Digitalization & Industry 4.0

Digitalization & Industry 4.0

Digitalizing production as well as support processes is the basis of Industry 4.0. Everyone recognizes that society today is increasingly becoming characterized by the use of networked digital technology. In the business world, this development is infiltrating every aspect of the value-added chain, from construction to supply chains and production all the way into the areas of service and support.

This development is based on networking and self-management. Networked machines are independently controlling their processes in an intelligent manner. The impact on process starts, in part, far before production, such as monitoring stocks, automated renewed purchasing and the handling of production orders and processes. This allows for extremely quick reactions to influences and decisions in this process.

One prerequisite, however, is for every component to be digitally recorded. Sensors in machines and ID characteristics of the component facilitate secure recognition and individual processing. The Internet of Things enables communication beyond borders, such as between people and machines, between machines and the warehouse or between sales and customers. All of this takes place via a high-speed internet connection.

Industry 4.0 makes it possible to be even more competitive and highly efficient in producing. This applies to mass-produced products as well as to customized batch sizes of the smallest category.

Our services include:

  • Location diagnoses
  • Implementing concepts & strategies
  • Performing assessments
  • Implementation support
  • Ensuring sustainability

Voice of the customer

The company Elektror and IMIG share a long mutual past. We have worked together to conclude various strategy and implementation projects for many years now. In 2004, for example, we designed and implemented the Elektror Logistics System (ELS) together. In 2017/2018, we executed the Elektror Business Excellence Program at the strategic level and addressed the possible impacts of Brexit as well as opportunities for internationalization. The wide-ranging experience held by IMIG and, especially, their technical expertise helped us a great deal in approaching all of our issue areas. The practical support and implementation within the projects were optimal and success was ensured after the project through review workshops. Implementation coaching in everyday operations was especially useful for all the staff members here at Elektror.

Ulrich Kreher
Managing Director, Elektror Group

“At SFB, we are known for the precision of our products. Yet, we not only achieve customer satisfaction through product quality but also through delivery quality. And this is an area we had to improve in. After conducting systematic assessments of internal processes and the ERP system, IMIG not only showed us the opportunities for organization, processes and the application of unused potential, they also worked with us to develop a realistic plan of implementation. We both rolled up our sleeves and got to work on this. It was important for us to connect our company’s potentials with the experience held by IMIG. Helping us orient our business in line with our objectives proved to be extremely useful, especially for staying on course as an organization. We place immense value on our cooperation with IMIG!”

Bruno Hanselka
Managing Director, SFB Schwäbische Formdrehteile GmbH & Co KG

In cooperation with IMIG, we have tackled topics ranging from start-up activities on the shop floor (5S) to strategic perspectives for the future (company concepts) and, despite the level, we are absolutely sure that we chose the right partner for executing these tasks based on the concrete solutions that were offered combined with IMIG's practical, goal-oriented approach.

Rainer Schiessle
Managing Director, Christian Bauer GmbH & Co KG

Together with IMIG, we successfully address topics ranging from corporate strategy through internationalization to layout and logistics planning and even operational implementation projects. I was especially impressed by the implementation-oriented approach of the IMIG consultants. Our people were closely involved in the projects from the very beginning. This approach was vital for the success and the sustainability of our projects.

Bernd Bohl
Managing Director, Jacob GmbH

At Rational, we worked with IMIG a second time around on an exciting strategy project. The international presence of IMIG and the practical experience-based approach of the consultants helped us a great deal in forming options on the project team and working out the decision-making processing for our top management.

Peter Bühl
Process Manager for production and supply processes, Rational AG

We worked with IMIG on our new production concept, starting from production principles to the selection of the appropriate machines/technology all the way up to the practical implementation of the new production layout. Our staff members were involved very effectively and they received support from IMIG expertise. Whenever we need additional consulting, we look forward to working with IMIG once again.

Michael Schnaufer
Managing Director/Partner, Karl Georg Stahlherstellungs- und Verarbeitungs GmbH

The armory in today's plastic injection molding is an enormous potential in the automotive industry for improving production. Concepts were developed together with IMIG. I really liked the direct implementation at the machines performed by our own staff members as well as the experts from IMIG.

Andrea Vantaggi
Managing Director, Autotest Südtirol GmbH
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