NIL Network innovative Learning Factories

Network of Innovative Learning-Factories (NIL) is a research project funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The project is being conducted within the DAAD funding program “Strategic partnerships and thematic networks”.

About NIL

Initiative on European Learning Factories
Universities leading in education and research recognize that the systematic approach of Learning-Factories is advantageous in the academic education: As an innovative learning environment for the transfer of essential competencies between students and teachers as well as an infrastructure for the emergence and validation of innovative approaches from developers and researchers. The first Learning-Factories were established in 2005 and since then have proven themselves successfully in the technical and economic education of junior engineers [CAC 2012, EIM 2012, ABE 2011, REI 2010, HUM 2007]. Learning-Factories are used to impart holistic knowledge in the particular engineering and manufacturing processes and their collaboration within the supply chain, as well as to develop personal competencies to handle future challenges in the industrial environment. The Learning-Factory emphasizes the close-to-reality application of energy efficient production technologies and processes, innovative steering concepts, methods and instruments of the advanced Industrial Engineering (aIE), methods and instruments of Operational Excellence, planning tools of digital and virtual engineering and also the application of LEAN methods in production, admin, logistics and the entire supply chain – always against the backdrop of an intensive tie between theory and practice.

With the foundation of the “Initiative on European Learning Factories” during the “1st Conference on Learning Factories” on May 12th 2011 at the Darmstadt University of Technology by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Eberhard Abele and the founding members a first big break was achieved.

Founding members
Professor Laszlo Monostori, Professor Wilfried Sihn, Professor Friedrich Bleicher, Professorin Vera Hummel, Professor Kurt Matyas, Professor Eberhard Abele, Dr. Thomas Lundholm, Dr. Dimitris Mavrikios, Christian Morawetz, Professor Ivica Veza, Professor Toma Udiljak, Jan Cachay, Professor Bengt Lindberg.

NIL Netzwerk Innovative Learning Factories
The execution of the joint idea as a funded research project is a consequent step to pursue the ambitioned targets of the Initiative on European Learning Factories. The partners of the strategic network NIL with their scientists of high reputation have settled the strategic goal to significantly contribute to an internationally recognized standard of the “Learning-Factory”, to support international mobility, to establish innovative educational programs and to enhance the quality of existing and future Learning-Factories.

German Academic Exchange Service
Federal Ministry of Education and Research