Smart Production Lab

Strategic focus ‘Digitalisation’

The underlying concept behind the Smart Production Lab

Strategische Ausrichtung Digitalisierung

The Institute of Industrial Management at FH JOANNEUM Kapfenberg, working with an internationally renowned industrial company, has developed a roadmap to guide businesses along the Industry 4.0 path.

Industry 4.0 is the comprehensive application of information and communications technology (ICT) and its connection to the Internet of Things (IoT) in order to create real-time capabilities in production. Autonomous objects such as components, warehousing and conveyor systems, robots, machines and equipment, mobile communications and real-time sensors allow decentralised control of the manufacturing process. While in large companies – many operating in the automotive sector – Industry 4.0 has already been established in a multitude of ways, the rapid pace of digitalisation has not been matched by SMEs.

The Institute of Industrial Management, working with an internationally renowned industrial company, has developed a roadmap to guide businesses along the Industry 4.0 path, offering SMEs systematic support in introducing Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 Roadmap

The Industry 4.0 Roadmap consists of three phases – analysis, targets and realisation, and is subdivided into six stages. The stages are completed successively to ensure that the business systematically identifies its current Industry 4.0 maturity level based on the existing competences and targets set.

The roadmap is based on five maturity level models, which cover the fields of purchasing, production, intralogistics, sales and human resources. The areas of purchasing, production, intralogistics and sales are defined using the concept of value stream analysis as this takes all relevant divisions into account. In the individual fields of action themselves, the focus is placed on internal vertical IT integration, and cross-company horizontal IT integration. The supplementary maturity level model for human resources cuts across all action fields, and covers the necessary competences and organisational requirements; this is presented separately in order to underscore the position and relevance of the workforce as a key element in Industry 4.0. The five maturity level models in the roadmap are used to determine the current status of Industry 4.0 maturity in each field of action.

For each area of activity the current state is assessed in order to define the target state and determine the requisite measures needed to achieve it. These measures are then evaluated in order to set priorities and filter the actions.

In the final phase, the evaluated measures are selected and entered into a balanced scorecard. Finally, the individual roadmap for the business is defined, and the chronological sequence of the planned measures established in the form of concrete projects.