Industry 4.0 – Plant Management 4.0 – Workforce Management 4.0 – OPEX 4.0

March 16 – 17, 2020 | Hotel Maritim proArte, Berlin, Germany

What is Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe?
Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe 2020 is the leading summit for production executives and plant managers to interactively discuss the future of smart factories, advanced production strategies, factory automation, organisational change, data management, predictive maintainance, robotics, cost reduction, lean & operational excellence, Industry 4.0 and Workforce 4.0 and a lot of more.
Networking & Benchmarking – Meet an exclusive circle of max. 100 manufacturing leaders from renowned European industrial companies

Speaker Highlights in 2019

The Advisory Board

The Smart Manufacturing Summit 2020 in Numbers

Plant Managers & Manufacturing Leaders
+ Sessions
+ Hours Networking
Projects and Meetings

KEYNOTE 2019 | Michael Eder | Global CDO | voestalpine High Performance Metals GmbH

The digital journey of voestalpine High Performance Metals

Digital Transformation in the context of a world market leader in special steels: How we define digitalization and what are our focus topics?
– Some applications:

What to expect in 2 ½ days in Berlin?

30+ top Speakers and Moderators, 20+ Best Practices, 20+ Round Tables & 100+ Top Level Executives

  • 100+ Manufacturing Leaders from renowned European companies
  • 2 ½ Days of Interactive Networking & Benchmarking Opportunities
  • 15+ Keynotes, Case Studies and 20 Interactive Sessions
  • Highlights: 6 World Cafés, 6 Workshops, 5 Challenge Your Peers Sessions, Panel Discussion and a Networking Dinner

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Industry 4.0 – Plant Management 4.0 – Workforce Management 4.0 - OPEX 4.0
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Not sponsors… Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe is a unique event in the business & technology world because of our relationship with our partners. Our aim is to support our partners to reach their targets and inspire innovation. This vision is shared by a select group of partners at our highest quality events with the most elite audience.

Position your business as a thought leader at Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe. Join our 2020 partners today!

“Inspiring and fruitful”
David Gredal
Novo Nordisk A/S
“The event gave a great overview of IIOT and brought also practical aspects of application and implementation.”
Jürgen Großhauser
Great discussions and take aways!
Ralf Neubert
Schneider Electric
Very good opportunity and investment of time dedicated to in depth insights into latest trends and demonstrations of the most important changes
Johann Prenninger
Perfectly organized, good fundamental overview of the major topics. Perfect atmosphere and a place where you can do a lot of networking
Eberhard Langer
Wacker Chemie AG
Once again the opportunity has been incredible and we will stay in touch for other future events
Francisco Lumbreras Arcos
Jaguar Land Rover

Key Topics in 2020: Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

  1. Smart Digital Factory & Industry 4.0: What does the intelligent, connected and data-optimized factory look like and what are the potentials of AI, Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Mobility?
  2. Additive Manufacturing: How can productivity be increased using current equipment?
  3. Automation, MES & Robotics: How can MES, Big Data and Cloud Computing meet the requirements of future connected manufacturing processes?
  4. Cognitive Manufacturing: What does the use of Machine Learning & Computer Vision mean in production environments and what are current use cases?
  5. Managing technical IT risks: How do you get your IT infrastructure, standardization, cyber security & automation into one line?
  6. Innovative Technologies: How does technology (Digital Twins, AI, ML, AR, Blockchain etc.) help simplify complex processes by combining thousands of components into precise processes and shortening long instructions?
  7. Connected Machines: Communication among machines and robotics on the factory floor, purchasing departments, and digitally run truck fleets and materials suppliers.
  8. Robotics, Sensorics & Automation: Which technology is most efficient? Will Robots complement or replace Human Workers? Possibilities for better adherence to tight cycle times through collaborative robots.

Key topics in 2020: Shop Floor- & Workforce Management 4.0

  1. Agile Engineering & Digital Transformation: What new methods are there for Lean & Operational Excellence and how can they be made agile?
  2. Implementation of Lean Methodology in Industry 4.0: What does Industry 4.0 mean for Lean? Is it replacing Lean? What does integration look like?
  3. Plant Asset & Maintenance Management: How can plants be operated flexibly, time-oriented and agilely to increase production?
  4. Workforce Development & Leadership: How can Work 4.0 be realized in a cognitive production system and how can it be implemented in the age of automation, CIP & digitization?
  5. Smart Future Factories & Highest OEE Scores: Will Hyperconnected Factories, Autonomous Factories or Collaborative Product-Service Factories prevail? What will the factory of the future look like? | How can we achieve an OEE score of 100%?
  6. Predictive Maintenance: How do we apply machine learning, deep learning and AI into predictive maintenance (and cyber security)
  7. Operational Excellence, Lean Management & Shop-Floor Management: We can integrate innovations into ongoing business processes and successfully keep them in the routine? How will Lean and OE change in the future?
  8. Use of Mobile Devices & Cloud Computing: What are the advantages of using mobile devices in production? What are the challenges for the IT infrastructure in view of the increased use of mobile devices? Can cloud services support production and make it faster and more efficient? Who owns the data?
  9. Smart Workforce & Leadership: What skills do future employees need to have and what does the training have to look like? How will people work alongside robots and intelligent machines – what makes employees more productive?

The i.CONECT 360° Multi-touchpoint Concept

The most effective and most informal networking hub to reach a maximum of ROI ‒ personal dialogue, direct exchange and numerous opportunities to get meetings with top executives!


Top speakers, trendsetters, evangelists and experts in the field share their personal experience.

World Café Session

Be part of several thematic conversation rounds with changing topics and team constellations.

Powered by AI

we.CONECT’s unique Event App & Matchfinder – Use our unique matching platform to make new connections, arrange meetings and find tailored solutions to your needs.

Search – Find – Match – Connect

Say Hello

Get the show on the road. Discover who is joining the conference and why. To warm you up for the conference we invite you to get to know your conference peers. Have your business cards ready.

Case Study

Selected brand new case studies from the industry offering insights into strategic approaches, project planning and operative realization. Learn from the most successful practices and use these real business results for benchmarking with the competition.


Round tables on the evening before the first conference day. The Icebreaker is a first informal networking.

Challenge your Peers

Parallel round table discussions offer the delegates the possibility to talk about their own challenges

Meet! Rethink SPMS

Discover who else is participating at the Rethink! SPMS. Our unique Polaroid Picture Wall will help you identify who you want to meet at the conference.

Breakfast Club

Start the conference with coffee and… NETWORKING! Join the we.CONECT Breakfast Club – an exclusive area in your hotel – and get into a conversation with other delegates already while having your first coffee.

Networking Dinner

Wind down, enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere to absorb all the new stimulations from the day.

Training Session

An environment that allows participants to be guided through specific topics from experts in small groups.

Expectations Wallpaper

What do you expect at the event? What do others expect? Write down your reasons to attend on our expectation wallpaper, share your needs with other participants and evaluate in which way the program came up to your expectations.

Start Up Lounge

we.CONECT gives you the opportunity to showcase your work and ideas and provides an excellent opportunity for start-up level companies to showcase their best technologies, software and manufacturing excellence concepts.

Tech Takes

In a live session, suppliers of systems and solutions present their tools, innovative systems and applications in order to demonstrate future technologies, applications and their functions.

Pre Conference Manufacturing Excellence Workshop

In this session you can get a feeling of how to develop the right manufacturing excellence strategy  for your shop floor. In small groups we will help each other to identify unmet needs and hidden possibilities for innovation and excellence. We will work with early prototyping to discover lots of ideas on how to develop and improve the right use cases.

Tweetback & Connect

The unique interactive live feedback system! Note down your thoughts on comment cards which will be pinned on walls in the networking area for further discussion.

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Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin, Germany

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