BIFOCAlps

Boosting Innovation in Factory of the Future Value Chain in the Alps

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  • ISL 2017, Ljubljana

    We are proud to announce that Vorarlberg University of Vorarlberg (FHV), namely Mr. Martin Dobler, participated at the well-known 22nd International Symposium on Logistics held in Ljubljana (09-12 July 2017) and represented the BIFOCAlps project consortium. Mr. Dobler presented a scholarly article titled: "ON THE INTEGRATION OF INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS ECOSYSTEMS IN PRODUCTION AND INDUSTRY 4.0 SETTINGS".

    Abstract: In this paper, we describe trends in supply chain management as well as production and lay out what emerging technologies are enabling these fields. In the upcoming years, the challenge for the sectors will be the combination of cyber-physical systems both from the machinery of the production line as well as the supply chain. The way to achieve this goal is the integration of data and local intelligence using smart local devices with decentralised decision making, whereas advanced IoT technologies are a key enabler. This paper gives an introduction into emerging technologies, shows how organisation borders can be crossed, and finally describes how to use Industry 4.0 approaches in logistics service ecosystems.

  • ICE/ITMC, Madeira

    We are proud to announce that Vorarlberg University of Vorarlberg (FHV), namely Mr. Martin Dobler, participated at the well-known International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE/ITMC) held in Madeira (27-29 June 2017) and represented the BIFOCAlps project consortium. Mr. Dobler presented a scholarly article titled: "Innovation and Emerging ICT in Logistics for Europe". This scholarly article were presented and actively discussed in the workshop “Is logistics catching up the pace of emerging technologies?”.

    Abstract: In this paper the authors present how the ecosystem for innovation and ICT for logistics within Europe was shaped and played out in the recent one and a half decades. Better and more intelligent use of logistics’ tangible and intangible resources, ranging from trucks to ICT back-office systems, will become necessary in the upcoming years. Various large-scale projects, programmes, and initiatives have been active and key trends in ICT – from IoT over smart services and the FI-PPP to ITS - were incorporated into the innovation ecosystem. Nevertheless, the final widespread integration and harvesting of its benefits is outstanding. Therefore, we present a single European Logistics Innovation Ecosystem which build upon a bottom-up, decentralised approach rather than the usual legacy system based top-down integration approach. The end of the paper presents possible options for innovation system benefits, deployment approaches, and application scenarios.

  • BIFOCAlps Intermediate Conference 1: Industry 4.0 by SME: Dynamic, pragmatic and operational

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    BifocAlps Conference: Industry 4.0 by SME: Dynamic, pragmatic and operational
     

    BifocAlps conference, held on 20th June in Bled, Slovenia, showed us successful cases presented by the SMEs which have implemented the I4.0 and what was their journey. It focused on particular challenges and answered specific questions about the I4.0 planning, financing, implementation and next steps by the SMEs. As there is no one single and general approach and solution to the I4.0 implementation, the value of this session and discussion came out of the first hand experiences shared by the companies. The cases were segmented according to the strategic and business expected outcome as a major reason why companies decided to go the I4.0 way. *** read more ***

  • Annual Meeting of the Logistic Research Austria (LRA)

    FHV participated the annual meeting of the Logistic Research Austria. FHV took the chance to get in contact with representatives from different organizations, universities and institutions to discuss the ongoing and future strategies of digitalization and how it changes our way of manufacturing, engineering, etc. *** read more ***

     

  • 8th Annual Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI 2017): Information and Operational Decision Sciences

    DPIA participated at this years EDSI conference and presented paper "Shifting operations to factory of the future: A survey of European manufacturing companies". EDSI is the European division of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), a non-profit organization of scholars and executives interested in decision making in private and public organizations. EDSI is the European network focused on multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities in the field of Decision Sciences. The Conference theme is “Information and Operational Decision Sciences: The Interplay of Information Technology and Operational Decision Sciences”. *** read more ***