SemI40 kicks off to develop robot factories

Critical Manufacturing is one of the four Portuguese companies that get together with a common aim of establishing smart, sustainable, and integrated manufacturing

Munich, Germany / Villach, Austria, (PresseBox) - The research project SemI40 (“Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0”) led by Infineon Austria was launched today. With a volume of 62 million euros, the research project is one of the largest Industry 4.0 projects in Europe.

Critical Manufacturing is one of the four Portuguese companies that get together with a common aim of establishing smart, sustainable, and integrated manufacturing.


SemI40 will focus on “smart production” and “cyber-physical production systems” in the next three years with secure data traffic playing a key role within and outside factories. In this regard the project’s aim is to develop processes that ensure secure communication between globally connected systems with different features – for example, in terms of age, operating system or interfaces. Potential impacts on production should be drastically reduced thanks to early identification of risks from malware.

Another major focus is the development of dynamic simulations. They enable production to be planned more exactly and efficiently, as well as quality, capacity utilization and cycle times to be improved.

Decisions in the production process are often routine ones and based on defined patterns. In future, the systems should increasingly make these decisions themselves – automatically and with a constant level of quality. In doing so, the people are relieved of exhausting routine giving them more time for more complex tasks.

Factories not only learn at all times, but must also be adaptable: To be able to respond faster to changes along the entire supply chain, production processes must adapt more flexibly to changes – in the configuration, flow of goods or customers’ order behavior, for example. The advantages are energy savings and more efficient use of resources overall.


SemI4.0 will also research the social impact on the jobs of the future: Industry 4.0 will change work functions and qualifications of employees in the long run. The requirements of future job profiles need to already be taken into account now. They increasingly entail system-oriented working and necessitate training and qualification measures that reflect the changes in production processes.

As a result of these further developments, SemI40 will help secure more than 20,000 jobs at the companies involved. The project partners have a total of around 300,000 employees worldwide.

The European project will make a major contribution to keeping and strengthening production and jobs in Europe, thus contributing to a stronger business and technology location,” said Sabine Herlitschka, Chief Executive Officer of Infineon Austria. “From this cross-border cooperation all partners will profit and generate competitive advantages.” Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) will contribute substantial know-how to the project thanks to its pioneering role in Industry 4.0 in Austria. The “Pilot Room Industry 4.0” in Villach offers ideal conditions for trying out new manufacturing processes in live operation.

As a private-public partnership, SemI4.0 will increase the global competitiveness of the European electronics industry. It pools investments from industry, individual countries and ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership) Joint Undertaking. Apart from investments from industry, SemI40 is co-funded by grants from Austria (BMVIT), Germany, France, Italy and Portugal and by ECSEL Joint Undertaking.


In this project 37 partners will carry out research into further developing autonomous factories. The common goal is the next stage in the development of Industry 4.0 applications.

Austria: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft, AVL List GmbH, Fachhochschule Burgenland GmbH, Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG (project management), Infineon Technologies IT-Services GmbH, KAI Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH, Know Center, Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, Plansee SE, Vienna University of Technology, University of Klagenfurt;

Germany: ELMOS Semiconductor AG, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research, Infineon Technologies AG, Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, Institute for Automation and Communication in Magdeburg, Metralabs GmbH Neue Technologies und Systema, PLASMETREX GmbH, Roth & Rau – Ortner GmbH, Robert Bosch GmbH, Schiller Automatisierungstechnik GmbH, Semikron Elektronik GmbH & Co.KG, Systementwicklung Dipl.-Inf. Manfred Austen GmbH, Dresden University of Technology, znt – Zentren für Neue Technologien GmbH;

France: Ion Beam Services;

Italy: L.P.E. SPA, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi Pavia;

Portugal: Critical Manufacturing SA, Instituto de Telecomunicações – Pólo de Aveiro, Nanium S.A., Universidade de Aveiro.

Acknowledgment SemI40

The work has been performed in the project Power Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing 4.0 (SemI40,), under grant agreement No 692466. The project is co-funded by grants from Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and- ENIAC member States and the Electronic Component Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking.

Critical Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH

Critical Manufacturing provides manufacturers in highly-complex environments with a modular, scalable manufacturing execution and intelligence system that enables users to flexibly address market demands, increase efficiency, and bolster reliability across the supply chain while lowering TCO. The company is part of the Critical Group, a private group of companies founded in 1998 to provide solutions for mission- and business-critical information systems. For more information, please visit or contact us at

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