In the intelligent and fully networked press shop of the future, it will be possible to accurately predict potential downtime with the aid of sophisticated sensors and actuators, along with the data they collect, and to avert downtime well in advance. Schuler Editor’s Note: The digital transformation of the metal forming industry is already in full swing. This fall author company Schuler and automaker Porsche will start construction on their Smart Press Shop in Halle an der Saale, Germany, which is intended to drive the flexibility and digitalization of body part manufacturing. Production at the new press plant is slated to begin in 2021. In the intelligent and fully networked press shop of the future, it will be possible to accurately predict potential downtime with the aid of sophisticated sensors and actuators, along with the data they collect, and to avert downtime well in advance. This will help boost productivity and increase part quality, while also reducing energy requirements. The smart press shop will allow automobile manufacturers and suppliers alike to produce more efficiently and generate fewer rejects. How? A closer look at the possibilities may provide an answer. ...