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    research fields

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  • 783.000€

    of H2020 funding

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  • 44+



  • 78


  • 212

    person months



March 22, 2018

As a follow-up to the workshop on 22 September 2017, in which the requirements of SMEs regarding Industry 4.0 concepts were discussed, a second workshop on "Axiomatic Supply Chain design for Industry 4.0" took place at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) in Worcester, MA. The meeting was hosted by Prof. Chris Brown (WPI) and Visiting Researcher Prof. Helmut Zsifkovits (Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria). Based on the results from the September workshop, concepts and methods from supply chain design and axiomatic design were brought together in order to develop supply chains in a structured and systematic way. A total of 11 people from small and medium sized enterprises and some graduate students participated in this workshop in the Sports & Recreation Center at WPI. After introductory presentations given by the hosts, participants worked interactively on a decomposition of required functions and physical solutions. This rather novel approach produced good results and seems to offer much potential. Follow-up activities and joint publications are planned.

November 30, 2017

On November 30th early-stage reasearcher Sunida Tiwong from the University of Chiang Mai, currently seconding at TU Kosice led a set of interactive lessons with students of the Faculty of Manufacturing Technologies (TUKE). During this session, she introduced the project focus, current project consortium and presented the main barriers of todays SMEs all over the world in implementing the Industry 4.0 concepts. Through the discussion with students she obtained important insight into the barriers of SMEs in Slovakia.

November 28, 2017

In November several SME companies (participants of the SME Workshop at WPI) were visited by the research team of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Free University of Bolzano. The company visits support the research team to get a better understanding of their practical needs to implement Industry 4.0 technologies. After a first visit of the production processes first hypothesis regarding optimizations and opportunities for automation and digitization were elaborated together with the management of the companies. In addition, a first prototype of an Industry 4.0 assessment tool was tested to have a better overview of existing Industry 4.0 concepts and their applicability and importance in the individual companies.

November 24, 2017

SACS Engineering College (India) hosts two early stage researchers (ESRs) from TUKE - Leos Safar and Jakub Sopko. As this is the first project secondment at the partner institution, the ESRs introduced the project aims to the staff of Engineering college. A visit of local SMEs will follow, to see the importance of automation and digitization in line with Industry 4.0 concept and to provide an initial I4.0 readiness assessment.

November 13, 2017

On 13 November 2017 Dr. Erwin Rauch (Free University of Bolzano, Italy) was invited to hold a speech on Industry 4.0 in Europe and the project SME 4.0 at the student award ceremony dinner of SME.org at WPI. SME.org – Society of Manufacturing Engineers is one of the leading associations of manufacturing in the United States and collaborates with many Universities. The Worcester chapter of SME.org honored 5 students of WPI for their effort and dedication in SME related activities. After the speech all participants (representatives of Industry, WPI and students) were invited to a Question-Answer session and discussed Industry 4.0, its role in Europe and in the United States and the impact on small and medium sized enterprises.  

September 28, 2017

On 28 September 2017, a workshop on "Industry 4.0 for SMEs" took place in Worcester, MA at WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute). Over 10 small and medium sized enterprises with a total of 16 people participated in this workshop in the historic Higgins House. In the meeting, hosted by Prof. Chris Brown (WPI) and Visiting Researcher Dr. Erwin Rauch (Free University of Bolzano, Italy), the requirements of SMEs regarding new and modern Industry 4.0 concepts were discussed in form of an interactive workshop.

September 26, 2017

On 26 September 2017, the second workshop on "Industry 4.0 for SMEs" took place in Leoben, at the Chair of Industrial Logistics.  In all.  6 small and medium sized enterprises with a total of 160 people participated in this workshop.  Prof. Zsifkovits (MUL) and his team discusedd the requirements of SMEs regarding Industry 4.0 - the challenges and barriers.

July 20, 2017

In July 2017, the first workshop on "Industry 4.0 for SMEs" took place in Chiang Mai.

July 12, 2017

SME 4.0 goes Thailand: At this years Industrial Engineering Network Conference (12-15 July), organized by the department of Industrial Engineering at Chiang Mai University, the SME 4.0 project was presented. Interested people were able to get information about our current and upcoming tasks. Johannes Kapeller, one researcher of the University Leoben, who is currently on research at the CMU is helping to organize a local workshop with manufacturers from the north thailand region!   http://www.ie-network.com/index.php/ie-network-2017/

July 12, 2017

 WPI will be helping small and medium enterprises to have some of the same opportunities larger corporations have when it comes to implementing Industry 4.0 in their companies, thanks to a workshop to be held on campus on September 28, 2017. Worcester has been a cradle of previous industrial revolutions in America. The next, fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 builds upon the three past revolutions (water and steam power, electrical power, and automation) to give cyber physical production systems (CPPS) more responsibility in accomplishing tasks and making decisions. Industry 4.0 is a step beyond robots simply completing repetitive tasks through automation. It focuses on using CPPS—thinking machines that are connected to the IOT (Internet of Things)—to complete work, solve production problems, and control machines.