SmartFactoryKL is a network of strong partners
Adient is the global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year.www.adient.com
AREND process automation
Automation is our core competence. But it is also our passion.
AREND is your successful partner for development and production of electrical plants (switching-, control-, measuring- and regulation-technology) and for mechanical engineering. Permanently great reliability and high quality standards are what distinguish our company.
Till plant-optimization and modernization projects, we create individual or end-to-end solutions, transparent […] and cost-effective From analysis, consulting and planning to the complete system and beyond… service, training and maintenance – all from one source.www.arend-automation.de
B&R is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austria and offices all around the world. As a global leader in industrial automation, B&R combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to provide customers in virtually every industry with complete solutions for machine and process automation, motion control, HMI and integrated safety technology. With industrial fieldbus communication standards like POWERLINK and openSAFETY as well as the powerful Automation Studio software development environment, B&R is constantly redefining the future of automation engineering. The innovative spirit that keeps B&R at the forefront of industrial automation is driven by a commitment to simplifying processes and exceeding customer expectations.www.br-automation.com
BASF („The Chemical Company“) is the world‘s leading chemical company. With a workforce of ca. 105,000 employees, six manufacturing sites and 385 production locations worldwide, the company serves clients and partners in almost all countries in the world.
The BASF portfolio ranges from oil, gas to chemicals, plastics and performance products and agricultural products and fine chemicals.www.basf.de
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises. Our customized approach combines deep insight into the dynamics of companies and markets with close collaboration at all levels of the client organization. This ensures that our clients achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results. Founded in 1963, BCG is a private company with 85 offices in 48 countries.www.bcg.com
Founded in Hanover, Germany, in 1871, Continental can look back on a history of success. Over the years we have brought individual mobility to the road and initiated, advanced and collaborated on a host of technological developments. As a supplier of brake systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomer products, and as an expert in networked automobile communication, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. The ContiTech division is also an expert development partner for various other key industries.
In its five divisions – Chassis& Safety, Powertrain, Interior, Tires and ContiTech- Continental has approximately 178,000 employees in 49 countries.www.conti-online.com
DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 151,000 people.
DENSO’s European operations include sales offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In addition, the company operates engineering centers in Germany and Italy and manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the U.K. and Morocco.
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH with facilities in Kaiserslautern Saarbrücken and Bremen and with a project office in Berlin is the leading close-to-market research center in Germany in the area of innovative software technology for commercial application.
In the international science world, DFKI ranks among the worldwide most important “Centers of Excellence” which successfully and quickly implemented leading edge research into commercially relevant application solutions. Founded in 1988 by several renowned German information technology companies, the Fraunhofer Society and a large research institution as a non-profit GmbH, the DFKI GmbH has since then established a reputation for proactive and customer-oriented work and is known both nationally and internationally as a competent and reliable partner for commercial innovation.www.dfki.de
Empolis Information Management GmbHEmpolis supports customers in making the right decisions. Currently, around 500 Empolis installations exist around the world, and nearly 700,000 professional users rely on Empolis solutions on a daily basis to serve approximately 40 million end customers. We combine artificial intelligence technologies for CRM and service management in cutting-edge cloud solutions. They offer entirely new service quality, customer approaches and digital “As a Service” and platform business models – from signal to action. In connection with the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers unparalleled opportunities for manufacturing companies in production, service and maintenance. Real-time analysis of machine, product and service-related data, as well as the utilization of new human-to-machine interfaces (e.g. voice interface, image recognition and augmented reality) allow for fast development and good go-to-market for innovative service products. In the very near future, personal service assistants will be available to service technicians for maintenance and repair assignments, which will guide them through repair, maintenance and diagnostic processes via voice control. AI processes information and data automatically and makes them available to service workers, as required. AI technologies and digital assistants thus represent the next logical step in the fourth industrial revolution. Looking forward, human and artificial intelligence will work side by side. www.empolis.com
EPLAN Software & Service develops CAx, configuration and mechatronic solutions and advises companies on how to optimise their engineering processes. Customers benefit from increased efficiency in the production process thanks to standardised procedures, automated sequences and continuous workflows.
EPLAN delivers tailor-made concepts for introducing and setting up systems as well as integrating them into the IT/PLM system landscape – based on standard engineering solutions. The service portfolio also comprises customising, consulting and training. Both standardised as well as customised interfaces to ERP and PLM/PDM systems ensures data consistency in product development, order processing and manufacturing. Factors for success in engineering include a consistent customer focus, global support and innovative development and interface expertise. EPLAN was founded in 1984 and is part of the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group.www.eplan.de
Festo is a worldwide leader in automation technology and world market leader in technical education and training. Pneumatic and electric drive technology from Festo stands for innovation in industrial automation and process automation – from individual products to turnkey solution. Innovations for maximum customer productivity, global presence and strong system partnership with its customers are the hallmarks of Festo. The company employs 19,200 people in over 60 countries.www.festo.com
German Edge Cloud is a start-up company belonging to the Friedhelm Loh Group, which has developed the first AI Edge Cloud for real-time industrial applications. Together with affiliated company Innovo Cloud and with partner firms like IoTOS GmbH and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the company provides AI-enabled managed manufacturing edge products for the production industry.
German Edge Cloud offers data sovereignty to the customer by providing private edge cloud infrastructures (IaaS), platforms for data analysis (PaaS), and industry-specific AI applications (SaaS), making networked factory data available quickly and easily. Data processing of large volumes can be moved to the “edge” of the Cloud using edge computing, which ensures the real-time availability of the required data.
Griesson – de Beukelaer is one of the leading companies in the European sweet and savoury biscuit market, and produces 151,000 tons a year at its German sites in Polch (Rhineland-Palatinate), Kempen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Kahla (Thuringia) and Wurzen (Saxony). The company employs 2,100 people and in 2016 generated total sales of EUR 514 m. The product range includes the famous brands Griesson, DeBeukelaer, Prinzen Rolle, Wurzener and LEICHT&CROSS. Technology leadership, sustainability and acting with a long-term perspective are the guiding lights of our mission statement.www.griesson-debeukelaer.de
Founded in 1984, the Haier Group is today the world’s leading brand of major household appliances and is now transforming from a traditional manufacturer to an open entrepreneurship platform. In the era of the Internet and post e-commerce, Haier will extend its ecosystem to social networks and community economies while enhancing the user value of Haier products and services and instilling integrity as a core competence throughout the Group. Haier aims to become a global leader in the era of the Internet of Things.
Haier has approx. 66000 employees, 24 production sites and 5 research centers world-wide. The company has built 8 interconnected factories to date. Based on the internet, their goal is to replace the company’s traditional mass production with the mass production of personalized products. At Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair) 2017, Haier COSMOPlat was presented first time: COSMOPlat is China’s world-leading Industrial Internet platform with intellectual property rights.www.haieramerica.com
HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s most important industrial fair. The central exhibition ranges are industrial automation and IT, energy and environmental technologies, power transmission and control technology, industrial supply, production technologies and services, and research and development. HANNOVER MESSE offers in addition to the range of exhibits a high-caliber program of forums, congresses and special shows and confident with the unique networking of business, politics and science on an international level.
HANNOVER MESSE is organized by Deutsche Messe AG. Every year, the German Messe AG operates around 100 trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide with more than 36,000 exhibitors, around three million visitors and 15,000 journalists from over 100 countries, and thus occupies a leading position among the world’s leading trade-fair companies.
Deutsche Messe AG Messegelände 30521 Hannover Deutschlandwww.messe.de
The HARTING Technology Group is skilled in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connection, transmission and networking as well as in manufacturing, mechatronics and software creation. The company uses these skills to develop customized solutions and products such as connectors for energy and data transmission in, e.g., mechanical engineering, rail technology, wind energy plants, factory automation and the telecommunication sector.
In addition, HARTING also produces electro-magnetic components for the automobile sector and is specialist in the field of industrial applications in the form of casings, cablings and assemblies of single or complete systems and automated vending systems.www.harting.de
Belden Inc., a leading global provider of high-quality signal transmission solutions, offers a comprehensive product portfolio that is tailored to the needs of mission-critical network infrastructures in the sectors of industrial and building automation. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world.. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, USA, was founded in 1902 and operates manufacturing facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.About Hirschmann, a Belden brand
As a specialist in industrial communication technology Hirschmann develops innovative solutions that are geared to the requirements of customers in terms of performance, efficiency and investment security. Hirschmann offers a complete Ethernet product line for data communication in mission-critical applications. These include Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches, and security and wireless systems that allow a single, enterprise-wide communications infrastructure.www.hirschmann.de
HUAWEI is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, founded in 1987. Huawei is committed to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei has nearly 194,000 employees, and operates in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world. Huawei‘s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, Huawei creates lasting value for its customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward with its 16 R&D Institutes & Centers/Offices and 36 Joint Innovation Centers around the world. Huawei’s European R&D Center is located in Munich/Germany.www.huawei.com
IBM helps organizations transforming towards Industry 4.0, starting with the idea all the way to building a sustainable value chain. Vertical and horizontal integration, data-driven optimization of production, maintenance and products, plus more efficient process across all business units are the foundation for our clients’ success. IBM offers consulting, design and implementation, along with the components of the solution. Industry analysts see IBM leading in delivering complete IoT software platforms with integrated functions such as cognitive capabilities, augmented reality, Blockchain, natural language processing or edge computing. Scalability and open interfaces of the IBM solutions are making Industry 4.0 a realistic option for every organization.www.ibm.com
Today, with more than 61,000 employees and sales of 32 Billion US$ in 2011 (31 October), Deere & Company manufactures products in 18 countries and markets products in more than 160 countries. Deere & Company and its subsidiaries manufacture, distribute and finance a full range of agricultural equipment, a broad line of equipment for construction, forestry and public works, and a variety of commercial and consumer equipment. The company also provides financial services products for businesses and the general public.About John Deere Werke Mannheim
The Mannheim tractor factory was founded in 1859 by Heinrich Lanz and covers an area of 42 hectares. The legendary Bulldog, the first crude oil tractor, was produced in 1921. Deere & Company acquired Heinrich Lanz AG in 1956 a further milestone and a crucial step on the way to be a Global Player.www.deere.com
The Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Europe is the governmental R&D institute of Korea in Europe, founded in 1996 in Saarbrücken. KIST Europe is a specific expertise in terms of innovation-oriented research & industry support as an open R&D platform between Korea and Europe.
Our employees do on-site research in Europe for globalization of Korean science and technology in the fields of environment and energy, integrative bio-nano-engineering and smart convergence. Also we provide technology information, support in technology transfer and joint projects, and we link Korean and European partners for Korea-EU Science and Technology Cooperation.www.kist-europe.de
KSB manufactures pumps and fittings for various application fields at more than 30 production locations in 19 countries. The offer ranges from feed systems for the private utilization of rain water to pump stations and boiler feed aggregates for large power plants. The product portfolio comprises fitting in various versions, sizes and materials and offers an extensive range of use opportunities.
14,000 employees worldwide work for highest customer satisfaction in building services engineering, industry and water management, in the energy sector and mining.
KSB AG Johann-Klein-Str. 9 67227 Frankenthal Deutschlandwww.ksb.com
The Lapp Group is a globally leading supplier of integrated solutions and branded products in the field of cable and connection technology. The Group’s portfolio includes standard and highly flexible cables, industrial connectors and cable entry systems, customized system solutions, automation technology and robotics solutions for the intelligent factory of the future, as well as technical accessories.
In the 2015/16 business year, the Lapp Group generated consolidated revenue of 901 million euros. Lapp currently employs approximately 3,440 people across the world, has 17 production sites and over 40 sales companies. It also works in cooperation with around 100 foreign representatives.www.lappkabel.de
The University of Lund in Sweden, is one of the oldest and leading universities in Scandinavia. The cooperation with the SmartFactoryKL takes place with the Faculty LTH (Lunds Tekniska Högskola) from the University of Lund. Particular projects so far and student seminars, and work in collaboration with the Department of “Automatic Control” were carried out, which is located at the area of mechanical engineering.www.control.lth.se
Mettler Toledo is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company also holds top-three market positions for several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, the Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of metal detection systems used in production and packaging.Additional information about Mettler Toledo can be found at www.mt.com.
MiniTec – From modular assembly systems to total customized solutions: What started with miniature linear guides in 1986, has developed into a globally recognized full-service supplier, employing more than 350 staff at ten factories, and with more than 60 partners and service sites around the world. The MiniTec modular system, with its proven, versatile components for automation engineering and plant construction is valued and used by leading companies all over the world. It is on the basis of this system that MiniTec offers the entire spectrum of a full-service manufacturer: From consultation and project planning with our own software development, through to assembly at the customer’s site, including training and after sales service.www.minitec.de
Phoenix Contact is the worldwide market leader of components, systems and solutions in the area of electrical engineering, electronics and automation. Today, the family-owned company employs 14,500 people worldwide.
The product range comprises components and system solutions for energy supply including wind and solar, device and machine building as well as control cabinet engineering. A diverse product range of modular terminal blocks and special-purpose terminals, printed circuit terminal blocks and plug connectors, cable connection technology and installation accessories offers innovative components.
Phoenix Contact supports the digital transformation with products, systems and solutions. Based on the experience in the in-house machine building, the company knows the requirements of the digitalization and integrated data flow from the engineering through the production and along the whole product life cycle.www.phoenixcontact.com/industrie40
Pilz is a complete automation technology supplier. The company covers the whole of automation technology, from sensor technology to control and actuator technology. The product range is being expanded to include relevant software tools, diagnostic and visualisation systems and services. Complete system solutions are the result.
Pilz solutions consist of both automation and safety functions. One example is the automation system PSS 4000, whose central concept is to merge safety and automation. As a distributed control system PSS 4000 still provides a centralised view of the automation project. PSS 4000 enables the mechatronic approach to be transferred to control level. This allows engineering times to be reduced considerably.
Pilz‘s approach is to automate plant and machinery in such a way that the safety of man, machine and the environment is always guaranteed.www.pilz.com
The proALPHA group is the third largest provider of ERP for medium-sized manufacturing and trading companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For 25 years, proALPHA has offered a powerful ERP solution as well as consulting, support, training, and maintenance services from one source. The flexible and scalable ERP solution features a wide range of functions that allow all processes along the value-added chain to be controlled. Among our customers are more than 1,800 medium-sized companies from 50 countries and from various industries, such as mechanical and plant engineering, electronics and high tech, metal working, plastics, wholesale, and automotive and supply industries.
With 26 subsidiaries and certified partners and more than 900 employees, the fast growing company is close to its customers all over the world. More than a hundred software developers are constantly expanding and improving the solution. Thanks to them, proALPHA has been named one of the most innovative mid-sized companies eight times. This innovation is also possible thanks to the cooperation with renowned research institutions such as Fraunhofer, RWTH Aachen (Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Technology Aachen), Smart Electronic Factory and SmartFactoryKL. Numerous language versions and country versions make the German ERP provider an interesting partner for companies operating on an international scale.www.proalpha.de
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Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 29,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5 billion euros in 2016.www.boschrexroth.de
Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hesse, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services.
The wide range of products from the global market leader includes configurable enclosures, whose data is available throughout the entire production process. Intelligent Rittal cooling solutions, with up to 75 percent lower energy and carbon dioxide consumption requirements, can communicate with the production environment and enable predictive maintenance and service planning. Innovative IT solutions ranging from IT racks, modular data centres through to edge and hyperscale computing solutions also form part of the company’s portfolio.
Leading software providers EPLAN and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offer automation systems for switchgear construction. Rittal delivers within 24 hours in Germany – precisely as needed, flexibly and efficiently.
Founded in Herborn in 1961 and still run by its owner, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,300 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2016. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade “Top German Employer” in 2017.
SAMA PARTNERS is an independant IT and Engineering Consulting Company combining expertise in different branches with integrated solutions. As a link between classic and industrial IT, our Consulting Service is based on high quality in planning and implementing innovative process- and IT solutions.
We are your reliable and competent partner in optimating and secure designing of your IT and business processes, adding value to your company. Furthermore, we train your employees in different disciplines, sensitising them for important issues like IT-Security.www.samapartners.com
SAP is at the center of today’s technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organizations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition.
Visit our corporate site to explore news, information for investors and analysts, career resources, SAP’s history, and more.
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Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.de
>Your Partner for Digital Transformation <The international management consultancy and digital subsidiary of STAUFEN.AG develops and implements individually tailored strategies and pragmatic concepts for the digital transformation. Within the STAUFEN.NEONEX Eco-System a fast and sustainable implementation is assured in narrow collaboration with Testbed & Solution Partners.
The portfolio ranges from Digital Strategy, Smart Factory to Digital Portfolio and Data Science. Core factor of success besides the digital link of technologies, processes and structures, are people. Now and in the future. The decisive “ability“ and “knowledge“ of your employees is being actively developed in a STAUFEN.NEONEX qualification program. Together with a fast “proof of concepts“ we ensure vital acceptance.www.staufen-neonex.com
TMG Consultants GmbH is one of Germany’s leading consulting companies for the manufacturing industry. The main focus of the consultancy services are efficiency enhancement programs and their implementation as well as projects that address mastery of the complexity of innovation processes. The activities for industry 4.0 and digital transformation are bundled in a special Competence Center.
Core industries are the automotive and engineering industry. The client base comprises around 300 medium-sized companies and corporations.
TMG is headquartered in Stuttgart, with its own subsidiaries in Shanghai and Bucharest. Furthermore, there is a network of international experts as well as numerous project sites all over the world.www.tmg.com
TU Kaiserslautern (TUK). Strong in research and embedded in an excellent network the TUK has gained a considerable reputation on a national and international level since its foundation in 1970.
TÜV SÜD is a premium quality, safety, and sustainability solutions provider that specialises in testing, inspection, auditing, certification, training, and knowledge services. Represented by more than 24,000 employees across 1000 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD holds accreditations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. More information: www.tuv-sud.com
Within Digital Service TÜV SÜD offers Consulting, Testing and Certification services for Industrie 4.0. TÜV SÜD combines more than 150 years of industry expertise with state-of-the art digital knowledge.