This project aims to develop and offer training courses in the field of Industry 4.0 for companies in so-called learning factories. Learning Factories represent a realistic manufacturing environment suitable for education, training, and research. They are a physical learning environment containing educational instruments and equipment, effectively creating the working conditions of a real industrial site for didactic and training purposes. The Networks Development initiative has the purpose of creating an EIT Manufacturing Marketplace that offers all the Learning Factories’ education programmes and activities. Thereby increasing the outreach and access to the Learning Factories training offer, as well as incrementing the availability of equipment suitable for testing and piloting. Funded by EIT Manufacturing as part of the Learning Factory Network Development Program.
The aim of this project is (1) the research and development of new planning and control concepts based on the combination of classic methods of planning and control with methods of artificial intelligence (especially machine learning) for production scenarios with very high volatility and variability with regard to product variants, order quantities, raw material/part quality, with a simultaneous high degree of automation and a high degree of human-machine collaboration, (2) the development of a configurable simulator and demonstrator that allows production companies to use various decentralized planning and control concepts enriched with AI for production scenarios with high variability and To test, evaluate and further develop volatility in terms of product variants, order quantities, raw material/part quality (development and test bench for AI-enhanced production planning and control concepts). This project is funded by the FFG as part of the COIN construction FH for the economy program.
The research project CO-INNO-LAB investigates regional success factors and models for co-innovation in university-run innovation labs. Studies are conducted with regional com-panies in the region, in particular small and medium-sized industrial companies (KMI), using methods of classic social research and innovative methods of intervention and action research. The role of infrastructures (university innovation labs) should also be examined. For this pur-pose, a innovation lab will be built. Another goal is to research the possibilities of digitizing the co-innovation process via combined real-virtual (cyber-physical) innovation spaces. The knowledge gained should be made available as recommendations for action, best practices and, in the case of technical developments, as conceptual prototypes.
In the "CircularPro" project, a continuing education program for SMEs is being developed that is intended to enable product developers, product designers and development engineers to design products that are recyclable. Modules are developed with a focus on the basics and framework conditions of the circular economy, recyclable materials, circular design and construction principles and circular-based product-service systems. With these modules, participants should build up competencies in order to effectively develop sustainable and recyclable products and product-service systems in the future. In order to establish the practical relevance, case studies and practical exercises are developed for all modules, which supplement the theoretical content. The FHWN Innovation Lab provides a laboratory environment that can be used for prototyping and illustrating recyclable products. This project is funded by the FFG as part of the Innovation Camps program.