Short title: DigiTS-ME
Long title: Lean Industry 4.0 for more competitive production and maintenance in the SMEs
Assignment to our (IMW) research priorities:

  • Lean
  • Industry 4.0
  • Digital Transformation
  • Production
  • Maintenance

Sponsor: OEAD
Duration: 01.01.2022-31.12.2023

The research project addresses the importance of Industry 4.0 for Macedonian manufacturing SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), by making Macedonian SMEs' inevitable digital transformation process faster and easier. The outcome of the research will be a developed roadmap for better assessment of the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) readiness of Macedonian manufacturing SMEs, based on the product portfolio, size, type of production and other criteria that will emerge during the project. The main Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will be evaluated in several Macedonian SMEs, especially those related to production and maintenance processes. The SMEs included in the research project will be familiarized with the I4.0 concept and numerous Lean tools, will receive appropriate assessment/performance data according to numerous methodologies and will ultimately be better prepared for future digital transformation.
DigiTS-ME evaluates current methodologies for assessing readiness for Industry 4.0. The most suitable methodology is selected and a roadmap for its implementation in different SMEs in terms of company size, industry, type of production etc. will be created.

  • TU Wien, Research Group of Production and Maintenance Management
  • University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Project management:
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fazel Ansari
Theresianumgasse 27, 1040 Vienna, Austria

Dipl.-Ing. Theresa Madreiter
Theresianumgasse 27, 1040 Vienna, Austria