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.

July 10, 2017

On July 10, 2017 the International Workshop on “Internet of Things: sustainability and energy awareness” took place at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. The workshop, organized by Rector Paolo Lugli, was attended by well-known scientists and managers from Italy, USA, Germany and Switzerland, and discussed the future challenges of digitization in a wide range of applications. Prof. Dominik Matt reports on the possibilities for small and medium-sized enterprises with regard to industry 4.0. Prof. Renato Vidoni speaks about the possible applications of robotics and automation in the industrial environment. More on https://www.unibz.it/it/news/124797-internet-der-dinge  

July 7, 2017

On July 7, 2017, Dr. Erwin Rauch (Free University of Bolzano) took part as invited speaker at the yearly conference of the Italian Association of Auditors Triveneto with more than 300 participants. The theme of the conference was Industry 4.0 and the role of the auditor in this context. Dr. Katy Mandurino (IlSole24Ore) moderated the round table interviewing Dr. Rauch about the need for appropriate Industry 4.0 concepts for SMEs. In its speech Dr. Rauch presented the EU project SME 4.0 to the audience and talked about the future change in the role of the employee and the auditor introducing Industry 4.0 in Italian SME companies. http://www.commercialistideltriveneto.org/it/eventi-formativi/cv-forum/evento/12467.ef