About Digital Factory

Companies have to deal with an ever-growing flow of information. The traditional way of working is no longer able to efficiently cope with the mountain of knowledge, information and data.

In the factory of the future, the entire design cycle, for products and processes, will take place digitally. The Digital Factory is the information backbone of tomorrow’s product- and production environment. This strategy allows industrial processes, such as design and production, to be seamlessly integrated while the available know-how is used optimally, right across the company. The focus, here, is on linking information and knowledge about the different industrial processes, from conceptual design through to production, maintenance and the end-of-life phase. The focus, here, is not only on internal industrial processes but also on initiatives and business relations outside the company’s walls, e.g. various company websites, relations with business partners and customers.

In the Digital Factory, priorities are assigned to different actions, redundant steps are eliminated and iteration effects minimized. In this way a network is established, centered around a general data management system with digital models and methods.

The aim of the Digital Factory is to get the right information in the right place at the right time, with the aid of digital tools. The strategy is, for example, ideal for the digital tracking of work schedules or the optimization of product development and design.

The advantages of Digital Factory, according to academic research and case studies:

  • Time-to-Market decreases (by at least 15%)
  • fewer change requests (-65%)
  • higher quality (+15%)
  • cost reduction (-13%)
  • shorter throughput times in production (-30%)
  • lower utilization of plant, machines, equipment and manpower (-40%)
  • improved communication and cooperation (+35%)

 

Sirris' approach:
  1. Information strategy: the right information in the right place at the right time, so that workers and/or machines can work proactively
  2. Communication strategy: a ‘roadmap’ of data flows and IT tools, expressly tailored to your company’s needs
  3. Technology: implement the strategy
    1. crystallize the vision into ideas, products and processes
    2. coordinate and align research, product development and production
  4. Management: attune the general business administration to the strategic and technological/operational management.