Monday, November 3, 2008

Factories of the Future

Dr. Detlef Zuehlke talked about the Internet enabled everything - SmartHomes, SmartCars, a SmartHospital, and SmartOffice, and SmartFactory showing how to use newer technologies to become more agile. Complexity is a major challenge - but by making devices abstract and communications and power wireless, some of the complexity and sequential planning goes away. Now 22 partners and 10 sponsors have after a few years led to the SmartFactory. The SmartFactory is now fully tested and working for the past 3 weeks - making colored liquid soap. They also perform R&D projects and offer information panels on viz. RFID, wireless, safety & security. Check out the live webcam at: http://www.smartfactory.de/webcam.de.htm - may sometimes be a still picture due to German law. Over 30 companies are involved - so this could be moving into broader application soon!
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