Deloitte announced the grand opening of The Smart Factory @ Wichita. This new experience center brings together an ecosystem of world-renowned innovative collaborators, including the founders: AWS, Dragos, Infor, SAP, Siemens and Wichita State University, and the manufacturers: Check Point, HPE, Tenable, ServiceNow, UiPath, Verizon and more with cutting-edge strategy and technology to showcase the power of smart factory technologies.
why is it important
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volatile supply chain, labor shortages and a fluctuating global economy , many manufacturers find themselves relying on outdated legacy systems to power their operations.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.
See Industry 4.0 in action
The Smart Factory @ Wichita showcases advanced manufacturing techniques in a variety of applications in a workshop setting to help organizations meet their toughest challenges. Visitors to the new immersive installation will learn about smart factory concepts that combine the Internet of Things, the cloud, artificial intelligence, computer vision and more to create interconnected systems that use data to drive smart actions. 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 foot2 Smart Factory @ Wichita is powered by a smart grid of renewable energy and is equipped with wind trees, solar assets and smart lighting. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits produced at the factory use 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) collected from the local recycling stream as the main raw material, bringing the circular economy to life.
STEM Education: The Smart Factory @ Wichita Empowers the Next Generation of Innovators
In line 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 learning experience 21st century STEM. Produced on the factory’s state-of-the-art production line, the Smart Rover kit integrates one of Elenco’s award-winning Snap Circuits kits, the Snap Rover, with a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and camera module to educate middle school students on 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 middle school students in Metro Detroit, Philadelphia, 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
To support a community known for its deep roots in manufacturing, The Smart Factory @ Wichita is working with Wichita State University, which hosts the factory on its innovation campus, to bring together Deloitte’s technology experience with the university’s research, education and innovation. capacities. 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.