Development of an Approach for a 'Cross Learning Factory Product Production System' for Circular Economy

7 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2023

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Jan Schuhmacher

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School

Jonas Barth

Institute of Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools

Nada Ruzicic

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School

Antonio Kreß

Institute of Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools

Marius Knott

Ruhr-University Bochum

Vasiliki C. Panagiotopoulou

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras 26504, Greece

Panagiotis Stavropoulos

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras, 26504, Greece

Bernd Kuhlenkötter

Ruhr-University Bochum

Vera Hummel

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School

Date Written: June 7, 2023

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Circular Economy, Production Systems, Learning Factory Networks, Product Life Cycle, Competency Requirements

Suggested Citation

Schuhmacher, Jan and Barth, Jonas and Ruzicic, Nada and Kreß, Antonio and Knott, Marius and Panagiotopoulou, Vasiliki C. and Stavropoulos, Panagiotis and Kuhlenkötter, Bernd and Hummel, Vera, Development of an Approach for a 'Cross Learning Factory Product Production System' for Circular Economy (June 7, 2023). Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Learning Factories (CLF 2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4472089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4472089

Jan Schuhmacher (Contact Author)

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School ( email )

Reutlingen
Germany

Jonas Barth

Institute of Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools ( email )

Nada Ruzicic

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School

Antonio Kreß

Institute of Production Management, Technology, and Machine Tools

Otto-Berndt-Straße
2
Darmstadt, 64287
Germany

Marius Knott

Ruhr-University Bochum

Vasiliki C. Panagiotopoulou

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras 26504, Greece ( email )

Panagiotis Stavropoulos

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras, Patras, 26504, Greece ( email )

Greece

Bernd Kuhlenkötter

Ruhr-University Bochum

Vera Hummel

Reutlingen University - ESB Business School ( email )

Alteburgstr. 150
Reutlingen, 72762
Germany

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