Highlight: Learning & Innovation Factory (LIF)
The company’s own “Learning & Innovation Factory”, or LIF for short, served as a central lever for implementing this three-pillar strategy. Its training program covers a matrix of skill levels and topics, e.g. regarding Lean & Lean Digital, Six Sigma, Analytics & IoT and Agile. This is intended to enable employees to master the changes brought about by OPEX and Industry 4.0.
The training courses are held in a learning factory: There, employees can gain hands-on experience with all relevant topics and contribute new ideas for fine-tuning certain technologies or solutions before they go into a global roll-out. Here, for example, use cases are created for the use of cobots, AGVs, for machine connection and for digital store floor management as well as for additive manufacturing. All relevant process steps from production and logistics are mapped on fully functional workstations and lines.
Due to the high level of interest from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) industrial ecosystem, LIF will be an essential part of a government program to train the workforce in UAE industry for Industry 4.0 and advanced technologies. The first step is to open up LIF training to employees of many other companies.