Chicago was consciously chosen as the location for the Smart Factory. The directly adjacent states contain around 40 percent of the country’s entire sheet metal working industry.
TRUMPF Smart Factory Chicago
The “Control Room” - a command center with large display areas – makes various process parameters available to visitors in real time.
The Industry 4.0 offerings at TRUMPF are all subsumed under the name TruConnect. All the key TruConnect modules are in operation at the Chicago plant, enabling comprehensive demonstration of production according to the principles of Industry 4.0.
In a production hall measuring 55 meters in length, there is a connected sheet metal production with a central storage system as the centerpiece, which supplies the machine tools with material.
A bird’s-eye view of the factory reveals a catwalk, the so-called “Skywalk”: Spanning the full length of the 55-meter-long hall, with its material and information flow, it emphasizes the fact that the production facilities constitute a single, overall system.
The Skywalk is part of the cantilevered ceiling structure that is manufactured by a TRUMPF customer in Atlanta.
The production line is designed in such a way that entire real production processes can be carried out.
The Smart factory is aimed at everyone working in sheet metal fabrication. The main target group is small and medium-sized job shops who are just starting out with digital connectivity.