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Smart Factory vs. Dark Factory

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Efficient processes and clever IT solutions

Many manufacturing companies do already apply lean methods successfully. At the same time, there is an I4.0 media hype. However, in the country of the world's largest IT trade fair, many companies are still reluctant to adapt to the economy of the future. Nearly eight out of ten German companies admit that their executives’ qualification is lagging in the I4.0 development. Every second company has not yet begun to adapt its vision to meet future requirements (see Study German Industry 4.0 Index 2018). Also, the prejudice that Smart Factory means a "dark", human-free, and completely robot-controlled work is cleared out of the way! Why? – Because humans and machines complement each other excellently.

What you can expect

We look behind the scenes of the buzzword "I4.0" and show similarities as well as differences in the approaches "Lean" and "I4.0". How can both approaches be linked to a further increase in productivity? Understand the relevance for your own practical work as well as potential challenges to act in a forward-looking manner. Complex topics are taught in a practical way. You will learn more about risks that might come up when implementing Lean and I4.0, about technologies which promise fast successes and about the fact that a Smart Factory is much more than just IT. Live insights into the SEW plant show an excellent combination of both approaches to optimize the production sustainably.

The seminar will be in German language.

Subject focus

  • PRINCIPLES AND CHALLENGES: Why at all a combination of Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory
  • MEASURES AND SUCCESSES: Effective process optimization and efficient on-site implementation
  • MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS: Drive manufacturing with Lean and Smart Factory approaches
  • ARRANGEMENT AND TRANSFERABILITY: Guiding principles for intelligent factories in a wide range of industries


Partner for the realization of the seminar:

This lecture is run by STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX

STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX is the consulting and qualification firm for the digital transformation of industrial- and B2B companies. As subsidiary of the Staufen AG we understand ourselves as pragmatic change experts for medium-sized industrial companies. Apart from developing digital strategies, we concentrate on topics around smart factory, data science and digitalization of the product portfolio resp. the business model.

Your host:

SEW-EURODRIVE moves the world! Countless conveyor belts, beverage bottling plants, gravel plants, baggage at airports and much more would stand still without motors, gear units, gearmotors, associated automation technology and service offerings from SEW-EURODRIVE.

Target group
Managers in the areas of Production/Logistics/AV, Lean/CIP, Quality, R&D, IT and administrative areas
Course structure
The seminar "Smart Factory vs. Dark Factory" is an elective module within the Staufen Lean Leader Training.

Of course, you can also book this seminar outside the Lean Leader Training series as an individual seminar.

Additional information
For safety reasons it is mandatory to wear work safety shoes during the seminar or the units in the factory. We also refer - after booking the seminar - to the SEW safety instructions in the syllabus.

We would like to meet you on the eve of the seminar at a dinner together. We would be glad, if you keep the evening free. Please give us a short feedback in advance to, if you are attending dinner.
Your contact person concerning organizational topics
Dr. Jochen Schlick
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Phone: +49 711 933 55 840, E-mail:
Price (plus VAT)
840.00 EUR
Maximum capacity
SEW-EURODRIVE, Graben-Neudorf (Baden-Württemberg)
Jochen Leppert
Thomas Rohrbach
Dr. Jochen Schlick
Johann Soder
Dr. Peter Stephan
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