KI.FABRIK BAYERN stands for “Artificial Intelligence Factory in Bavaria”. The KI.FABRIK will be a fully flexible and networked location for the local, crisis-proof and economic production of state-of-the-art IT and mechatronic high-tech components in Bavaria. In production processes, robots often operate in isolation, behind safety fences. The intention with the KI.FABRIK BAYERN is to enable the direct physical interaction of AI with the factory environment using robots and similar systems, as well as the intuitive and transparent connection between humans and machines through wearable technology. Human safety is therefore central to the realization of the factory of the future.
The lighthouse Initiative was kicked-off with the symbolic ceremony to lay the “foundation stone” of KI.FABRIK BAYERN in June 2021 with State Minister Aiwanger. A hand-picked consortium of TUM / MIRMI and industry partners is planning and executing the development and commissioning of the first KI.FABRIK in Bavaria by 2030.
In 2030, Bavaria is set to launch the world’s first AI.FACTORY interacting with its workers through AI.PORTALS, networked by a CENTRAL.AI, and fueled by AI.ROBOTS to deliver Production-as-a-Service (PaaS) from lot size 1.
The AI Factory “KI.FABRIK” combines future technologies under one roof. Sensitive robots and new AI algorithms can be controlled by employees from home via AI.PORTALS, and are available for individual production processes. The KI.FABRIK becomes the central solution building block in the technical infrastructure to keep economic activities running even in times of crisis. Value creation becomes less dependent on the physical presence of personnel. In each of these AI Factories, hundreds of highly qualified high-tech jobs would be created in Bavaria, with the productivity of skilled workers multiplied by intelligent and collectively learning, sensitive robotic tools. In the AI Factories and through the concepts of modern production tested and used there, the quality of jobs and products would increase. At the same time, they enable local and resource-saving production processes. Ultimately, this also sustainably counteracts potential scenarios such as plant closures together with the associated loss of jobs and know-how.
The long-term mission KI.FABRIK 2030 will be realized in 4 partially overlapping phases, some of which will run in parallel.
Development and set-up of the first KI.FABRIK at a suitable location in Munich with 5 AI Portals – demonstration of sub-steps in assembly, manufacturing, and logistics, starting in 2020.
Expansion with further process steps, certification, and a second location.
Expansion with final process steps, test operation for Production-as-a-Service, and 5 Bavaria-wide locations.
Operational (private-sector). Operation of the first KI.FABRIK, expansion to 10 sites in Bavaria.