Guiding principles of the Future Factory

The Future Factory aims to deal effectively with uncertainty and dynamics. Its production system is flexible and adaptive - and it demonstrates a competitive cost structure and high resilience in as many scenarios as possible. The prerequisites for this are: maximum transparency, digitization, modularization and standardization of assets, processes and structures, consistent use of lean and agile methods, high raw material and energy efficiency, and optimal design of physical and digital interfaces.

Continuous development of skills and mindsets at all levels of the organization ensures that the guiding principles of the Future Factory are actually put into practice. At the same time, factories of the future are characterized by the ability to optimally adapt to their role in the global production network. In discrete manufacturing, for example, the optimal interaction of capital-intensive lead plants, globally oriented component plants and flexible satellite factories with a regional focus is crucial in order to leverage the potential of the factory of the future.

Configuration of the Future Factory

Future factories are used in various scenarios. The resulting designs and structures depend on concrete strategic and industry-specific issues as well as global trends. In the coming years, ideal-typical configurations of future factories will be established, which will show certain basic patterns, but will also differ significantly depending on individual framework conditions and issues.

Building blocks of the Future Factory

The individual best possible design of the Future Factory depends on existing structures and regional conditions of the network, strategic scenarios and factors specific to the type of production. A toolbox of methods can be defined to address structural, technological, infrastructural and organizational aspects of the Future Factory. The different weighting, characteristics and combination of these building blocks result in the specific configuration of the Future Factory. 


Hans-Georg Scheibe

Hans-Georg Scheibe
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Case Study

A dairy company is continuing its success story with a clear vision: After times of war and factory fires, it is building the most technologically advanced "Future Factory" in its region. With ROI-EFESO, the company is developing a concept for the factory, which is to be built on 70,000 square meters by 2030 - and is combining this planning with a digitization/Industry 4.0 initiative for ongoing production

Case Study

A start-up wants to position itself as one of the highest-volume European heat pump manufacturers within only four years. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, ROI-EFESO develops a production and material flow planning for the construction of the planned Gigafactory and ensures a fast scalability of the production capacities through a Smart Factory concept.