Korean German Collaboration enabling a Smart Factory Web

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Read about Outcomes, Insights and Best Practices from IIC Testbeds in this article, published in the IIC Journal of Innovation (March 2019).

March 27-29, Smart Factory Expo 2019 in COEX, Korea

The KETI booth at the Smart Factory Expo 2019 will showcase the realization of the Smart Factory Web.

In addition, a production line of KETI’s model factory in Ansan will be especially transported to the expo to be presented at the booth of KETI!

The Global Smart Factory Conference will be a further major event at the Smart Factory Expo. The keynote by Byunghun Song will cover a wide range of strategic activities in the Korean Smart Factory Program, including the IIC testbed Smart Factory Web.

Interested? Please find more information on http://automationworld.co.kr/

April 1 - 5 2019: Hannover Messe Industrie (HMI), Hannover, Germany

The Smart Factory Web Testbed will be shown at the IIC Pavilion in Hall 8, booth D23.

Hall 8 has a strong focus on IIoT initiatives, including IIC and Plattform Industrie 4.0. The Smart Factory Web Testbed exhibit will feature a live demonstration of factory search and integration for several model factories, including a mock-up factory at the pavilion itself, a demo model factory of KETI at the itsOWL booth and the model factory of KETI in Korea. This is a great opportunity to meet the experts behind the Smart factory Web Testbed. Contact us through https://www.smartfactoryweb.de/servlet/is/3510/ to arrange a meeting at the HMI.


The Korean Institute KETI and Fraunhofer IOSB have launched a project financed by the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE). Based on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts, we are investigating integrated architectures and technologies for a web of distributed smart factories.

The Smart Factory Web aims to form a network of smart factories with flexible adaptation of production capabilities and sharing of resources and assets to improve order fulfilment. With this project, various goals are pursued:

  • Flexible adaptation of production capabilities and sharing of resources/assets in a web of Smart Factories to improve order fulfillment
  • Provide the technical basis for new business models with flexible assignment of production resources across factory locations
  • Factory-to-factory interoperability with the industrial standards OPC UA and AutomationML
  • Enable cross-site usage scenarios with secure Plug & Work functions and data analytics


The project creates values in three respects:


  • Create and validate new business models with flexible assignment of production resources across factory locations
  • Help operators to manage factory resources efficiently with a view of all factories by using mashup, simulation and data analytic services
  • Create new opportunities for SMEs, allowing flexible response to orders



  • Reduce IT system integration and installation costs
  • Faster engineering and ramp-up time of modules, machines and IT systems
  • Improve equipment utilization



  • Enabling development of an ecosystem of companies with new job profiles
  • Enable cross-site collaboration of production and engineers


The Smart Factory Web was accepted as IIC Testbed by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the course of its consortial meeting on 19 September 2016 in Germany. A full list of IIC testbeds can be found on the IIC Testbed page

The project itself is subdivided into 4 phases:

  • Phase 1: Geospatial Mapping and Factory Information
  • Phase 2: Plug & Work
  • Phase 3: Data & Service Integration
  • Phase 4: Collaboration