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Learning Factory



Learning Factories are complex learning environments for the manufacturing context that contain authentic replicas of real production systems and value chains, so that participants can learn based on experiences, in a hands-on fashion. They are are simplified for didactic reasons and reproduced inside a lab to train students. Learning Factories have been used in universities and industry for many years now.


LIFT Europe proposes to build a broad, learning-factories-network ecosystem, to foster research and technology transfer between academia and industry. LIFT is intended to develop skills-of-the-future and ad-hoc training curricula, to ensure competitiveness of European manufacturing SMEs. In addition, LIFT Europe will create a European community to develop, test and disseminate innovative educational methods and tools for training that will allow sustainable work between people and robots.


Mach 4.0 is a training and learning activity that demonstrates the practical application of industry 4.0 in machining processes. The programme involves applying data analytics, big data, etc. to new manufacturing trends such as digital twin and zero defects manufacturing. Bringing together the theoretical and practical expertise in machining of four university partners, this innovative program employs a mix of practical and theoretical lessons, delivered in both face-to-face and remote formats.


Learning factories represent a realistic manufacturing environment for education, training, and research. In the last decades, numerous learning factories have been built in academia and industry.[1]


Depending on the purpose of the learning factory, learning takes place through teaching, training and/or research. Consequently, learning outcomes may be competency development and/or innovation. An operating model ensuring the sustained operation of the learning factory is desirable.[4]


In the Process Learning Factory CiP of the Technische Universität Darmstadt focuses on developing competencies for lean production and Industrie 4.0. It has been established in 2007. The delivery of raw material, machining, quality control, assembly, packing, and indirect processes are simulated similar to a small and medium-sized enterprise . Besides the eight variants of the pneumatic cylinder, customer-individualized requirements of different measurements are implemented in a lean machining area. On about 500 m, learners apply lean methods and solve problems on own experience. The learning factory can map different scenarios from a wasteful and unbalanced production environment to a lean and a digital lean state. The 15 different learning modules are structured in lean basics, lean core elements and lean thinking. Within a learning module, practical experiences alternate with theoretical teaching. The Process Learning Factory CiP is a part of the SME competency center for the Rhine-Main area funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. With new implemented Industrie 4.0-technologies the concept of lean is extended. Different technologies are implemented, e.g. product traceability, worker assistance, digital shopfloor management, predictive maintenance, milk run 4.0 and AGVs. With each implemented technology new topics for the learning modules are integrated. Furthermore, the operating institute has established many learning factories for academia and industry worldwide.[5][6][7]


The Stellenbosch Learning Factory of the Stellenbosch University provides trainings for lean operations, ergonomics and is a research platform for Industrie 4.0. The target groups are industry partners and students for industrial engineering. New developments include a double degree M.Sc. Program with the Reutlingen University. German students have the possibility to visit a summer school. In the learning factory a RFID track and trace-system and a real time KPI visualization are integrated. The product of the Stellenbosch University is a O-scale train set.[5]


The Operational Excellence Laboratory of the Université du Luxembourg is place for industrial partners to get hands-on experience of lean tools and demonstrate new technology related to Industrie 4.0. Examples for new technologies are the integration of RFID, augmented reality and digital manuals. Furthermore engineering master students are trained. The learning factory is a platform for retrofitting new technological features to develop, analyze and validate their usability in assembly or disasssembly lines. The product of the learning factory is a hole puncher.[5]


The main topics of the LPS Learning Factory are lean production, Industrie 4.0 and resource efficiency. It was established in 2009 by the Ruhr Universität Bochum. Bottle caps, bottle cap holders and various make-to-order products are manufactured on 1800 m. The production environment includes various machine tools, load transports, manual assembly stations, and various industrial robots. The main topics are lean production, Industrie 4.0 and resource efficiency. Every year 900 students are practicing exercises. Real products that are purchased for the industry are produced. Besides that, numerous research projects take place in the learning factory, e.g. Industrie 4.0 maturity model, assistance and learning systems, cyber-physical production systems and industrial robotics. Since 2018 the learning factory is part of the SME 4.0 competence center Siegen.[5][6][9]


The Werk150 (formerly ESB Logistics Learning Factory) at ESB Business School is an authentic learning, development and research environment. The facility, which was started in 2014, provides a cutting-edge infrastructure for the training and advanced training of students. Moreover, topical issues of applied research are also addressed, and new methods, tools and future technologies as well as control methods for adaptable work and logistics systems are developed and tested. The results of the applied research are continuously integrated in the course activities. The Werk150 images a model production company with its entire industrial value chain and a changing product and services portfolio. Especially processes in the areas of product and work system engineering, incoming goods, storage, order picking, production, assembly and additive manufacturing as well as distribution are replicated and looked at in their entirety.


In the Werk150 the requirements and influences from Industry 4.0 are investigated and conveyed in teaching and further training courses. It has a digital twin or image that is linked with a real factory using information and communication technologies. Thus, both products and production can be planned and simulated virtually, production controlled digitally and the status and localisation of orders, parts and resources monitored in real time.


Since 2011, the MPS Lernplattform of the Daimler AG manufactures different products on 3000 m with the main topic of lean production. The original components of the production as well as 1:10 models with several simulations are used. A press shop, body shop, paint shop, assembly and logistics as parts of the automobile industry are simulated. The assembled products can be reused after the training: e.g. roof control units, sun visors, covers, floor mats or room tears. Qualified in-house employees carry out the training who have didactical background knowledge as well as long-term experience in the production area. The training consists of 20% theory and 80% practice. More than ten different learning modules are offered for participants who take important insights to their daily work. The MPS Lernplattform increasingly relies on cooperation with external partners such as the TU Darmstadt.[6]


The concept of learning factories offers potentials to former didactical and technical approaches. Through the realistic environment, learners are more motivated and the development of competencies facilitates. Problem-based, project-based or research-based learning is possible. Action-oriented learning results in significant advantages compared to traditional teaching methods.[10] Methods, innovations, and technologies can be transferred to the industry more easily. Through learning factories learners can apply methods on a realistic production environment without the negative effect of stopping production lines in their own enterprise.[11]


The learning factory concept is also limited. The planning, development, construction, and operation of learning factories require financial and personnel resources. Physical learning factories need space in a facility. Machines, workplaces, and other factory elements must be purchased and maintained. Partners and personnel should be willing and able to participate in a learning factory. The sustainability must be ensured through an operating model. Furthermore, learning factories map limited sections of production environments. A single learning factory is not able to provide a suitable, general environment for all challenges in academia and industry. Specific industrial sectors, addressed topics, single production processes, company departments, and target groups are addressed. The mapping abilities of learning factories are limited.[11]


This is where new technologies come into play, especially autonomous self-learning systems that can immediately respond to changes and individual specifications with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). These systems depend on consistent data, sensors, connectivity that includes Industrial 5G, and the integration of shop-floor technologies in corporate information technology (IT).


This is from the same developer who created while True: learn(), a popular and positively rated puzzle/simulation that also deals with Machine Learning to try and understand your cat. Seems Luden.io have a bit of a theme here, as Learning Factory is all about a certain genius building a factory on Mars to try and work through understanding cats. Yep. 041b061a72


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