Artificial Intelligence projects Machine Tool Laboratory awards companies for the successful implementation of AI
The Machine Tool Laboratory WZL of RWTH Aachen University together with the Institute of Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen and further partners awarded five companies for the successful implementation of Artificial Intelligence in the production sector.
At the final conference of the consortium benchmarking “Artificial Intelligence in Operations” at the beginning of March 2023, the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL of RWTH Aachen University together with the Institute of Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen in cooperation with the Global Production Management Center (GPMC) and a top-class industry consortium awarded the five most successful companies for the implementation of Artificial Intelligence.
The aim of the benchmarking project was to identify particularly successful methods, structures and use cases in the systematic implementation and realisation of Artificial Intelligence. For their outstanding achievements, the companies Robert Bosch, Bosch Rexroth, Schaeffler, Voestalpine and J.M. Voith as “Successful Practices AI in Operations 2023”.
“The topic of Artificial Intelligence has been on everyone’s lips at least since the publication of ChatGPT — but only a few companies can already demonstrate successful use in production today. We were all the more impressed by the level of maturity that the award-winning companies have to show,” says Jan Maetschke, head of the benchmarking project at the WZL.
The selection of the winners in the category of “Successful Use Cases” was carried out in cooperation with a jury of experts from the companies Bystronic, Endress+Hauser Coducta, Miele, Neoperl, Phoenix Contact Electronics and Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik, who also represented the consortium for the project.
At the start of the project in February 2022, the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL of RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen, in close cooperation with Global Production Management Center and the consortium, first worked out the current challenges in the topic area. These challenges formed the basis for a detailed, written questionnaire study. The companies surveyed as part of the study provided answers on their current status with regard to the topic of artificial intelligence in the production sector. In addition to the initial prerequisites, management and use cases, the organisational and technical prerequisites for the successful implementation of AI activities were also queried. A total of 73 companies participated in the benchmarking. A detailed screening of top performers among all participating companies resulted in the ten most promising candidates, which were presented to the consortium partners during the review meeting in July 2022. Together, the five Successful Practice companies were identified. The consortium partners visited the selected companies between November 2022 and January 2023 and analysed their methods, structures and use cases.
During the final conference on 1 March 2023, the project findings were presented by the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL of RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Technology Management of the University of St. Gallen. Finally, the representatives of the consortium and Successful Practice companies discussed and presented how to successfully implement what they had learned in practice. The cross-company exchange is to be continued in the future in the Production Analytics community of the GPMC Global Production Management Center Aachen.