The delegation was welcomed by Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Chairman of the Executive Board at Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL, who gave an introduction into Industrie 4.0 and the digital transformation towards smart factories.
After the presentation the participants visited the ‘SmartFactory’ and got an inside look at the research activities.
SmartFactoryKL exhibits the world‘s first manufacturer-independent Industrie 4.0 production plant and shows just how high quality, flexible manufacturing can be efficiently implemented even for a batch size of one – regardless of whether in an existing production operation or a Green Field. Uniform interface standards enable a manufacturer-independent link to the production units, logistic systems, supply infrastructure, and IT systems. Challenging requirements already affecting production such as custom products, shorter innovation cycles, and more efficient on-site production can now be met.
A sample product is actually manufactured in the facility: A customized business card holder, where the color, laser engravings, and optional inlays can be ordered online by the customer. The product itself stores all information in a RFID tag and gives guidance to the production modules.
The production process proceeds in different ways, depending on the design and availability of the production plant‘s modules. The flexible transport system dynamically connects with the various production cells and manual assembly stations.
More information on the smartfactory and industry 4.0 demonstrator: smartfactory.de