Deloitte opens new renewable-powered, ‘net zero, smart’ factory in Kansas

Dubbed the ‘Smart Factory @ Wichita’, the 60,000-square-foot immersive learning centre consists of wind trees, solar assets and smart lighting and showcases ‘advanced manufacturing techniques’

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Deloitte has opened what it claims is a “net zero and smart” factory powered by renewable energy sources on the Innovation Campus of Wichita State University in Kansas.

Dubbed the ‘Smart Factory @ Wichita’, the 60,000-square-foot immersive learning centre consists of wind trees, solar panels and smart lighting and showcases “advanced manufacturing techniques”.

It features a fully functioning manufacturing production line and brings together the Internet of Things, cloud, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision and more to create interconnected systems that use data “to drive intelligent actions”.

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) kits produced at the factory use 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) collected from the local recycling stream as the primary raw material.

The new experience centre brings together global innovative collaborators, including founders AWS, Dragos, Infor, SAP, Siemens, and Wichita State University and builders Check Point, HPE, Tenable, ServiceNow, UiPath, Verizon.

Dan Helfrich, Chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting said: “Manufacturers must evolve in response to unprecedented levels of supply chain and workforce disruption by reassessing the capacity and agility of their manufacturing operations.

“The Smart Factory @ Wichita showcases how Deloitte and our strong ecosystem of collaborators is bringing this innovation to life and helping deliver a combination of strategy and end-to-end technology to help organisations better navigate the challenges of today and tomorrow with a tech-forward approach.”