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Dr. Guido Orzes from the Free University of Bolzano and Dr. Wapee Manopiniwes from Chiang Mai University participated both at the 25th International EUROMA Conference in Budapest (Hungary). After the conference, both scientists met to jointly organize the contents and tasks of the subsequent research stay of Dr. Manopiniwes at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and to work on the work packages.
From July 17-19, 2018, a Summer School in Axiomatic Design took place in the Smart Mini Factory Laboratory at the Free University of Bolzano. The Summer School was organized by Dr. Erwin Rauch from the Free University of Bolzano and Prof. Christopher Brown from WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA USA). Prof. Christopher Brown is a leading expert in Axiomatic Design and presented the Axiomatic Design method in a 2.5 day summer school and introduced the participants to the application of Axiomatic Design through various exercises and practical examples. Dr. Erwin Rauch showed several example of how to use Axiomatic Design also for the design of smart manufacturing systems. The Summer School was attended by Bachelor, Master, and PhD students from the Free University of Bolzano, representatives of local research institutes and industrial companies as well as Dr. Wapee Manopiniwes (visiting researcher in the SME 4.0 project) from Chiang Mai University.
This year the Smart Mini Factory Lab of the Free University of Bolzano took part in the eighth edition of SPS IPC Drives, the automation fair held in Parma from 22 to 24 May 2018. An entire pavilion of the fair was dedicated to the initiative "Culture 4.0" which involved the main actors of Industry 4.0 projects: associations, universities, digital hubs, academies of automation companies and start-ups. This initiative gave us the opportunity to exhibit teaching and research projects, follow interesting presentations, have moments of discussion and establish contacts with the world of industry. Dr. Gabriele Pasetti Monizza held a speech presenting also the SME 4.0 project.
On Monday, July 16th 2018, Ass.-Prof. Korrakot Yaibuathat and Dr. Manuel Woschank presented a project update at the monthly Faculty of Engineering meeting at Chiang Mai University (CMU). The presentation included a project process report, a detail description of planned research activities, and the introduction of the Midterm Meeting videos.
On Wednesday, July 12th 2018, Dr. Manuel Woschank gave a speech about the current research areas of Industrial Logistics research within the SME4.0 context at the IE CMU Meeting @ Bangsak Merlin Resort, Phang Nga, 2018. Moreover, he introduced possible applications of Behavioral Economics theories in the area of Industrial Logistics by focusing on both, laboratory experiments and field studies, supported by Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) procedures.
On 18th of July 2018 Dr. Patrick Dallasega met Prof. Joseph Sarkis at the Foisie Business School of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Massachusetts (USA). Prof. Sarkis is a highly recognized researcher in the fields of operations, supply chain management and sustainability. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016 and 2017 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. The meeting was organized to discuss possible future collaborations in the field of Industry 4.0 and supply chain management. During the meeting, opportunities and challenges of small and medium sized enterprises by using Industry 4.0 concepts in supply chain management were discussed. Special emphasis was set on how Industry 4.0 could improve the environmental aspect of supply chain management in the construction industry. At the end, a collaboration in the form of joint publications in the field of sustainable supply chain management was agreed.
Dr. Manuel Woschank has arrived at Chiang Mai University for his secondment (July 1st – August 31rd) in the course of the SME 4.0 project. We are looking forward to a fruitful research with CMU in the area of Smart Logistics.
During his secondment at Elcom sro in Presov (Slovakia), Dr. Erwin Rauch conducted an analysis to identify potentials for the application of Industry 4.0 concepts in production. The methodology used was both a classic Value Stream Mapping analysis and an Industry 4.0 Assessment approach developed in the project. The results and measures developed in cooperation with production manager Slavomir Michrina and logistics manager Peter Vozar were presented to the management and will be processed and implemented in further secondments.
On Friday June 15th, Assoc. Prof. Trasapong Thaiupathump and Assoc. Prof. Rungchat Chompu-inwai, as part of their secondment at University of Leoben in Austria, gave a guest lecture in "Logistics System Design".