The Factories of the Future Awards are intended to recognize the work, leadership and transformation of those companies that are committed to innovation and adapt to the new era of Industry 4.0. The Factories of the Future Awards are organized by Advanced Factories Expo & Congress with the aim of promoting innovation in industrial automation. This competition is for companies, universities, suppliers, executives, researchers, analysts, start-ups, accelerators, technology parks, innovation centers; and ultimately to any entity that believes in innovation and constant improvement in processes.
The call for Factories of the Future Awards will be open until March 1st, 2019, and the finalists will be announced as of March 15th, 2019. Among the finalists, a technical jury will choose the winners, who will be announced at the Gala dinner on Wednesday, April 10th.
The Factories of the Future Awards are focused on the areas of business model, new products, equipment, operational processes, customer experience, innovation and research.
The presented offers place in the following categories:
A. Leadership in industrial plant transformation towards its digitalization: To recognize companies that have made a transversal transformation of their processes incorporating digitalization and automation in their operations, in the customer experience and that of their employees. The measures presented to the prizes must be implemented before the closing date of the candidatures.
B. Best business initiative for talent attraction to the industry: To recognize the work of companies and organizations active in the adaptation and incorporation of their personnel to digital transformation, with special interest in gender equality measures that promote the incorporation of talent.
C. Best technological innovation for the factory of the future: This category award is intended for innovations in the field of digitization and automation of industrial processes whose product or service is already implemented in at least two companies at the closing date of applications.
D. Best research & development project on Artificial Intelligence applied to industrial plants: To recognize research and development in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in industrial and production processes. It includes prototype implantations or pilot plants. Project start & end dates must be mentioned, being end date latest before end 2019. It will be mentioned if the project has received public support for RDi..