REACT Research Group "WaPro - Transformable Production Environments"
What is WaPro
Adaptable companies that can react agilely to disruptions in value networks and their production systems are a key to a crisis-proof economy. In the future, Saxon companies must be enabled to recognize risky changes in time and to evaluate them. Their production systems must be able to respond to these changes in a flexible and agile manner.
To achieve the change capability of a production system, five change enablers (universality, mobility, scalability, modularity, and compatibility) are proposed in the literature. It is necessary to investigate these enablers with respect to their operationalizability for production systems of Saxon SMEs and to derive suitable methods for the implementation of changeability. The REACT research group "WaPro - Wandlungsfähige Produktionsumgebungen" (translates as Adaptable production environment) pursues a holistic research approach, which combines the mutability to achieve from the perspectives of people, technology, and organization. To this end, the impact of digital change on socio-technical production systems in manufacturing SMEs are being researched. In doing so, the research group qualifies future specialists for Saxon science and industry to research and design transformational production environments as socio-technical systems that contribute to the preparation of a green, digital and stable recovery of the economy.
In the REACT research group, the young scientists further qualify themselves scientifically and professionally and additionally acquire interdisciplinary key qualifications. During the project, the young scientists will act as multipliers and pass on their expertise and methodological knowledge to students by integrating them into the university's teaching programs.
WaPro aims to qualify young scientists to develop concepts for the restoration and further development of a stable, digital and green Saxon economy. Through the research group, new concepts for the realization of transformable production systems for discrete manufacturing are explored in an interdisciplinary approach. The project results will strengthen the innovative power of the Free State of Saxony in the field of transformable SMEs. To this end, the research group networks the interdisciplinary fields of computer science, business informatics, industrial engineering, business administration, media informatics and industrial science.
Derived from the core objectives "stable, green and digital", the young scientists are investigating the transformation enablers universality, mobility, scalability, modularity and compatibility with regard to their suitability for the operational implementation of the objectives at the four levels of inter-company collaboration (networked value creation), factory planning, machine/plant and human-technology interface. A major focus is on the operationalizability of the enablers for manufacturing SMEs in Saxony.
On the content, methodological side, the goal is to generate synergies through interdisciplinary cooperation between the individual sub-disciplines and to sensitize and motivate young scientists for interdisciplinary and inter-methodological coordination and for the creation of innovative solutions for transformation-capable production systems.
In this project the following component projects are conducted:
- Concepts for the assessment, planning and design of green and resilient value networks – Supervisor: Prof. Reichelt
- Concepts for factory planning and assessment of production systems with regard to resilience, adaptability and decarbonization – Supervisor: Prof. Reichelt
- Concepts for the design of human-machine interfaces in adaptive and resilient manufacturing systems – Supervisor: Prof. Kammer
- Concepts for the design of socio-technical systems for the qualification and competence acquisition of employees in and for resilient, adaptive and self-organizing production systems – Supervisor: Prof. v.d. Weth
- Concepts for cognitive production systems for the realization of resilient and adaptive machines and plants – Supervisor: Prof. Reichelt
For the specialized processing of the component projects, WaPro and associated partners will initially define various scenarios for changeable companies that are relevant for practical application. These form the basis for the work in the individual subprojects and the coordination of the interfaces between the subprojects.
January 2022 to December 2022