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Industry 4.0 is on the Road and Bound for Chicago


Q: How does the premier manufacturing event in the world get even better?

A: When a state-of-the-art production line for responsive manufacturing that showcases the intelligence of SAP ME /MII is brought on site to the Manufacturing Industries Forum.

It’s the same major showcase for SAP and their partner ecosystem that was featured at the 2015 Hanover Industrial Fair in Germany, and now it’s on its way to Chicago.

This year’s event was already set to be the largest to date, and with the addition of the open, integrated factory it just got even better.

The Industry 4.0 showcase that will be shown live will demonstrate how intelligent production will run in future scenarios. SAP manufacturing solutions cover from the “top floor to the shop floor,” while communicating with open messages, This intelligent solution is the strategic platform for connected manufacturing and enabled by SAP plant connectivity.

Distributed manufacturing operations need responsive supply networks that enable businesses to “design everywhere – produce everywhere.” Today there also new regulations and increased logistics complexity. Manufacturers require a shop floor that’s both intelligent and connected.

Therefore, attendees of the Manufacturing Industries Forum will get to see first-hand how the open, integrated factory Industry 4.0 with SAP:

. Runs multiple products without planned sequence

. Leverages the concept of intelligent products, intelligent systems, and intelligent work stations

. Realizes production benefits from mass production while also executing individualized production

The overall event focus is helping manufacturing companies run simple and smarter – while demonstrating what it means to intelligently connect everywhere. Attendees will also get to see keynotes that include:


Paul Wellman of CIO of Tennant Company will share their success story through his keynote,“Tennant Reimagines its Business with IoT and Big Data Insights.” Attendees will learn first-hand about the tangible business benefits that Tennant Company has been able to drive for their B2B customers.

Bob Parker, who is responsible for the research direction at IDC, will deliver a presentation entitled, IDC benchmark report: Internet of Things – emerging trends and use cases.” Mr. Kraus will talk about the structure of IoT forecasting models and attendees will learn about use cases that illustrate the use of IoT devices, platforms, software, and services.

Specific manufacturers that will be speaking at the forum include AET, Albemarle, Altria, Amcor Rigid Plastics, Broadcom, Cargill, Caterpillar, Cooper Standard Automotive, Eastman Chemicals, EMC, Ford, Greene Tweed, IDEXX, Johns Manville, Medtronic, Molex, NIBCO, PG&E, Tennant Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division, TreeHouse, United Copper Industries, and Varian Medical Systems.

Additionally, attendees will hear from their peers from both large and mid-size manufacturing companies in discrete and process industries as they discuss best practices, upgrade experiences, share tips and tricks, and discuss how to manage critical factors for business success. Attendees can also expect to come away with how to better use Big Data, IoT, cloud, mobility, social media and omni-channel commerce.

Discussions are sure to include the open technology standard of the exciting Industry 4.0 showcase and its ability to do real-time reporting of energy costs, line status and analytics as part of a mission to build the perfect enterprise.

Find out more about the Manufacturing Industries Forum, June 23-25th in Chicago.

See moreof the Open Integrated Factory in action in the video below.


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