Report from IWAMA 2013

10 December, 2013

Over thirty researchers and professors joined the third International Workshop of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation held 27th November at NTNU in the department of Production and Quality Engineering. The event received the support of the SFI Norman project and was conducted with the support of SINTEF and Shanghai University, and, for the first time, the University of Manchester and Tongji University. In his opening welcome, Professor Kesheng Wang announced that the currently biennial workshop will become an annual event when it is held next year in Shanghai.

group photo IWAMA 2013

IWAMA 2013 was a busy one-day event with four invited keynote speakers and 24 paper presentations. Professor Wang opened the workshop with his report of the NTNU Knowledge Discovery Lab in which various technologies are implemented in a model manufacturing environment to prove the usefulness of automation advances such as RFID. In response to a question, he also indicated that a local textile manufacturer is already implementing some of these techniques.

Professor Wladimir Bedrow from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin described his research into purpose-driven knowledge acquisition that focuses on the achievement of specified objectives. The third keynote was delivered by Professor “call me Joe” Zhao from Shanghai who presented results from experiments from his laboratory where they conduct research on vision sensing technology and machine vision. The experiments were related to the marking of steel products under extremely conditions and temperatures in excess of 1100 °C.  

The paper presentations that followed were organized in three sessions. The first session focused on Intelligent Manufacturing Technology and included speakers from the University in Stavanger, NTNU and Shanghai University, whose research looked at geometric modelling challenges in intelligent manufacturing with an outlook to unambiguous communication of product design and applications in quality assurance.

Following lunch, the attention shifted to Intelligent Logistics and Supply Chains with a broad range of presentations that spanned production planning, integrated automation (such as RFID) in production, applications of lean approaches in (new) product development, and communication across the supply chain. Speakers contributed from SINTEF, NTNU, and the Universities of Manchester and Pisa.  Reports from the project WINDSENSE – add on instrumentation systems for wind turbines were presented in the third session entitled Intelligent Diagnosis and Prognosis of Wind Turbines.  The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is conducted with the cooperation of nine industry and research partners. Students from HiST, as well as a report from Kongsberg Maritime Wind Park Management, informed the participants about useful techniques relevant to more effective maintenance of wind turbines, and the integration of new sensors in SCADA data analysis.

Professor Ola Strandhagen brought the day to a close with an entertaining but provocative look at historical and future trends leading to progressively dynamic and responsive logistics. Networking and other discussions continued over dinner and generated great anticipation for next year’s workshop in China.