Successful Implementation of Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing

NH Conference Centre, Vienna Airport, Austria
Site visit
Volkswagen Bratislava factory
23 - 24 September 2019
Who should attend?

Various industries, but preferably people in manufacturing.


The 2-day training course, led by recognized experts from the Fraunhofer Institute on the application of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing. The masterclass will include a benchmarking tour at the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava

Limited to a small group of participants. No vendors, sponsors or solutions providers. Various industries, but preferably people in manufacturing.


At the end of the masterclass, participants will be able to understand both benefits and risks of various aspects of Industry 4.0 and be able to apply a methodology to identify and evaluate the potential and ROI for Industry 4.0 implementation in their own company.

Key Topics

  • Industry 4.0 Readiness Check: hands-on guide to explore Industry 4.0 opportunities in your business
  • Use cases with best ROI
  • Step-by-step guide of how to move existing production towards industrial production 4.0
  • Integrating existing production and equipment with Industry 4.0
  • Design of intelligent manufacturing systems
  • Guided tour and explanation of Industry 4.0 applications in the Volkswagen factory


DAY 1:

  • Manufacturing and Industry 4.0: What is the state-of-the-art and where is it heading?
  • Volkswagen Plant Guided Tour
  • SWOT Analysis of VW’s Industry 4.0 Readiness
  • Group Exercise: Starting with Industry 4.0 in my company.

DAY 2:

  • Intelligent manufacturing systems – use cases and benefits
  • Group exercise: From lean to smart assembly game
  • Successful implementation of Industry 4.0: Creating a roadmap for your company


Felix Georg Müller

Felix Georg Müller is Group Manager of Autonomous Manufacturing System Optimization at Fraunhofer IPA, leading research in Production Systems 4.0 at Fraunhofer IPA’s Industry 4.0 Application Center. His expertise lies in the optimization of production planning systems and in the design of intelligent manufacturing systems in research and development projects for industrial partners. He also specializes in intelligent analysis systems for connected production lines and the development of related algorithms, which has led to the filing of several patents over the past 2 years. He has also been leading research for various manufacturing companies in autonomous factory operation, self-optimizing production systems, and intelligent quality control systems. In 2016, Felix Müller co-authored the Fraunhofer IPA study which maps the current needs of Industry 4.0 in 270 companies and whose results are being used in Fraunhofer IPA’s Industry 4.0 Application Center.

Karol Horvath

Karol Horvath has over 10 years of experience in training and advising companies on process improvement and project management, both in the manufacturing and in the services industry. He has led numerous workshops and masterclasses for company executives, managers and production specialists. His expertise lies in leading lean transformations, efficiency improvement projects, innovation processes and product development. Karol has managed and supervised improvement projects for many industry leaders such as Volkswagen, Kia, Getrag Ford, Hella and Leoni. Karol Horvath graduated from the University of Vienna and has professional experiences in automotive companies like Bentley Motors (Great Britain), Volkswagen Autoeuropa (Portugal), and Volkswagen Slovakia.

Tour info

Volkswagen Benchmarking Tour

Volkswagen Bratislava factory is one of the flagships of the whole VW Group, the world’s largest automaker in 2016. No other factory produces 6 models of 5 brands: Volkswagen Up!, ŠKODA Citigo, SEAT Mii and a number of premium-brand SUVs – Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and car body for Porsche Cayenne. Over 12,000 people and another couple of thousands of robots produce 380,000 cars yearly that are exported to 148 countries worldwide. The complexity of production and high variance of cars make Industry 4.0 extremely relevant (e.g. one product line – VW Touareg has more than one million possible combinations of specifications). Over the last 5 years, a stunning EUR 1.9 billion was reinvested in the plant: the new Audi Q8 body shop will reach 90% automatization thanks to 1,000 industrial robots, the new production control center is now managing the whole production and JIT delivery from one place, and the largest 3D printer in the world was installed in 2016.


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Limited to a small group of delegates. No vendors, sponsors or solutions providers.