Agile manufacturing – The new digital era for ABB Power Grids semiconductors factory

25 march 2020, ABB Schweiz AG, Segelhofstrasse 9P, 5405 Baden-Dättwil, SWITZERLAND English

Industry 4.0 and the impact of digitalization is a much-debated subject, with many organizations still struggling with its implementation. The questions are many and diverse:

What exactly is Industry 4.0?
Should digital be implemented company-wide or within selected business areas first?
Can implementation be handled in-house or what external advice and expertise should be sought?
How will digital affect turnover, sales and profits and when will I see a return on investment?
Are my employees and the corporate hierarchy prepared for the implementation and change?

ABB Power Grids, Semiconductors’ journey through Industry 4.0 started in 2014, when “factory automation” was just a buzzword. One project in particular emerged as the most promising and involved the total automation of the semiconductors discrete backend process in ongoing operation: The project was called “Genesis”. Following initial concept studies, Genesis was earmarked as a project of high investment and risk. To demonstrate the feasibility, to minimize the risk and to justify the investment, a pilot line containing the new technologies and concepts was installed and tested over 18 months. Based on the project ABB has formulated a vision that encompasses a holistic approach for Industry 4.0 / Digitalization. In 2017, with proof of concept complete, management rewarded the funding to begin the first, two-year phase which was to automate the substrate manufacturing and testing areas, which has now successfully been achieved.


13:00: Door Opening at ABB Schweiz AG
(Segelhofstr. 9P, 5405 Baden-Dättwil, SWITZERLAND)

13:30: Welcome
Albert Hilber,
Dr. Rainer Käsmaier, ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG, Managing Director Semiconductors

13:50: Agile manufaturing brings the dawn of a new digital era for ABB’s semiconductors factory
Peter B. Meier, ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG, Vice President Industry 4.0

14:40: Networking and transport by bus to ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG Semiconductors (Fabrikstr. 3, 5600 Lenzburg, SWITZERLAND)
Visit of ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG Semiconductor Factory with Peter B. Meier
Workshop 1: 3D Printing in medical environment
Dr. med. Philipp Brantner, USB Universitätsspital Basel, SWITZERLAND

15:15: Workshop 2: Advanced and non-destructive technologies for online quality control with Clément Callens, CETIM Mulhous, FRANCE
Workshop 3: Big Data Analytics with Marc Steinhaus, Steinhaus Informationssysteme GmbH, Karlsruhe, GERMANY

17:00: Panel discussion with all speakers and Dr. Rainer Käsmaier

17:30: Neworking and Apéro riche

19:15: Neworking and bus transport back to ABB Schweiz AG, Dättwill

Seats are limited and registration is mandatory until 15th march 2020.

Register here!


Target audience for this event are Entrepreneurs, CEO, CTO, Production Managers and Industry 4.0 Managers. The event will be in English.


About the speakers

Peter B. Meier

Vice President Industry 4.0
Factory Automation & Test Systems, Electronics Development & Digital Products, ABB Power Grids Switzerland Ltd, Semiconductors Lenzburg Switzerland

In 2001, Peter B. Meier joined ABB and has held various technical and management positions over the last 18 years. With many years of experience as a production engineer, he assumed responsibility for operational planning and control at ABB Power Grids Switzerland AG Semiconductors in 2014, including a group of production engineers. This team focused on material flow, the operational production system and all aspects of lean manufacturing.
As a member of the management board, the topic of Industry 4.0 is thus represented at a strategic level and ensures the long-term connection of novel topics of digitization and Industry 4.0 with existing strategies and operational systems.

Clément Callens

Business Unit Manager Industry of the Future, CETIM Mulhouse, France

Has a degree of Engineer ICAM, ten years of experience in the automation industry and seven years at CETIM. Industrialization Processes in assembly lines and Industry of the future are his main activities.

Dr. med. Philipp Brantner

Kaderarzt kardiale und thorakale Diagnostik / Co-Leiter 3D Print Lab, Universitätsspital Basel
Study of human medicine 2002 – 2009 – University of Freiburg i. Br./Germany
Specialist training in radiology and fellowship in cardiothoracic diagnostics at University Hospital of Basel and KSBL Bruderholz
Currently, attending physician at the Clinic for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine with focus on body imaging
Co-Head of the 3D PrintLab since its foundation in 2016
Research interests: 3D printing, 3D visualization and workflow optimization
3D-Druck ist ein generatives Fertigungsverfahren, das in der Medizin rapide an Bedeutung gewinnt. Im Bereich der Personalisierten Medizin spielt 3D-Druck bereits eine grosse Rolle.

Philipp Brantner ist Mitglied des Editorial Board der Fachzeitschrift «3D Printing in Medicine». Das renommierte internationale Journal hatte Brantner aufgrund seiner Expertise zum klinischen Einsatz des 3D-Drucks angefragt.

Marc Steinhaus

Manager and authorized officer at Steinhaus Informationssysteme GmbH
Steinhaus Informationssysteme GmbH Waldbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany