“Competition means you either have an advantage in technology, cost, or speed. Digitization helps us to achieve all of this,” says Peter Oberparleiter, CEO of GKN Powder Metallurgy.
The future of productivity and growth
It’s a simple vision and credo that drives our efforts in the fourth industrial revolution. New technologies and solutions are being developed and brought to market at high speed. As with all transformational changes there are countless challenges, ideas and modules how to get there, including: digital transformation, Industry 4.0, IoT, cloud computing, tool machine 4.0, and digital shop floor. At GKN, we manage our Industry 4.0 transformation process through our digital business model.
- Full connectivity
- Clear roadmap
- Improving performance and adding value
Connectivity: Digital shop floor and beyond
We have come far enough to master complete connectivity and data acquisition. With more than 1,500 machines digitally connected and permanently providing real-time data, we have set the basis for better decisions on product quality, performance management and cost control.
Transparency and data-driven decisions will significantly change the way we interact with our customers. In addition, data will provide new opportunities for service and business models. Having open and direct communication with customers and partners will streamline value chains, workshops, and logistics between all involved. We are ready to join smart products together with our customers to maintain competitive edge.
GKN PM has identified clear business advantages and assigned those to specific projects. All this has been summarized under the project Karthago.
The thoughtful planning and construction of the ancient city Karthago has been taken as a role model for our shop floor of the future.