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Airborne and Siemens build digital factory for composites

News International-French

28 Dec 2015

Airborne and Siemens built a digital factory in the Netherlands in Ypenburg. Deputy Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven from The Hague opened the Airborne Siemens Digital Factory FieldLab.

This will see the development of a hotspot in the years to come in Ypenburg, where companies, education institutions and government all work on the factory where digitalization will form the core of all business processes. This digitalization stretches further than the production process alone. The complete chain consisting of design, simulation, production planning, production, feedback, testing, but also aspects such as supply chain management, are housed in one virtual environment. Digitalization offers major opportunities for reclaiming the manufacturing industry on a large scale for the Netherlands again.

“There is a will in The Hague to harness and maximize the power of knowledge and new technologies in the years ahead. The establishment of the Airborne Siemens Digital Factory Fieldlab makes an enormous contribution to this aim”, said Ingrid van Engelshoven, deputy Mayor from The Hague. “Smart technology makes for Smart industry. While manual manufacturing is still the global standard for the composites sector, Airborne and Siemens are working on automating and digitalizing the production process here in The Hague. Not only does that present fantastic opportunities to do research into new applications for composites and manufacture them at a lower price, but also to stimulate job opportunities by reclaiming the manufacturing industry for the Netherlands”.

Frans van de Ven, Airborne director: “This collaboration between Siemens and Airborne is groundbreaking, because for the first time ever the total engineering and production process of high quality composite products for exacting industries such as the aviation industry are being integrated, automated and digitalized. This can drive down costs substantially and reduce the time to market significantly”.

The FieldLab at the Airborne site has three components: a business case for composite manufacturing, a knowledge hub, and an experience center, where training sessions, workshops, plenary meetings and demonstrations are held.

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