Production Ramp-up on learning islands

6 Pages Posted: 23 May 2023

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Christoph Rixe

Reutlingen University; University of Stuttgart

Harald Augustin

Reutlingen University

Date Written: May 23, 2023


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.

Keywords: Production ramp-up; learning island; training; qualification

Suggested Citation

Rixe, Christoph and Augustin, Harald, Production Ramp-up on learning islands (May 23, 2023). Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2023), Available at SSRN: or

Christoph Rixe (Contact Author)

Reutlingen University ( email )

University of Stuttgart ( email )


Harald Augustin

Reutlingen University ( email )

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