Matrix production: the visionary’s point of view
Origin of the idea
The guiding principle of his idea was flexible and product-neutral production in machine tool construction. “I thought to myself, the same must be true for systems”. For Paul Thorwarth it was quickly clear: “A change from fixed mass production to individualizable and flexible production requires a major rethink in the existing processes.” In order to make a factory versatile, it is essential to reconsider the processes between logistics and production. This results in the most important requirement for a new concept, the separation of logistics and production.
Of course, it is not only necessary to rethink existing processes, but also to further develop the state of the art. “Artificial intelligence (AI) and fully automated intralogistics” are major topics here.
The cooperation with specialists from various departments made it possible to turn Paul Thorwarth’s vision into reality and to develop a versatile and flexible production solution with the KUKA SmartProduction Center.
Thanks to the intelligent software, we always know where the moving AGVs are and which component they have to deliver to which robot. Nothing stands in the way of a flexible and quickly configurable production cell.
“Never lose faith in ideas, they can change the future”
Paul Thorwarth kept to his idea of a smart production and now it has a promising future ahead of it. Matrix production can offer a decisive competitive advantage through the entire networking of the value chain. Production becomes more flexible and economic efficiency is increased.