Profil SmartFactory KL Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke


SmartFactoryKL: Welcome to the future of industrial production!

SmartFactoryKL is preparing the ground for the intelligent factory of the future. As a leading center of expertise and manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform, we develop innovative factory systems where the vision of Industrie 4.0 becomes reality today. Together with renowned partners from the fields of industry and research we work on new concepts, standards and solutions that form the basis for highly flexible automation technology. Thanks to this collaboration, SmartFactoryKL has already developed the world's first manufacturer-independent Industrie 4.0 plant.

Fertigungsanlage SmartFactory
Modular system structure for flexible and fast configuration of the production line
Universal plug-in connections for electricity, compressed air, Industrial Ethernet and emergency stop
The intelligent product controls its own production process: RFID identification of each and every workpiece in a standardized data format
Plug & produce during operation
A standardized infrastructure allows uniform connection of all production modules to superordinate IT services
Uniform mechanical, electromechanical and IT interfaces enable manufacturer-independent compatibility, whereby the various modules reflect the individual expertise of the manufacturer


SmartFactoryKL is a network of strong partners

The realization of Industrie 4.0 demands ideas, the eagerness to experiment and collaboration. Numerous renowned companies and institutions have recognized this and support us as members. Together in a strong network, we gather important experience, develop practical solutions – and play a key role in shaping the future of the intelligent factory.

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