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

Indicator system setting and methodology improvement

The main results of the work package T3 is an impact indicator system. This system, which combines a set of metrics, has to provide both measurable indicators and qualitative impact indicators to enable the tracking of improvements regarding the transfer and adoption of FoF practices in a holistic picture. A target of this indicator system is the ability to follow these improvements especially on the long run after the end of this project and to increase the transparency of the progresses regarding FoF-adoption in the Alpine Space. This allows policy makers as well as companies to benchmark their activities and analyze their potentials and progresses.

D.T3.1.1 Set of measurable impact indicators & D.T3.1.2 Set of qualitative impact indicators

WPT3 aims at developing and validating an impact indicator system to track effective improvements after transfer and adoption of enabling FoF practices in manufacturing enterprises. In addition to enterprises, the results of WPT3 address regional and national public authorities aiming to enhance the innovative growth of the manufacturing sector. The impact indicator system directly builds on the findings of WPT2 and helps to improve the given methodology for innovation and knowledge transfer towards a factory of the future.

In order to address a broad range of stakeholders, the results are further subdivided into three different categories. Particularly, three sets of indicators are defined, focusing on a national, on a regional and on a company level perspective. The first two categories aim at evaluating the environment of manufacturing enterprises in the alpine space, regarding the success factors defined in WPT2. The last category presents an impact indicator system directly addressing manufacturing enterprises. The objective of this indicator system, which is based on the IPOO-framework, is to support the transformation towards a factory of the future by proposing a set of both quantitative and qualitative key performance indicators (KPI).

The impact indicator system on company level covers sets of quantitative, but also qualitative indicators. Even if all KPIs are embedded in the same impact indicator system, this paper only focuses on the presentation of quantitative indicators. The qualitative assessment is therefore presented in the deliverable D.T3.1.2.

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D.T3.2.1 Thematic workshops for testing impact indicators

The local workshop in Vienna, organized by Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and the Wirtschaftsagentur Wien, took place on the 22nd of February 2018 in the TU Wien Pilotfabrik. The target of this workshop was the validation of the developed impact indicator system with companies.

The local workshop in Stuttgart, organized by bwcon took place on the 21st of March 2018 at the event rooms of bwcon. The target of this workshop was a second validation of the developed impact indicator system with companies. In contrast to the first workshop in Vienna, which focuses on technology implementation in a general way this workshop dealt with different use cases of one technology: Virtual and Augmented Reality in the manufacturing value chain.

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D.T3.2.2 Reports on indicators improvement in pilot tests

This deliverable aims at presenting the specific outcomes and the main points of discussion which resulted from these world-café sessions. The findings exert a critical influence on the improvement of the methodology in the previous deliverables  -especially D.T3.3.1 (see above).

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D.T3.3.1 Set of guidelines to integrate impact indicators to innovation processes

This deliverable concludes the last activity of WPT3 and completes the framework of the impact indicator system. While the previous deliverables cover the elaboration and evaluation of the impact indicator system, this deliverable focuses on the development of guidelines to successfully integrate the framework in companies. The guidelines are defined from a companies’ perspective, proposing good practices regarding the adaption of the impact indicator system to the organizational structure as well as its correct application. The results of the workshops, held in activity A.T3.2 provide critical input to the development of guidelines. Additionally, a literature research was performed in order to include already existing approaches and recommendations in the development of guidelines.

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