A STRATEGIC ROADMAP
TOWARDS THE NEXT LEVEL OF INTELLIGENT,
SUSTAINABLE AND HUMAN-CENTRED SMEs

We proudly present SME 5.0, an EU funded Flag of European Union pioneering global research academic endeavor empowering small and medium enterprises, shaping the future of business through intelligent, sustainable, and human-centered solutions, building upon the success of the SME 4.0 project.

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Intelligent Sustainable and Human-Centered SMEs

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Partners

€1.2M

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  • SME 5.0 presentation for TFO high school students

    By Erwin Rauch on January 8th, 2024

    What does sustainability mean and how can SMEs in general and along the mobility value chain change their manufacturing and design processes towards a more circular, rather than linear, economy? This and much more has been discussed in a short lecture for 20 high school students of Technological highschool in Bruneck. Sttudents have been welcomed in the new Sustainable Manufacturing Lab of the faculty of Engineering, where Prof. Erwin Rauch hold a short lecture about Sustainability & Circular Economy. 'It is crucial for our students to explain already in this age what is the potential and what are possible measures for making SMEs more sustainable', so Sabine Schneider, teacher at the Technological High School of Brunico.

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  • Secondment TUM-PFW

    By Marc Wegmann on December 14th, 2023

    Marc Wegmann from TUM visited Prof. David Cochran from PFW from the beginning of November until mid of December 2023. The activities carried out during the secondment included the work on a design decomposition for Industry 5.0 and the preperation of a questionnaire that will be sent out and analyzed within the stakeholder network of SME 5.0. Additionally, Marc Wegmann together with his colleagues and Prof. Cochran hold an industry workshop (mainly SMEs) in West Lafayett regarding the implementation barriers of Industry 5.0.

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  • Workshop during TUM-PFW secondment)

    By Marc Wegmann on December 12th, 2023

    Marc Wegmann from TUM visited Prof. David Cochran from PFW from the beginning of November until mid of December 2023. The activities carried out during the secondment included the work on a design decomposition for Industry 5.0 and the preperation of a questionnaire that will be sent out and analyzed within the stakeholder network of SME 5.0. Additionally, Marc Wegmann together with his colleagues and Prof. Cochran hold an industry workshop (mainly SMEs) in West Lafayett regarding the implementation barriers of Industry 5.0. The workshop included the provision of an overview of the Industry 5.0 pillars. Afterwards, the participants derived use cases in the field of Industry 5.0 based on their company experiences. A structured brainstorming emphasizing the underlying problem statement, the technical solution, the value proposition and the system barriers was used. For selected use cases, implementation barriers were identified by the participants. These barriers were identified by providing the framework of an Ishikawa diagram. In the afternoon of the workshop, the participants got to know the smart manufacturing labs of Purdue University in West Layafette to experience som of the discussed use cases in a real world application. The workshop serves as a pilot workshop that will be carried out with other partners in the future.

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  • Winter-Secondment at Purdue University (USA)

    By Sarah Wagner on December 10th, 2023

    North America in the winter - isn't that boring? Purdue University and Fort Wayne proved me wrong. Even in winter, there is plenty to do at the university and in the city near Chicago. During my secondment, I worked with Professor David Cochran, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to research barriers to Industry 5.0 implementation. Despite the colder days, we organized workshops and exchanged ideas in person on how to capture the concepts of Industry 5.0 in a system design composition - no hibernation for the European research project SME 5.0! Besides research, Fort Wayne has a lot to offer in winter: the white snow on the roofs of the colorful houses, Indiana's largest drive-through light display, the botanical garden with winter plants like the poinsettia, the fireworks on New Year's Eve, and finally the numerous parks decorated in the winter evening sun, like the Promenade Park in the attached picture. An experience report by Sarah Wagner from iwb at the Technical University of Munich

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