Except for the rhythmic noise of the machines, things are quiet on production line 82.
In the past at the refrigerator factory of Bosch Siemens Household Appliances (BSH) in Giengen, there had often been loud calls for the foreman when an unexpected problem arose. But today, machines themselves send a text message to the group coordinator when something isn’t functioning properly. The coordinator is often at the assembly line in less than a minute; this used to take several minutes – tiny differences that make a huge difference in terms of productivity.
“Industry 4.0 is not a vision but actual reality,” said Jochen Heel, who is responsible for production of refrigeration equipment at BSH, the household appliance subsidiary of Bosch.