5-Station Smart Innovative Factory


5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory
5-Station Smart Innovative Factory

Model #SIF-400-1

5-Station Smart Innovative Factory

The 5-Station Configuration of the SMC SIF-400 takes a condensed yet robust look at hands-down the most remarkable, fully-connected Industry 4.0 Training Platform on the market for hands-on training, exploration, and research in advanced manufacturing industries: SMC’s SIF-400.

SMC’s Industry 4.0 Smart Innovative Factory reproduces an industrial, cyber-physical smart factory – in both the production and supply chain – with a modular design of 14 interconnected stations for training and studies in connected systems, operational data and data analytics, IIoT, predictive and preventative maintenance, management execution software (MES), inventory tracking and control, cybersecurity, and more!


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Discover the SMC MES-400 Management Execution System software!

The most powerful MES software and training tool on the market for real-time order entry, tracking, inventory monitoring, disturbance-creation, custom APIs, physical and digital system installation, and more.

Discover the SMCtwin-400 Digital Twin software!

The market’s flagship Digital Twin tool for education with 1-for-1 digital emulation of the physical SIF-400 Smart Factory. A powerful Industry 4.0 tool with unlimited potential for schools.

Discover the SMC RAB-400 Remote Access Box!

Take your Smart Factory training experience home with you, or anywhere in the world, with the remote access training box. Connect your systems to the RAB-400, log in, and view/monitor/program your Industry 4.0 training systems remotely!


The SMC SIF-400 is the most capable, state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 training platform on the market today. It is a modular, advanced manufacturing Smart Factory that does more than just simulate industrial processes – it recreates a highly advanced Cyber Physical System in your very classroom.

Comprised of up to 14 modular plug+play stations, the system carries out a complete industrial process where users place custom orders, and the automated system completes various tasks such as production, boxing, palletizing, wrapping, storing, dispatching, and recycling, all while generating, storing, tracking, and analyzing data in a robust MES software.

Learning Outcomes:

– Industry 4.o Fundamentals and Processes

– Industrial Communications and Protocols

– Industry 4.o and Cyber Physical System Design, Layouts, and Contextual Organization/Structure

– Management Execution Software (SIFMES-400): Inventory Flow, Creating Orders, Managing Orders, Supply Chain Monitoring, Quality Control, etc

– Data Analytics

– PLC Programming and Engineering

– Industrial Robotics and Collaborative Robots

– Mobile Robotics and AGVs

– Identification Systems (RFID, NFC, QR, etc)

– Smart Sensors and IO-Link

– Custom API Creation

– Cyber Security

– Data Analytics and Machine Learning


Stages 1 + 2: Assembly and Production Process

The assembly process comprises 6 nonsequential stations, where the containers are filled with solid and liquid materials, covered, labelled and stored. Additionally, the customized product feeding station, SIF-404 allows the filling of containers with materials produced in processes external to the factory, such as: 3D printing, milling, turning, and much more.

Stage 3: Logistics

The logistics block consists of 6 stations, including the recycling and raw materials stations.The containers are placed in secondary packs that, sequentially, are transferred to the palletizing station, after which the pallets are labelled for shipment.

Stage 4: Inter-Station Assistant

An autonomous vehicle or mobile robot carries out the internal transport of materials at the request of the user.

SIFMES-400: Management Executive System Software

The MES software allows the user to control and manage the SIF-400 system, storing and monitoring all process data. It is structured in four blocks:
1. Management: manages resources, plans and triggers orders into the system.
2. Movement: defines the physical layout of the system, logic and traceability of the system.
3. Supervision: monitors alarms and the status of each station
4. Administration: management of users, the database, and disturbances

A variety of users can log in with different functions available to them:
– Customer
– Instructor
– Production Supervisor
– Plant Operator
– Quality Supervisor
– Maintenance Supervisor
– Logistics Supervisor

After logging in, the user has certain permissions depending on the assigned role; several people can work simultaneously with the same role.

The SIF-400 is the Pinnacle of Industry 4.0 Training – capable of teaching fundamental, required i4o skills such as the physical hardware that makes up Industry 4.0, to programming, controls, data analytics, communication, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, and enterprise systems.

  1. Operation, Programming and Maintenance
  2. Mechatronics and Integrated Systems
  3. Smart Sensors and Smart Devices – IO Link, Protocols, and more
  4. Automation Systems and Robotics
  5. Enterprise Systems, Data Monitoring, and Data Analytics
  6. Network Communications and Security
  7. Data Acquisition via the cloud
  8. Collaborative and Industrial Robot Installation, Integration, Programming and Operation
  9. Mobile Robotics Mapping, Integration, and Safety

Learning Topics

  • Industry 4.0
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics

Grade/Skill Level

Designed for:

  • High School
  • Industry
  • K-8
  • Technical College
  • University

Additional information


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Industrial Technology, Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Digitalization, Digital Twins, Augmented Reality, API, Cybersecurity, AI/ML, Mobile Robots, Management Execution Software (MES), ERP, Data Analytics, IIoT

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SMC Smart Factory Training System


IO-Link Smart Sensors are the heartbeat of the SIF-400's flexible manufacturing process, predictive maintenance capabilities, and tool by which the system collects, stores, and analyzes data.

Each Smart Factory Training Station includes smart sensors such as photoeye sensors, stacklight sensors, electrical current sensors, analog position and pressure sensors, pneumatic and vacuum sensors, and ultrasonic sensors.


SMC's Smart Factory Training System includes...

Automation + Robotics

The SMC SIF-400 Smart Innovative Factory includes Industrial Robots from your choice of industrial manufacturer for real-world, industrially-relevant training. Choose robots from global leaders such as ABB, Fanuc, Omron, Kuka, Denso, and others. Students get hands-on training in in industrial robotics.

Autonomous Robots + AGVs

Autonomous robots, also known as Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), are a key revolution in the way products and good are transported throughout Smart Factories. SMC's Smart Factory Training System utilizes industry-leading autonomous robots learners will develop important Industry 4.0 skills, including how to program an autonomous robot to travel between stations to deliver necessary items on a precise schedule.

Industrial Internet of Things

Autonomous robots, also known as Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs), are a key revolution in the way products and good are transported throughout Smart Factories. SMC's Smart Factory Training System utilizes industry-leading autonomous robots learners will develop important Industry 4.0 skills, including how to program an autonomous robot to travel between stations to deliver necessary items on a precise schedule.

Management Execution System Software

The SMC Smart Innovative Factory includes an industry-leading smart manufacturing execution system software, SIFMES-400. SIFMES-400 allows the user to control and manage the Smart Factory training system, storing and monitoring all process data. It is structured in four blocks: management, movement, supervision and administration. The SMC industry-leading visual communications software allows learners to monitor production processes, enter orders from inventory or production, and view, monitor, and analyze production trends.

Teaching Material + Curriculum

The SMC Smart Factory Training System, SIF-400, includes industry-leading, industry-driven curriculum from the world's largest manufacturer of Automation technologies. The teaching material is structured in three packs: • Station Curriculum: This includes information on the function and operation of each station within the SIF-400 system as well as each industry 4.0 technologies included in each station. • Technology: This includes detailed information of each technology and its function in the system. It also includes practical examples, industry training exercises, and systems integration activities that can be developed for each relevant technology. • Software and System: This includes information on how to install and operate the system's software. In addition, it includes case studies and lab activity challenges in which several stations are connected together to accomplish specific industry challenges.

Digital Twin SMCTwin-400

Simulate the behavior of your physical Smart Factory Training System with a digital twin, SMCTWIN-400, that recreates the operation and characteristics of the SMC SIF-400 exactly as it operates in the real world. SMCTwin-400 is an exact virtual copy, also known as a Digital Shadow, of the physical systems. This allows students to safely experiment with the operation of the industry 4.0 system with no risk of damage or malfunction. This allows students to create PLC programs in the Digital Twin and emulate them exactly as they would operate in the real world environment. Students can also create their own models, components, and systems, and learn a valuable Industry 4.0 skill.

Augmented Reality

SMC's Smart Factory Training System includes Augmented Reality capabilities where learners can receive real-time assistance, instruction, and guidance at each station. Pull up datasheets, manufacturer specifications, and valuable system data via mobile, AR-ready devices. Augmented Reality enables smoother communication, a safer work environment, and contributes to a better work environment.

End-to-End Visibility

SMC's Industry 4.0 Smart Factory provides learners context of advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0 concepts and technologies on BOTH the Supply Chain side and Production/Manufacturing side of modern manufacturing environments. Students are able to place orders, and track them from time of creation to end delivery to a customer's door. Full and complete Industry 4.0 perspectives.

Digital Twin SMCTwin-400

A key benefit of Industry 4.0 is increased productivity and increased efficiencies. Students need to learn that energy efficiencies are important for manufacturing companies globally, and the inefficient use of compressed air can add huge costs to a company yearly. The SMC Smart Factory training system keeps track of all air consumption and energy used throughout the manufacturing process at each station, and uses this data to make valuable factory-floor and top-floor decisions. This data can also be used to exlore machine learning concepts in order to better increase efficiencies and productivity.

SMC Industrial Certifications Pathways for Industry 4.0

SMC Certification I40

SMC Certified Industry 4.0 Specialist (CI4S)

The most comprehensive Industry 4.0 pathway available on the market, and the most encompassing certification available on the SMC Industry Certification Pathway.

Including topics and micro credentials from all Specialist Areas, learners are expected to attain skills in Industry 4.0, Automation, Fluid Power, Mechanical, Robotics, and Mechanical.

The Certified Industry 4.0 Specialist certification prepares and documents an individual’s skill proficiency in competencies related to advanced Industry 4.0 system found in modern industrial facilities. Completion of this credential indicates satisfactory skill verification required to install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair Industry 4.0 and associated integrated systems.

The CI4S Certificate is achieved by completing the underlying technician credentials and demonstrating mastery via written and hands-on skills assessments. The following list indicates the technician level credentials along with a description of each.

Industry 4.0 Certification Pathway
Industry 4.0 Certification Program

Introduces individuals to the fundamentals of industry 4.0 concepts and its role in present day industrial operations. This includes a study of IO Link protocol along with its use for smart sensors, valves, and actuators.

- Industry 4.0 Fundamentals

- IO Link Communications

- Smart Sensor Technology

- Smart Valve Technology

- Smart Actuator Technology

- Digital Twin Basics

Industry 4.0 Training from the World's Largest Automation Manufacturer

Are your students prepared to work in a global manufacturing environment filled with the most advanced and state-of-the-art connected, automated systems?

Do they possess the skills to effectively and confidently work with industry 4.0 technologies on a component-by-component basis AND smart factory processes with a systems perspective?

The need for students and the workforce to be able to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, analyze and build enterprise-wide smart factory systems is the driving force behind SMC's Smart Innovative Factory Training System, SIF-400.

Students working with SMC's SIF-400 will get valuable industry insight and experience on technologies such as industrial and collaborative robots, autonomous robots and AGVs, smart sensors and conveyors, wireless networks, and robust management execution softwares for analyzing key system metric and performances.

SMC's Smart Innovative Factory, SIF-400, is the pinnacle of Industry 4.0 training for the future of the workforce.

The equipment and technologies students train on in the classroom, are the very same equipment and technologies being used currently by industry.

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All SMC International Training products are complete with all learning materials for successful implementation in the classroom and/or lab. All training systems include user manuals, activity guides, and access to wiring, electrical, and mechanical schematics, in addition to complete PLC programs and diagrams.

SMC curriculum is designed to meet you at your level, with as much hand-holding as necessary, and take you to our standard: industry.

Industry Driven

All SMC Training Systems are made up entirely of industrial components and systems.

As the global leader in such technologies, it is likely that the components your students use on our training systems will in fact be the same technologies and components they see when they enter the workforce.

Our reference is industry.

From Industry. For Industry.


SMC Training Systems and associated Curriculum are designed to be aligned with most industry-recognized credentials, including SMC's Industrial Certification Pathway for Industry 4.0, and all associated micro-credentials.

Our Skills-Driven approach to technical training means each course can be cross-walked and aligned with industry-validated micro-credentials.