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Welcome to Hanover home of the world’s
largest industrial fair with more than 6,500 manufacturing organizations from Fortune 500 giants to revolutionaries, start-ups, all descending to showcase their vision for the future of manufacturing and industry Launched in 1947 to boost the economic
activity of post-war Germany Hannover Messe has positioned itself as
the leading edge of the country’s industrial output but organizers say this year represents
a pivotal shift for innovation in manufacturing an initiative the German government has
termed industry 4.0 Well Hannover Messe is the worldwide
most important show for industrial technology and energy technology and with the main theme being integrated
industry that’s why the show is enjoying such a height right now You’ve heard of the Internet of Things but industry 4.0 transitions these same
ideas from the consumer market to large-scale production lines Of course you have your smart homes, you have your smart cars, and the next step is the smart factory – then that’s gonna be the
future of production because products have to be produced
more and more individual, more and more flexible and that is only possible if you have IT in your
production processes A vision has given birth to the ultimate
in smart manufacturing this is Smart Factory, a production line unveiled at the Messe to showcase what
happens when every element of a production workflow
moves online Smart Factory is the factory consisting
of smart elements, smart objects that means that all the elements of the factory that means
sensors plus also the parts itself also
the people working there are connected to the Internet and apart of such a network in the factory Led by the German government center for artificial intelligence Smart Factory is more than just a
factory It’s a united software platform that connects modules from huge manufacturing mainstays like
Phoenix Contact and Siemens to independent start-ups individual modules
that would typically not work together we have standards so you
can put things together but you can also quickly rearrange all these things because you always have the same standard so just plug and play the system also allows production lines
to be redeployed almost instantly by the manufacturer or
customized by a customer when they place an order Everyone likes to have this individualized product and this means
that we have more and more to change our production systems in a very
very short time The Smart Factory’s answer is this a tiny chip that travels with each
individual product on the production line identifying what
it is, who the customer is, and triggering
customization throughout the process So how would something like this work? The customer can choose his very own what the ones which color he wants to have, which print he wants to have for example and then this will be
produced in these modules here so what you see other different
production models and there already the information of the customer is stored in this RFID chip
so now the RFID chip is really controlling the flow of
objects in this line for example each of these modules have been built by
different companies they are equipped by different
technologies so different controllers different sensors and actors of all
these companies so here the customized information will be
printed on this little cover here by this
laser and finally we go to quality control will
show up over here and the customer now can
pick this up The technology also lowers environmental
impact grouping similar orders together and
powering off systems when they’re not needed and while the demo creates something as
simple as personalized business card holders the capabilities of the system run much
deeper take for example the smartphones which
we produce – they have a lifetime of a couple of months only and then we
have to change something we can apply the same idea to
car production and any other production as well But the rush to connect smarter
factories is by no means a one-horse race in April the US government announced
funding for digital manufacturing Commons a similar program led by a consortium US
manufacturers and similar projects are emerging from
the east I think everyone’s under the pressure to move into this
direction and therefore I think a lot of things will change in the
future and they will be able to follow these standards but we have to be fast
because other nations around the world are sometimes faster

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