FUTURE 4.0 – Local Pilot Action Implementation (Best Practices)

It is without doubt that manufacturing is in a time of great change and technological advancement.

The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution is moving manufacturing forward through technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Robotics, Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual and Augmented Reality among others. These new technologies are helping to advance manufacturing to unprecedented levels, allowing for highly technical, elaborate, and quality manufactured products and processes. However, the disruption caused by new technology calls for new, innovative solutions that result in a change to the skills and competencies that are required by manufacturers. Increasingly intelligent and technical machines and computers that are necessary to engage in the new era of manufacturing will require employees to understand and operate on an equally intelligent level.

The skills necessary to excel in this new environment are rapidly switching from manual to cognitive based skill sets to manage intelligence systems such as robotics, AI, and advanced manufacturing.

In addition, at the light of the fast-changing pace of technology, life-long learning needs to be highlighted within the manufacturing community as it is crucial to close the gap for Industry 4.0.

With the increasing complexity of manufacturing systems, connectivity, exploding number of integrated sensors, etc. the skill level and required depth of knowledge about system integration is and will be changing rapidly. In order for workers to stay relevant in the future, they must be able to adapt to rapidly changing technologies while modifying and adding to their technical knowledge with regard to future innovation.

In the FUTURE 4.0 most of experimental actions have combined the digital learning – webinars, web meetings, web conferencing and virtual training sessions – with face-to-face knowledge transfer and the action learning methodology, experimenting and fostering in this way the recourse to a blended learning approach.

Local Pilot Actions: implementation in the five Adriatic Regions

The involved regions – Veneto, Apulia, Western Greece, Jadranska Hrvatska (Primorje-Gorski Kotar County) and Albania -, despite sharing the same challenges about the shipyard sector and facing the same transformations and the need for their productive systems to be more integrated present considering differences as emerged by the analysis carried out on the state of art of the smart industrial changes, the technologies, the economic situations and the future jobs of the considered ADRION regions. This analysis focused in particular on some relevant criteria: demographic change and labour market, new emerging markets, climate change and especially acceleration of technological progress.

In the document Local Pilot Action Implementation (Best Practices) we presented and analysed more in deep, for each of the main phases of DISSEMINATION, AWARENESS, ACQUISITION and TRANSFORMATION, some actions implemented within the five Local Pilot Actions which represent Best Practices as particular relevant in terms of knowledge transfer on technologies 4.0, contents dealt, target companies and participants involved, results and companies’ feedbacks. In the document we presented the Best Practices, selected by partners for their regions, according to the most successful actions implemented in their Local Pilot Action.

The main purpose of the FUTURE 4.0 has been to break these barriers to innovation between university, centre of research and enterprises by developing an experimental model of knowledge transfer addressed to the companies operating in the naval Industry, Shipbuilding and the related supply chain and implementing new methodologies that cut time from theory and applied knowledge.

Please find the whole Local Pilot Action Implementation (Best Practices) document here: FUTURE 4.0_DT3.2.1_LPAs implementation_DEF