What is a Digital Factory?
A digital factory is a dynamic network of digital models, methods and tools for planning, commissioning and operating a production facility. Far beyond just real-time logging and evaluating production data, it involves complete business processes, planning and management of production flows. This can only be done by combining all the data on design, resources, machines and systems, as well as the processes in this virtual representation of reality.
The virtual factory connects the shop floor and the top floor. It covers production and supply chain, factory operations and virtual planning. It is based on data and constantly changes according to requirements and new technology. There is more than just one road leading to the digital factory. It requires a flexible system based on a common data pool – a system that can be expanded and changed one step at a time.