The results that will be developed during the project duration are the following:
- joint curriculum and educational philosophy;
- training content with e-learning platform;
- blueprint for the implementation of circular economy in manufacturing sectors.
Analysis on current needs for manufacturing sectors waste management
One of the first project results was analysis on current needs based on identification success cases of manufacturing companies performing circular economy and waste management. Report analysing the information was prepared by using SWOT and CAME methods. With the information obtained from the case studies, there was designed open-question interviews to gather information from the identified companies in terms of:
- Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes to address CE or WM through Collaborative Robotics,
- Upskill or re-shape current training related to Manufacturing Sectors, and
- Enterprises’ experiences, challenges and obtained benefits.
Joint curriculum and educational philosophy
Considering the necessary areas of knowledge and the pedagogical methodologies, the curriculum will be prepared and optimized to fit the variety of target users:
- HE students and VET students coursing manufacturing-related subjects;
- current and future workers;
- low-skilled workers, sustainability managers;
- production line managers, unemployed.
Training content with e-learning platform
This project result includes the development of all the didactic materials and will comprise 6 modules:
- Collaborative Robotics Basics – Modular Design & Behaviour;
- Sustainability & Circular Economy in Manufacturing Sectors;
- Lean Robotics Methodology;
- Circular Business Models for Waste Management;
- Circular Strategy Mapping & Value Networks for Waste Management;
- Product Deployment Cycle & Ecodesign.
Blueprint for the implementation of circular economy in manufacturing sectors
CROCEMS blueprint will be based on a common vision, based on a set of principles for the conversion of those HE/VET programmes, where CROCEMS outcomes could have an impact in 3 aspects:
- alignment of educational policies between institutions / regions related to CROCEMS topic;
- labour market skills intelligence;
- ensuring the relevance of waste management and circular business models in manufacturing sectors, through the use of collaborative robotics, relevant stakeholders from different manufacturing sectors, regional and national policy makers and authorities from educational, sustainability and labour fields will establish this blueprint.
The educational program will use the latest technologies, from video lectures to digital curriculums, that will offer a more agile, adaptive, student-centered approach to learning. The CROCEMS e-learning platform is developed on the open source of Moodle, an e-learning platform designed to provide trainers, administrators and learners with a reliable, secure and integrated system of personalized learning environments. Moodle is provided freely as open source software that anyone can adapt, extend or modify for commercial or non-commercial projects, without any licensing fees, and benefit from the cost-efficiencies and flexibility.
The project result includes the development of all the didactic materials and will comprise 6 modules:
Collaborative Robotics Basics – Modular Design & Behaviour
The aim is:
- to know what a collaborative robot is, what opportunities and risks a Cobot offers, what it can and cannot be used for and what distinguishes it from conventional industrial robots;
- making it possible for trainees to get the fundamentals about Human-Robot Collaboration and that they will be able to follow the other modules (pedagogical aim);
- to deliver the needed tools to understand the potential of collaborative robotics and its modular design and behaviour to be adapted to different industrial processes or activities.
Sustainability & Circular Economy in Manufacturing Sectors
The aim is:
- to know what circular economy is and what impact it has on the sustainability of European Manufacturing Sector;
- to assess resource use and waste generation to develop and implement project to “close the lop” within manufacturing companies;
- to propose circular solutions for products operations, processes, and services and/or new circular business models.
Lean Robotics Methodology
The aims are:
- to find a systematic way to complete robotic cell deployment cycle, from design to integration and operation;
- to perform the deployment quicker and more efficiently;
- to focus on continuous improvement and eliminating waste across the whole development cycle.
Circular Business Models for Waste Management
The aim is:
- to provide basic knowledge on business model;
- to clarify the connection between sustainable business models and circular business models;
- to define and characterise circular business models.
Circular Strategy Mapping & Value Networks for Waste Management
The aim is:
- to understand the role of networks in creating circular economy business models;
- to deliver the needed tools to develop business and new value propositions from opportunities presented by the transition towards a circular economy;
- to map different strategies that can be used to close company’s material-loops and explore new emerging business models.
Product Deployment Cycle & Ecodesign
The aim is:
- to help reach the Green Deal objectives of lower resource consumption and less environmental impact;
- to bring all developed products in line with technical standards for sustainability;
- to improve coherence with existing instruments regulating products in various stages of their life cycle.