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New ‘smart’ factory opens in Spain

Business man touching smart factory icon in virtual interface screen showing data of smart factory. Business industry 4.0 concept.

|20 February 2017|


The Campofrío Food Group has opened a manufacturing plant in Spain which harnesses the latest digital technologies.

Located in Burgos, Northern Spain, the ‘New Bureba’ plant replaces the previous one, which was destroyed in a fire. And the company has taken full advantage of the blank canvas this presented by creating a ‘smart’ factory that connects machines, devices, sensors and people in real-time.

The company selected Cisco Connected Factory solution to create a ‘Factory 4.0’. With Cisco Connected Factory, manufacturing customers are able to benefit from a validated, complete solution to securely connect machines and sensors and gain insights from IoT data. The solution is already in use by international manufacturers globally, including General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker, and Daimler Trucks North America.

Javier Álvarez, CIO at Campofrío Food Group, said: “Upon a great effort made by our employees, customers and partners, we’ve created one of the most advanced food manufacturing plants in Europe. Designing our ‘New Bureba’ facility with connectivity at its core, we are confident to have a Factory 4.0 blueprint that will help us in continuing to demonstrate excellence through innovation, competitive pricing and rapid time to market.”

Jesús Mansilla, Enterprise Manager at Cisco Spain, added: “To stay competitive, manufacturers need to create an expanded, adaptable network infrastructure that connects IT systems with the plant floor and get monitoring and analytics in real-time. The digital manufacturing foundation delivered by Cisco Connected Factory is a great example of the Industrial Internet of Things in action.”


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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.


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