Industrial digitization, Industry 4.0 & IIOT

Industrial digitalisation has recently experienced an extreme acceleration. Whereas in the early years of Industrie 4.0 or the Internet of Things (IoT), the emphasis was on "proof of concepts", today digitalization is being used extensively in supply chain and production to increase efficiency and quality and to enable completely new processes and services.

The digital factory (Smart Factory) plays a central role in this. It is characterized on the one hand by the comprehensive and consistent use of data, and on the other hand by the use of assistance systems, new manufacturing technologies and flexible automation. The horizontal and vertical integration of the R&D, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Customer Management and Future Factory divisions enables highly individual, flexible and efficient production up to the economic production of batch size 1. Global digitalized value-added networks are emerging around the Smart Factory. Integrated digital tools and the possibility of simulation increase transparency in the supply chain and improve the ability to react to unforeseen events.

Another important aspect of industrial digitization is the development of smart products and services to enable and monetize new applications. Through integrated connectivity, sensor technology and data processing capacities, smart products are able to perform tasks autonomously, coordinate centrally and decentrally via cloud platforms and adapt to changing environmental conditions and tasks. Smart products thus also form the basis for the development of smart services such as data-based business models, Smart City, Smart Agriculture or Smart Healthcare.   

And finally, industrial digitalization means the introduction of new innovation, work and organizational principles such as design sprints, MVPs or crowd innovation into the supply chains of the manufacturing industry and their integration with LEAN principles. On the one hand, this process requires a profound change in the forms of cooperation, culture and organization and the development of new skills and competencies. On the other hand, it requires a consistent further development of the corporate strategy, a high degree of transparency regarding the digital maturity of the company and the definition of implementation-oriented digitalization roadmaps.

Our services for industrial digitization

ROI is one of Europe's leading experts for industrial digitisation, Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT. Our multidisciplinary expertise is based on in-depth technical, methodological and technological know-how as well as access to top benchmarks in digitisation through the presentation of the renowned Industry 4.0 Award and extensive experience from several hundred projects. In addition, ROI operates its own learning factories/IoT Fabs in Germany, China and the Czech Republic and is involved in the committees and associations relevant to the implementation of digitisation, such as BitKom and IIC. Our services for industrial digitization include the following topics:

  • Development and operationalisation of the digital strategy
  • Measurement and evaluation of the digitization maturity levels (digital readiness)
  • Design and implementation of Smart Factories (technologies, methods, structures, processes)
  • Design and implementation of integrated planning systems
  • Conception and realization of Digital Twins
  • Implementation of data analytics projects in production and supply chain
  • IT architecture, IT development planning, platform and system selection
  • Adaptation of the management system
  • Extensive training and qualification offers

ROI-EFESO process model for iindustrial digitization and Industry 4.0

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Transformation through Smart Products Development

A strong development team had solid successes with a manufacturer of household appliances. But now customers want to network kitchen machines, refrigerators and mixers in the "Smart Home". ROI established an "I-Team" with the fresh view of "Digital Natives" and accompanied the internal change.

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End-to-end digitization

ROI realized an "end-to-end digitization" project with a global bed manufacturer that took into account all relevant stages of value creation: from the customer experience to ordering, production and logistics.

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Quality excellence

To bring quality management to a new level of performance, the right combination of proven measures and new technologies must be found. ROI's lean supply chain management approach enables companies to evolve in many ways in terms of quality.

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Development of a digital twin to increase quality and productivity

An automotive supplier improved the transparency of work and organizational processes in a production plant for dashboards.

With a "Digital Process Twin" from ROI, the company reduced the reject rate and made improvement potentials in its value creation networks visible.

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Lean Digital Manager

The ROI certification program for "Lean Digital Manager" shows how digitization of lean production works. It combines lean management strategies with industry 4.0 technologies.

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Agile methods in software development

The energy market is data-driven, smart solutions determine the business model. In order to stay one decisive step ahead of the competition, one thing above all is required: Mobility of thought and action. Under this premise, an energy supply company "agilised" its R&D departments, which are distributed in over 30 countries around the globe. The product and service portfolio is correspondingly internationally diversified and extensive: from intelligent electricity meters to sensor and automation technology for distribution networks to IT tools for data analysis and management, all kinds of "Smart Energy" solutions are available.