Real Cases in Industry 4.0

Published : 05/15/2018 17:38:25
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Real Cases in Industry 4.0: Hartmann and Seat


The Dawn of a New Industrial Era - Mobile World Congress programme, in collaboration with ACCIÓ, presents two real cases that illustrate the arrival of the digital transformation at the industry sector. 


The Case of Hartmann 


Hartmannlocated in Montornès, is a company that produces and distributes continence care products for adults. Xavier López Mulet, Technical Systems Manager, explains how they have digitised the company, focusing on how they have done so on the assembly line. 


"The first step in any digital transformation is setting the objectives and proposing digital solutions in real time, with the focus on the client, and drawing up a master plan". 

Xavier López

Hartmann's solution is SmartVision:


  •       eRoute: checks machines by using an iPad. It helps observe flaws and anomalies in a very practical and efficient way. 
  •       eRCO: helps manage format changes in the production process more efficiently. A large size adult diaper becomes a small size one in the most optimum way, thus gaining in material and productivity. 
  •       eTraining: thanks to the use of virtual reality headsets and iPads, training is provided to help motivate staff and save costs. 



Digitisation in the Automotive Industry: the Case of Seat


"The most important thing about innovation and technology is people". 

Francisco Requena


According to Francisco Requenawe are experiencing a digital tsunami. Confronted with this, we can opt to do nothing, copy others or dare to innovate. He advocates this latter option. That's why it is all about people and inoculating your own team with the innovation virus so that they will lead the digital transformation. 


Innovation Methodology Divided into 5 Phases: 

Technology does not solely belong to technologists. Innovation is everyone's business. 


"Don't fall in love with the solution, but with your challenges".

Francisco Requena


Seat wants to stop considering the factory as a “black box” and start sharing with the organisation, suppliers and customers. At an internal level, a digital evangelisation is being carried out. Different activities are put into practice to explain to the organisation the new technologies or pilot prototypes that have been designed. The goal is to get people out of their daily lives and give them a reality check.


Some of the initiatives carried out in Seat with the aim of digitising the internal team are:

  •       Ideation: the idea is generated in laboratories such as the Thinking Lab, where Agile and Design Thinking methodologies are used; or programmes such as breaking FAB
  •       Feasibility: to see if it is feasible or not through the Tech LAB.
  •       Pilot: a prototype is made to see if the idea works. In this case, there is already an initial investment. 
  •       Result: the impact it has on the company is presented and measured through a business case study. 


Two real case histories in which we see how digital transformation has helped increase efficiency, productivity and innovation. In the industry sector, there is much to do and many challenges to face. Discover them through our programmes.