Deloitte Digital Factories

Accelerate your digital journey

A Digital Factory or Smart Factory provides an innovative and immersive environment that will help you imagine and experience the “future of manufacturing”. It can help address the challenges of today's digital supply chain operations.

From additive manufacturing, advanced analytics, augmented and virtual reality, to blockchain and cybersecurity, each Digital Factory has the latest advanced technologies and real factory assets that will model a unique, tangible, and compelling experience.

Our global network of Deloitte Digital Factories

Deloitte Smart Factory network

Dusseldorf, Germany

The Digital Factory @ Dusseldorf provides a flexible environment for innovative workshops and trainings, combining the old and the new world of supply chain and manufacturing operations. Specific use case examples and the digital solutions space will inspire and activate companies to start their own digital transformation with practical use of the latest technologies.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom

Deloitte is a member of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). The AMRC is a UK government and member-backed cluster of world-leading research and innovation centres working with a variety of manufacturing companies around the globe. It specialises in bridging the gap between academic research and industrial application. Together, Deloitte and the AMRC are helping manufacturers embrace industry 4.0 to transform how they design, build and operate their physical products, helping clients Imagine, Deliver and Run their futures.

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Wichita, Kansas, United States

Imagine an Industry 4.0 immersive center focused on bringing together advanced manufacturing methods and technologies for organizations to experience first-hand. The Smart Factory @ Wichita offers an experience in which the digital, physical, and experimental come together to speed up smart factory capabilities and drive value.

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The digital journey

Deloitte Smart Factories are the perfect place to accelerate the digital journey…

The Smart Factories address the challenges of today's digital supply chain operations and offer the following benefits:

  • Increased efficiency with faster delivery and time to market
  • Flexible workplace
  • Autonomous decision-making
  • Early detection of risks by effective management of big data

The Smart Factory immersion experiences help:

  • Create a vision and roadmap for the digital journey
  • Evaluate and prioritize opportunities
  • Implement pilots to accelerate value
  • Scale solutions, transform the application landscape, and get results

Latest insights

Accelerating smart manufacturing: the value of an ecosystem approach

The report is based on an online survey of more than 850 executives in manufacturing companies across three regions globally: North America, Europe, and Asia. It also included a series interviews with more than 30 manufacturing leaders and ecosystem participants. The report explores the ways in which smart manufacturing ecosystems can accelerate smart factory initiatives.

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Digital lean manufacturing: Industry 4.0 technologies transform lean processes to advance the enterprise

While lean principles have long been used in manufacturing to drive efficiency and reduce waste, adding digital technologies to lean can take an enterprise to a whole new frontier.

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From one to many: Scaling the smart factory to a smart network

Smart factory is a holistic solution, joining what happens within the four walls of the factory with the end-to-end digital supply network. The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented stress on global economies, and for corporate leaders, an increased importance of maintaining an agile supply chain and efficient manufacturing operations.

Smart factory benefits multiply when scaled across plants and our research reveals that despite compounding benefits, smart factory solutions are generally not deployed across the network. This article explores time-tested strategies that companies can consider for their scaling efforts and how to customize based on business needs and organizational and people readiness.

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Implementing the smart factory: New perspectives for driving value

The strategic importance of smart factories is undeniable, as early adopters have reported operating more efficiently and driving more to the bottom line. While 86 percent of surveyed manufacturers say smart factories will be the main driver of competitiveness in five years, only 5 percent operate a fully converted facility.

This report offers insight into the findings of our ongoing research into smart factory transformations. It explores successful transformations and common approaches to smart factory adoption to help manufacturers get started, succeed, and realize greater value through the deployment of their smart factory technologies.

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Swim, not float: Driving innovation and new business models through Industry 4.0

According to a recent Deloitte study, digital transformation, when done right has the potential to increase an organization’s revenue by up to 22 percent and EBIT by up to 19 percent. Leaders have a real opportunity to create a holistic, transformational approach to leveraging Industry 4.0 capabilities to drive a smarter, more flexible organization.

Despite the opportunities and benefits from Industry 4.0 technologies, leaders continue to use these technologies to protect themselves from being disrupted by others, rather than to find new opportunities to disrupt their markets. What’s holding them back? As companies evaluate the transition from protective strategies toward transformational innovation, they are likely to encounter an array of multidimensional challenges.

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Cybersecurity for smart factories

Tools for managing cyber threats to manufacturing

As smart factory initiatives continue to proliferate across the global manufacturing landscape, cyber risks are expected to continue to increase and many manufacturers could be underprepared for its potential impact. The 2019 Deloitte and MAPI Smart Factory Study revealed a number of risks relative to smart factory initiatives, spanning enterprise categories from operational to financial and strategic to compliance.

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Explore other cybersecurity for smart factory related insights

2019 Deloitte and MAPI Smart Factory Study

Smart factories will be the game changer for the manufacturing industry. Adopting smart factories will likely result in threefold productivity improvements over the next decade. This report provides insights into how manufacturers are pursuing smart factory initiatives to drive business impact.

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Dr. Harald Proff
Partner, Consulting;
Operations & Digital Factory Lead

Britta Mittlefehldt
Senior Manager, Digital Factory team

Yvonne von Ostrowski
Manager, Digital Factory team

United Kingdom

Nick Davis
Leader, UK Industry 4.0

United States

Ben Dollar
Principal, Consulting;
Leader, The Smart Factory @ Wichita

Steven Coen
Senior Consultant;
Scheduling, The Smart Factory @ Wichita

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