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Why Digital Transformation and Collaboration go hand-in-hand? – A perspective from Switzerland

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Despite the huge potential of smart manufacturing, introducing Industry 4.0 technologies is a complex challenge and no single company can accomplish it on their own.  Small and medium sized companies (SMEs) especially struggle with the introduction of 4.0-enabling technologies, due to lack of awareness, leadership, corporate strategy, talent and resources.

For SME’s, overcoming such hurdles requires a reliance on collaborative networks made up of multinational enterprises, other SMEs, and highly experienced research centers.

The Swiss Smart Factory (SSF) offers a unique public-private model to support digitalization projects for SMEs and multinationals alike.  Situated on a purpose-built campus, the SFF fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across industry, academia, and government; bringing all necessary components under one roof to work directly with manufacturers seeking to transform their factories.  The platform provides lab space to showcase 4.0 innovations as well as for piloting digital factory lines. 

This presentation includes examples of collaborative transformation projects at the SFF, including the development of a “smart farming robot” and the development of a digital object memory for highly stressed metallic tools.  The SSF focuses on projects related to smart sensors, smart networking & automation, AR/VR, AI & smart data, cloud & edge computing, and autonomous robots & cobotics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of collaboration for digitalization.
  • Describe Swiss case studies for public-private collaboration to explore and implement Industry 4.0 technologies.
  • Explore opportunities for cross-border collaboration for developing smart manufacturing processes.
  • Dominic Gorecky
    Head of Swiss Smart Factory
    Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne