15. November 2021

Innovative technologies and assistance systems in production systems – What‘s next?

On October 14, the fifth meeting of the Production Systems Community (PSC) took place under the guiding theme “Innovative technologies and assistance systems in production systems – What‘s next?”. The main objective of the meeting was to learn about innovative technologies and assistance systems for production systems while identifying hurdles and success factors for their successful implementation. The Hans Böckler Foundation shed light on the latter in an exciting keynote speech on the topic of  “The socio-technical design of digitalization in operations” followed by a discussion among the PSC members. In the afternoon, five technology providers presented their innovative technologies and assistance systems and answered questions from our community members in short topic pitches. The meeting was rounded off by two contributions: Florian Baumgartner presented Eagle Burgmann’s production system and Stefanie Scheuble gave an excursus on the application of lean management in the administrative areas of the Hartmann Group.

Key insights of the meeting:

  • Innovative technologies require increased employee skills.
  • Their implementation success depends on the acceptance of the users and the (co)-determining bodies.
  • Away from large technology providers, often unknown start-ups offer potential “gamechanger” technologies.
We would like to thank all participants and all those who enriched the fifth PSC meeting with their contributions.
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The Production Systems Community (PSC)

Members of the Production Systems Community (PSC) rely on knowledge exchange for the design and implementation of production systems in the context of Industry 4.0. The focus of the activities is on company visits in order to experience and discuss the complexity of production systems in a tangible way. The exchange is further enriched by the scientific findings of the WZL at RWTH Aachen University.

The visits and discussions are organized and moderated by employees of the PSC member companies. Participants also have an opportunity to get to know each other at evening events, which helps develop strong ties built on trust. This format has proved effective since the founding of the PSC and specifically in a year-long industrial joint project, the consortial benchmarking “Production Systems 4.0”.

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Related GPMC-Study

With the consortium benchmarking “Production Systems 4.0”, the WZL of RWTH Aachen University ties in with a series of benchmarking projects relating to production systems. Together with an industry consortium, we have identified concepts, methods and procedures from Successful-Practice-Companies and discerned knowledge on how production systems can promote process innovations and increase agility in the future.