David Fehrenbach

David is Managing Director of preML and writes about technology and business-related topics in computer vision and machine learning.

For the solution “Visual detection of defects in concrete elements using machine learning“, we were awarded as one of eight lighthouse projects for Industry 4.0 in the state.

Last Friday (July 23), State Secretary for Economic Affairs Dr. Patrick Rapp honored the current winners of the competition “100 Places for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg” via video message. A total of eight digitization solutions in the production environment were awarded prizes, which companies and institutions are successfully implementing in their day-to-day operations.

This year’s winners include the start-up preML from Lahr, which develops visual quality control systems. Intelligent algorithms learn to detect defects on components and thus automate an inspection process in production. The Lahr-based company was able to convince the jury this year by using the software to inspect concrete elements. But not only concrete elements are inspected with the software, through the use of artificial intelligence, the system can be quickly and easily adapted to new problems and materials.

“Industry, SMEs and startups in Baden-Württemberg are leading the way in the implementation of Industry 4.0 – this is impressively confirmed by our award-winning projects today,” emphasized the State Secretary on the occasion of the awards. “Baden-Württemberg will only remain a leading innovation and business location in Europe if small and medium-sized enterprises in the state in particular continue to make bold progress in digitization. With the award ceremony, we want to make tangible and visible Industrie 4.0 solutions from medium-sized industry and startups that create added value even better known.”

Here you find our profile as well as the profiles of all former winners!

In the following video, you can find the laudatory speech by State Secretary for Economic Affairs Dr. Patrick Rapp (in German).

About the award:

The award is presented by the “Alliance Industry 4.0 Baden-Württemberg,” a network initiated and supported by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg. In the ongoing competition “100 Places for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg,” it seeks outstanding ideas from business, science and education that fully exploit the potential of Industry 4.0.