News 10. September

Prof. Dr. Zühlke transfers responsibilities to Prof. Dr. Ruskowski after 26 years in the service of science

  • Prime Minister Malu Dreyer praises Zühlke's service
  • Scientific colloquium and ceremony with nearly 150 guests

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke retired this year from his positions as Chair of the Production Automation Department at TU Kaiserslautern and as Head of the Innovative Factory Systems research at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). His successor, as of June 1, 2017 in both positions, is Prof. Dr. Martin Ruskowski. The official transfer ceremony took place yesterday in Kaiserslautern with nearly 150 invited guests and companions from the worlds of government, research, and business.

News 25. August

Delegation of WirtschaftsWoche visits SmartFactoryKL during its „Future Board: Artificial Smartness“ trip

August 25, 2017 - To learn more about the topic of Artificial Smartness, the German weekly economic magazine „WirtschaftsWoche“ visited the drivers of the fourth industrial revolution with a delegation of 20 top-class managers in the south-west of Germany. This lead the group to the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) as well as SmartFactoryKL.

News 24. Juli

Visit of the Chinese Consul General

July 21, 2017 - The Chinese Consul General Wang Shunqing visited several research institutes in Kaiserslautern to learn about latest technological developments. On of the key topics was Industrie 4.0.

News 19. Juli

TSN presented at VDI Automation Conference

June 28, 2017 - André Hennecke, researcher at SmartFactoryKL, introduced the SmartFactoryKL approach to the topic of TSN at the VDI Automation Conference in Baden-Baden.

News 17. Juni

Prof. Zühlke awarded Manufacturing Leader of the Year

“Game-changer” Zühlke received award at the 13th ML Council Summit "Manufacturing 4.0 in Action" for his lifetime achievements

June 15, 2017 - Executive Chairman of the German SmartFactoryKL technology initiative, Prof. Dr. Detlef Zuehlke, was awarded with the Manufacturing Leader of the Year Award by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council in Huntington Beach, California, on June 14, 2017. He is the first non-American citizen to receive this prestigious honor. The ML Council presents the Manufacturing Leader of the Year Award each year to one individual who has demonstrated, through his ideas, values, and achievements, that he has made significant contributions to the manufacturing industry and profession.

News 29. Mai

New member: TMG Consultants

May 29, 2017 - TMG Consultants GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, is the latest member in the SmartFactoryKL technology initiative. As one of the leading German consulting companies for the manufacturing industry, its main focus lies on efficiency enhancement programs and their implementation as well as projects that address mastery of the complexity of innovation processes. The activities for industry 4.0 and digital transformation are bundled in a special Competence Center.

News 26. Mai

Prof. Zühlke spoke at Seoul Forum 2017

May 25, 2017 - Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke gave a speech on the transfer of Industrie 4.0 knowledge from research to practice at Seoul Forum 2017 and highlighted the example of SmartFactoryKL. „The Koreans have been showing a great interest in Industrie 4.0 and regularly turn to Germany for exchange and support. Thus, we have been able to establish a large number of contacts to Korea”, Zühlke said.

News 10. Mai

Visitors from the German Bundestag

May 10, 2017 - Patricia Lips and Xaver Jung, both members of the German Bundestag, visited DFKI and SmartFactoryKL to learn about latest research and transfer projects.

News 10. Mai

Elections of the Board of SmartFactoryKL

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Andreas Huhmann, Dr. Thomas Bürger and Klaus Stark elected

May 10, 2017 - Elections were held at the Annual General Meeting of the technology-initiative SmartFactoryKLto determine the membership of the management board on May 10, 2017. Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, initiator and founder of SmartFactoryKL, was re-elected to chair the board with 100 percent of the vote. The General Meeting also resulted in the election of top managers from long-standing member companies Bosch Rexroth, Harting, and Pilz to the 4-member board.

News 20. April

Virtual tour of SmartFactoryKL

Available as a web service or as a free VR App for iOS and Android

April 20, 2017 - SmartFactoryKL can now be visited in a virtual tour. Information on the individual demonstrators, which hightlight various aspects of Industrie 4.0, is available in German and Englisch. The 360° tour is available as a web service or a virtual reality app for the operating systems iOS or Android. The name of the app is „Rundgang SmartFactory-KL“ and can be downloaded free of charge in the App Store and Google Play Store.

News 19. April

SmartFactoryKL to display at Hannover Messe 2017

Discover the developments of the Industrie 4.0 production plant in Hall 8 / Booth D20

April 18, 2017 - Flexibility, modularity and networks are important aspects in the light of Industrie 4.0. The SmartFactoryKL partner network is focusing on the following topics at Hannover Messe this year: Cross-site production, a dynamic safety concept, a smart manual workstation and improved data exploitation thanks to the further development of IT/OT systems.

News 04. April

Successful congress by ZIRP in Mainz

More than 250 participants discussed the importance of digitalization

April 4, 2017 - The ZIRP (Initiative for the Future of Rhineland-Palatinate) organized a congress on "Networking in Rhineland-Palatine - Enterprises in times of digital change", in co-operation with the Society for Informatics. The event was held at the Hochschule Mainz. Main topics were the benefits of digitalization for innovation as well as support for enterprises to achieve this goal.

News 29. März

STAUFEN.NEONEX new member of the SmartFactoryKL

STAUFEN.NEONEX as latest member of the SmartFactoryKL

News 24. März

VIP visit from Korea at SmartFactoryKL

Prof. Zühlke welcomed the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Prof. Dr. Bumhym Bek, and the Consul of the Republic of Korea, Hong-Kyu Jang, at the SmartFactory Kaiserslautern.

News 20. März

Prof. Zühlke recieves retirement certificate from the TU

After more than 25 years as a professor at the TU Kaiserslautern and holder of the professorship for production automation, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zühlke, recieved the retirement certificate from the President of the TU, Prof. Dr. Helmut J. Schmidt.

News 02. März

Prof. Zühlke to receive ML Council „Visionary leadership“ Award

Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council announced world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders on March 1st as winners of the 2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Winner in the category „Visionary leadership“ is Prof. Dr. Detlef Zuehlke, Chairman of the Board of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.

News 14. Februar

SmartFactoryKL demonstrates improved flexibility in its Industrie 4.0 system

SmartFactoryKL demonstrates improved flexibility in its Industrie 4.0 system

The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), together with the 18 involved partner companies, will present the further development of the Industrie 4.0 system at booth D 20 in hall 8 at Hannover Messe (Hanover Trade Fair) from April 24 to April 28, 2017.

News 08. Februar

Debate Industrie 4.0 Syska vs. Zühlke - live

Prof. Dr. Andreas Syska talks about Industrie 4.0 in critical terms. Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, the "head" of SmartFactoryKL, is recognized as one of the masterminds of Industrie 4.0.

Following the invitation of Hannover Messe (Hanover Fair), the experts met in Kaiserslautern at SmartFactoryKL to talk about the opportunities and challenges of Industrie 4.0.

News 27. Januar

5th Industrie 4.0 VDI Conference

„On the way to an intelligent factory“ – this was the title of the latest VDI Conference held in Düsseldorf, Germany on January 25-26. Main topics were successful business models from the field of Industrie 4.0, data management and human-machine-interaction.

News 25. Januar

World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Zühlke took part in the WEF in the name of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V.

Convening under the theme "Responsive and Responsible Leadership", this year’s meeting program focused on critical leadership challenges for 2017 – strengthening global collaboration, revitalizing economic growth, reforming capitalism, preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and restoring a sense of shared identity.

News 08. Dezember

Digitization in Rhineland-Palatinate


At the event “ZIRP at 8”, Rhineland-Palatinate’s Prime Minister Malu Dreyer praised the SME 4.0 Competence Center at SmartFactoryKL as one of the highlight projects to implement Industrie 4.0 ideas. How digitization will change enterprises, this was the focus topic at the event „ZIRP at 8“ in Mainz on December 7, 2106.

News 07. Dezember

Best Paper Award

December 2016 // Austin, Texas (USA)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zühlke, Dr.-Ing. Dominic Gorecky, André Hennecke and Stephan Weyer (all from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) received the Best Paper Award for their article on „Design and Instantiation of a Modular Sysem Architecture for Smart Factories“ at the IFAC IMS2016 Workshop, which took place in Austin, Texas (USA) in December.

News 22. November

SmartFactoryKL and DFKI will exhibit at SPS IPC Drives

With their joint booth at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg (Germany), Europe's leading expert trade fair for electric automation, the Technology Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) present a spectrum of their competences in the domain of Industrie 4.0 (hall 10, stand 540) from November 22 to 24, 2016. The exhibited demonstrators show how the transfer of the Industrie 4.0 paradgim into industrial applications can succeed.

News 22. November

Kick-off of the EU project HyproCell

November 22, 2016 marked the kick-off of the EU-funded project HyproCell (Hybrid Production Cells), which SmartFactoryKL and  several members are participating in – along with many other international companies and research institutes.

News 18. November

National IT-Summit in Saarbrücken: Commitment to Digital Education

„Learning and acting in the digital world” – this was the motto of the German national IT Summit in Saarbrücken on November 17, 2016, where representatives from politics, industry and academia discussed the opportunities and challenges of digital education. How to successfully transfer Industrie 4.0 into reality – the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern (SME 4.0 Competence Center Kaiserlautern) participated in the booth of the initiative Mittelstand Digital (Digital SME), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

News 02. November

Industrie 4.0 conference in Seoul

The conference “4th Industry Revolution” which took place in Seoul (Korea), from November 1-2, 2016, focused on “Changes of technology, industry and social trends with intelligence information, smart life and smart manufacture”. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zuehlke, CEO of Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., held a keynote speech on “Industry 4.0: the next industrial revolution?”

News 19. Oktober

Booth at the MuT Summit

Representing Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., Dr. Dominic Gorecky, Head of Research, gave two talks on the work of the technology initiative. At the booth in the small trade exhibition, visitors were able to learn about SmartFactoryKL‘s demonstrator “SkalA”. This demo shows the future of production: efficient production of batch size one, decentrally coltrolled production units and a user guidance tool that accompanies the employee during assembly. >>Further information on the project. In total, more than 60 presentations gave new impluses for research, development and implementation.

News 07. Oktober

Implementing Industrie 4.0 into Lean Production

„Lean meets Industrie 4.0“ was the title of the TOP Transfer Forum which took place at Schaeffler AG in Herzogenaurach on September 27, 2016 and was attended by many industry representatives.

News 06. Oktober

Prof. Zühlke among Smart Industry’s TOP 50 Innovators of Digital Transformation

The latest edition of the US-based magazine Smart Industry features „The Smart Industry 50“, a collection of digital innovators already putting the concepts of the Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, cloud computing and big data analytics to work with demonstrable results.

News 21. September

Roundtable on Digitising Europe with Commissioner Oettinger and Prof. Zühlke

The European Commission hosted a roundtable chaired by EU-Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger on September 20, 2016 in Brussels. Representatives from politics and industry from all EU countries came together to discuss the European Platform of National Initiatives founded by the Commissioner. “Europe has to join forces and start investing in Digital Innovation Hubs,“ he wrote on Twitter.

News 19. September

2nd Industry of Things World Conference in Berlin

More than 900 representatives from industry and research are discussing the development of and implementation strategies for the industrial Internet of Things at the 2nd Industry of Things World Conference held in Berlin from September 19th to 20th.

News 28. Juli

Prof. Zühlke at EU-Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s in Brussels

On the 27th of July professor Zühlke, chairman of the Board Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., Scientific Director, Innovative Factory systems DFKI and professor at the TU Kaiserslautern met the invitation of EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger in Brussels.

News 29. Juni

Weißes Haus gründet „Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Die Obama-Regierung hat die Gründung eines „Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (SMII)“ bekanntgegeben. Dieses wird sich, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem US-amerikanischen Energieministerium, auf die forcierte Entwicklung von smarten Sensoren, Datenanalysen und fortschrittlichen Steuerungssystemen für die Produktion konzentrieren …

News 21. Juni

SmartFactoryKL attends the conference „Industrial Technologies“ 2016

June 22 to 26, 2016 // Amsterdam

From June 22 to 26, SmartFactoryKL will attend the conference "Industrial Technologies" 2016 in Amsterdam. With his speech "Industry 4.0 – from vision to reality", our employee Mr. Dr. Jumyung Um will explain the core concept of Industrie 4.0 …

News 16. Juni

SmartFactoryKL with MiniTec at the trade show Automatica 2016

June 21 to 24, 2016 // München

During the next week, the SmartFactoryKL will exhibit at the booth of MiniTec at the trade show Automatica in Munich. In hall A5, booth 324, we show the manual work station, which was built within the Industrie 4.0 partner project.

News 16. Juni

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke holds a keynote during the Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2016

June 7, 2016 // Carlsbad, California

This year´s Manufacturing Leadership Summit took place in Carlsbad, California and was attended by more than 200 senior industry leaders. From 6 to 9 June, …

News 02. Juni

Erste Veranstaltungen des Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern

Im Rahmen des Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern lädt Sie die SmartFactoryKL in ihrer Funktion als Konsortialführer herzlich zu den ersten Informationsveranstaltungen ein. Die kostenfreien Vorträge und Diskussionsrunden zum Themengebiet „Industrie 4.0 für den Mittelstand“ vermitteln den Gästen einen vertiefenden Einblick in das weite Feld von Industrie 4.0.

News 12. Mai

Kick-off des Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern, May 11, 2016

Mittelständische Unternehmen auf Ihrem Weg zur Digitalisierung begleiten. – Eine Aufgabe, der sich seit 01. April 2016 das Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Kaiserslautern widmet. Der offizielle Kick-off des Zentrums für die Regionen Rheinland-Pfalz und Saarland fand am vergangenen Mittwoch, den 11. Mai 2016 in den Räumlichkeiten des DFKI in Kaiserslautern statt. Der Abteilungsleiter für Digital- und Innovationspolitik im Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Herr Stefan Schnorr, richtete im Namen des Fördergebers das Grußwort an das hochrangige Publikum …

News 04. Mai

Brief review on the Hannover Messe 2016

Hannover Messe, April 25-26, 2016

We are looking back on an eventful trade fair: this year's Hannover Messe has ended last Friday, April 29, 2016, after five successful days …

News 02. Mai

47th member of SmartFactoryKL: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Europe

April, 2016

We´re very glad to welcome the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) Europe as our 47th member …

News 18. April

New member within the SmartFactoryKL´s Partner circle

April 4, 2016

We´re very pleased to announce that bridgingIT joint our Partner circle as its 46th member.

The independent IT-consulting company has business locations in Germany and …

News 31. März

Admission of Mettler Toledo - Member number 45

Mettler Toledo joined the SmartFactoryKL as member number 45. The company is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments and the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. 
Mettler Toledo engages within joint project of the Industrie 4.0 demonstrator.
We are happy to welcome  the new member and are looking forward to the cooperation.

News 16. März

Number of SmartFactoryKL members grows constantly

As a new member, the Boston Consulting Group joined the SmartFactoryKL. We are very happy, to welcome the world's leading advisor on business strategy. As a global management consulting firm, BCG has longtime expertise with the customized solutions in order to achieve sustainable competitive advantage, build more capable organizations, and secure lasting results for its customers. In cooperation with the SmartFactoryKL, BCG has the aim to develop and offer consulting services for managers and leaders to understand the changes of Industrie 4.0.

News 15. Februar

43rd Member of the SmartFactoryKL: Griesson - de Beukelaer

The SmartFactoryKL welcomes Griesson - de Beukelaer as 43rd member within the network.

News 27. Januar

Ehrung von Prof. Zühlke mit dem VDI-Ehrenzeichen


Im Rahmen der 4. VDI Fachtagung Industrie 4.0 wurde Prof. Detlef Zühlke für seine Erfolge im Bereich innovativer Fabriksysteme mit dem VDI-Ehrenzeichen ausgezeichnet. Überreicht wurde die zweithöchste Auszeichnung, die der VDI zu vergeben hat, durch Prof. Udo Ungeheuer, Präsident des VDI, der die Verdienste Zühlkes, vor allem bei der Forcierung und Realisierung von Industrie 4.0, würdigte. Das Ehrenzeichen des Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) wird seit 1931 an Ingenieure vergeben, die besondere Leistungen auf technischem Gebiet erbracht und/oder sich um die technischwissenschaftliche bzw. berufspolitische Gemeinschaftsarbeit verdient gemacht haben.

News 25. Januar

iTAC Software AG – 42nd member of SmartFactoryKL

iTAC Software AG (Internet Technologies and Consulting) has joined the SmartFactoryKL as its 42nd member.

News 18. Januar

B&R – New member of SmartFactoryKL

We are very pleased to welcome Bernecker + Rainer Industrie Elektronik GmbH (B&R) as the 41st member of the SmartFactoryKL.

News 08. Januar

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke - Ernennung zum Wissenstransferbotschafter des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz und zum Beirat der österreichischen FTI-Initiative

Die rheinland-pfälzische Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer ernannte Prof. Zühlke nun zum „Transferbotschafter für den Potenzialbereich Produktionstechnik, Automation – Schwerpunkt Industrie 4.0“. Vorgeschlagen wurde dies durch Wissenschaftsministerin Vera Reiß und Wirtschaftsministerin Eveline Lemke, vor dem Hintergrund der Transferinitiative des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, mit der die Zusammenarbeit von Hochschulen und Unternehmen in Bereichen mit besonderem Innovationspotenzial im Land gestärkt werden soll.
Im Dezember wurde Prof. Zühlke bereits von der österreichischen Regierung als Beirat der FTI-Initiative „Produktion in der Zukunft“ ernannt. Die Initiative widmet sich zentralen Fragestellungen der sachgütererzeugenden Industrie im Rahmen innovativer Projekte, zur Steigerung der Produktivität des Wirtschaftsstandorts Österreichs.

News 14. Dezember

Industrie 4.0 im Frankfurter Römer
–Prof Detlef Zühlke gives a speech in front of 200 invited representatives from diverse industries

Last Thursday, 10 December 2015, the annual Frankfurter Industrieabend took place at the Frankfurter Römer. Mayor Peter Feldmann and IHK president Prof Mathias Müller invited 200 guests from diverse industries to the dialoge event under the subject of „ Masterplan Industrie“.
The main question of the evening – how Frankfurt am Main will assert itself as an industrial location and how it can profit from the advantages and development opportunities of Industrie 4.0 – was answered by several speeches and panel discussions.

News 11. Dezember

Industrie 4.0 zum Anfassen
Die SmartFactoryKL auf der Wirtschaftsministerkonferenz in Mainz

-- Pressemitteilung -- Kaiserslautern/Mainz, 11.12.2015
Die Herbstsitzung der deutschen Landeswirtschaftsminister und -senatoren fand in diesem Jahr am 09. und 10. Dezember in Mainz statt. Kernthemen der Konferenz waren eine verbesserte Arbeitsmarktintegration für Flüchtlinge sowie die Weiterentwicklung von Industrie und Mittelstand Richtung Industrie 4.0. Die im Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern beheimatete Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. (SmartFactoryKL) stellte mit ihrem Demonstrator „SkalA“ das zentrale Exponat zum Thema Industrie 4.0.

News 02. Dezember

The Internet of Manufacturing
22-26 November 2015, Nuremburg exhibition center

Vergangenen Donnerstag hat die diesjährige SPS IPC Drives ihre Tore geschlossen. Rund 65.000 Besucher informierten sich während der Messetage über das gesamte Spektrum der elektrischen Automatisierung.
Die SmartFactoryKL und das Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) GmbH waren gemeinsam in einem Verbund von 15 Industriepartnern vertreten.

News 24. November

Labs Network Industrie 4.0

SmartFactoryKL and Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL) are starting a testbed partnership on "smart data"

News 05. November

VDI – medal of honour for Prof Zühlke
27th of January, 2016

Prof Detlef Zühlke, Executive Chairman of SmartFactoryKL, will be awarded by the medal of honour of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) on Wednesday, 27th of January, 2016.

News 05. November

The Internet of Manufacturing

5-6 April 2016, The Kempinski Four Seasons, Munich

The Internet of Manufacturing Conference will take place from the 5th to the 6th of April in Munich and will give an insight into important subjects like Internet of Things and M2M communication.

News 23. Oktober

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Gabriel zu Gast beim Mittelstandstag Industrie 4.0 in der SmartFactoryKL

„Industrie 4.0 – Regional. Vernetzt. Mittelstandstag Rheinland-Pfalz“ – Unter diesem Motto lud Bundesminister Gabriel am 22.Oktober 2015 zum ersten Mittelstandstag im Rahmen der Plattform Industrie 4.0. Schauplatz der Veranstaltung, die sich insbesondere an kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU) richtete, waren die Räumlichkeiten des Deutschen Forschungszentrums für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH (DFKI) und der Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. (SmartFactoryKL) in Kaiserslautern. Die Veranstaltung gab den Interessenten nützliche Informationen über die Möglichkeiten und Vorteile der „Digitalen Fabrik“, beleuchtete aber auch die Herausforderungen der 4. Industriellen Revolution.

News 19. Oktober

Internet of Things in South Korea

26th of October 2015

Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Executive Chairman of the Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. and Director Innovative Factory Systems at the DFKI, takes part at a workshop of the IoT Conference in Seoul, South Korea on the 26th of October

News 08. Oktober

Mittelstandstag Rheinland-Pfalz besucht die SmartFactoryKL

Am 22.Oktober 2015 richtet des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie zur Veranstaltung "Industrie 4.0 - Regional. Vernetzt." Mittelstandstag Rheinland-Pfalz im Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI GmbH) in Kaiserslautern aus.

Zentraler Programmpunkt ist die Besichtigung der SmartFactoryKL.

Weitere Informationen sowie den Link zur Anmeldung finden Sie hier.

News 22. September

Federal Competence Center Industrie 4.0 for SME under the direction of the Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. at the DFKI in Kaiserslautern

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) announced the financial support of a Federal Competence Center in Kaiserslautern under the lead of the SmartFactoryKL, directed by Prof. Detlef Zühlke. In preselection, Germany wide, five centers were chosen, which from now on need to finalize foundation-details. The centers will offer consultancy and qualification services for small and medium sized organizations.

News 11. September

Rittal is member Nr. 40

Rittal GmbH & Co. KG. joined the SmartFactoryKL as the fortieth member. Since the foundation of the SmartFactoryKL, Rittal has taken part in the activities of the Technology-Initiative as a sponsor. The much more we are happy, to welcome Rittal, besides its subsidiary company E-Plan, which joined this year as well, to our association. Rittal is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group

News 11. September

Press-trip of the minister-president Malu Dreyer shows the SmartFactoryKL

On the 10th of September the minister-president of the state Rhineland-Palatinate Malu Dreyer guided a delegation of journalists, coming from all over Germany, to the DFKI in Kaiserslautern. On the traditional summer trip of the minister-president of the state Rhineland-Palatinate, once per year invited journalist get presented outstanding topics of the state.

Proudly MP Dreyer presented the pioneers in research and development of Industrie 4.0 Ideas, the SmartFactoryKL. Prof. Detlef Zühlke Chairman of the Board Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. welcomed the head of the state as well as ca. 25 interested journalists. The guests stayed for about an hour and enjoyed a speech and numerous demonstrations. The minister-president herself demonstrated the Augmented Reality–supported manual workstation and the training simulator Vistra.

News 03. September

European Forum Alpbach

Prof. Dr. Zühlke, CEO of the Technology-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. informed numerous guests from politics and industry about “Cyber-Physical Systems” at the European Forum in Alpbach. The Event, as an interdisciplinary platform, takes place from the 19th of August until the 9th of September. Speakers  from all over the word are invited in order to discuss science, politics, industry and culture. Traditionally, at this event Nobel Prize winners met, nowadays the forum is established as a platform for industry and sciences. In this year, the event takes place for the 70th time.

The speech of Prof. Dr. Zühlke illuminated the research and development topics of the DFKI and the SmartFactoryKL and appealed to the audience: in following conversations the Department of trade and industry discussed about the institution of a Technology-Platform and their interest in developing a Industrie 4.0-strategy.

News 27. August

Event note for the 7th Innovation day on 1st October 2015

On the first of October, the SmartFactoryKL is hosting the well-known Innovation day for the 7th time. Under the slogan „Industrie 4.0 – You Can Buy IT“, the situation of providers and operators on their way to Industrie 4.0 will be central issue. As in the years before, the SmartFactoryKL will open doors for the interested guests from industry and science, as well as speeches from top-ranking industry representatives will be held.

News 18. August

Visit of DGB CEO Reiner Hoffmann

On 23th August 2015 the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) with their CEO Reiner Hoffmann visited the SmartFactoryKL. The viewing of the various demonstrators showing a smart factory introduced the visitors to the world of Industrie 4.0. This way they got an impression of the amount of possibilities and the already implemented solutions. The innovations all around the team of Prof. Zühlke impressed the guest and also Hoffmann was enthusiastic.

News 12. August

Huawei as new Member of SmartFactoryKL

New Member of SmartFactoryKL

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has joined the SmartFactoryKL. We are happy to welcome our 39th member. HUAWEI is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Its products and solutions are deployed in over 170 countries, supporting the communication needs of one-third of the world’s population. They offer the most complete telecom product portfolio in the industry to customers in Europe and worldwide. It caters to the needs of telecom carriers, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive end-to-end ICT solutions and services. With this, the global provider enlarges the portfolio of the SmartFactoryKL -partners. Industrie 4.0 is a topic which has to be approached jointly. This is why a stable and functional portfolio of partners is essential.

News 09. Juni

Wahl in das Direktorium des Manufacturing Leadership Council

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke , Leiter des Bereichs Innovative Fabriksysteme am DFKI Kaiserslautern sowie Vorstandsvorsitzender der SmartFactoryKL e.V. wurde vom Manufacturing Leadership Council in den USA in das board of governors (Direktorium) gewählt. Als einziges nicht amerikanisches Mitglied im Direktorium erhielt er diese Auszeichnung, wodurch seine hohe internationale Reputation auf dem Gebiet der Produktionstechnik unterstrichen wird.

News 03. Juni

Verleihung des Best Application Paper Award

Auf der INCOM 2015 in Ottawa bekamen Mathias Schmitt, Dr. Marius Orfgen und Prof. Detlef Zühlke vom DFKI und der SmartFactoryKL in Kaiserslautern den Best Paper Award in der Kategorie „Application“ verliehen.

News 26. Mai

Erfolgreiche 10 Jahres Feier der SmartFactoryKL am 20.05.2015

In diesem Jahr ist die SmartFactoryKL bereits 10 Jahre alt. Zur Jubiläumsfeier am 20.05.2015 fanden sich zahlreiche geladene Gäste am DFKI in Kaiserslautern ein.
Gratulanten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Bildung und Politik fanden sich zu den Feierlichkeiten ein. Dabei hieß die SmartFactoryKL auch die Ministerpräsidentin des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Frau Malu Dreyer, willkommen.

News 13. Mai

Promotion – Eine Alternative für meinen Berufseinstieg?

Am Donnerstag, den 21. Mai, von 15:30 bis 16:30 Uhr veranstaltet der Lehrstuhl für Produktionsautomatisierung eine Informationsveranstaltung zum Thema „Promotion“.

News 06. Mai

SmartFactoryKL –Jubiläum 10. Jahresfeier am 20.05.2015

Die SmartFactoryKL feiert ihr 10 jähriges Jubiläum im Kreise geladener Gäste. Nach 10 Jahren visionärer Arbeit an der Entwicklung der Idee Industrie 4.0, Verbreitung des Gedankens und dessen Realisierung, können wir stolz auf zahlreiche innovative Lösungen zurückblicken.

Diesen Erfolg möchten wir gemeinsam mit unseren Gästen- darunter hochrangige Vertreter aus Industrie, Wirtschaft und Forschung, feiern.

News 05. Mai

SmartFactoryKL begrüßt drei neue Mitglieder.

Unsere Mitgliederzahl hat sich erneut vergrößert, so dass wir einen Zwischenstand von 38 Mitgliedern vermerken können. Wir freuen uns über den Beitritt der Firmen SAP SE, AREND Prozessautomation GmbH und IBM Deutschland GmbH. Durch die enge Zusammenarbeit mit unseren Partnern bringen wir das Thema Industrie 4.0 mit innovativen Lösungen voran.

News 22. April

Hannover Messe 2015 – Auftritt von SmartFactoryKL und DFKI ein voller Erfolg

„Fortschritt im Netzwerk“ – Unter diesem Motto zeigten SmartFactoryKL und DFKI auf der HMI 2015 die Weiterentwicklung des weltweit ersten herstellerübergreifenden Industrie 4.0-Demonstrators, der die einzigartige Realisierung der Vision der Fabrik der Zukunft darstellt. Für das im Konsortium von mittlerweile 16 Partnern realisierte Anlagenkonzept war der vielbeachtete Messeauftritt auf der weltweit bedeutendsten Industriemesse die erste öffentliche Präsentation.

News 13. April

Fortschritt im Netzwerk – SmartFactoryKL auf der Hannovermesse

April 13 to 17, 2015

Auf der Hannover Messe werden die Technologie-Initiative SmartFactoryKL e.V. und das DKFI unter dem Slogan "SmartFactoryKL Fortschritt im Netzwerk" ihre Lösungen zur Integration der Vision Industrie 4.0 in die industrielle Anwendung an ihrer einzigartigen Demonstrationsanlage präsentieren.

News 28. Januar

SmartFactoryKL on the 2nd VDI-Fachtagung with trade exhibition "Industrie 4.0"

Unter dem Titel "Industrie 4.0 ...kommt an" öffnet der VDI zum zweiten Mal die Türen zur Fachtagung in Düsseldorf. Die hochrangig besetzte Fachtagung zeigt in einer Ausstellung auch ein Exponat der SmartFactoryKL. Zudem ist die Technologie-Initiative in zwei Vorträgen durch Herrn Fabian Quint und Herrn Prof. Detlef Zühlke vertreten.

News 21. Januar

SmartFactoryKL bekommt Zuwachs um vier neue Mitglieder.

Mit dem neuen Jahr sind nochmals neue Mitglieder gekommen – SmartFactoryKL wächst weiter. Die Relevanz und Bedeutung der Vision Industrie 4.0 wird immer deutlicher.

News 09. Dezember

Nominated as a top 5 product for the innovation award "Automation Award" 2014: App-based framework for smart field devices

Der auf der SPS/IPC/DRIVES gekührte dritte Platz für die Systemlösung im Bereich der Steuerungstechnik wurde am 9. Dezember 2014 in Leinfelden-Echterdingen verliehen.

Das am Deutschen Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, in Kooperation mit der SmartFactoryKL entwickelte App-basierte Framework ermöglicht eine dynamische Funktionsbereitstellung und -erweiterung auf intelligenten Feldgeräten mittels modularer Softwareanwendungen (kurz Apps).

News 05. Dezember

Diskussionsrunde: Industrie 4.0 und die Fabrik der Zukunft: Wo steht die Digitalisierung in Deutschland?

Die deutsche Wirtschaft muss offen sein für Informatik und Internettechnologien

- so der Tenor zur Veranstaltung "Deutsches Wirtschaftsforum" in der Paulskirche, Frankfurt am Main, am 05.12.2014. Zu dem zentralen Thema „Wettbewerbsfähigkeit der deutschen Wirtschaft“, diskutierten bei dieser Veranstaltung hochrangige politische Größen und wichtige Wirtschaftsvertreter vor etwa 1000 geladenen Gästen.

News 25. November

Successful project presentations on the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2014

Auf der SPS/IPC/DRIVES in Nürnberg waren die SmartFactoryKL und das DFKI mit einem Stand vertreten. Aufsehen erregte vor allem das Forschungsprojekt "Grundlagen einer Roadmap für produzierende Unternehmen des Mittelstandes in Rheinland-Pfalz". In diesem Projekt, das auf der Messe mit einem eigenen Demonstrator vertreten war, erforscht die SmartFactoryKL, gefördert durch das Land Rheinland-Pfalz, die Bedürfnisse mittelständischer Unternehmen in Rheinland-Pfalz.

News 11. November

Industrie 4.0 generates worldwide interest

The market for the future-venture “Industrie 4.0” grows continuously and the SmartFactoryKL gains more and more interest worldwide.

At the 10th German-Japan Industry Forum in Tokyo and Kyoto (11th and 13th of November 2014) Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Zühlke, Initiator and chairman of the executive board of the Technology-Initiative SmartFactoryKL e. V., explained as keynote speaker, what the future production might look like.


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