Department of Industrial Engineering and Management has been engaged for the long time in the solution of business process performance issues and increasing the competitiveness of the company. Modern software resources are used for these tasks. They are deployed to achieve sustainable development. Four main research directions that are currently being developed and solved in the projects are:
Scope 1 – Digital company
The aim is to support the integration of new technologies collectively called as Industry 4.0 to the enterprise as part of the digitization of its product and processes. In particular, these are integrative aspects of information systems that take into account the development of enterprise data collection through the Internet of Things and their subsequent use for improved planning and decision making, processing of large data with the gradual deployment of elements of virtual and augmented reality and artificial intelligence. An important role is played by the methodological support of the company's readiness and maturity assessment for the transition to industry 4.0, with a specific focus on production, logistics, maintenance, business processes and enterprise information systems.
Scope 2 - Intelligent production management and logistics system
The aim is to develop industrial engineering methods not only in the production of the product, but also in the second half of its life cycle, maintenance and service. A very important aspect throughout the entire life cycle of a product (from product development, production, utilisation to disposal) is cost management and knowledge management.
In the field of manufacturing, our activities are focused on research and development of simulation and optimization algorithms usable for advanced scheduling and production planning. This whole solution contributes to the easier and more accurate implementation of digital twins which is combination of physical and digital world. This is aided by the intensely developing automation and robotics, which brings many tasks connected with their implementation into the production process. Production logistics is an area that all business entities cope with, when in these times an increase in intelligence elements in logistics technology control systems is seen clearly. The basic idea is to optimize the supply of workplaces in the sense of efficient logistical technology utilization, where optimization algorithms will be used in the sense of streamlining supply and storage activities.
Scope 3 – Ergonomics in the concept of sustainable development
Recently, the care of employees in the production process has been developing very intensively with the aim of eliminating damage to their health due to overloading the body. Research in this area is focused at identifying the excessive load of workers with regard to the emergence of occupational diseases. However, with the rising of digitization, the role of a man in the production system is also changing. The routine operations that are being automated are restricted. Part of the ergonomic research is also a human interaction with collaborative robots. Our research is also focused on demographic trends and aging populations.
Scope 4 – Utilisation of virtual reality tools to increase the efficiency of designing production systems
The aim is to explore possibilities with the subsequent application of virtual reality methods and tools in the design of manufacturing systems. The field of virtual reality interferes in many areas from virtual prototyping, through architectural applications, training, visualization to the entertainment industry. Production systems and their design belong to so called virtual engineering. The possibilities of deploying tools and techniques of virtual reality are very extensive, and within the framework of the virtual engineering in the area of design of manufacturing systems, it is the area of development and design of the metaproduct. The development and design of a metaproduct itself includes areas such as virtual prototyping, simulation and design. The tools of virtual engineering thus interfere with design and prototyping, testing, assembly, ergonomics, designing of the spatial layout of production systems, as well as aesthetics or maintenance in the phase of its existence. By implementation of virtual engineering, significant reductions in time and financial costs are achieved. This is achieved by the possibilities of analyses, testing and visualization already on digital models, which eliminates the risk of errors before the existence of physical products, or the production systems on which they are being created.