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Production ramp-up on learning islands

  • The increase in product variance and shorter product lifecycles result in higher production ramp-up frequencies and promote the usage of mixed-model lines. The ramp-up is considered a critical step in the product life cycle and in the automotive industry phases of the ramp-up are often executed on separated production lines (pilot lines) or factories (pilot plants) to verify processes and to qualify employees without affecting the production of other products in the mixed-model line. The required financial funds for planning and maintaining dedicated pilot lines prevent small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the application. Hence, SMEs require different tools for piloting and training during the production ramp-up. Learning islands on which employees can be trained through induced and autonomous learning propose a solution. In this work, a concept for the development and application which contains the required organization, activities, and materials is developed through expert interviews. The results of a case study application with a medium-sized automotive manufacturer show that learning islands are a viable tool for employee qualification and process verification during the ramp-up of mixed-model lines.

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Author of HS ReutlingenAugustin, Harald; Rixe, Christoph
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:learning island; production ramp-up; qualification; training
Page Number:6
First Page:1
Last Page:6
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Open Access