- Amberg Electronics Factory paving the way to Industrie 4.0
- Virtual and real worlds merge in this "digital factory"
On February 23, 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Siemens' Electronics Factory in Amberg, Bavaria, and was briefed on the current status of production automation as it moves toward Industrie 4.0. Key elements of the coming industrial world are already being used at the Amberg factory: Products communicate with machines and all processes are optimized and controlled via IT.
The Amberg Electronics Factory showcases Siemens' concept for a "digital enterprise." The factory already employs production methods that will be the standard in many manufacturing facilities in a number of years. Products in the plant control their own assembly by directly communicating their specific requirements and their next production steps via a product code to the machines.