Process Analytics Factory GmbH receives funding from BMBF in the area of industry 4.0
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Process Analytics Factory GmbH receives funding from BMBF in the area of industry 4.0

Darmstadt, March 1, 2017 – The Process Analytics Factory (PAF) receives a six-figure grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of a novel industry 4.0 Process Mining analysis platform. The research project under the leadership of PAF is carried out in cooperation with DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence), Incloud GmbH and Brabant & Lehnert Werkzeugs-und Vorrichtungsbau GmbH and is scheduled to run for two years.

The aim of the funded project is to network production data, planning data and customer data for production planning in real time and to evaluate them in such a way that production planning is possible at runtime. The results of the research project will primarily help manufacturing companies that are particularly affected by dynamic changes in the area of Industry 4.0.

“We are very pleased with the approval of the funding project and the validation of our work. The support of the BMBF enables us to optimize production and production planning processes in real time by using new Process Mining methods”, says Tobias Rother, managing director of PAF.

Prof. Dr. Peter Fettke hopes to expand the leading position in the field of business process management using artificial intelligence techniques. “It is precisely at the interface between Business Process Management, Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 that a wide range of innovations will be observed in the coming years, which we will be able to shape at an early stage with the planned project”, explains Professor Fettke.

Steffen Müller, managing partner of Incloud GmbH, says “The support of the BMBF shows us that there is a real need here among German SMEs. We will use our expertise in software development to get closer to an optimal solution for the challenges in production planning”.

Bernhard Lehnert, managing partner of Brabant & Lehnert Werkzeugs-und Vorrichtungsbau GmbH, emphasizes the importance of a medium-sized company’s participation in this project in the Industry 4.0 area.

The “ProPlanE” project is funded by the BMBF under the funding code S01IS16040A and is supervised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as project management agency. For more information see

Network coordinator / technical contact person

Tobias Rother, Process Analytics Factory GmbH
Kasinostraße 60, 64293 Darmstadt
Phone: 06151 8507741

About the Process Analytics Factory

The Process Analytics Factory PAF is a performance diagnostics center for business processes and a leader in the field of Operational Process Intelligence. The PAF has a digital DNA and combines expert knowledge from hundreds of Process Mining customer projects with research knowledge of the leading minds in Process Mining, business intelligence and artificial intelligence. PAF is the only provider that has developed and consistently optimized data transformation services for all Process Intelligence and Process BI tools from the Process Mining practice. Intelligent assistants take over the logical linking of operational data from different sources, the calculation of KPIs and operational metrics, as well as their efficient pre-processing. Our data analysts ensure the implementation of successful Process Intelligence projects in the company.

About the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

DFKI (currently with about 814 employees) is the largest research center worldwide in the field of innovative software technologies based on AI technologies. Together with its industrial partners, DFKI rapidly translates cutting-edge research into practical application solutions. Its core competencies include business process management with the architecture of integrated information systems (ARIS), business intelligence, process/data mining and (big) data analytics. A central interest of DFKI lies in researching the economic use of methods and techniques of (big) data analytics in real time. In this way, DFKI can further expand its worldwide leading scientific/technical position in the fields of data mining and business process management, data analytics and service engineering.

About Incloud GmbH, Darmstadt

Incloud is one of the leading enterprise app agencies in Germany. At the Darmstadt location, in the direct vicinity of the Hundertwasserhaus, mobile apps and matching web apps & embedded systems are developed using state-of-the-art technologies. In cooperation with customers, products are created that connect machines, services, Internet and people.

About Brabant & Lehnert Werkzeugs-und Vorrichtungsbau GmbH

Brabant & Lehnert GmbH designs and manufactures complex tools and devices for the automotive and automotive supplier industry as well as for welding, assembly, measuring and testing devices. By linking CAD design and production, the company offers complete customer-specific solutions. Its products, which are manufactured in an increasingly autonomous production process, are characterized by a high degree of individuality. As a user of highly complex, interlinked production plants, the small company is increasingly faced with the problem of rapid professional expertise adjustment in work processes.