inIT at FMB 2021

Support opportunities for startups at the Innovation Campus Lemgo

Startup coach Niels Fliedner tests the prototype.

From November 10 to 12, 2021, it's "Clear the stage for mechanical engineering and its suppliers!" again, because the supplier show for mechanical engineering (FMB) in Bad Salzuflen will finally take place again. The trade fair is the industry meeting point for mechanical and plant engineering as well as the manufacturing industry in OWL and the entire northern German region. After it had to be cancelled completely last year due to Corona, direct communication between exhibitors and visitors on site is now possible again.

As usual, the it's OWL joint booth is among the approximately 550 exhibitors presenting the entire spectrum of the supplier industry for mechanical and plant engineering. In addition to Unity AG, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA and the Mittelstand-Digital-Zentrum Ruhr-OWL, the Institute Industrial IT (inIT) of TH OWL is also present.

The inIT presents itself with the topic "Startup Support" in the fields of IoT and IIoT, where future tech products often include a piece of software and hardware. As part of the support, equipment, tools and diverse expertise are provided for building and further developing prototypes. "Many startups don't have these opportunities and are often looking for very specific expertise in areas such as board development or rapid prototyping. We have the experts on site at the Innovation Campus in Lemgo and can help," explains inIT board member Lukasz Wisniewski.

At its booth at the FMB, inIT would like to draw attention to the possibility of support, which is funded by an EXIST program, among other things. For this purpose, an industrial signal light was developed as a product example, which, unlike normal machine traffic lights, can also communicate via WLAN and MQTT. "At our booth, we would like to show the process that the developed signal light has gone through. This shows how an idea first became a prototype and then a final product. Visitors can see the steps we can help with, when and how. We would like to give all interested parties an insight into our activities and hope to make new contacts," says Dr. Wisniewski, looking forward to the three-day expo.