Located on the Innovation Campus of Wichita State UniversityThe smart factory @ Wichita aims to advance the future of manufacturing, drive innovation through digital transformation
WICHITA, Kan., June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —
Key points to remember
- The smart factory @ Wichita brings together a one-of-a-kind ecosystem of more than 20 world-renowned solution providers, technology innovators and futurists to help solve the toughest manufacturing challenges.
- Has a fully functional manufacturing production line that combines state-of-the-art technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, cloud and edge applications, robotics, vision solutions and more.
- Supports STEM education: plans to make and give Smart Rover STEM education kits that aim to reach 800,000 students over four years, with initial donations in WichitaDetroit Metro and philadelphia cream in 2022.
- Fully sustainable, The Smart Factory is powered by renewable resources and is zero net impact.
- The installation should attract over 5,000 visitors to the region over the next 12 months, including world-renowned business leaders.
Deloitte today announced the grand opening of The Smart Factory @ Wichita. This new experience center combines an ecosystem of innovative and world-renowned collaborators, including the founders: AWS, Dragos, Infor, SAP, Siemens and Wichita State Universityand OEMs: Check Point, HPE, Tenable, ServiceNow, UiPath, Verizon, and more with leading strategy and technology to showcase the power of smart factory technologies.
why it matters
As organizations continue to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing demand for products amid a volatile supply chain, labor shortages and a fluctuating global economy , many manufacturers find themselves relying on outdated legacy systems to power their operations. Organizations that design an end-to-end smart manufacturing operation can increase efficiency, sustainability, and cybersecurity, build resilience, and create new levels of growth and competitive advantage.
“Manufacturers must evolve in response to unprecedented levels of supply chain and workforce disruption by reassessing the capacity and agility of their manufacturing operations. The Smart Factory @ Wichita shows how Deloitte and its strong ecosystem of people bring this innovation to life and help deliver an end-to-end combination of strategy and technology to help organizations better meet the challenges of today and tomorrow through an approach avant-garde. »
– Dan HelfrichPresident and CEO, Deloitte Consulting LLP
“The Smart Factory @ Wichita showcases the power and potential to bring together some of the world’s greatest minds and solutions into a comprehensive ecosystem to demonstrate practical manufacturing applications. Through the strength of this collaborative approach, we help organizations accelerate innovation and make Industry 4.0 a reality.”
– Stephen LaperDirector and Head of Smart Factory, Deloitte Consulting LLP
“As a manufacturing and technology hub, we continue to attract the best talent and the best companies to Wichitaand Wichita State University collaborating with Deloitte deepens opportunities for our students and community with access to the world’s top innovators and futurists through The Smart Factory @ Wichita as they explore how to transform their own business operations.”
-Dr. Rick MumaPresident, Wichita State University
See Industry 4.0 in action
The smart factory @ Wichita showcases advanced fabrication techniques in a variety of shop floor applications to help organizations meet their toughest challenges. Visitors of the new, immersive The facility will experience smart factory concepts that bring together the Internet of Things, cloud, artificial intelligence, computer vision and more to create interconnected systems that use data to drive action smart. They’ll also participate in real-world demos, hands-on workshops, and see hands-on applications designed to help their organizations build a roadmap for accelerating growth.
The smart factory @ Wichita also serves as a catalyst for operational transformations and improved business results. For example, Deloitte has created a technology platform, Smart Factory Accelerator, with a suite of managed services that allow manufacturers to navigate the complex landscape of digital transformation to optimally achieve their operational performance goals. The new set of turnkey cloud-based solutions with advanced analytics, coupled with Deloitte’s ecosystem relationship network, solves today’s most important operational challenges, such as end-to-end operations visibility at scale, provides proactive and predictive operational insights, and helps achieve incremental change performance goals.
Housed in a net zero building, the 60,000 square foot smart factory @ Wichita is powered by a smart grid of renewable energy and is equipped with wind trees, solar assets and smart lighting. Factory-produced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits use 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) collected from the local recycling stream as a primary raw material, bringing the circular economy to life.
STEM Education: The Smart Factory @ Wichita enables the next generation of innovators
In keeping with its commitment to philanthropy and STEM education, The Smart Factory @ Wichita has partnered with Elenco Electronics and AWS to help produce and distribute a new STEM educational product: the Smart Rover Kit – a STEM-forward 21st learning experience of the century. Produced on the factory’s state-of-the-art production line, the Smart Rover kit incorporates one of Elenco’s Snap Circuits award-winning Snap Rover kits with a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and camera module to educate middle school students in product design, coding and engineering. The mission of the program is to inspire the next generation of diverse innovators to fill the growing talent gap in critical STEM-focused fields. With initial donations impacting 1,000 college students in Metro Detroit, philadelphia cream and Wichita in 2022, Deloitte aims to reach 800,000 students in the United States over four years to foster long-term systemic impact in STEM education.
Wichita: A precision manufacturing and technology center
In support of a community known for its deep roots in manufacturing, The Smart Factory @ Wichita work with Wichita State Universitywhich hosts the plant on its Innovation Campus, to bring together Deloitte technological experience with the research, teaching and innovation capabilities of the university. Wichita State University also uses the factory in its curriculum as an applied learning experience to enrich its students’ experiences and help inspire the next generation of STEM manufacturing talent.
The plant is expected to attract over 5,000 visitors, including world-renowned business executives, to the region over the next year, with growth expected in the future. The smart factory @ Wichita also engages many parts of the community, including local vendors, suppliers and businesses.
To learn more, visit www.thesmartfactory.io.
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