Global consulting firm Kearney and strategic partner LIFT Manufacturing Institute today officially launched the Digital Model Factory, a hands-on facility where industrial companies can explore how to best apply Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations.
The new Digital Model Factory (DMF) is located in LIFT’s 100,000 square foot facility in Corktown, Michigan ― a technology hub for the automotive, aerospace, and industrial sectors. The DMF features a manufacturing and assembly line equipped with advanced manufacturing analytics and augmented reality solutions that let visitors experience the power of digitally augmented operations.
“Together, Kearney and LIFT will help companies across the United States take the critical next step toward making digital manufacturing a reality on their factory floors,” said Doug Mehl, Kearney Partner and the firm’s Global Lead for Industry 4.0 Strategy. “Our shared mission is to drive a step change business performance.”
“We’re excited to bring Kearney’s deep Industry 4.0 expertise to our ecosystem of innovative OEMs, industrial suppliers, research institutes, workforce development organizations, educational institutions, and professional societies,” said Nigel Francis, CEO and Executive Director of LIFT, a public–private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia.
Four key questions the Digital Model Factory answers:
Every manufacturer should address these questions as they consider their i4.0 strategy
What are my operational challenges?
A discovery process is needed to align business objectives, scope, and deliverables. Manufacturers will need to collect and analyze data to determine the problems and possible solutions.
What are the solutions?
Manufacturers should take a hard look at the baseline results while understanding and defining their current capabilities and gaps.
What will be the impact of the solutions?
Organizations need to create a prioritized list of initiatives with a strong business case for each as they define potential ecosystem partners.
How should the solutions be implemented?
It’s not just about creating an implementation road map. You must also factor in a continuous improvement plan.
What makes the Digital Model Factory unique?
The Digital Model Factory and Kearney’s strategic ops teams have built a comprehensive i4.0 transformation toolkit for our clients. The DMF offers immersive i4.0 demos and hands-on learning. Clients who use the DMF have an opportunity to:
- Experience i4.0 solutions, firsthand, on a demo production line of an electric scooter
- Workshop challenges, brainstorm solutions with Kearney i4.0 experts, and develop an implementation road map
- Collaborate with Kearney’s ecosystem partners to find customized solutions for specific challenges
What capabilities does the Digital Model Factory showcase?
The DMF demonstrates how i4.0 technologies can produce:
- Modular production lines
- Advanced quality control
- Material tracking and automated fulfillment
- Dynamic process updates and training
- Safety and ergonomics
The Digital Model Factory line gives organizations a chance to better imagine how they can incorporate i4.0 tech into their operations.
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