Now online: "VDWF in dialog" with Jens Lüdtke
Ralf Dürrwächter, Head of VDWF Marketing, interviewed Jens Lüdtke, head of Tebis Consulting, about the significance of "Industrie 4.0" (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) for die manufacturing for the video series "VDWF in Dialog". They met at the 15th international colloquium "Tool and Die Making for the Future," where "Industrie 4.0" was one of the key topics. The colloquium was held on November 11 and 12, 2015 in Aachen.
Jens Lüdtke sees "Industrie 4.0" as a great opportunity for die manufacturers that are still burdened by manually intensive processes, to position themselves for the future and to remain competitive. In his opinion, "Industrie 4.0" is definitely a key topic for smaller companies since most die manufacturers have fewer than 20 employees.
From his perspective, the difficulty doesn't lie as much in the actual concept as in the abstract language and the obscure expressions used in most discussions about "Industrie 4.0". For Jens Lüdtke, it is important that the company first standardize its processes and organize the work procedures in a reasonable way to get ready for 4.0. They themselves must plan proactively by answering the question of where they are today and where they want to be in five years' time. There are no standard solutions here. In addition to "Industrie 4.0", Lüdtke sees the following three topics as being important for the die manufacturing industry in 2016: Automating production in industrial single part production, developing visions for the company and establishing alliances in individual areas of technology.