Kearney Launches Digital Model Factory

  • October 19, 2021
  • William Payne

Consulting firm Kearney and partner LIFT Manufacturing Institute have launched a digital model factory to allow companies to explore Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations.

The new Digital Model Factory (DMF) is located in LIFT’s 100,000 square foot facility in Corktown, Michigan. This is a a technology hub for the automotive, aerospace, and industrial sectors. The DMF features a manufacturing and assembly line equipped with manufacturing analytics and augmented reality solutions that let visitors experience digitally augmented operations.

“Together, Kearney and LIFT will help companies across the United States take the critical next step toward making digital manufacturing a reality on their factory floors,” said Doug Mehl, Kearney Partner and the firm’s Global Lead for Industry 4.0 Strategy. “Our shared mission is to drive a step change business performance.”

“Kearney’s DMF moves beyond envisioning Industry 4.0 to experiencing what it actually means to implement this remarkable range of emerging technologies,” noted Azaz Faruki, a Kearney Principal who directs daily operations at the new Digital Model Factory. “This unique facility makes it easy for clients to explore smart manufacturing firsthand via workshops, joint research and demonstrations.”

“We’re excited to bring Kearney’s deep Industry 4.0 expertise to our ecosystem of innovative OEMs, industrial suppliers, research institutes, workforce development organisations, educational institutions, and professional societies,” said Nigel Francis, CEO and Executive Director of LIFT, a public–private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia.