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Cursus: 202000163
Industry 4.0 with Human Touch
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)15
VoertaalEngels B.P. Sullivan
VorigeVolgende 5
dr. A. Abhishta
prof.dr. J.L. van den Berg
Examinator P.K. Chemweno
dr. E. Constantinides
dr. V.F. Delke
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After this course the student:
  • Can explain which technologies play an important role in the development of Industry 4.0
  • Can describe potential applications of Industry 4.0 technologies for existing manufacturing processes and assembly operations
  • Can critique the challenges and expected opportunities of Industry 4.0 technologies that academics and practitioners perceive
After completion of this course, students will:
  • be able to embed I4.0 in the business disciplinary context of supply management, marketing, production and organizational behavior / leadership,
  • be able to explain the I3.0 state-of-the-art in theses disciplines,
  • be able to conduct simple cost-benefit analyses for I4.0 implementations,
  • be able to critically discuss possible developments induced by I4.0 techniques and make situation specific recommendations for firms to seize the opportunities the fourth industrial revolution is offering,
  • be able to discuss and explain strategic options firms have to adopt their business models to the fast changing technology induced change.

Computer Science:
After completion of this course students will:
  • Understand the essential role of ICT in the developments towards I4.0.
  • Be able to identify new opportunities enabled by ICT in the context of smart industry
  • Be able to explain the vulnerabilities regarding e.g. security, privacy etc. involved with the introduction of (advanced) ICT in industrial context.
  • Be able to judge the opportunities of data science in the context of I4.0 and to apply data science in simple I4.0 use-cases.

After completion of this course students will:
  • The students will be able to explain patterns of socio-technical change and link them to developments related to Industry 4.0.
  • Students will develop a critical and reflective view on technological promises and visions from a holistic perspective that includes its societal effects in a broader sense.
  • Students are able to identify challenges and opportunities with regard to sustainability, legal issues and working conditions related to the introduction of industry 4.0 type innovations.

At this moment a large change in industry takes place, the so called fourth industrial revolution. This revolution involves advances in underlying technologies, e.g. production and ICT, changes in the business models of firms and is likely to have a deep impact on our society. New manufacturing technologies, extensive digitization, interweaving of machines and organisations (Internet of Things) have a huge impact on industry. This minor “Industry 4.0 with Human Touch” gives an overview of several fields of interest that have implications for this fourth industrial revolution. It prepares students for their future in state of the art industries. The minor is divided in courses related to technology, computer science, business and society and at the end a project brings all these topics together.
This minor consists 4 elective courses, where to choose 3 out of 4. The choice depends on the educational background of the student.
A plenary part introduces Industry 4.0 and how it evolved from the industrial revolution 3 to where it is now and will be in the future. The four fields of interest, technology, business, computer science and society, will be explained and their relation with each other and with Industry 4.0.

Technology (3EC) (Dr. Brendan P. Sullivan )
As part of the BSc minor “Industry 4.0” this course complements the business, computer science and society modules with discussing the technological component of technological change and innovation based on the example of Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0, also referred to as Smart industry in the Netherlands, is amongst other things about the next generation of technologies. New modular approaches, as well as (next generation) robotics, new ways of manufacturing (for example 3D printing) and ubiquitous sensors will enable cost-effective flexible manufacturing to meet the pecific demands by customers. The following topics will be addressed:
  • Additive manufacturing: with additive layer manufacturing (3D printing) physical objects are produced decentral by transferring the digital plans to a printing unit which then brings forward the physical object.
  • Robotics & mechatronics: The potential of deploying (collaborative) robots for improving the production of small series-sizes by increasing the level of automation. Regulations and safety considerations for human-robot collaboration.
  • Digital twins: Devices can have a “digital twin”, which is a technology allowing to represent the physical object as a digital replica of itself. All components are represented, their interconnectedness is simulated. The digital twin can be used, for instance, to run simulations and to compare similar operative systems among each other, recommending changes based on empirics. Mutual learning becomes possible.
  • Advanced manufacturing: using sensors for constant monitoring of the production process with the aim of realising error-free production.
  • Flexible manufacturing: making products with a high product variety, new operation management strategies (from make to stock to make to order), and tailor-made products for prices competitive to mass production.
These technologies complement each other.

Business (3EC) (Dr. Vincent Delke)
As part of the BSc minor “Industry 4.0” this course complements the technology, society and computer science modules with providing insights on and discussing possible options of the implications of I4.0 for business, based on the “Twente I4.0 vision”.
The content of the course is oriented along the hypotheses developed in the context of the “Twente I4.0 vision”, which identified four directions:
H1: Digital market places instead of integrated supply chains [domain: supply chain management]
H2: Life-cycle solutions instead of finished products [domain: marketing]

H3: Decentral co-creation networks replacing centralized steering [domain: organizational behaviour]
Cost benefit analysis for I4.0 implementations
For each of the four areas students will get introductory lectures and then complete an assignment specific to one of them, which will serve as input to a concluding conference linking the development paths.
In detail:
H1: Introduction into supply chain management, historical development from integrated firms to network firms, strategic management embedding (relational view of the firm), introduction to I3.0 applications in the supply chain (e-procurement, e-markets, advanced planning, ERP backbone), introduction of changes induced to I4.0 technologies such as blockchain and its influence on supply chains, discussion of possible applications such as machine-to-machine ordering and autonomous negotiation and their operative and strategic implications
H2: Introduction to marketing, digital marketing and solution selling, introduction to I3.0 applications in marketing (CRM, sales portals, product configurators), introduction of changes induced by I4.0 technologies such as digital twins, discussion of possible applications such as smart products and life-cycle selling and their operative and strategic implications
H3: Introduction to organizational behaviour, from central leadership models to self-organised teams, from scientific management to intrapreneurship, reaction to digital work environment, introduction to I3.0 applications in firms (IT support of decision making), introduction of changes induced by I4.0 technologies such as electronic market places, discussion of possible applications such as self-managed teams with autonomous workers as suppliers and their operative and strategic implications
Cost benefit analysis for I4.0 implementations…..

Computer science (3EC) (Prof. Dr. Hans van den Berg)
As part of the BSc minor “Industry 4.0” this course complements the technology, business and society modules with discussing the computer science component of technological change and innovation based on the example of Industry 4.0.
Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a major role in the developments towards Industry 4.0. Industries and companies are integrating new and mostly Internet-based ICT into their complete value chains in order to improve efficiency and flexibility, and enable better, personalized products. In this course we will provide the necessary basis in ICT and discuss recent advances in ICT crucial in the context of Industry 4.0.
Topics that will be discussed in the course:
  • Internet-of-things, cloud computing and cyber-physical systems: what are these, and how do they form part of SI/I4.0
  • First principles of data science, incl. data analysis and AI, e.g. for autonomous production control and predictive maintenance
  • New opportunities with ultra-fast mobile/wireless communications (5G and beyond)
  • Cyber security, Blockchain

Society (3EC) (Dr. Casey Lynch)
As part of the BSc minor “Industry 4.0” this course complements the technology, business and computer science modules with providing societal and environmental perspective on technological change and innovation based on the example of Industry 4.0.
The visions and promises of Industry 4.0 develop an optimistic picture of highly productive, resource efficient and interconnected companies and industries. These aspects are crucial to enable collaborative strategies to cope with sustainability challenges (pollution, natural resources scarcity, climate change, social exclusion, etcetera). For the sustainability related topics, strategies such as circular economy, industrial ecology, certifications schemes (ISO14001 and Corporate Social Responsibility) in relation to Industry 4.0 are discussed.
The society component starts with developing a basic understanding of typical patterns of socio-technical change in general, and the role of promises and visions in particular. Then, challenges and opportunities with regard to sustainability, legal issues and working conditions related to the introduction of industry 4.0 type innovations will be addressed. Students choose a technology relevant for Industry 4.0 and apply the insights gained in classes to this particular technology.

Project (6EC) (Dr. Brendan P. Sullivan )
Combination of the 4 disciplines. You will do research at a company. You will investigate the maturity of the company according to Industry 4.0 and the topics of the courses. This is called the current state of the company. Starting with that current state you will create a roadmap for the company to come to the future state in Industry 4.0. To do so you need to apply and combine the knowledge you gained in the courses.

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Course material
t.b.d. (no books, but book chapters, papers etc.)







Project supervised

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Self study without assistance




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Final Assignment

Computer science

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Project assignment

Conference, presentation, report

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