Mid-sized companies and trade firms highlighted digitalisation projects during the “Mittelstand 4.0” regional conference at NORTEC 2018 in Hamburg which ended Friday (January 26, 2018). Many projects by SMEs are being carried out in co-operation with the Mittelstand 4.0 competence centre, which offers free support e.g. design thinking workshops, further education on digitalisation in the logistics sector, 360° views of 3D printing, as well as information and networking events on digitalisation. The 16th NORTEC ran from January 23-26, 2018 at Hamburg’s fairgrounds with emphasis on the Industry 4.0 megatrend and its significance for SMEs.
Shaping digitalisation together
SITRA Spedition GmbH presented its approach to digitalisation in haulage and showed how the company encourages employees to play an active role in shaping digitalisation. Another company, seca GmbH & Co. KG presented its project on digital job data collection in production.
Intelligent factories and digital adaptive order management
Among the highlights was an intelligent factory by the Helmut Schmidt University, which presented decentralised production management using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The University of Applied Sciences (HAW) staged a live demonstration of digital approaches to adaptive order management. This year, around 400 exhibitors presented machines, components and procedures along the entire value chain in production in three halls.
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