smart factory event



smart factory event

  • 13:00 - 17:00
  • Drachten
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Plenty of information for SMEs in the manufacturing industry of the Northern Netherlands that want to take the next step towards a Smart Factory.

Het is voor MKB bedrijven in de maakindustrie noodzakelijk, maar bepaald niet eenvoudig, om de stap richting een Smart Factory te maken. De snelle ontwikkelingen op het gebied van productietechnologieën, het digitaliseren van productie processen, een groeiend tekort aan vakmensen  en het voortdurend moeten opleiden van medewerkers zorgen voor flinke uitdagingen. Genoeg redenen voor het organiseren van het Smart Factory Event waar bezoekers in korte tijd veel informatie kunnen krijgen om vervolgens zo hun eigen weg richting een Smart Factory beter te kunnen bepalen.

TARGET: organizing a Smart Factory Event for SMEs in the manufacturing industry of the Northern Netherlands where:

  • practical explanation is given about the Smart Factory concept
  • various important aspects of a Smart Factory are explained in a number of workshops
  • various companies from the north of the Netherlands show their relevant products and services on the demonstrator market. 
  • various knowledge institutes show what the possibilities are in the field of Smart Industry training, among other things.

TARGET AUDIENCE: SMEs from the manufacturing industry in the Northern Netherlands, where we focus on production and operations managers, process engineers and other officials who are involved in the development towards a Smart Factory.

WHEN: March 16, 2023

WHERE: the SKILL building at the Oliemolenstraat in Drachten

TIME: from 13:00 – 17:00


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The program starts with a plenary meeting in which the concept of a Smart Factory is discussed in detail. Afterwards, each participant can put together his or her own program. Visit workshops of your choice or visit one or more of the many stands at the demonstrator market. View the options here:

01 Plenary

Keynote presentation

What is a Smart Factory?

Smart factory, digital factory and even dark factory. These are just a few of the names that come up when people talk about digitizing production processes, for example.
During the keynote presentation at the start of the Smart Factory Event, we will take a closer look at the meaning of the term Smart Factory.

Six Workshops


Various practical topics

Many decisions will have to be made on the way to a Smart Factory. Of course, sufficient knowledge must be available for this. During various workshops, renowned speakers will help you on your way to acquiring that knowledge.

The following workshops are scheduled:

  • WORKSHOP 1: how can I optimally support my employees in a rapidly changing production environment. The current possibilities in the field of operator support and adaptive work instructions are discussed.

  • WORKSHOP 2: hoe  breng ik de vaardigheden van mijn medewerkers in kaart. Maak kennis met de in het Growin-4.0 project ontwikkelde, en speciaal voor het MKB bedoelde, on-line HRM Smart Industry 4.0 Tool.
    By: Hanze University Groningen

  • WORKSHOP 3: how can you easily create apps focused on production progress yourself. A method developed and applied in the practice of a production company is now available to everyone.
    By: ARKONI

  • WORKSHOP 4: how do you gain insight into what is needed in terms of infrastructure for a Smart Factory. Today is a unique opportunity to get an answer to this difficult question.
    By: TNO-Groningen

  • WORKSHOP 5: cobots are rapidly conquering the market, but how do you make the right choice if you also want to use one. A practical explanation of the basic principles when using cobots.

Talks are still ongoing for the sixth workshop. We try to add a practical case of an SME to the program.

03 Demonstrator

Demonstrator market

Companies present themselves

We organize the 'demonstrator market' in the central hall of the SKILL building. Here, various companies and knowledge institutions show their latest developments in the field of products, services and training. The program offers ample time to become acquainted with this in detail.

We have now received the following participations:

  • EKB, application of the OEE tool, among others
  • Virtutec, application of visualization for employee training
  • Alserda, physical processes and digital solutions merge
  • Internal SKILL building, demonstration mobile robot (MIR)
  • NHL Stenden, get an overview of the training courses that are also relevant for employees
  • ARKONI, design your own apps for production optimization
  • 5S Company, the practical use of the 5S app
  • TNO, latest developments in the field of human-centered technology
  • University of Groningen, likes to get in touch with students

Discussions are ongoing with several other companies. This will be added as soon as more is known.

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