Thomas Drobir

From a Virtual Product to a Digital Factory: Nightmare or Dream?

The virtual prototype has become the heart of any virtual validation. Regardless of the domain of justification (product-, process-, function-specific) a complex amount of associated product-data has to be managed by modern engineers and planners.

Co-existing processes in product- and process-engineering are closing ranks since synergies can just be realized by interaction instead of parallel action. Besides, consistent product and process management is a prerequisite for an effective virtual manufacturing engineering.

This session takes a look at the challenges, the key factors, the promises and dreams as well as the occasional nightmares of workaday life summarizing the benefits and savings enabled by today’s technologies. 

Reiner Anderl

Industrie 4.0 – Moving Towards Smart Product and Smart Factories

  • Integrating computation, networking and physical processes through Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Understanding the Internet of Things, Internet of Services and Internet of Data and their respective implications on data capture, product waste and cost
  • Component Data Models in supporting the engineering of systems through definition and format of data
  • What are the business opportunities of full Industrie 4.0 deployment?

Željko Pazin

Manufacturing Europe's Fourth Industrial Revolution

The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) is an industry-driven initiative promoting the development of new and innovative production technologies by engaging in a public-private partnership with the European Union called 'Factories of the Future'.

This session focuses on the road to 2020, placing Europe at the heart of a new Industrial Revolution:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes                         
  • Adaptive and Smart Manufacturing Systems
  • Digital, Virtual and Resource-Efficient Factories
  • Collaborative and Mobile Enterprises
  • Human-Centred Manufacturing
  • Customer-Focused Manufacturing

André Walter

Airbus' Future Factory

In Bremen, the second-largest Airbus site in Germany which is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programs, the aircraft manufacturer is successfully shifting the production away from a dock to a flow-line production. Leveraging real-time data available in the flow-line, Airbus can now check the status of the production to exactly which part is where at any given point in time and identify potential gaps in the production.

  • Topics covered in this interview include:
  • Understanding digitalisation as natural and organic development
  • Visualising and monitoring material conditions and performances with the digital twin
  • Overcoming operational challenges and mastering digital complexities

Natacha Alpert

The Factory of the Future - Smart Manufacturing, Automation and Customization

The new 3D ecosystem of digital assets, 3D scanning and 3D printing with automation will solve supply chain problems by increasing productivity and powering growth. The new supply chain will encompass a new paradigm of how footwear and apparel is made. 

By discussing how to leverage these new technologies - this session will cover key innovation insights for product development.  With an in-depth look at smart manufacturing Natacha will cover the long term trends and insights for customization and innovation for the factories of the future.

Let's talk about the factory of the future.