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Virtual Automation Lab (VAL)



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The Virtual Automation Lab (VAL) is a research unit in the Faculty of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. It focuses on the application-oriented development of methods and software which can be used for “Smart Factory Data and Simulation”:


  • Digital Twin as a Service Platform (DTaaSP)
  • Use of Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality methods in production
  • Intuitive Human-Machine Interaction
  • Web-based 3D machine monitoring
  • Edge cloud computing and machine-oriented services
  • Virtual machine, virtual commissioning, real-time simulation
  • Hardware in the Loop and Mixed Reality in the Loop Simulation
  • Applied artificial intelligence in the context of the Digital Twin
  • Autonomous indoor aerial robotic systems





The Virtual Automation Lab of the University of Applied Sciences Esslingen was able to convince the selection jury with its Industrie 4.0 solution for Mixed-Reality-in-the-Loop Simulation in mechanical and plant engineering and was named one of the "100 ORTE INDUSTRIE 4.0 IN BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG" by the Allianz I4.0 and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg. The network initiative Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg is a network initiated and funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg and coordinated by VDMA e.V. Baden-Württemberg. The network aims to bundle competencies from production technology as well as information and communication technology, to network all key players and to support industrial SMEs in the implementation of Industry 4.0 through innovative transfer offers.


Internetseite der Allianz Industrie 4.0 Baden-Württemberg

Laudatio vom Staatssekretär im Wirtschaftsministerium Dr. Rapp


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