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Best practice example 5: ESB Logistics Learning Factory at ESB Business School at Reutlingen University, Germany

  • After the initiator of the ESB Logistics Learning Factory, Prof. Vera Hummel had made experience in developing and implementing a concept for a Learning Factory for Advanced Industrial Engineering (aIE) at the University of Stuttgart, Institute IFF between 2005 and 2008, she was appointed as a full professor at ESB Business School, a faculty of Reutlingen University in March 2010. Lacking a realistic, hands on learning and teaching environment of industrial scale for its industrial engineering students, first ideas for a Learning Factory that would strongly focus on all aspects of production logistics were drafted in 2012. Already back then, a strong integration of virtual and physical factory was desired: While the Learning Factory itself would be physical, the neighboring partners along the supply chain, such as suppliers or distribution warehouses, could be added in a fully virtual way. Considering implementation of the ESB Logistics Learning Factory a strategic initiative of the university, initial funding was provided by the faculty ESB Business School itself. Following its own creed, to provide future-oriented training for the region, also primarily local suppliers and manufacturers were selected as equipment providers to the new Learning Factory. During the initialization phase, 2014, a total of three researchers and nine students worked approximately four months to set up a first assembly line, storage racks, AGVs, or pick-by-light systems in conjunction with the underlying didactical concept. Since then, several hundred of students have participated in trainings and lectures held in the ESB Logistics Learning Factory, several research projects were carried out, and multiple high-level politicians and industry executives have been touring the shop floor. Also, more than EUR 2 million in research and infrastructure funds could be secured for expansion and upgrade — allowing the ESB Logistics Learning Factory today to represent many core aspects of an Industrie 4.0 production environment.

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Author of HS ReutlingenHummel, Vera; Ranz, Fabian; Schuhmacher, Jan
Erschienen in:Learning factories : concepts, guidelines, best-practice examples
Place of publication:Cham
Editor:Eberhard Abele
Document Type:Book chapter
Publication year:2019
Page Number:5
First Page:350
Last Page:354
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:670 Industrielle und handwerkliche Fertigung
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt