The research field of Smart Sustainable Manufacturing focuses specifically on one of the 17 Global Challenges, namely Responsible Consumption and Production (goal 12). It aims to make the manufacturing industry more sustainable through doing more and better with less. The manufacturing industry can play an important role in the needed sustainable transition. First, it has an important share in the direct environmental impact. Additionally, it an important role in the entire product lifecycle. Finally, the manufacturing industry is an important driver of the (regional) economy.
The research is focussed on the following challenges:
• Smart & flexible (production) technologies: How can the flexibility and efficiency of current multi-stage productions processes be increased by integration of advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and manufacturing technologies like IoT, robotics and Additive Manufacturing.
• Alternative learning practices: The digital transition is manifested at a high pace which causes a knowledge gap on regional job market. Not only initial education but also education and training of the current workforce is need. Who can alternative learning practices contribute to bridge this gap?
• Waste reduction. Circular thinking is key in reducing waste flows. In what way can the product life cycle be closed? Which end-of-life strategies are creating the most added value and how can they be implemented?
|Sector||High Tech Systems Materials
|Focus areas||Applied research
Connection education-labour market
Facilities and labs
Innovation and knowledge transfer
|Type of collaboration||Center of Vocational Excellence|
|Project leader||NHL Stenden|
|Projectleiders||Harm Jan Bouwers
Wilbert Van den Eijnde
|KxA Data Solutions||R2R Reliablity Support|
|Rijksuniversiteit Groningen||Stevens Engineering|
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