The Lab makes modern, Industry 4.0 technologies available and testable, the application of which at the company level can have a significant efficiency-increasing effect. Laboratory users can first view the possibilities of developing a Smart Factory concept with the help of a physical model, and then they can perform the development and simulation of the concept themselves in an AR (Augmented Reality) environment.
There are various Industry 4.0 tools and methods as part of the production line simulation: RFID (automatic presence detection of materials), XDK sensor (real-time detection of physical parameters), AR (Augmented reality applications), VR (Virtual reality - virtual reality applications) SAP ERP (enterprise structure mapping into an integrated digital environment), IRID-RTLS infrared indoor localization technology.
Using all these technologies, the production line simulation consists of seven workstations and two supermarkets. The system provides an opportunity to compare production cycles based on the “traditional” and “smart factory” concepts, to learn about data-driven business procedures, and to present the role of business intelligence in supporting corporate decision-making. Digital tools - using modern Data Scientist, Business Analyst methods and technologies - also answer the important question of what environmental parameters should be measured to optimize business processes.
The data set created during the simulation activity can be processed with the help of modern analytical tools and methods in order to get a more accurate picture of what happened during the process, why it could have happened, and what could have happened based on all this. Thus, based on the historical data generated during the production simulation, the necessary analytical work (dashboards, KPIs, creation of analytical models) can be performed, and then predictive analytical models (ML / DL algorithms) can be used to create plans for the future in order to support decisions more effectively. Thus, in addition to becoming familiar with specific business processes and technologies, a business value-creating effect is also achieved.
The educational environment of the simulation lab aims to develop the hard and soft skills needed by future employees so that it can reduce the gap between industry and education and the corporate retraining periods in the most efficient way.