Working today on the manufacturing ot tomorrow

We are working with industry specialists to develop the manufacturing of tomorrow and are called, appropriately, factory innovators. Experts from the Department of Machine Tools and Controls (WSKL) at TU Kaiserslautern, and the (Innovative Factory Systems research unit) at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence work together with us at SmartFactoryKL.
About us
SmartFactoryKL is a non-profit organization with the official name Technology Initiative SmartFactory KL. Established in 2005, the association currently (10/2021) consists of 45 members. In 2020, the association celebrated its 15th anniversary. Our unique Industrie 4.0 network links working groups in which important questions are asked and answered by the participating companies and research institutes. Scientific findings are jointly implemented with our partners as practical solutions in our  demonstrator-ecosystem in Kaiserslautern  (Shared Production).

This worldwide unique, manufacturer-independent demonstrator and research platform enables testing, further development, and deployment of innovative ICT technologies in a realistic industrial production environment. The demonstrator-ecosystem will play an increasingly role as a test environment in the coming years for the European GAIA-X sub-project smartMA-X . The vision of Production Level 4  (PL4) is guiding the development of our Shared Production setup. Our 2019 analysis of the  Industrie 4.0 concept resulted in PL4, which takes the latest technological developments into account along with the lessons learned in previous years.

Our MILESTONES:

Giant steps from concepts to applications

executive board

Experts from research and business communities

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Prof. Dr. Martin Ruskowski

Chairman of the Executive Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. (since 2019)

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Eric Brabänder

Member of the Executive Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. . (since 2022)

Chief Product Officer & Member of the Management at Empolis Information GmbH

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Dipl.-Phys. Andreas Huhmann

Member of the Executive Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. (since 2011)     

Strategy Consultant Connectivity and Networks at Harting

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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klaus Stark

Member of the Executive Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. (since 2017)  


Senior Manager Innovation Management at Pilz

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