Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Kärcher and Siemens

As part of our van full of nerds tour through southern Germany to study Industry 4.0, we also visited two companies, Kärcher and Siemens. Siemens is probably well known to all of you. We went to their Amberg plant where they make programmable logic controllers.  Kärcher is a smaller company that makes pressure washers and industrial cleaning machines. Let me show you what we found. Continue reading Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Kärcher and Siemens

Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Trumpf Gerlingen

Trumpf Logo As one of the stops on our van full of nerds touring southern Germany to study Industry 4.0, we also visited Trumpf. However, we didn’t go to the main plant in Ditzingen but to a much-smaller plant in Gerlingen that makes stamping tools. I have heard a lot of good things about Trumpf Gerlingen, and wanted to see if it is true. Let’s find out: Continue reading Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Trumpf Gerlingen

Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Overview and Audi

Recently I organized a non-commercial Industry 4.0 tour for some friends through my university, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Science. For the first week in July 2019, we rented a van and toured southern Germany. We visited fourteen different locations in five days to understand the current state of Industry 4.0 in Germany. Almost all of these locations were Industry 4.0 award-winning enterprises. However, our assessment of Industry 4.0 often differed from these awards. Since we all come from the lean corner, we often have a different outlook on things than people who specialize in Industry 4.0. Let me give you an overview of our tour: Continue reading Industry 4.0 Tour in Germany – A Van Full of Nerds – Overview and Audi

Cardboard Engineering – Alternatives

Cardboard Engineering is a quick way to try out different configurations in reality. As the name says, this is done using cardboard. However, there are a few alternatives. Let me show you a portfolio of different ways to make cardboard models with (not only) cardboard, from ultra-cheap to very fancy. Please note that the fancier methods are usually not so well suited for layout optimization, but more for workstation optimization. Continue reading Cardboard Engineering – Alternatives

Cardboard Engineering – Workshop

Cardboard BoatIn my last post I talked about what you need for Cardboard Engineering. In this post I will show you how to do a Cardboard Engineering workshop. Spoiler: Keep in mind that the goal is not to just put something together but to try out different options (and I will repeat this a few times in this post). It is very easy to have fun with cardboard while learning very little about the problem you want to investigate! Continue reading Cardboard Engineering – Workshop