Digital transformation
It‘s only a matter of culture

As “plant outfitter of the world”, Germany is one of the most competitive industrial locations worldwide. To secure the future of the production location, and thus competitiveness, prosperity, and employment, tool and mold making is facing a decisive change. In addition to mechanization, electrification, and computerization, the “Internet of Things and Services” now marks the beginning of the “Industry 4.0” era. In the fourth industrial revolution, machines, conveying and storage systems, robots, and operating equipment are now networked. They exchange information, organize and control themselves independently based on the situation. Humans, machines, and systems are now connected permanently and communicate in real time. This fundamentally changes sequences and working methods in production and the entire company.

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Products and processes
Products can be clearly identified and localized at all times. They feature their complete history, the current state, and the sequences towards the target state. The complete value creation chain in the company, as well as at the interfaces to customers, partners, and suppliers are interlinked. Mobile communication, intelligent objects and sensor systems enable future ad-hoc, decentral response in real time to events. Thus, sequences in the company are transparent and highly flexible. This is one prerequisite for economic and competitive production of individual customer requirements.

Production with batch size of 1
Industry 4.0 stands for many different aspects. One partial aspect is the manufacturing of a batch size of 1. Similar to the automotive industry, tool and mold making already produces today with the smallest batch size, as every tool and/or mold is unique.

CIM implemented
Many fundamental ideas of “Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)” from the last 1980s are reality today. The use of CAx technologies must not be discussed anymore – they have been established for many years and have been linked with manufacturing. Fortunately, one prediction has not materialized. The nightmare of factories without people has not become reality and will not come true in the foreseeable future.

Advanced automation
In the last years, many tool and mold makers have invested into automation with varying characteristics. Investments ranged from the automation of individual machine tools to the automation of the complete value chain with connection of milling, eroding, and measuring machines, as well as loading stations and magazines.

Digital value chain
Applications, such as CAD/CAM and ERP/PPS, are integrated today and production is already organized in a very digital and paper-free manner. However, production control in real time is practically not yet possible at the time being. Although the value chain is already highly interlinked, manual interventions are still required at many points. The challenge here is the data flow along the entire value creation. Data must be available at any time, location, device, and in the respective context.

Using chances actively
With the introduction of Industry 4.0, various new technologies, such as BigData, collaborative robots, and 3D printing, enter production as well. They offer tool and mold makers many chances and new business opportunities. However, technologies will also change the way current production processes are managed substantially. For this reason, a thorough analysis of these technologies with all chances as well as risks is of high importance.

Tackling r(evolution)
Industry 4.0 is not a feature that can be switched on with the push of a button. It is rather the sequence of many small, evolutionary steps. Looking back in ten to twenty years from now, the revolutionary character of the change will become obvious.

Productivity and competitiveness
Industry 4.0 offers tool and mold makers great opportunities to further automate processes and respond even more flexibly to individual customer requirements.

New thinking required
As with all previous revolutions, there will be reservations. The concern that no people will be required anymore has always existed and was always proven wrong.

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