CONSORTIUM STUDY “FACING THE SMART FUTURE – DIGITALIZATION IN PROCESS MANUFACTURING”

On the 2nd of March 2017, the consortium partners met for the first report meeting of KEX AG in Aachen. The research team made up of members of the Fraunhofer Institute for production technology, the fir / RWTH Aachen, the WZL / RWTH Aachen, KEX AG and execon partners presented 200 potential applications of industry 4.0 technologies for the process industry.

The applications comprise the fields of smart assets, supply chain management, production processes, quality control & HSE compliance, formulation/ packaging and logistics.

The 19 industry partners chose nine from 200 applications through a given voting system. These applications will be elaborate in a technological way in the next phase of the study.

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller presented a remarkable key note about “The Challenge of Business Model Innovation in Process Manufacturing”.

A visit to the DFA demonstration factory completed this exciting day.

The second report meeting will be held in Aachen on the 22nd of June 2017.