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Development of an approach for a "Cross Learning Factory Product Production System" for circular economy

  • Circular economy aims to support reuse and extends the product life cycles through repair, remanufacturing, upgrades and retrofits, as well as closing material cycles through recycling. To successfully manage the necessary transformation processes to circular economy, manufacturing enterprises rely on the competency of their employees. The definition of competency requirements for circular economy-oriented production networks will contribute to the operationalization of circular economy. The International Association of Learning Factories (IALF) statesin its mission the development of learning systems addressing these challenges for training of students and further education of industry employees. To identify the required competencies for circular economy, the major changes of the product life cycle phases have been investigated based on the state of the science and compared to the socio-technical infrastructure and thematic fields of the learning factories considered in this paper. To operationalize the circular economy approach in the product design and production phase in learning factories, an approach for a cross learning factory network (so called "Cross Learning Factory Product Production System (CLFPPS)") has been developed. The proposed CLFPPS represents a network on the design dimensions of learning factories. This approach contributes to the promotion of circular economy in learning factories as it makes use of and combines the focus areas of different learning factories. This enables the CLFPPS to offer a holistic view on the product life cycle in production networks.

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Author of HS ReutlingenHummel, Vera; Schuhmacher, Jan; Ruzicic, Nada
Erschienen in:Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2023), 9-11 May 2023, Reutlingen
Place of publication:Rochester, NY
Document Type:Conference proceeding
Publication year:2023
Tag:circular economy; competency requirements; learning factory networks; product life cycle; production systems
Page Number:7
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access