SmartFactoryKL helps children of cancer patients
The SmartFactoryKL Technology Initiative donated a total of 2,375 euros to the children’s aid organization “Mama/Papa hat Krebs” Kaiserslautern (www.mama-papa-hat-krebs.de). Official ceremonies in early September marked 26 years in the service of science, for Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke as he transferred his responsibilities to his successor Prof. Dr. Martin Ruskowski. At that time, he also asked well-wishers to give, in lieu of gifts, a donation for the children’s aid organization. › more
Order of Merit Award for Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Chair of the SmartFactoryKL Technology Initiative, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate by Minister President Malu Dreyer today. The order is awarded, in particular, in recognition of Zühlke’s contribution to the use of modern communication technologies in industrial production. › more
SmartFactoryKL at SPS IPC Drives 2017
SmartFactoryKL and the Research Department Innovative Factory Systems of DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) presented the latest developments in Industrie 4.0 at the SPS IPC Drives Exhibition (28.-30.11.2017) in Nuremberg last week. These were, amongst others, modular assembly, innovative assistance systems, and real time communication (time sensitive networking, TSN). › more
Prof. Zühlke at MADE in Denmark
Following an invitation from MADE (Manufacturing Academy of Denmark), Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Chairman of the Board of SmartFactoryKL, spoke in Copenhagen, Denmark. › more
Haier new member of SmartFactoryKL
The Chinese-based global player in the household appliance sector Haier is the latest member of SmartFactoryKL. Chen Lucheng, Vice President Haier Home Appliance Industry Group, and Prof. Dr. Detlef Zuehlke, Executive Chairman of SmartFactoryKL, proclaimed the membership at a celebration in Qingdao, China, yesterday.
ICT Proposers’ Day
SCHOTT 50th member of SmartFactoryKL
The specialty glass producer from Mainz is a strong partner from the region and a user of Industrie 4.0 solutions. › more
9th Innovation Day at SmartFactoryKL: Successfully shaping the future with networks
Yesterday, the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative hosted about 80 guests representing government, business, and science to the 9th iteration of “Innovation Day.” The motto this year was “Shaping the networks of the future.” › more
Admin Shell Day
SmartFactoryKL and DFKI participated in the Administrative Shell Day organized by Plattform Industrie 4.0 and ZVEI in Frankfurt.
Participation in the celebrations honoring the day of German unity
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and SmartFactoryKL presented their smart manual work station during the citizen’s fair. At the booth of Science Alliance Kaiserslautern, interested visitors were able to experience innovative forms of human-machine interaction. › more
Flanders Make latest SmartFactoryKL member
The network of partners within SmartFactoryKL has now been extended to Belgium, thanks to its latest member Flanders Make. › more
Cooperation of humans and machines
At the conference „Mensch und Computer“ (Humans and Computers) in Regensburg, our researchers presented their latest results on human-machine interaction. › more
SmartFactoryKL joins Initiative for the Future of Rhineland-Palatinate (ZIRP)
The SmartFactoryKL technology initiative has joined the Rhineland-Palatinate Initiative for the Future (German: Zukunftsinitiative Rheinland-Pfalz (ZIRP). The decision was agreed by the executive board of ZIRP at a meeting yesterday in Mainz. › more
Prof. Dr. Zühlke transfers responsibilities to Prof. Dr. Ruskowski after 26 years in the service of science
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke retired this year from his positions as Chair of the Production Automation Department at TU Kaiserslautern and as Head of the Innovative Factory Systems research at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). › more
Delegation of WirtschaftsWoche visits SmartFactoryKL during its “Future Board: Artificial Smartness“ trip
Digitalization will fundamentally change the world-wide economy. Topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics and big data are just a few of the drivers which will lead to a paradigm shift in the industrial environment. › more
Visit of the Chinese Consul General
The Chinese Consul General Wang Shunqing visited several research institutes in Kaiserslautern to learn about latest technological developments. › more
TSN presented at VDI Automation Conference
André Hennecke, researcher at SmartFactoryKL, introduced the SmartFactoryKL approach to the topic of TSN at the VDI Automation Conference in Baden-Baden. › more
Prof. Zühlke awarded Manufacturing Leader of the Year
“Game-changer” Zühlke received award at the 13th ML Council Summit “Manufacturing 4.0 in Action” for his lifetime achievements
New member: TMG Consultants
TMG Consultants GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, is the latest member in the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative.
Prof. Zühlke spoke at Seoul Forum 2017
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke gave a speech on the transfer of Industrie 4.0 knowledge from research to practice at Seoul Forum 2017 and highlighted the example of SmartFactoryKL. › more
Visitors from the German Bundestag
Patricia Lips and Xaver Jung, both members of the German Bundestag, visited DFKI and SmartFactoryKL to learn about latest research and transfer projects.
Elections of the Board of SmartFactoryKL
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Andreas Huhmann, Dr. Thomas Bürger and Klaus Stark elected
Elections were held at the Annual General Meeting of the technology-initiative SmartFactoryKL determine the membership of the management board on May 10, 2017. › more
Virtual tour of SmartFactoryKL
SmartFactoryKL can now be visited in a virtual tour. Information on the individual demonstrators, which hightlight various aspects of Industrie 4.0, is available in German and Englisch.
SmartFactoryKL to display at Hannover Messe 2017
Discover the developments of the Industrie 4.0 production plant in Hall 8 / Booth D20
Flexibility, modularity and networks are important aspects in the light of Industrie 4.0. TheSmartFactoryKL partner network is focusing on the following topics at Hannover Messe this year in Hall 8 / Booth D20:
Successful congress by ZIRP in Mainz
More than 250 participants discussed the importance of digitalization
The ZIRP (Initiative for the Future of Rhineland-Palatinate) organized a congress on “Networking in Rhineland-Palatine – Enterprises in times of digital change”, in co-operation with the Society for Informatics. › more
STAUFEN.NEONEX as latest member of the SmartFactoryKL.
Dr. Peter Stephan, Senior Partner and Co-Founder STAUFEN.NEONEX as well as former employee of the SmartFactoryKL is looking forweard to a close cooperation:
VIP visit from Korea at SmartFactoryKL
Prof. Zühlke welcomed the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Prof. Dr. Bumhym Bek, and the Consul of the Republic of Korea, Hong-Kyu Jang, at the SmartFactory Kaiserslautern.
Prof. Zühlke recieves retirement certificate from the TU
After more than 25 years as a professor at the TU Kaiserslautern and holder of the professorship for production automation, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zühlke, recieved the retirement certificate from the President of the TU, Prof. Dr. Helmut J. Schmidt.
Prof. Zühlke to receive ML Council „Visionary leadership“ Award
Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council announced world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders on March 1st as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Winner in the category „Visionary leadership“ is Prof. Dr. Detlef Zuehlke, Chairman of the Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.
SmartFactoryKL demonstrates improved flexibility in its Industrie 4.0 system
SmartFactoryKL demonstrates improved flexibility in its Industrie 4.0 system
The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), together with the 18 involved partner companies, › more
Debate Industrie 4.0 Syska vs. Zühlke – live
Prof. Dr. Andreas Syska talks about Industrie 4.0 in critical terms. Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, the “head” of SmartFactoryKL, is recognized as one of the masterminds of Industrie 4.0.
5th Industrie 4.0 VDI Conference
„On the way to an intelligent factory“ – this was the title of the latest VDI Conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany on January 25-26. Main topics were successful business models from the field of Industrie 4.0, data management and human-machine-interaction.
World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Zühlke took part in the WEF in the name of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.
Convening under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”, this year’s meeting program focused on critical leadership challenges for 2017 – › more