Project Summary

Welcome To Our Summer School



Welcome to the 1st International Summer School of the Faculty of Engineering, "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, financed by EEA Financial Mechanism. The present inter-institutional cooperation project with the title: Digital Factory: Concepts, Implementations, Present and Future Challenges aims to answer to the following questions:

  1. Why is the project needed?

Given the fact that the European economy faces difficult economic times and a lot of the low level production has already been outsourced to foreign countries, educating experts and researching in cutting-edge technologies, like those surrounding the Digital Factory, will provide a decisive competitive factor for Europe as an efficient, effective, environmental-friendly and highly technologies production site. In these circumstances, the solution for the European and world economy recovery would reside in the development of modern innovative factories where well-trained and experienced personnel should be attracted to work. 

Thus the present cooperation project, Digital Factory would be an environmentally friendly manufacturing system that decreases pollution by reducing waste in manufacturing. Digital Factory has an impact on the following areas of manufacturing:

1. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

2. Manufacturing goods as close to the end user as possible.

3. Reducing transportation costs by eliminating multiple transfers between factories.

4. Reducing scrap and waste in manufacturing through Additive Fabrication (3D Printing).

5. Reducing waste through customer-based product approval prior to manufacturing.

6. Eliminating of hazardous work environments and heavy machinery.

The “Digital Factory” is considered a network of digital models, methodologies, and applications used to integrate the planning and design of manufacturing facilities with the application process itself. As production facilities represent as large percentage of a manufacturer’s total assets and yearly investments, significant costs savings can result from the integration of facility planning and production planning processes, and the consolidation of operational and maintenance information into a homogenous, readily available environment.

  1. What is the objective of the project?

The proposed cooperation project “Digital Factory: challenges, constraints and opportunities” will discuss different approaches and concepts of dealing with frameworks and models of production integration (both on product and application level), as well as for the management of technology-based industries in combination with the holistic representation of Supply Chains. All the theoretical information will be experienced in practice by the participants in the cooperation project through case studies and use of modelling tools both for production planning and supply chain modelling.

  1. What is the project expected to achieve?

The cooperation project’s aim is to present innovative engineering and information systems solutions as well as their applicability in their inter-disciplinary areas, communication frameworks and tools. This will highlight the structural challenges faced and opportunities available in the production sector when speaking about the “Digital Factory”.

  1. How will the project address these challenges?

The complexity of the task as well as the increasing complexity of products themselves and the product/service integration (e.g. infotainment and satellite services in cars) pose challenges on different levels both in the engineering and business integration. Thus the cooperation project at hand aims to explore modern approaches and techniques within the following fields:

Networked, digital and knowledge-based manufacturing

Factory Lifecycle Management

Factory Data Management

Design Engineering Tools

Modelling, simulation, optimization and visualization of products, factories and processes

Networking and distribution of data, models, tools and computer resources with the support of grid technologies.

  1. Who is expected to benefit?

Direct beneficiaries will be students, in all cycles of studies, who will have the chance to experience a new study and practice environment, which will ensure a smoother inclusion on the labor market. Also academic staffs, both teachers and administrative staffs, will experience new methods of teaching and job shadowing, having the opportunity afterwards to use the acquired knowledge in their future career and activities.

  1. Donor partner and role of partner

The donor partner is Buskerud and Vestfold University College (BVUC)and its role in the partnership will be to provide a course on „Supply Chain Modelling” of the project and to coordinate the student selection process. Buskerud and Vestfold University College will closely coordinate with LBUS the mobility organization of its students and teachers which will participate at project. Their participation in the project would be of benefit to the students and teachers, and would also bring valuable input into the courses.

BVUC will organize Workshop 1 for transferring know-how techniques regarding innovative solutions and cooperation models related to fields of studies which focus on Information Systems, ICT-based innovation, and open source software.

  1. What will the partnership achieve?

All partners will share their best practices and know-how for the improvement of their managerial skills and enhancing new cooperation opportunities both in the field of Engineering - DigiFact, as well as to other attractive field of study/research. In what concerns the organizations’ sustainability, these ones will achieve knowledge in becoming “centers for continuous education” in order to provide future graduates and professionals with the innovative techniques for improving the employability chances.