The 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

The 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.

The 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 organization.