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Smart Factory Congress 2020


Finals of the competition “Smart Factory Software of the Year 2020”

Congress “Smart Factory Software” 2020 

Smart factory software of the year 2020

Factory software is increasingly determining the competitive edge of manufacturing businesses. Focussing on Office IT is thus no longer sufficient. Instead, all levels of the automation pyramid should be looked at – from management to the practice level.  Combined with new technologies, smarter options will be created to adapt processes to the changing client demands in a much faster way and with less effort. Besides the selection and integration of the new software, the main challenge is the correct handling of the consequences, in all three categories of humans, technology and the company. 

The two-day German Congress “Smart Factory Software” (“Fabriksoftware”) provides the opportunity to comprehensively engage with the topic and meet professional experts. On the first day, the finalists of the competition “Factory Software of the Year” will challenge each other in a public presentation to win a prize. The second day offers visitors enthralling lectures on innovative ways to utilise factory software for businesses in the future. 

Topics & Focus

Topics of the Smart Factory Congress 2020:

  • New challenges to MES solutions in Industry 4.0
  • Impacts of smart process integration on the automation pyramid 
  • Industry 4.0 – interoperability of the automation 
  • Digital twins within the context of Industry 4.0 
  • Meeting real-time demands within the company successfully
  • Using life-cycle data of products in a goal-oriented way
  • Successful integration of factory software in the existing company environment 

Agenda (selection)

Presentation of the finalists of the competition “Factory Software of the year 2020”

Day 1: November 16th, 2020


14:00 - 14:30

CSB System AG

Participants of the category “Digital factory”

14:30 - 15:05

CONTACT Software GmbH

Participants of the categories “Digital factory” and “Platforms”

15:05 - 15:40


Participants of the categories “Digital factory” and “Platforms”

15:40 - 16:00



16:00 - 16:30

SALT Solutions AG

Participants of the categories “Automation” and “Process control”

16:30 - 17:00

software4production GmbH

Participants of the categories “Automation” and “Process control”



Congress “Smart Factory Software” 2020

Day 2: November 23rd, 2020

9:10 - 09:10



9:10 - 09:40

Prof. Dr-Ing. Norbert GronauResearch and Application Centre Industry 4.0 at the University of Potsdam 

The future of factory (software)

  • Requirements of the factory software of tomorrow
  • Architecture decisions
  • From brownfield to Blue Ocean
  • Recommended actions for application

9:40 - 10:10

Franz Gruber, FORCAM GmbH

Value-oriented digital transformation with Industry 4.0 – IIOT solution and Lean management?

  • Transformation strategy and high performance technology as a basis for future viability of manufacturing companies
  • Strategy and technology focus points of a successful transformation

10:10 - 10:40

Dr.-Ing. Harald Hoff, HIR GmbH

MES – Yes, no, yes? And how?

  • MES solutions in “smart factory”
  • The automation pyramid in transformation?
  • “Digital innovation platform”

10:40 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:20

Dr. Dominik Rohrmus, Labs Network Industry 4.0 e.V. (LNI 4.0)

Industry 4.0 Connecting systems in the “smart factory”

  • Interoperability for the automation
  • Handling of real-time demands and semantics
  • Application area “machine to machine”

11:20 - 11:50

Dr. Birgit Boss, Robert Bosch GmbH

The administrative realm as digital twin of Industry 4.0

  • Tasks of the administrative realm
  • Connecting industrial components
  • Semantics

11:50 - 12:20

Gunther Koschnick, ZVEI – Main Association of Electrical Engineering and Electronics e.V.

The significance of software as an Industry 4.0 component

  • Administrative realms as component model for software
  • Standardised electronic “name plates” for software

12:20 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:30

Luciano Baumgart, Lorenscheit Automation Technology GmbH

Robots – friend and assistant in the factory?

  • Requirements for effective utilisation of robots
  • Robots and humans – a strong team
  • Quality and quantity – flexible robots and flexible operation

13:30 - 14:00

Dr. Robert Strube, Industrial Analytics IA GmbH

Physics and AI – finding errors despite unknown parameters

  • Potentials of future-oriented maintenance
  • Limitations of algorithm models
  • Application examples and use of physical models

14:00 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:00

Award ceremony “Smart Factory Software of the year”

Registration and tickets

Ticket     From Feb 1st 2020 Registration
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In 2020 the Smart Factory Software Congress will take place in a digital format.

In various webinars the participants are given the opportunity to present their vision of factory software.

Visitors can easily and comfortably join engaging lectures online.


Content related issues


M.Sc. Marcel Panzer
Phone: +49 331 977 307221

Event 0rganisation & Marketing


Martina Braun
Phone: +49 30 419383 64