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TRUMPF Smart Factory Chicago

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.

The Smart Factory intelligently interlinks the entire “sheet metal process chain” – from ordering of a sheet metal part to its design, production and delivery.

The building links the history of the "Rust Belt" as the oldest and largest industrial region in the USA with high-tech digitally connected production.

The focus of the Smart Factory is to advise and train customers on the introduction of digitally connected production solutions.

Interior view

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.

Smart Factory Chicago architecture

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.

Smart Factory Chicago with office

Some 30 employees are working at the TRUMPF location in Chicago.

Smart Factory Chicago with patio

In addition to Corten steel and glass, douglasine wood was used in the office building. Vertical siding panels blend in homogeneously and give the facades a somewhat softer appearance.

Smart Factory Chicago with trees

The exterior of the building, with its rough-looking Corten steel facade, reveals both the industrial context and the representative function.

Smart Factory Chicago view by night

The construction costs of the 5,500 square meter building estimated at about 13 million euros. It was designed by the Berlin architectural office of Barkow Leibinger.

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Our TruConnect networking solutions optimize our customer's production and ensure a flexible, cost-effective overall process in line with Industry 4.0.


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