Autonomics for the sporting goods industry

Project description

Initiated by the adidas Group, Speedfactory is a research project under the umbrella of the German Government. The aim is to shape the future of manufacturing and come up with innovative products as well as new production technologies & efficiencies while looking into consumer needs, speed, flexibility, and sustainability. Speedfactory has been selected to be part of the national “Autonomic for Industry 4.0” programme. This programme contributes to realising the high-tech strategy 2020 of the Federal Republic of Germany and focuses on a new era of manufacturing by combining state-of-the-art information and communication technologies (ICT) with industrial production, innovative products or skill-intensive electronic services. The objective is to push the development of autonomic systems to establish Germany as a leading industrial base for new and forward-looking internet-based technologies. Research topics include: production logistics, cognitive basic technologies, human-machine interaction, and 3D industrial applications.


Within Speedfactory fortiss is primarily focusing on two research areas: process modeling and human machine interaction.

In the area of cognitive process modeling, the institute concentrates on developing concepts for modularising production processes and respective approaches for their automatic implementation.  The production process is divided into several steps that can then be executed by machines or humans. The goal is to quickly get from the design to the final product.

In the area of human robot/machine interaction, fortiss focuses on the development of concepts to support human operations. The interaction has to be intuitive, safe, and at the same time ergonomic and adaptive to human needs. The goal is to reduce the load on the human and to keep it as low as possible. Within Speedfactory, existing approaches are evaluated regarding their suitability for the textile and sporting goods industry. New concepts are developed as well.


adidas AG


RWTH Aachen, Lehrstuhl für Textilmaschinenbau und Institut für Textiltechnik


KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau GmbH


Johnson Controls



Speedfactory is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the scope of the AUTONOMIK for Industry 4.0 program.




Alois Zoitl

Alois Zoitl

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