Biba Visnjicki

Digital transformation for connected agile manufacturing

11:00 – 11:30

Industry 4.0 is not just automation. It is a new level of organization and control over the entire value chain of the life cycle of products and is geared towards increasingly individualized customer requirements.

The basis for the Industry 4.0 is the availability of all relevant information in real time by connecting all instances involved in the value chain. The ability to derive the optimal value-added flow at any time from the data is vital. The connection of people, things and systems creates a dynamic, self-organizing, real-time optimized value-added system within and across companies, and is the core of the new production environment.

Challenges within todays industry are optimum usage of the ocean of data, development and re-design of production system and re-configuration of the value chains. Impact of new environmental regulations, customer centricity, the need for speed and rapidly evolving platform-based manufacturing networks so called ‘distributed manufacturing’ force industry to look for different operational excellence models, business models and organizational profiles.

How to deal with the unprecedented pressure to innovate production from several fronts at once will be discussed. The focus will be on the most important trends-enabler of the smart manufacturing systems and a first world demonstrator on fully adaptive production system using 5G technology will be presented.

Over the last decade dr. Biba Visnjicki has supported companies world-wide in their strategy, business development and was frequently building and steering national and international innovation teams.

She started her professional career in Serbia as a product and business developer. In 1998 she become regional managing director of Mobile Oil for the former Yugoslavia region. After finishing her PhD studies in The Netherlands, she has focused on developing her competencies and skills in the domains of strategy execution, business development, analytics and methodologies and tools for effective implementation of strategy and innovation. She has achieved QFD Black Belt status from the QFD Institute of America.

Since beginning of 2017 Visnjicki as director business development is responsible for strategy, business positioning and strategic collaborations of the Fraunhofer Project Center at the UT. Fraunhofer, the largest applied research organization in Europe, with 72 institutes and project centres, is supporting industries in: acceptance and organization of Industry 4.0 culture, development and implementation of newest technologies and production principles, and builds demonstrators and incubators for next generation manufacturing leaders.

Biba Visnjicki

Fraunhofer Project Center