The aim of SmartFactoryKL is to pave the way for the intelligent factory of tomorrow.
The technologies required for the implementation of a smart factory are already available in the consumer electronics sector. The next logical step is their industrial application. Modern information and communication technologies such as wireless sensor networks, semantic product memories, mobile interaction or ubiquitous access to the web, are enabling the merger of production technologies with information technologies.
With the help of today’s omnipresent internet, we can integrate individual elements of a production process into a flexible, self-organizing network of actuators, sensors and complete modules. Paradigms such as ubiquitous computing and the “Internet of Things” are facilitating the creation of intelligent environments in modern factories where the gulf between the real and the digital worlds is growing ever smaller. The “Internet of Things” in everyday life has delivered the vision for a production environment in the “Factory of Things” – to wit, the birth of the Smart Factory.
As a manufacturer-independent technology platform, together with our partners, we create and implement innovative factory systems following the concept of Industrie 4.0.
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.
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.
The current set-up: cross-site production