Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Industrial Engineering 4.0 - IE in the Era of Industry 4.0 - The German Initiative

Industry 4.0 is a German initiative.  Industrial Engineering 4.0 is also German initiative.

Sources for Learning about it.


 successful companies need Human-Oriented Productivity Management that balances companies' demands on productivity and employee demands on their work and work environment. The REFA methodology provides suitable methods and tools for work organization and personnel management. Currently, the REFA Institute is developing a new REFA Compendium for an innovative work organization that will enable companies to tackle the new challenges of a digitized work environment. The first volume "Work Organization of Successful Companies - Change in the Working World" has recently been published by Carl Hanser Verlag.


REFA Institute: Industry 4.0 requires a reliable database
The traditional strategies and methods of industrial engineering and work data management are currently being reviewed and further developed by the REFA Institute. Methods and tools are aimed at balancing productivity and a sustainable corporate culture, which promotes employee orientation as an important success factor. As a link between science and practice, the REFA Institute will continue to support companies and employees in the current turbulent times and help them adjust to the changing world of work.

OTS: REFA-Institut eV newsroom: http://www.presseportal.de/nr/117515 newsroom via RSS: http://www.presseportal.de/rss/pm_117515.rss2


Departure to a smart enterprise - opportunities and challenges of Industry 4.0

industrial engineering

Tuesday, 17.10.2017 - 16:08
Industry 4.0
Industrial Engineering in Times of Industry 4.0
- Part 1
Digitalization and Industry 4.0 bring new technologies and concepts and should be the solution for companies of the future. However, it is often unclear to companies what added value concrete solutions can bring to their operations, which framework conditions must be met and how the change can be made. This article series presents the challenges for companies and industrial engineering for current fields of action of Industry 4.0 and shows possible solutions.

The Industrial Engineer as designer, optimizer and developer of the operational processes is particularly challenged by the new solutions of digitization and Industry 4.0. He needs the ability to differentiate new technologies  and to grasp the implications for his own company. The topics of Industry 4.0 are complex.  The results of a study by the Academy of Engineering Sciences (acatech) illustrate this [10]. Here companies see above all the topics of the data analysis, the process management and the interdisciplinary acting as important factors for the conversion of new solutions,
In addition to the use of new technological aids, the sustainable implementation of Industry 4.0 also requires organizational development as well as the education and training  of managers and employees so that new systems can be integrated smoothly into the work process.

Industrial engineering is therefore has a chance to partner in the change right from inception. The holistic consideration of the company is increasingly coming into focus, as otherwise a sustainable design and implementation of an Industrie 4.0 solution can not take place. The interdisciplinary nature of the tasks and new requirements for the Industrial Engineer are made clear by the REFA House of Industrial Engineering (Work data management is brought into the IE concerns - I would say on one side productivity analytics is to be developed. The other side is productivity analysis and improvement of data capture, storage, analysis and action)



Participants of the 5th IE symposium (2014) in Dortmund agree:
Industrial Engineers also indispensable in Industry 4.0

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The changes in the world of work due to Industry 4.0 were the focus of the 5th Dortmund IE Conference on June 5, 2014, hosted by the German MTM Association e. V., the Institute for Production Systems (IPS) of the TU Dortmund and the RIF e. V. Institute of Research and Transfer. More than 250 participants experienced exciting lectures and discussions about the digital factory, human-robot cooperation, industrial data mining and industrial engineering as an important design factor in Industry 4.0.

The main topics of the IE conferences in Dortmund since the first event in 2006 reflect a good deal the development of industrial engineering in Germany. Thus, the methods and tools of the IE under the terms Lean and holistic production system celebrated a rebirth. Later it was about the position determination "Between Taylor and Toyota". In 2010, under the slogan "Prospective planning and continuous improvement", the new role of the Industrial Engineer as process manager, who also has system and problem-solving competence in addition to the methodological competence, came into focus. The symposium 2012 was dedicated to the topic "developing and developing core competence". Not a year later, the beginning of a new era was proclaimed for production work in Germany: Industry 4.0,

Smart Factory: evolution instead of revolution

For Prof. dr. Jochen Deuse, head of the Institute for Production Systems of the TU Dortmund, is certain that the renaissance of IE has not ended with Industry 4.0. "The industrial revolution will change many things - and the Industrial Engineers will have to adapt to it," he emphasized at the beginning of the symposium. Which design paradigm prevails in the industry in the end - the leading organization-centered with Lean Management and Toyota Production System or the technology-centered Industry 4.0 - he dares to make any prognosis. One thing, however, was clear to him: man, technology and organization must also be brought into harmony in the factories of the future - an original task of industrial engineering.

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