OpenFactoryDay 2023: More than 500 visitors

A complete success: On Saturday, May 13, 2023, more than 500 visitors visited the OpenFactoryDay 2023 at SmartFactoryOWL. The OpenFactoryDay was organized together with the Fraunhofer Institute at the Innovation Campus Lemgo. At the same time, the Open Day of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (THOWL) took place, where the departments opened the doors of their laboratories to the public.


The motto of this year's OpenFactoryDay was: Try it out and do it. The visitors were offered many hands-on activities. The Campusfoundery OWL had come up with a soldering task for young and old - the drilling template was applied to a wooden clothespin using a laser, and the holes then had to be drilled by the visitors themselves. Later, LEDs were soldered on and connected to a battery. The visitors received this activity so well that there were sometimes traffic jams.
Another highlight from the Institute industrial IT - inIT: A portrait generated by artificial intelligence. Here, visitors could have their picture taken and admire the results of their generated painting live. The pictures could then be taken home digitally by e-mail.
At Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, it was time to buckle up and head off on a fully autonomous tour of SmartFactoryOWL. Visitors were able to take a seat on a driverless transport system and be driven through the factory. At defined points, they were provided with information about technologies.
In addition to the two institutes located on the campus, the Lippe Bildung eG, the company Isringhausen GmbH & Co. KG. and the company CUNA Products GmbH, which produces in SmartFactoryOWL, showed some of their portfolios.
"The OpenFactoryDay was a complete success for us. Many visitors found their way to us and participated with interest in our hands-on action - a clothespin with LED lights. We were also able to make many children's eyes light up here - when the self-made clothespin blinkies came to life," said Niels Fliedner from inIT.
Christoph-Alexander Holst, research group leader at inIT, also draws a positive balance: "We had many interesting discussions. Our AI approach for "live paintings" was very well received and the visitors were happy to take part in the action - even the university president Prof. Jürgen Krahl didn't miss the opportunity to have his picture taken for a painting."
"The OpenFactoryDay in cooperation with the inIT was a complete success. We are already looking forward to next year's next edition," concludes Nissrin Perez, Innovation Manager at Fraunhofer IOSB-INA.