We already supply our customers with the required Wilo products and services quickly and reliably at all times. This is achieved by means of a transparent production network and harmonised processes throughout the Wilo Group worldwide. We optimise the operating excellence of our production locations at the highest possible level. Wilo’s aim is to adopt a pioneering role in terms of production technology and represent the benchmark for quality, costs and delivery times.
Digital transformation and the ground-breaking production technologies associated with Industry 4.0 are giving us the opportunity to fundamentally redesign production and logistics processes. To this end, we are constructing a state-of-the-art production complex – known as the smart factory – at our headquarters in Dortmund over the coming years. Dortmund will be the Wilo Group’s top digital location and will set new benchmarks in the pump industry as a whole.
We will introduce a new production and logistics concept at our factory of the future that will realign all of our processes, from suppliers to customers. On this basis, we have designed an optimal material flow and a corresponding building layout for the future production location. The main aims are to consistently plan and control customer orders in the digital age, to dynamically chain production and logistics processes and to ensure an even closer relationship between suppliers and Wilo.
In our intelligent factory of the future, current production and production planning processes are supported digitally. Interconnected machines and products allow real-time verification of process data throughout production. A continuous exchange of data makes it possible to react to short-term changes in demand in a more flexible and needs-based way. The production programme is automatically adapted to new circumstances. This results in smaller material and product inventories, shorter production times and even higher productivity.
A linear network of paths within the new factory makes a significant contribution to increasing transparency and reducing handling expenditure. This brings about a considerable reduction in turnaround times, while also significantly increasing flexibility and establishing the conditions for even more customer individualisation.
In our new, digital and highly flexible factory, people and machines control production exactly in line with customers’ needs. Our customers are increasingly demanding products that are not only innovative but also individual and that incorporate modifications at short notice. Customers will be able to configure the desired products from certain modules online themselves before placing orders directly.
Augmented reality in production