Best Practice Collection

Digital production - Sustainable products - Black figures

Together we get to know the largest truck production facility in the world - the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth. Variance and transformation at your fingertips, no two trucks are alike and alternative drive systems are already within reach. Together we will discuss the implementation of the Daimler Truck Strategy, which focuses on first-class plants, committed employees, efficient processes and reliable products. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth is becoming the centre for emission-free transport within the Mercedes-Benz truck production network. In the transformation towards CO2-neutral transport, Daimler Truck is consistently relying on two fully electric drive technologies: Battery and hydrogen-based fuel cell.

Eine Fabrik mit Zukunft

Der Werkzeugmaschinenhersteller Trumpf hat beim Thema Produktion immer wieder Meilensteine gesetzt. Bereits Ende der 90er Jahre ist es gelungen, mit dem schlanken Produktionssystem SYNCHRO die Montage zu revolutionieren und die Werkzeugmaschine erstmals zum „fliessen“ zu bringen. Mit einer Lieferzeit von nur einem Tag für Werkzeuge nach Kundenwunsch ist das Unternehmen heute der „Amazon“ der smarten Werkzeugfertigung. Jetzt denkt das Unternehmen auch die Kernkompetenz „Zerspanung“ neu und hat hierzu ein neues Werk eröffnet, das bei den Themen Lean, Green und digital den Weg in die Zukunft weist.

Brownfield goes digital

How does a 60-year-old factory manage the transformation into the here and now? The OSRAM factory relies on lean processes, a culture of cooperation and the use of advanced IOT technologies. In our view, the plant is representative of many factories in Germany and shows that transformation from a brownfield can succeed.

Learning Journey Review Industry 4.0 live

To support companies in implementing the digital transformation, the Fraunhofer IPA, together with Robert Bosch GmbH and the Macils Management Centrum, offers the learning journey "Industry 4.0 live". The second edition started in mid-2018 and ends in summer 2021. The two patrons, Stefan Aßmann and Thomas Bauernhansl, with their summary.

ZF - Lean goes digital

Are digital production platforms, virtual twins and Plug&Produce apps the new shining lights for tomorrow's production? In fact, pioneers like the automotive supplier ZF in Saarbrücken see a new steep development on the way to more productivity even in existing factories.

How does Tesla tick?

For many, this factory is a milestone on the road to our industrial future. But what is really behind the revolutionary Tesla principles? Will the factory of the future be lean, digital, green or TESLA?

Digital production - Sustainable products - Black figures

B/S/H Hausgeräte GmbH and its award-winning dust masonry plant in Bad Neustadt impressively prove it: economic production at the German location is possible even in highly competitive consumer markets. However, this is only possible if change is actively shaped and the potential of digitalisation and sustainability is fully exploited.

Digital process chains from ordering raw materials to networked production of blower motors to fully automated plastic injection moulding on the one hand, and sustainability and energy management on the product and process side on the other, point the way to the future in exemplary fashion.

Factory of the Future - Lean - Green - Digital

Be inspired by how the Bosch Homburg plant is realising its idea of a factory of the future. The Saarland plant is not only one of the pioneers in the implementation of Industry 4.0, but also in Energy Management 4.0. Here, essential prerequisites were created for Bosch to become the world's first global industrial company to have climate-neutral production since 2020.

Changing processes and organisations holistically

Learning Journey "Transformation live" shares "Changing Processes and Organisations Holistically
Part 1: Culture & Communication
in conversation with Martina Keck, Daimler Truck Consulting

A think tank of industrial transformation

What concrete added value does digital data offer in the production sector? Let's ask one of the global thought leaders! Under the motto "Think tank for industrial transformation" Microsoft shares its implementation experiences

From product to customer centricity

The aim of the workshop is to share experiences on how to systematically identify and focus on the needs of the customer. In short: from product-centricity to customer-centricity as a big step towards digital transformation. B/S/H successfully uses the JTBD (Jobs To Be Done) method here.

Flexibility Factory - Future made in Rohrbach

Under the motto " Flexibility Factory - Future made in Rohrbach " we take a look behind the scenes of the largest FESTO plant in Europe. Festo describes itself as a learning company. Our host Jürgen Otto puts it in a nutshell: "Good qualification ensures good processes and good performance". Thus, the Learning Factory I 4.0 impressively demonstrates how to actively involve employees in the digital transformation. The second common thread is the topic of flexibility. How can you react quickly and cost-effectively to customer wishes and produce batch size 1 with zero set-up time automatically?

The Agile Way of Working

The ING learned from Spotify, Netflix and Google and was the first bank to implement "The Agile Way of Working".

Industry 4.0 @Operations

How will production be fit for the digital age? What happens to the existing machinery? And how do you deal with individual customer needs that could previously only be met by a single manufactory? The connector technology manufacturer HARTING is facing precisely these challenges and will be demonstrating its implementation status live in production.
Industry 4.0, networking, logistics, batch size 1

On the way to the Hardware+ company

In the future, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is to be not just a hardware company, but a "hardware+" company. But how will this change take shape? What opportunities and challenges need to be considered and what role do PLM and I4.0 play in this?

Digitalization and transformation live - Our path to becoming a lifetime partner

What does it look like, the path to the future? Digitization and cultural change will certainly play a very decisive role. "Our path to becoming a lifetime partner" is how the insurance group Generali and its digital subsidiary CosmosDirekt describe their own transformation.

The digital value chain from customer to customer

Im hessischen Haiger hat Rittal mit 250 Mio. Euro die größte Gesamtinvestition der Firmengeschichte getätigt und eine durchgängige digitale Wertschöpfungskette geschaffen. So zieht sich ein digitaler Produktzwilling vom Engineering über die Produktion und Distribution bis tief in die Wertschöpfungsprozesse beim Kunden hinein. Die Lösung basiert auf einer durchgängigen Datenarchitektur und einer eigens entwickelten Edge-Plattform, die eine hohe Automatisierung, umfassende Prozessanalysen und eine weitgehend autonome Steuerung des Werkes ermöglichen soll. Am 27. und 28. April 2021 öffnet Rittal sein modernstes Werk und teilt seine Erfahrung im Aufbau durchgängiger digitaler Prozessketten.

Research landscape and integration platform for the future-proof factory

How can artificial intelligence technologies, image processing or even new operating systems for production ensure the competitiveness of our factories?

Lean and Industry 4.0 along the value chain

SEW Eurodrive is investing a high three-digit million euro amount in these modern factories. And in doing so, it is once again pushing the boundaries of what is possible: Two hours order throughput time with batch size 1 and without finished goods warehouse. Flexible small factory units with a high level of personal responsibility directly on the store floor. Worker assistance systems that support people at all stages of the value chain in the flow of information and materials. Experience the new electronics plant live!

Transformation of the entire value chain

Starting with a lean implementation in production, Schaeffler Special Machinery has undergone a fundamental transformation of its processes, culture, and business models over the last few years. The outward sign of the change is a completely redesigned working environment, which was intended to significantly improve collaboration and communication along the entire value stream.

#Beauty goes digital

Schwan Cosmetics has set up a "Digital Studio" to quickly develop digital ideas and solutions. Familiar processes were successfully turned upside down. In order to avoid an organisation of two worlds with its own culture and speed, organisational integration was also driven forward at an early stage. Because the same applies here: Technology can only be a catalyst. People make the difference.

New Work. New Rules

The last few months have brought an unimagined dynamism to the topic of "New Work". The working world of tomorrow will be faster, more efficient and more flexible.
We need to rethink the way we design our working environment. But we also need to rethink the way we work together, both with our employees and with our customers.
Digitalization can accompany this change. But technology is not the main focus. Microsoft and Steelcase, both pioneers of a new world of work, are showing the latest possibilities in the design of the working environment and digitization, so that a new way of working can emerge.


How does the perhaps best factory in Germany "tick"? Get to know the management system of this multiple award-winning Robert Bosch GmbH plant first hand.

Smart Supply Chain Management

How the three-time "Factory of the Year" award winner is digitizing its supply chain and making it crisis-proof.

The way to a brilliant factory

Under the motto "Successful through lean and digitalization", INNIO Jenbacher will show how the combination of value-added orientation and digital networking creates superior communication between man and machine. Employees and machines communicate in real time. The resulting data is continuously analyzed. Digitization thus serves as the basis for continuous improvement in value creation.

Enthusiasm is transferable - Leadership in practice

How can you increase the motivation and willingness to perform of your own employees and awaken a lasting desire to perform? The right employee management has a significant influence here. Who knows this better than the Schindlerhof and the Kobjoll hotelier family. The Schindlerhof is not only the best conference hotel in Germany, but also winner of the European Quality Award and best employer in its sector in Europe. But see for yourself.

Everyone, every day, every place a little better

This is the motto of First Choice as one of the largest corporate programmes for the continuous improvement of the organisation, processes and cooperation. Deutsche Post DHL Group initiated this programme in 2006 and has implemented it in 220 countries and territories around the world. The successful broad rollout with 550,000 employees worldwide makes this programme unique.

The Development Path to Industry 4.0

In 30 years of pioneering work, Germany's first real-time production has been created. The well-known industry 4.0 expert Johann Hofmann reports
Industry 4.0, assistance systems, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen

The world of additive manufacturing

Learn from Europe's largest producer of 3D-printed components about the new possibilities of additive manufacturing from design to series production.
Industry 4.0, 3D Printing, Frank Kuechelmann, Materialise

The working world of the future

The current crisis is accelerating the changes in our world of work. The office mastermind Klaus Bieber diagnoses the current changes and advises managers how they can actively deal with them.
Work 4.0, home office, leadership, Klaus Bieber

Let's go digital

Digitalization delivers opportunities and risks Digital transformation, acceleration vs. deceleration, Johann Hofmann

10 workshop concepts for process improvements

Robert Hierl is considered a master of continuous improvement. He studied the culture of improvement in Japan and led it to success in this country. Now he shares his path to success.
Lean management, process management, value stream, KVP, Kaizen, Robert Hierl

Industry 4.0 - Digital Bosch factory in Blaichach/Immenstadt

At the Bosch plant in Blaichach in Bavaria, industrial machinery and technologies are passionately driven forward.
The video takes you on a journey to our factory of the future and gives you an insight into the holistic digital approach and the daily use of versatile Industry 4.0 applications by our experts.

Field report on the "Learning Journey Industry 4.0 live

Industriy 4.0, Fraunhofer IPA, Bosch, 365 FarmNet, FESTO, Kärcher, Trilux, Hagleitner,

Best Practice Nuggets

The best factories and management concepts live
Work 4.0, Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, Lean Management, Kaizen/KVP, Employee Management, Operational Excellence, Save the planet, Business Model Innovations