Focal topic Flexible Production #FlexProd

If you want to compete in the dynamic world markets, flexibility is key – in every aspect. Smaller batches, more specialized products, faster cycles - in the end, the quality needs to be right. The digital integration of the value chain makes it possible.
Quick and flexible performance means to reduce complexity of production and this can be achieved best with modular plants. Modularizing monolithic plants as an afterthought is one of the big challenges of today’s process technology. To make matters even more complex there are high demands concerning automation to get the process up and running quickly in terms of plug-and-produce. The focal topic “flexible production” highlights the current status of industry 4.0 and shows where the market is headed.

Flow Chemistry Pavilion

[Translate to en:] Flow Chemistry Pavillion

Leading companies and research institutes from around the world have united in the Flow Chemistry Pavilion in hall 9.2 to jointly present their most advanced solutions in continuous manufacturing, much in the spirit of the focal topic Flexible Production.

Flow Chemistry makes it possible to manufacture intermediates and products that would otherwise be inaccessible using conventional batch techniques. Integrating several unit operations accelerates the process - an indispensable advantage especially in the pharma market with its trend towards small volume, high potency APIs.

Modern reaction technology makes chemical production fit for the future: adaptable, resource efficient, scalable and fast.

How was the Flow Chemistry Pavilion 2018? Read a review at Flow Chemistry Blog

Modular Production

The process industry calls for flexibility, speed and cost efficiency in production. Modular production lines are one of the possible answers. Modularisation - from engineering to automated operation - is only possible if all parties involved agree upon binding definitions, for interfaces for example. ZVEI, NAMUR, DECHEMA and VDMA showed what flexible production means in practice at their stand D41 in hall 9.2: process engineering, measurement and control technology and plant construction each overcome the borders of their own industrial sector to establish modular production lines in the process industry.

Focal topic presentations

Monday, 11 June

Flexible production - smart and flexible production

CMF - Illusion 3

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
15:00 Realizing flexible continuous manufacturing - The enabling effect of Industry 4.0 and IoT on efficient use of plug&play modules Bert Volker Zeton BV, Netherlands
16:00 How’d They Do That?! How Top Performers are Benefiting from the Compounding Effect of Wireless IIoT David Gustafson Emerson Automation Solutions, United States
16:30 Opportunities and risks of a flexible aseptic production taking into account data integrity and patient safety Peter Kitschmann Bausch + Ströbel, Germany
17:00 Start listening to your heat exchanger -Smart data application enables insight into process equipment Dr. Jörg Weidenfeller, Axel Kindgen Arvos GmbH, Schmidtsche Schack, Germany

Tuesday, 12 June

Flexible production - automation and digitalisation

CMF - Illusion 3

Chair: Ulrich Hempen, Wago Kontakttechnik, Germany

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
10:30 „Industry 4.0”: Smart pumps and services enable efficiency and flexibility. Dr. Thomas Paulus KSB AG, Germany
11:00 Closing the loop of digitalization: From data generation to optimization of maintenance and operations in the process industry Martin Bergmann Bilfinger SE, Germany
11:30 Opportunities and risks of a flexible aseptic production taking into account data integrity and patient safetyThe Perfect 5 - What is the ideal collaboration between humans and automation? Julian Annison Emerson Automation Solutions, United Kingdom
12:00 Orchestration of Modular Process Plants Katharina Stark ABB AG Forschungszentrum Deutschland, Germany
12:30 Why your engineers and scientists are best-placed to realise the value from your data and how they can achieve this with a flexible problem-solving approach and visual data exploration Dr. Philip Kay SAS Institute, United Kingdom

Tuesday, 12 June

Flexible production - modular plant concepts I

CMF - Illusion 3

Chair: Dr. Sebastian Härtner, Merck KGaA, Germany

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
15:00 Mini-Mono-Plant Technology for Fine Chemical Manufacturing Prof. Dr. Dominique M. Roberge Lonza AG, Switzerland
16:00 Modularity & Flexibility in production of chemicals Inventory of business case models, a generalized model for evaluation and two worked-out case studies Dr. Mark Roelands TNO, Netherlands
16:30 Modular Plant Concepts for Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Production – Case Study with comparison of Project Examples Dirk Steinhäuser Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, Germany
17:00 Flexible production technologies - Using modularization for small scale manufacturing Herman Bottenberg Zeton BV, Netherlands

Wednesday, 13 June

Flexible production - modular plant concepts II

CMF - Illusion 3

Chair: Dr. Roland Handl, Handl Engineering, Germany

Time Title Speaker Affiliation
10:30 Tolerant Processes – Paradox or Paradigm for Chemical Industry? Dr. Christian Dreiser Clariant Produkte GmbH, Germany
11:30 Reduce Construction and Risk by Modularisation of Ammonia/ Urea Plants Andreas Schulter thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Germany
12:00 Experience from Plant design with Modular construction Jorge Albarran Fluor BV, Netherlands
12:30 Decision Support Systems for Planning Modular Plants in the Process Industry Arnulf Reitze, Markus Zajac Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Germany

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