manufacturing and logistics processes
  • Digital transformation of processes
  • Data management in the spirit of industry 4.0 (genesis, processing, storage and transport of data)
  • Internet of Things IoT in manufacturing
  • Automation with robots
  • Feasibility study of company-specific automation projects
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Use of RFID technology
  • Developing tools for milling and grinding processes
  • Surface finishing and measuring
  • Reverse engineering from data acquisition to production
  • Machine vision
  • Operational analysis and layout planning
  • Impartial support for evaluations
  • Preparation of operational and material flow analyses
  • Advice
  • Expert opinions
  • Topic-specific continuing education events and conferences
  • Lectures

We are heavily involved in teaching and continuing education. We supervise students’ projects and theses. We also frequently engage master’s students as assistants in research projects. In this way, we contribute to training the experts of the future.

We have connections with the following academic programmes and courses of continuing education:

We aim to transfer all non-confidential research into practice. To this end, we hold events and lectures, write specialist articles, conduct tours, organise workshops, and present our results at trade fairs.

Areas of expertise

We are distinguished by our areas of specialist expertise and close connections to industry, public institutions, associations and international research networks.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Automation with robots
  • RFID technology 
  • Developing tools for milling and grinding processes
  • Surface finishing and measuring
  • Data generation and management for all operational processes in the spirit of Industry 4.0
  • Reverse engineering from data acquisition to production 
  • Analysis and optimisation of manufacturing processes
  • Operational analysis and layout planning

Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH

Management and market research are one of the key areas of focus of the Institute for Digital Economy in the Construction and Wood Industries IdBH. At the IdBH we analyse markets, methods and technologies and develop new, economical solutions for the construction and wood industries of tomorrow.

Other key areas of focus:

Infrastructure

Robots from multiple suppliers for handling, processing, assembly

  • Industrial robots
  • Collaborative robots
  • Small robots

CNC processing machines from leading manufacturers for 

  • Manufacture of windows and furniture
  • Timber construction
  • Free-form machining
  • Model and mould making

Reverse engineering and machine vision

  • Scan technology for 3D acquisition
  • Application of virtual and augmented reality in manufacturing processes

Additive manufacturing

  • 3D printers
  • Collaboration with the Swiss Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne (more than ten machines)

Surface technology

  • Powder coating
  • Analysis and testing of surfaces