29. September 2021

Smart Factory Summit 2021

How is the automation of the supplier coordinated with the OEM? What can SMEs, especially from the mechanical engineering sector, do to make their manufacturing smart and efficient? What role do equipment suppliers play? How can artificial intelligence help make production smarter? These and other questions will be discussed at the Smart Factory Summit.

Other topics driving digitization and efficiency improvements in the industry include: Lowering manufacturing costs, reducing startup costs, increasing flexibility, utilization and quality, and ultimately, of course, cybersecurity.

Also highlighted are the digital platforms and communication systems needed for a smart manufacturing industry. After all, with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it is also necessary to network logistics processes and administrative data with production machines. This will enable central real-time monitoring and evaluation of the future smart factory.

Last but not least, users will talk about their experiences and “lessons learned” from their own projects. In addition, the subareas that can be made smart, such as condition/process monitoring & predictive maintenance, will be highlighted and interfaces for the smart factory will be presented.

The summit is aimed at members of management, plant and operations managers, division managers, as well as production managers and executives, particularly from the areas of production IT, production planning, corporate strategy/development, logistics, maintenance, and robotics & automation.

The event is aimed in particular at the automotive industry, OEMs and suppliers, metalworking and processing, mechanical engineering, electronics industry, food industry, packaging and plastics.


The event is supported by our partners in South Africa, Turkey and Morocco. The conference language is German with simultaneous English translation.


The agenda is still under construction and will be added successively. The program is subject to change.



10:00 a.m.

Moderation and outlook for the day

Markus Strehlitz, Editor Industrieanzeiger

10:10 a.m.

Smart Factory – Overview and Best Practices

Johann Soder, Chief Operating Officer, SEW-EURODRIVE

10:45 a.m.

Panel discussion: Smart Factory International

  • Denise Rice, President, Peak Performance, Inc. & Director, Tennessee Manufacturers Association
  • Johann Soder, Chief Operating Officer, SEW-EURODRIVE
  • Sevda Kayhan Yilmaz, Vice President, Turkish Machinery & CEO, Kayahan Hydraulics

11:15 a.m.

With the Smart Data Fabric to the Smart Factory

Peter Dommermuth, Sales Executive, Intersystems DACH

More and more industrial companies are increasing their investments in the digital transformation of their production, aiming for comprehensive networking of IT and OT systems in the sense of the Smart Factory. And this with growing success, as evidenced by the current study “AI in Manufacturing” by IDC, the most important results of which will be presented in this talk.

The presentation will use real use cases to explain the measurable benefits that companies are already achieving in practice with the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment. These include, above all, efforts to increase the overall efficiency of the production plant (Overall Equipment Efficiency – OEE), but also the productive use of Digital Twins and the use of predictive maintenance.

11:35 a.m.

Machine Learning in Industry – Increase Quality & Reduce Waste with Automation

Carsten Riggelsen, Head of Data & ML/AI DACH, AllCloud

The Cloud, IoT, Machine Learning – many new technologies can improve your production and quality assurance. How can you concretely benefit from the new technologies in your business? We will present some exciting news from the fields of Machine Learning and Business Intelligence and report from our practice how German companies concretely benefit from the new technologies in the fields of AI and Data Analytics. We also look forward to a discussion about where the AI journey in Germany will take us.

11:55 a.m.

The manufacture of networked products – a transformative challenge

Francis Cepero, Director Vertical Market Solutions, A1 Digital

In this presentation, Francis Cepero highlights the challenges and opportunities that manufacturing companies face if they want to remain competitive with their products and services in a drastically digitizing market. In doing so, Francis Cepero explains the opportunities that IoT technology brings for new products, processes, services and revenue streams.

12:25 p.m.

Lunch break


01:30 p.m.

Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence: From Hype to Reality

  • Dr. Michael Jürgens, Head of AGV Solutions
  • Dr. Christian Liedtke, Head of Strategic Alliances

KUKA Deutschland GmbH

02:00 p.m.

Lecture will follow

Richard Habering, Head of Business Unit, igus® smart plastics.  igus®GmbH


02:20 p.m.

Robot simulations and how they facilitate integration into networked manufacturing environments

Benjamin Völzke, Head of Field Application Engineering Western Europe, Universal Robots

The presentation shows how robot simulations can be used to identify accessibility problems and sources of interference at an early stage and to test finished programs. 3D simulations thus reduce unexpected integration costs.


02:40 p.m.

Robotics in Smart Factories

Dr. Michael Klos, General Manager, Business Development , YASKAWA Europe GmbH, Robotics Division


03:00 p.m.

Coffee break

03:15 p.m.

Relevant data at the touch of a button – data intelligence from the field to the cloud

Dieter Horst, Head of Industrial Identification, Siemens AG

Modern production facilities provide countless data and information that often remain unused. The presentation deals with the digital production file and the added value that can be created with it. The digital production file provides information individually for each product about production steps, materials used, test results and much more information. It is based on the principles of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It offers many advantages and can already be implemented today.

03:35 p.m.

Vortrag folgt

N.N.,  IBG Automation GmbH

03:55 p.m.

The Intelligent Connector as “Enabler” of the Vision Production Level 4 of the SmartFactory Kaiserslautern

Andreas Huhmann, Physiker, Strategy Consultant HARTING & Vorstandsmitglied Smart Factory KL

To support the vision of “Production Level 4” of the SmartFactory Kaiserslautern (SmartFactoryKL), experts from various manufacturers of connectors and software providers as well as scientific staff from the SmartFactoryKL and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) are jointly developing use cases for an intelligent connector (Smart Electrical Connector, SmEC) with the aim of describing a universal interface for production modules to the supply and communication infrastructure that can also be operated safely by unskilled personnel. These use cases are based on additional functions of the connector that contribute to the realisation of the safety concept of modular production, such as the (self-)locking of the connector under voltage.


04:15 p.m.

Open discussion and summary of the day

Markus Strehlitz, Editor Industrieanzeiger


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