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Ready for the smart factory?

05-13-2014 06:52 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Fraunhofer IAO

“FutureKomp 4.0” aims at identifying Industry 4.0 skills needs ahead of time

The advent of smartphones in factories not only fundamentally changes production processes, but also impacts manufacturing companies’ personnel policy. Industry 4.0 brings with it changes to the world of work that call for innovative further training concepts. As part of the FutureKomp 4.0 project, the University of Stuttgart’s IAT, which collaborates closely with Fraunhofer IAO, is working to identify which skills will be needed in the future and to draw up a basic concept for production-related training.

Industrial production is encountering a technological development that will dovetail the real and virtual worlds into an Internet of Things, Data and Services within the “smart factory”. The introduction of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) into industrial production processes promises sustainable increases in productivity and flexibility for manufacturing companies. In Germany, this topic goes by the name “Industry 4.0.”

Until now, Industry 4.0 has been seen as a predominantly technical matter. However, it is also a development that will change future production work, calling for different competences from the employees working in manufacturing in the future. A forward-looking personnel policy relies on identifying these skill requirements in good time, and it is as part of such policies that ongoing skill development via practical, work-related training becomes critically important.

The “FutureKomp 4.0 – future competences in industry 4.0” project strives to identify future Industry 4.0 skill requirements at an early stage. A basic production-related training concept will also be developed to ensure perfect dovetailing between technological and organizational requirements and the development of practical, work-related competences. This approach, which is suitable for SMEs, will enable companies to react flexibly to new technological and organizational changes.

Funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Finance and Economics, the project will also hold expert talks and workshops with managers and employees from interested companies. Further information is available from the specified contact.

More information:
http://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/lang-en/business-areas/service-and-human-resources-management/1099-ready-for-the-smart-factory.html

Fraunhofer IAO

The basis for all work undertaken at the Fraunhofer IAO is a deep conviction that business success in a globalised arena is contingent on an ability to profitably leverage new high-tech potentials. In order to optimally exploit these opportunities, companies must be capable of developing and implementing customer and employee-oriented technologies faster than their competitors. Work organisation concepts must be simultaneously innovative and anthropocentric. A systematic design, in other words, is the outcome of pooled management and technical expertise. This holistic perspective when it comes to project processing ensures that equal consideration is given to commercial success, employees' interests and social consequences.

Through its close cooperation with the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart, Fraunhofer IAO unites basic university research with applied science and business practice.

Contact:
Bernd Dworschak
Competence Management
Fraunhofer IAO
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone +49 711 970-2042
Email bernd.dworschak@iao.fraunhofer.de

Helmut Zaiser
Competence Management
Fraunhofer IAO
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone +49 711 970-2042
Email helmut.zaiser@iao.fraunhofer.de

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