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Using 3D laser scanning and rapid prototyping,
Festo created its Scharnhausen Technology Plant with
Industry 4.0 and complete communication at its core.

THANKS TO PROGRESSIVE and
innovative methods and a focus on Industry
4.0, Festo (festo.com) has designed and built
a facility in which employees safely interact
with a flexible robot that takes over assembly tasks ergonomically disadvantageous for
humans. An energy transparency system
allows all energy flow and consumption
to be tracked in the future. Tablets, with
interactive apps, have become the primary
working tool to detect and rectify machine
faults quickly and directly on site.
The Scharnhausen Technology Plant in
Ostfildern/Stuttgart, Germany, is at the
forefront of automation's future. For the
Festo company, it is the leading manufacturing plant for valves, valve terminals, and
electronics. The 66,000-sq.-meter factory is
characterized by productive and energy-ef-

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ficient processes, top-quality products, and
sustainable and green fabrication.
Festo-an international, third-generation
family-owned company-has invested 70
million euros in the site expansion. In 2011,
a company interdisciplinary team gathered
ideas and formulated challenging goals for
the groundbreaking technology plant. The
expertise and cooperation of all the employees, including purchasing, development, IT,
logistics, production, and human resources,
was used to conceive and develop the innovative design.
Christian Kubis, head of plant engineering at the Scharnhausen Technology Plant,
was part of the planning team that developed the five-year strategy that is now 2 1/2
years into implementation. "Our main targets were to create production lines that are

Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor

value streams, speed up productivity, reduce
failure costs, and change from a technology-oriented organization to a value-stream
organization," Kubis said.

DEFINING INDUSTRY 4.0
Building the "factory of the future" required
crucial planning, strategic design, and a
focus on Industry 4.0, Kubis said.
"Industry 4.0 is not really a revolution.
It's more an evolution," explained Kubis.
"In 1970, the first personal computer was
launched in the market-this was where
digitalization started. It has developed
through the years. Today, I think Industry
4.0 helps to drive the competitiveness of
industry. We are still in development
every day."
In early 2012, the technology plant's plan-

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