The Smart Factory in the age of Industry 4.0 is based on intelligent units that communicate with each other: Machines coordinate production processes independently, service robots cooperate with humans in assembly, and driverless transport vehicles handle logistics tasks autonomously.
For this purpose, the once passive components of production such as tools, machines or means of transport are equipped with digital “eyes and ears” (sensors) and “hands and feet” (actuators) and centrally controlled via an intelligent IT structure. Thus, they become active players in the Smart Factory.
Industry 4.0 and the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence determine all phases of the product’s life cycle – from the initial idea and development to production, maintenance and finally recycling.
The intelligent factory is made possible by ever smaller and smarter computers and sensors. Increasing amounts of data can also be exchanged and analyzed efficiently and in real time through ever-faster connections.