The Smart Green Factory

OPPORTUNITY – Facts for decision makers

The shortage of skilled workers, disrupted supply chains, high energy prices, and climate change:   the list of challenges facing manufacturing companies is long, and traditional methods of production optimization such as lean management, Six Sigma or Kaizen are not enough. Digitalization and networking are the foundation of flexible, efficient and sustainable value chains within a circular economy. Product development and the entire supply chain must also be taken into consideration.

By using modern, digital technologies in manufacturing processes, smart factories help to optimize the dimensions of time, costs and quality by enabling greater efficiency, more flexibility and complete transparency.

The factory of the future is not only efficient and flexible, but also ergonomic and carbon-neutral. The smart green factory therefore represents a further development of the modern smart factory, as production and digitalization are also linked with the aspect of sustainability. The transparency, efficiency and flexibility of the smart factory also help to achieve sustainability goals.

In the OPPORTUNITY "The Smart Green Factory," we explain how companies can realize such an intelligent and sustainable factory in five steps:

Contents of this OPPORTUNITY

  • The challenges facing manufacturing companies 
  • The Smart Green Factory as a solution 
  • Realizing a Smart Green Factory
    • Developing the target picture 
    • Determining the basics of planning
    • Defining use cases
    • Deriving the IT and OT architecture
    • Detailed planning and realization 
  • Outlook

The authors

Thorben Kerkenberg

Head of Smart Factory & Operational Excellence

Hamburg, Germany
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Moritz Schele

Senior Manager

Berlin, Germany
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Daniel Reichenecker

Senior Manager

Stuttgart, Germany
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Jean-Bernard Both

Senior Consultant

Hamburg, Germany
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