Virtual learning factory

Learn and experience digital transformation and Industry 4.0 hands-on

Making students fit for the digital transformation

The virtual learning factory enables universities and colleges to simulate a virtual factory and simultaneously use the data in various ways via open web interfaces.

Your advantages
  • Digital image of production
  • Simulate realistic production processes
  • Freely configurable through a simple editor
  • Develop your Smart Factory Apps
  • Free access to production data via API

Universities teaching with the virtual learning factory

A unique interplay


Teaching plays a central role in the fourth industrial revolution – after all, the foundations for the professions of the future are laid here. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree programmes is essential for training Industry 4.0 experts. FORCE Bridge combines IT and engineering sciences.


Today’s research ensures tomorrow’s competitiveness and innovative strength. New technologies create markets and jobs. In particular, the industrial internet of things and artificial intelligence are two major drivers of growth and digitisation. With FORCE Bridge, we combine precisely these two technologies.


Industry is facing one of the greatest upheavals in its history. Digitalisation is coming with full force. From small to large – all awake companies understand the opportunities and possibilities it brings. With the FORCE Bridge platform, we support companies in mastering the entry into the digital age.

Model & simulate realistic manufacturing processes

Model your own production processes and scenarios independently. Through visualisations of your virtual factory, you can immediately see status changes in production and what effects they have on the entire manufacturing process.

  • Digital twin of production
  • Realistic production processes
  • Configurable through visualisation editor

Apps for Industry 4.0 – from smartphones to VR goggles

Develop applications for the industrial internet of things. You can develop entirely new business models with full access to production data. You define the boundaries from the smart factory app for the smartphone to applications for VR data glasses.

  • Develop your apps
  • Free access to production data
  • ADK for easier programming

Generate order & production data at the push of a button

The virtual factory offers the possibility to easily generate a wide variety of production data that is generated in reality. From master and movement data to machine and process data. In this way, individual production processes can be simulated.

  • Independent generation of data
  • Mapping of realistic scenarios
  • Open access via FORCE Bridge API

Easy data retrieval via standardised web services

Our FORCE Bridge API gives you access to over 300 standardised production data for creating digital applications. Easy and user-friendly access via open web interfaces REST.

Go to FORCE Bridge API

This is our offering

Learning and teaching in the age of Industry 4.0

Try out your own learning factory licence-free now

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Barbara Mayer
Leiterin Smart Production Lab
FH Joanneum

"Thanks to the FORCE Bridge API, we can show our students examples of how production plants can be used more efficiently with I4.0 solutions. With the help of the FORCAM Connector for Microsoft Power Automate, our students can merge data from the production plant with other applications in a very simple way and thus gain I4.0 competencies."