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  • Dr. Yaibuathet gave SME 5.0 keynote speech to Thai SMEs

    By Sakgasem Ramingwong on August 15th, 2023

    Asst. Prof. Dr. Korrakot Y. Tippayawong gave SME 5.0 keynote speech to Thai SMEs during a Ministry of Industry conference. The event was held at Chiang Mai University Science and Techonolgy Park (CMU STeP) on August 15, 2023.

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  • Secondment

    By Vladimír Modrák on June 22nd, 2023

    Active attendance at ISIEA Symposium 2nd International Symposium on Industrial Engineering and Automation: Towards a Smart, Resilient and Sustainable Industry, held on 22nd-23rd June 2023, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

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  • Secondment

    By Vladimír Modrák on June 1st, 2023

    Conceptualization of a research paper with a working title Transition of SMEs Towards Digital Transformation: Current Requirements and Future Expectations.

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  • MUL Professor to visit LSP in Thailand

    By Sakgasem Ramingwong on May 26th, 2023

    On May 26, 2023, Professor Dr. Manuel Woschank and Ph.D. candiate Mr. Marcus Schlager, the first two secondees from Montanuniversitaet Leoben to Chiang Mai University, took chance to visit Nim See Seng Transport 1998 and Nim See Seng Cold Storage. The discussion was on the implementation of the automation to the labor intensive consolidation operation at the company. The company is also interested in New Energy Vehicle. Currently, three last mile vehicles were modified into purely Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).

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  • Secondment at Endian srl

    By Vladimír Modrák on May 25th, 2023

    Mapping and analysing current requirements and future expectations in transition of SMEs towards digital business practices.

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  • CMU's Thai Research Team Concludes Project Secondment at Sweden's KTH

    By Rattapol Pinnaratip on May 12th, 2023

    A research team from Chiang Mai University (CMU), Thailand, recently completed a secondment at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden. The team, which comprised members from the SMEs 5.0 Project, included Assistant Professors Salinee Santiteerakul, Assistant Professors Chawis Boonmee, Dr. Tinnakorn Phongthiya, and Dr. Rattapol Pinnaratip. They were hosted by their KTH counterparts from March 30th to May 12th, 2023. During this period, the teams engaged in a multitude of academic activities and initiated new collaborations, focusing on the themes of sustainability and resilience. The first two weeks were dedicated to introductory meetings and project planning. The CMU and KTH team members became familiar with each other's work and reached a consensus on the research activity plan, thereby establishing an action plan for the CMU team's duration in Sweden. In the third week, the KTH team invited the CMU team to attend the Sustainable Transformation Seminars spring 2023 series. The online seminar featured a presentation titled “X production systems: Enablers for sustainable transformation?” by Sara Linderson, an Industrial Ph.D. candidate at KTH-AstraZeneca. This event provided insights into the latest sustainable practices in large corporations, offering potential benefits to the sustainability practices of SMEs. During the fourth week, the teams accompanied KTH’s Associate Professor Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge to visited the smart factory laboratory of Scania in Södertälje. The researchers had insightful discussions with Scania representatives about the current and future technologies being developed at Scania's Smart Factory Lab. Additionally, the CMU team attended a networking event with the Industrial Transformation Platform researchers’ network at the KTH Stockholm campus. This gathering provided broader insights from multiple scholars and industry experts, contributing to a deeper understanding of the project's scope. On May 5th, 2023, KTH’s Assistant Professor Erik Flores Garcia and the CMU team held a meeting with a representative of the Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center AB (MiTC) in Eskilstuna, Sweden. They had fruitful discussions and exchanged information regarding industrial collaboration trends and research, leading to potential future collaborations. The final week of the secondment saw the CMU team attending a meeting at TSS under the RESPIRE program to learn about a new model of circular economy, sustainability, and resilience in business practice. Additionally, they contributed to a RESPIRE meeting. Assistant Professor Salinee Santiteerakul presented findings from the SMEs 4.0 project under the title “Digitalization at SMEs: Findings from a Study on Thai SMEs Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment”, and Assistant Professor Chawis Boonmee discussed “Disaster Management in SMEs: Lessons Learned and Case Examples from Thailand”. The secondment concluded on May 12th, 2023, after which the CMU team will continue their contributions from their home base at CMU.

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  • Visit to Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center (MiTC)

    By Chawis Boonmee on May 5th, 2023

    We visited the Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center (MiTC) at Eskilstuna, Sweden. We discussed SME 5.0 Project and other projects from MiTC.

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  • RESPIRE Y2 W2: SME resilience: sustainability and industry 5.0 (TSS)

    By Chawis Boonmee on February 3rd, 2023

    Guest lecturer in topic of Disaster management in SMEs, Lessons learned, case examples from Thailand

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  • Presentation of the project results at the “4. Kärntner Logistiktag” of the “Bundesvereinigung Logistik Österreich“

    On November 17th, 2022

    On Thursday, November 17, 2022, Manuel Woschank presented the results of the project SME 4.0 at the “4. Kärntner Logistiktag” of the “Bundesvereinigung Logistik Österreich“ at the University of Klagenfurt. During this presentation, the new EU project SME5.0 was also introduced to the audience.

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  • SME 5.0 project proposal receives funding

    On July 12th, 2022

    We are very pleased to inform that our proposal for the SME 4.0 follow-up project "SME 5.0" application has been positively assessed by the European Commission and will be funded. We look forward to working together in a global network of experts over the next four years to ride the wave towards smarter, more sustainable, and human-centric manufacturing in SMEs.

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