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How will people work in the production of the future? What qualification concepts and forms of cooperation will be necessary? These questions were tackled in recent months by the participants in the Audi Production Award 2012 – those who produced concepts with the best ideas were invited to Ingolstadt on 12 and 13 November 2012.
The Audi Production Award was presented for the third time this year and the motto for 2012 was “People in Production”.
Dr. Frank Dreves, Board Member for Production
The finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges in an expert workshop at Audi’s Ingolstadt location. In the end, the team from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology emerged victorious. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Zühlke, the team, made up of Katharina Mura and Dominic Gorecky, was chosen as the overall winner of the prize worth € 5,000.
“The focus is on people – this, in addition to quality and performance orientation, is a key element of our Audi production system. The subjects of wellbeing, health and appreciation in particular will become increasingly important in the future”, says Dr. Frank Dreves, Member of the Board of Management for Production at AUDI AG. “The constant dialogue between science and industry as well as fresh ideas are of immense importance for Production. This year’s Audi Production Award has inspired young people to devise concepts with innovative and creative approaches.”
The winning concept addresses the subject of “Mobility, social networks and the digital factory introduce innovative assistance, cooperation and training”. This idea can be transferred for example to processes in production planning and assembly. It enables a more realistic representation of production processes during virtual training – and in an already very early development phase.
Eduard Hoffmann describes the time spent at Audi with the experts from Production as “very intensive”. His hard work paid off: the 26-year-old, who is studying Production Development, and his three fellow students from the Technical University of Dresden received a prize worth €2,500 for the best student idea. They developed a concept that enables greater flexibility in working time patterns.
Heads were spinning for two days at the beginning of the week in Ingolstadt – on both sides. Together with their mentors at Audi, the finalists were able to refine their concepts in order to present them in due course to the panel of ten experts. The competition attracted more than 70 entries.
Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Chair for Production Automation at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology, was surprised by the quality and high standard of entries: “The competition was very close.” The winning concept submitted by his students puts the focus on people. “Businesses in tomorrow’s working world will be under enormous pressure to innovate, while at the same time developments are taking place at an ever-increasing pace and the demands on employees are increasing”, explains student Katharina Mura. The solution: virtual training supplemented by state-of-the-art technology that enables gestures to be recognised for example, as already used for game consoles. Production processes can therefore be practised in advance, the student said.
Making learning fun is also the aim of mechanical engineering student Mathias Tralau from the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. “Productive Games” is the key to his idea, which he explains by way of example: “By using the keyboard shortcuts, employees can save up to 50 percent of their time. The shortcuts can be memorised in an entertaining way. Using a shortcut several times is rewarded by rockets shooting across the screen. This game concept motivates the employee.”
The Audi mentors used their practical experience to assist the young scientists and were able to solve many a problem. “The input was very professional and they were able to help us a lot“, Dresden student Anne Jantos is happy to report; she also praises the fact that the managers engaged in discussions on an equal footing with the young participants.
Praise comes in turn from the panel: “I’ve learned a great deal over the past two days“, sums up Alois Brandt. The Head of Technology Predevelopment in Production, together with Arne Lakeit, Head of Production and Factory Planning, handed over the certificates and prize money totalling €12,500. “It’s important for us to promote contact with young people”. This is also important to Arne Lakeit: “Do come back to Audi”, he told the students as they were leaving. And perhaps one or another of them will actually put one of the submitted projects into practice at Audi in the future.
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