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    EMEA - Europe, Middle East and Africa


    Prof. Fazel Ansari


    Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Management Sciences (IMW), Austria
    Fraunhofer Austria
    Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0
    Topics for Research and Training at Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0
    • AI-based Production and Maintenance Planning: Artificial intelligence to increase productivity; IIoT solutions for maintenance; innovative service concepts e.g. chaptbots in maintenance
    • Cyber-physical assembly and logistics systems: Assisting human workers instead of replacing them; cyber-physical assembly and logistic systems to master production challenges of the future
    • Human-centered design of production systems: Design of optimized work-processes for human; realtime ergonomic evaluation of workplaces
    • Work-based Learning: Human-machine reciprocal learning; focus on professional training with e.g. digital learning assistance systems
    • Human-robot-collaboration: Collaboration between human and robot in several use cases, e.g. assembly process of 3D printing panels
    • Digital assistance systems: Planning, implementation and integration of digital assistance systems; step-by-step worker guidance with XR
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    Prof. Friedrich Bleicher


    Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Production Engineering (IFT), Austria

    Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0
    Topics for Research and Training at Pilot Factory Industrie 4.0
    • Development and use-case-related implementation of methods and concepts for process pvent management in assembly
    • Planning and evaluation of Digital and Visual Assistance Systems
    • Planning and evaluation of Collaborative Human Robotic Systems
    • Integrated safety and security concept for Collaborative Human Robotic Systems in cooperation with TÜV Austria
    • MMAssist II: Development of modular and reusable digital and technical assistance systems in production, assembly and logistics
    • Research collaboration on Smart Data Analytics for
      • Prescriptive amd Predictive Maintenance
      • Production Planning and Controlling
      • Complex Event Processing
      • Intralogistics
    • Smart automation of industrial grade manufacturing cells
    • Cloud-based automation for atomic machine functions
    • Simulation and virtualization of manufacturing cells
    • Knowledge- and function-based modeling in OPC UA
    • Safety concepts for flexible manufacturing systems with AGV pallet handling
    • MES layer integration for automated manufacturing
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    Prof. George Chryssolouris


    University of Patras

    LMS Learning Factory
    Topics for Research and Training at LMS Learning Factory
    • Manufacturing Processes Modelling and Energy Efficiency
    • Robots, Automation and Virtual Reality in Manufacturing
    • Manufacturing Systems
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    Prof. Peter Plapper


    University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Operational Excellence Laboratory
    Topics for Research and Training at Operational Excellence Laboratory
    • Research focus

      • Lean Manufacturing and beyond (Industry 4.0)
      • Value Stream Mapping
      • Process Optimization
      • Augmented Reality and Digital Manuals
      • Quality Management
      • Increasing productivity and reducing lead time
      • Production Planning and ControlInformation systems in learning factory

       

    • Topics for training

      • Lean Manufacturing
      • Industry 4.0
      • Paper less assembly instructions
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    Prof. Nikola Gjeldum


    University of Split

    Lean Learning Factory
    Topics for research and training
    • Research Topics

      • Design of Product Configurator
      • Design and implementation of integrated application for kaizen and troubleshooting
      • Model of Croatian Innovative Smart Enterprise
      • ERP in Industry 4.0
      • Using Cyber-Physical System and Virtual Reality for improvement of Factory Layout
      • Management of Cyber-Physical Production Networks through Virtual Enterprise Information System
      • Integrating Digital Factory, Lean Management and Industry 4.0 into the Learning Factory
      • Digital Learning Factory
      • Lifelong Learning in Learning Factory
      • Concept of Information System Implementation (CRM AND ERP) within Industry 4.0
      • Managing Innovative Production Network of Smart Factories
      • Lean Learning Factory @ fesb: Information System Development in I4.0

       

    • Training Topics

      • Lean management principles
      • Lean management tools (VSM, kaizen, just-in-time, heijunka, jidoka, poka-yoke, 5S, PDCA, Six Sigma, TQM, Kata, Hoshin Kanri etc.)
      • Logistic
      • Plan Layout, Digital Factory
      • Project Management
      • Design for Assembly
      • Assembly in Industry 4.0
      • Additive Manufacturing (3D Scanning, 3D Printing)
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    Prof. Thomas Gries


    RWTH Aachen University, Germany

    DCC Aachen
    Topics for Research and Training at DCC Aachen
    • Industry 4.0
    • Condition monitoring
    • Sensor technology
    • Automation
    • Consulting for decision making
    • Support for implementation projects
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    Prof. Norbert Gronau


    University of Potsdam, Germany

    The Centre for Industry 4.0
    Topics for Research and Training at CIP 4.0
    Topics for research:
    • Learning and teaching in the digital age
    • Competence development in (hybrid) simulation environments
    • Augmented and Virtual Reality enhanced learning
    • Cyber-Physical Systems
    • IoT, IIoT, Digital Twin
    • IT-Security in the factory
    • Innovative human-machine interaction
    • Smart Factory
    Topics for training:
    • Basics of Industry 4.0 principles
    • Working with mobile devices (e.g., maintenance and production planning)
    • Process optimization
    • Augmented and Virtual Reality enhanced work processes
    • IT-Security in the factory
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    Prof. Christoph Herrmann


    Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany

    Die Lernfabrik
    Topics for Research and Training at Die Lernfabrik
    • Energy and resource efficiency in production
    • Industry 4.0
    • Urban factories
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    Prof. Vera Hummel


    Reutlingen University

    Werk150
    Topics for Research and Training at Werk150
    • System “Factory 4.0”

      • Design of hybrid work systems: Human-robot-collaboration in production and intralogistics
      • autonomously controlled, changeable intralogistics systems
      • Digital Twin
      • Digitally integrated product and process engineering & manufacturing
      • Application of 5G technologies
      • Smart products & digital business models
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    Prof. Bernd Kuhlenkötter


    Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

    LPS Learning Factory
    Topics for Research and Training at LPS Learning Factory
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    Prof. Gisela Lanza


    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

    Learning Factory Global Production
    Topics for Research and Training at Learning Factory Global Production
    • Site Selection
    • Lean and Industry 4.0
    • Data Mining for Quality Control
    • Sourcing
    • Fluid Automation
    • Production Network Planning
    • Collaboration and transparency in global production networks
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    Prof. Bengt Lindberg


    KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

    XPRES real lab
    Topics for Research and Training at XPRES real lab
    The ‘XPRES real lab’ provides new flexible/adaptive manufacturing lab facilities. This lab will allow manufacturing equipment to be installed for projects with a limited duration.
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    Prof. Louis Louw


    Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    Stellenbosch Learning Factory (SLF)
    Topics for Research and Training at Stellenbosch Learning Factory

    Research Topics

    • The Application of Production-related Information Technology Architecture to Improve on Visual Management Systems within the Manufacturing Industry
    • A framework for implementing Industrie 4.0
    • Evaluating the benefit of an Internet-of-Things system to enhance data exchange and visibility to assist quality controlled logistics decisions.

    Training Topics

    • Lean Operations: Value stream mapping, Assembly line balancing
    • Ergonomics: Time studies and Ergonomic Jig Design
    • Shop-Floor-Management
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    Prof. Dominik Matt


    Free University of Bolzano, Italy

    Smart Mini Factory
    Topics for Research and Training at Smart Mini Factory
    • Automation and Robotics
    • Human Machine Collaboration
    • Lean and Flexible Assembly
    • Intelligent and Sustainable Production
    • Digital Production Management
    • Worker Assistance Systems
    • VR and AR in Production and Construction
    • Construction 4.0 and BIM
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    Prof. Laszlo Monostori

    Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

    Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control
    Topics for Research and Training at Centre of Excellence in Production Informatics and Control
    • Collaborative and advance robotic assembly
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    Prof. Joachim Metternich


    Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

    Process Learning Factory - Center for industrial Productivity (CiP)
    FlowFactory
    Topics for Research and Training at Process Learning Factory (CiP)
    Topics for Research at CiP:
    • Learning factories and competence development for production
    • Shopfloor management and problem solving
    • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Production
    • Value stream management

      Excerpt from current research projects at CiP:
      • DIONE-X: Secure and powerful data rooms for the machining value network Digital shopfloor management
      • Flex4res: Data spaces for flexible production lines and supply chains for resilient production
      • Digital Centre Darmstadt
    Topics for Training at CiP:
    • CiP curriculum consists of 17 teaching modules addressing topics like:
      • Basics of Lean Production
      • Value stream analysis and design
      • Shopfloor Management
      • Data science and artificial intelligence
      • Energy efficiency
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    Topics for Research and Training at FlowFactory
    Topics for Research at FlowFactory:
    • Human-centred assistance systems in cyber-physical production environments
    • Data-driven process optimisation and business model innovation
    • Traceability to support digital twins
    • Learning factories and competence development for production
    • Shopfloor management and problem solving
    • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Production
    • Value stream management
    Topics for Training at FlowFactory:

    The FlowFactory opened its doors in September 2023 and a training program is currently under development. Trainings will conduct topics like resilient production, circular economy in production and AI for production.

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    Prof. Christian Ramsauer

    Graz University of Technology, Austria

    LEAD Factory
    Topics for Research and Training at LEAD Factory
    • Holistic concept of agility to proactively prepare for uncertainties
    • Age appropriate worker assistance and workplace design
    • Teaching concepts based on skill requirement of the workforce of the future
    • Lean Management: Lean principles, logistics principles, 5S, value stream mapping, line balancing, shop floor management, etc.
    • Energy Efficiency: Energy measurements, methods to decline energy consumption
    • Agility: Uncertainty and its impact on manufacturing, monitoring to early detect and fast react, governance & organization, strategic alignment, operational agility levers
    • Digitalization: Digitalization technologies, implementation of digitalization projects and strategy, digital business models
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    Prof. Željko Stojkić


    University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    FSRE Learning Factory
    Topics for Research and Training at FSRE Learning Factory

    Research focus

    • Information systems in learning factory

    • Intralogistics

    • Factory design layout

    • Product development

    • Additive manufacturing

    • Energy efficiency in manufacturing

    Topics for training

    • Lean tools and lean engineering

    • Shopfloor management

    • Rapid prototyping

    • Information systems

    • Product design and development
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    Prof. Sebastian Thiede


    University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Topics for Research and Training
    • Smart manufacturing solutions based on Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) framework (e.g. data acquisition strategies, machine learning and factory simulation, decision support and control)
    • Methods for factory planning and operation (e.g. layout planning, planning and control, quality management, lean management)
    • Innovative manufacturing systems/factory concepts (e.g. flexible production systems, scale up scenarios)
    • Sustainable manufacturing (e.g. energy and resource efficiency)
    • Human factors in manufacturing systems (e.g. occupational health and safety, ergonomics, workplace design)
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    Prof. Sergio Terzi

    Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Industry 4.0 Lab

    Topics for Research and Training
    • Digital Manufacturing 
    • Sustainable Manufacturing
    • Operations Management
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    Prof. Valeriy Vyatkin


    Aalto University, Finland

    Aalto Factory of the Future
    Topics for Research and Training at Aalto Factory of the Future
    • Methods for decentralized / distributed automation of industrial systems, including the impact of wireless communications such as 5G and beyond
    • Enablers of Flexible production systems
    • Artificial intelligence for industrial manufacturing / environments
    • Digital twins, simulation models of industrial systems
    • Safety and security of current and future industrial systems
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    Marc Wegmann
    Interim contact person of TU Munich on behalf of Prof. Zäh

    Technical University of Munich, Germany

    Learning Factory for optimal machining (LOZ)
    Topics for Research and Training at Learning Factory for optimal machining
    • Development of an LOZ Android-App
    • Including hydraulic chucks to the training equipment
    • Development of an sample workpiece including several different vibration problems to solve
    • New Animation for process stability during milling
    • Practical measures to increase the material removal rate on your own shop floor
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