It says that the 5,000 m2 centre combines ‘interactive experiences’ with a research and development focus where, for example, the digital factory of the future can become ‘reality’ with production, logistics, engineering, control and management processes all digitally connected and communicating in real time.

Explains Walter AG chairman Mirko Merlo: "Customers expect reliable and bespoke processes, and our new centre will allow them to develop the most highly efficient and effective machining processes.”

The company says that it acknowledged the importance of digitalisation, visualisation and networking some years ago and the centre builds on this by enabling customers to ‘see’ the lifecycles of real-life components, by testing and watching the tools, machining processes and digital applications in a futuristic factory.

Customers can create and optimise complex machining processes in a ‘plug and play’ production environment based on the use of Augmented Reality (AR). In addition, Walter staff and distributors will be able to take part in global training sessions in a spacious auditorium that will feature live broadcasts from the nearby production areas.

(UK agent is Walter GB)

Customers can experience AR by downloading the Walter AR app, here.