Mr. Adler, what can your customers
expect ‘digitally’ from Oerlikon?
Adler: I would say the digital refinement of our machines and
production systems for manufacturing yarns, fibers, nonwovens
along the textile value chain. We want to further optimize the
efficiency of the systems and the quality of the end products
with digital solutions. For this, we are deploying the know-how
of our newly-integrated partner AC-Automation – which
specializes in large-scale systems automation, transport,
packaging and warehouse logistics and end product automated
quality control. We combine this with our process competencies
and digital data handling using our Plant Operation Center (POC).
This has created Industry 4.0 solutions for our customers – with
integrated storage and communication capabilities, wireless
sensors, embedded actuators and intelligent software systems. In
turn, this allows us to build bridges between data and material
flows and between the virtual and real worlds.
Jochen Adler, CTO, Oerlikon Manmade Fibers.
What aspects of all this can
visitors already see at the ITMA in Barcelona?
Adler: At our trade fair stand we will be offering our
visitors a digital experience that allows them to intensely
discover and understand our machines, systems, components and
services. Here, we will be deploying playful solutions to
present the topic of artificial intelligence. We will be taking
our 360-degree and augmented-reality applications as well as our
virtual showroom with us, to allow visitors to experience
complex systems live in 3D. The ‘digital factory’ is already in
part becoming a reality in conjunction with our machine