A Learning Expedition to Make your Factory Smarter

Advanced Visits

Visit of Advantech

TOPIC: Real-time equipment & resource monitoring

The maker of industrial displays, controllers and other electronic components impressed with a real-time sensor- and software solution which allows them to monitor both high tech machines such as SMT lines as well as conventional equipment like mechanical press brakes. With this framework Advantech gains complete transparency across all production steps. The operating data is automatically consolidated and visualized and made available wherever it is needed – from the shop floor to the board room. Another highlight of this implementation is the so-called situation room. There, all process & machine data is automatically sorted by relevance and visually summarized for evaluation and decision-making. This makes it possible to detect deviations and initiate countermeasures in real-time, for example when an unusual increase in power consumption occurs.

Visit of TLD ground support equipment

TOPIC: Production & inspection online system

The manufacturer of push trucks and baggage loaders for airports received an Award for the exceptionally high degree of horizontal integration, which not only integrates workflows within TLD, but also links the company seamlessly with customers and suppliers. For example, each operator has a tablet to access work instructions for 50 and more processes with 500+ work steps. Engineering/ production preparation, quality and design/development have access to the same database, preventing mistakes caused by different document versions. In addition, suppliers also have access to the system and receive relevant data automatically, e.g. information about quality and on-time delivery. Another highlight of the system is the community function. All workflows can be started and completed without a single email being sent: all communication-and coordination tasks can be accomplished directly in the system.

Visit of Bosch Changsha

TOPIC: Advanced automation & assistance systems
The supplier of automotive components and electric drives impressed the jury with a production line for ABS comprising state-of-the-art automation and assistance systems, in which 34 work stations can be operated by only two employees. The line’s capabilities include real-time performance monitoring, automated KPI reporting, 100% capturing of process-, machine- and product parameters, 100% traceability, automatic changeover, RFID communication between workpiece holder and -station as well as a safety system which makes use of indoor GPS to set up an electronic fence around danger zones.

Visit of Bosch Machinery

TOPIC: Online in-field condition monitoring
The manufacturer of plastic injection molding machines has developed a system which can permanently monitor the operating status at the customer’s site, resulting in an outstanding level of customer integration. It consists of self-developed hardware such as 4G receiver-/sender modules and customized IT-architecture, also developed in-house. With this solution Borche is able to help its customers to avoid downtimes and extend equipment lifetime. In addition, the data provides valuable insights concerning the development ofnew machine generations.

Visit of Truking Technology

TOPIC: Integrated ERP-MES-PDM, process simulation
The producer of process equipment for pharmaceuticals and active ingredients received an Award for the outstanding integration of product development and production. With this capability, Truking is able to simulate production parameters during development with a high degree of detail. The parameters obtained from the simulation are directly linked with databases from production and purchasing and prevent errors which can occur at interfaces and media breaks, e.g. during data format conversion. In addition, Truking impressed the jury with a system for remote monitoring of their equipment in the field.
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Program Highlights (reserve for now, but nothing to fill in)

Sessions in Stanford and Berkeley Universities, world class Universities.
Visits of Silicon Valley iconic corporate campuses (Google, Facebook, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco).
Discovery and meeting with startups throughout the stay.
Experience Silicon Valley innovation at work in labs and incubators with workshops.
Engagement with world class faculty and professionals.
A true insider view built from a trusted network.
A holistic journey which really exposes the key facets of data and focuses on delivering inspiring and applicable knowledge.

Participant Key Learnings

Factory 4.0
Inspire respect and trust in strategic decisions.
Technical architecture strategies to lead organization on the right investment path that will serve strategic goals.
Sharpen skills in analytics to make the best of data science.
Drive change with Immediately applicable take-aways to make visible impact in an organization.
Apply innovative and design thinking approach to push the horizon of possibilities.
A holistic journey which really exposes the key facets of data and focuses on delivering inspiring and applicable knowledge.