The manufacturer-independent Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V. is considered as the pioneers factory of the future, implementing many aspects of Industrie 4.0 in its work. SmartFactory-KL is located in and intensively cooperates with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.
The Technologie-Initiative SmartFactory KL e.V., founded in 2005 as a non-profit association, is an Industrie 4.0 network of industrial and research partners who jointly carry out projects regarding the factory of the future. SmartFactory-KL is a manufacturer-independent demonstration and research platform which is unique in the world. Here, innovative information and communications technologies and their application are tested and developed in a realistic, industrial production environment. The technology initiative, supported by the active participation of its approx. 50 members, has already established pragmatic solutions, first products and common standards.