newly opened Logistics 4.0 lab at NTNU is Norway’s first logistics laboratory
that merges digital technologies with traditional production and logistics
systems, enabling researchers, practitioners, engineers, pioneers, students,
and other enthusiasts to come together and collaborate on common ground.
Several tools and advanced technologies (such as Augmented Reality, Virtual
Reality, Mobile Robots, Real Time Location System/Indoor Positioning System,
Motion Capture Systems, Simulation Software, 3D mapping) are developed, implemented
and analyzed, in order to create smarter production and logistics systems and
to support lean practices implementation.
It enables replication of real-life operations and material handling activities in lean production systems – including: smart assistive assembly workstations; smart supermarket area with assistive technologies to support picking and kitting activities; flexible material handling systems (mobile robots, advanced carts and trolleys, cloud material handling systems) and smart material management support systems (dynamic smart Kanban, smart bins, real-time value stream mapping, digital visual boards).
Lean 4.0 Learning Lab
Lean4zero Learning Lab, situated in Raufoss, Norway, is Norway’s first and only
full scale simulator for digital lean manufacturing (DLM). Hosted at the
Manufacturing Technology Norwegian Catapult (MTNC), the Lean4zero Learning Lab
was first opened in August 2009 as a full-scale analogue lean manufacturing
simulator. In response to demand from the Norwegian manufacturing industry,
efforts began in 2019 to convert the simulator to a DLM learning lab.
today offers courses with a mix of theoretical and action-oriented elements, to
train course participants in lean principles. The course material is based on
lean management and the methodology and tools for efficient pull-based and
levelled production with continuous improvement at its core. The courses span
from one to three days, including Toyota Kata and learning organization, as
well as value stream analysis, aiming at making course participants ready to
independently manage lean-focused work when they return to their own