Sustainable Production Through Competency Development in Smart Manufacturing

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Abstract

With the increasing global emphasis on sustainability, it is crucial to explore strategies that enable industries to adopt environmentally friendly and resource-efficient manufacturing processes. The study specifically focuses on enhancing the competencies of professionals in additive manufacturing, a multidisciplinary field encompassing mechanical engineering, electronics, and computer science, to contribute to sustainable production practices. Problem-centered and guided expert interviews were conducted with 12 experts from diverse industries to accomplish this. The interviews were transcribed verbatim, and Mayring's content analysis method was employed to evaluate the transcripts. This methodology identified vital competencies, including knowledge of technology and materials, part identification skills, and a comprehensive understanding of the AM process chain. The findings also highlighted the significance of soft or interpersonal skills, such as teamwork, effective communication, adapting to multicultural and diverse environments, and more. Furthermore, the interviews revealed opportunities for sustainability and emphasized the importance of increased collaboration among companies and universities involved in AM. The insights gained from this research will inform the development of training programs and guidelines to foster sustainable production in advanced manufacturing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1437-1441
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9798350323153
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2023 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 18 Dec 202321 Dec 2023

Publication series

Name2023 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2023

Conference

Conference2023 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2023
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period18/12/2321/12/23

Keywords

  • Industry 4.0
  • additive manufacturing
  • competency development
  • sustainable production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Decision Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Strategy and Management

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