Digital technologies are becoming more and more important to assist in completely automated factories – this trend has also become an important and essential part in the design of modern and fully automated glass processing companies. Besides these new technologies, integrated software ERP solutions are essential to achieve complete automation. Only by closing the gaps between machinery and software and by eliminating island solutions an efficient flow can be achieved. This will make factories smarter! Furthermore, by deeply integrating and inter-connecting machinery and software in a factory, a complete view of materials, status of all processes can be available to anyone, at any time. This ensures quick reaction times in case of unforeseen events and changes and keeps the process flow dynamic and effective. Horst Mertes will explore on these trends and will explain what new functionality the software industry is offering to support the complete, optimum and lean manufacturing flow.