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.