The center will serve as a hub for delivering capability building in a real-life demonstration and learning environment, as well as a test base for piloting and scaling up new digital solutions.
DCC Aachen is part of a global network of capability centers set up by McKinsey in collaboration with leading universities and technology providers. Other centers are located in Chicago, Venice, Beijing, and Singapore.
The Digital Capability Center (DCC) Aachen – part of McKinsey global network of DCC’s – is a new kind of learning factory focusing on Industry 4.0. Manufacturing specialists and managers as well as future engineers can explore this realistic factory environment. It offers them the tools they need to drive their own company's digital transformation.
Empowered problem solving that relies on consistent, actionable data and clear action monitoring
Real-time monitoring of production equipment
Quick escalation process and direct information from other services
Suggestions for optimal performance based on product specifications and operator requirements
Cut time-to-repair, reduce skill variability between technicians, and improve machine reliability
Improve labor productivity and reduce picking errors with a robot that picks boxes in the supermarket and brings them to the production station
Decrease ergonomic risks, shorten cycle time, and improve productivity with automatic adjustment of workstations to fit operator ergonomics and the next work order (e.g., setup, warmup, parameter adjustment)
Reduce manual control and quality defects through real-time control over the quality of critical manufacturing steps
Improve quality rates and operator productivity through automated quality control and ad hoc adjustment of machine parameters
lower inventory holding costs
reduction in quality costs
increase in forecasting accuracy
higher productivity through automation of knowledge work
decrease in total machine downtime
The center features an end-to-end value chain – from order to delivery – for the manufacture of a smart, customized wristband. To support our experiential capability building approach, the line can be converted from "current state" to "future state".
The current state process serves as a realistic model of good practices and is used to train participants in applying and optimizing the methods and tools required to realize a digital transformation. The future state process is used to showcase the potential of state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 applications.
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