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Advanced production technologies for high quality and sustainable production

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.10.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Manufacturing technologies and systems   

Code Science Field
2.03  Engineering and Technology  Mechanical engineering 
Manufacturing; Technology; Machine Tools; Digitalization; Sustainability; Quality; Humans
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 12, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  356  7,616  7,128  20.02 
Scopus  428  10,481  9,829  22.96 
Researchers (20)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  39461  PhD Sara Arko  Anthropology  Researcher  2023 
2.  29199  PhD Gregor Cerinšek  Anthropology  Researcher  2023  41 
3.  58393  Nina Dečman    Technical associate  2023 - 2024 
4.  05996  PhD Slavko Dolinšek  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  569 
5.  22240  PhD Radovan Dražumerič  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  79 
6.  38903  Jaka Dugar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2023 - 2024  43 
7.  58030  Vid Gostiša  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
8.  38150  PhD Damir Grguraš  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  95 
9.  50688  PhD Awais Ikram  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  31 
10.  37944  Marija Jeretina    Technical associate  2022 - 2023 
11.  54942  Deepa Kareepadath Santhosh  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2022 - 2024 
12.  51942  Luka Kastelic  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023  40 
13.  06883  PhD Janez Kopač  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Retired researcher  2022 - 2024  1,838 
14.  23470  PhD Peter Krajnik  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  237 
15.  17076  PhD Davorin Kramar  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Researcher  2022 - 2024  452 
16.  10201  PhD Borut Likar  Economics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  797 
17.  58031  Mark Porenta  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2023 - 2024 
18.  26559  PhD Franci Pušavec  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Head  2022 - 2024  621 
19.  09001  PhD Mirko Soković  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Retired researcher  2022 - 2024  1,076 
20.  39196  PhD Luka Sterle  Manufacturing technologies and systems  Junior researcher  2022  41 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0782  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering  Ljubljana  1627031  29,554 
2.  2716  Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana  Ljubljana  2341913000  649 
3.  7097  University of Primorska, Faculty of management  Koper  1810014002  12,517 
Slovenian manufacturing has a significant impact on economic growth, employment, innovations, export; and is closely connected with manufacturing-related services. A large number of the economy depends on the competitiveness of the industry, which needs to deliver technologies and equipment. The proposed research program is up-to-date and reflects the current needs of the Slovenian industry, which has to adapt to the challenges of global competitiveness through the development and integration of innovative manufacturing technologies. The implementation of research objectives should lead to enhanced competitiveness of manufacturing, which is the key industrial sector in Slovenia. The scope of the program builds upon our previous work and includes research background related to management of sustainable manufacturing technologies. The focus, however, is not limited to innovations in technology, but also on providing integrated solutions that have an impact on economic, social and environmental indicators (digitalization, clean and ). We propose a wide scope of work, which necessitates systematic approach ti research, and identification of industrial challenges, research domains and enabling technologies. The foreseen research domains are complementary, and to a certain extent interdisciplinary, comprised of: #1 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes; #2 - Resource-Efficient Technologies; #3 - Quality Engineering for Manufacturing; and #4 - Human-Centered Manufacturing. The implementation of the research program includes the integration of all major elements of sustainable manufacturing - answering the environmental, social and economic challenges.
Significance for science
Manufacturing is one of the primary pillars of Slovenian national economy. In view of recent economic stagnation, there is a strong need to strengthen manufacturing science, and especially basic (and applied) research in this field. Innovation is another key to economic competitiveness through scientific breakthrough. Basic research will fuel technological innovations and is critical for the development of science in both Slovenian and international environment. Our research group brings together science (through scientists) in the interdisciplinary field of manufacturing technologies as well as innovation and technology management. This research group will once more bring these scientists together (who were by large actively engaged in the previous program) to continue research in the identified scientific domains. Additionally, is in the group added a scientists from the field of biotechnology, for expansion of already established activities on the field of human - production technology interactions for assurance of cleaner, more healt acceptable and enviromentally responsible technologies and processes, leading to higher quality of work places and environments. The technological solutions with the highest innovation will continue to be considered for patenting in this research program. Our growing patent portfolio involves costs, so will evaluate the benefits of individual patent filings. At the same time, we will consider cross-licensing of patents, as the revenue received from licensing or sale of patents could provide an important source for further development of science. Thus, the motivations for patent filings remain the same as in the last research period. Publications will continue to be the major dissemination channel and a mirror for the development of science. The proposed group of scientists has a highly-profiled (above average) proven-track record of publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals. The scope of original scientific paper is balanced between basic and industry-driven research. In the last period, the group focused the publishement in high quality journal wih golden access option. This will countinue also in proposed program prolongation. The identified four broad research domains - advanced manufacturing processes, resource-efficient manufacturing, quality engineering for manufacturing, and human-centered manufacturing - will account for about 90% of the scientific contributions of this research program. The four domains are relevant not only for the development of science - they are partially identified in the national development strategy for economic development as well as the other European Union's research roadmaps, such as "Green and Digital Industry". Last but not least, the produced publications will contribute to the improved international ranking of the University of Ljubljana in particular and Slovenian science in general. The main scientific outcomes are foreseen in the domain of advanced manufacturing processes with focus on innovation, sustainability, digitalization and industrial applications. By the end of the new research period, these processes, designed through quality engineering for manufacturing will be demonstrated in the laboratory as well as in the end users production lines. This type of scientific impact can be easily translated into increased productivity that is essential for the enhancement of Slovenian production efficiency (and capacity). Additionally, the selected processes will be advanced in terms of resource-efficiency and inclusion of human-centricity, contributing to the incremental development of science. The implementation of the solutions in the Slovenian industry will increase the confidence in the developed science, and thus a better industry-academia partnership that is still rather limited in Slovenia. Therefore, it is expected that users implementing our scientific solutions will move forward from conventional processes to advanced manufacturing, driving the needed innovation, increased competitiveness and economic growth in Slovenia. Last but not least, during the last couple of years, the share of our research published and presented at the CIRP - International Academy for Production Research - increased significantly. Two scientists of our group have in last two years become members of this prestigious academy. We find this academy of prime importance for future development/promotion of science and international visibility of Slovenian research; and for benchmarking our research against the state of the art in scientific (and industrial) community.
Significance for the country
The economies create value by natural resources, agriculture, manufacturing products, and delivering services. A society like Slovenia is not natural resource rich, and has limited space for its food production. Since services alone has a limited potential in terms of ""productivity"" improvement options, manufacturing and improvements in manufacturing are essential for Slovenia to generate value for its people, and maintaining the welfare of its people (social coherence). This is also confirmed by the Development Strategy of Slovenia 2030, which states that faster economic progress is limited by low productivity of the industry. The rise in productivity to a higher level in the long run is mainly limited by structural factors. These, in turn, are related to human resources, innovation capacity and the level of digitization. The manufacturing sector (mainly comprised of SMEs) represents one of the largest parts of the Slovenian economy in terms of GDP percentage (around 25%). Moreover, manufacturing accounts for most employment, with machinery and other manufactured products comprising the major exports. Innovation is a key to our economic competitiveness and the growth of highly-skilled jobs. Only the scientific and new technological advances have led to Slovenia's remarkable ability to compete in highly competitive markets (such as the European automotive industry) with very limited human resources (population of 2 millions). The role of manufacturing as the ultimate solution provider for tackling the challenge of increasing Slovenia's economic growth and job creation is undisputable. As mentioned, manufacturing still demonstrates a stable growth in else stagnating national economy and COVID problematics - the advancement of manufacturing is hence absolutely necessary for achieving the GDP (productivity) growth to EU average until 2030, which is the main target for Slovenia's development. In terms of social impacts, our graduated production engineers have an extremely good employability record, which is an exception in a Slovenian labor market for young people. Manufacturing, therefore, shows a clear way forward - as investing in advanced manufacturing will help: to turn innovative ideas into new products that create growth, and provide high skilled jobs thus helping to address Slovenian societal challenges. Advanced manufacturing therefore plays a critical double role in: making technologies and new products competitive; multiplying their societal and economic benefits. Although Slovenia's manufacturing has lost market share in the national economy, since the collapse of the Yugoslav market, it is still a regional leader in the development of customized manufacturing equipment and technologies. The national manufacturing industry managed a successful transition from heavy-duty manufacturing to highly-specialized manufacturing, producing innovative products such as complex die and mold tools for the automotive industry. In this research program we are addressing the global challenges of manufacturing - that will also be a major issue for the future of Slovenian socio-economic well-being. The long-term shift from a cost-based competitive advantage to one based on high added value requires that Slovenian manufacturing increases its technological base and develops a number of enabling manufacturing technologies. This objective coincides with a number of European development guidelines, such as the European Economic Recovery Plan (proposed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology - EIT, in the Commission's strategy 2021-2027), which includes criteria for research and innovation, in particular in the context of public private partnership i.e. ""green and digital industry"". These initiatives will help Slovenian manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving the technological base. Our program aspires to contribute to such technology strategy for the adoption of advanced and innovative technology solutions in the scope of manufacturing processes. Overall, the achievement of the identified transformations requires a coordinated research and innovation effort, where manufacturing challenges and opportunities are addressed by deploying successively the identified set of technologies and enablers: advanced manufacturing processes and resource-efficient technologies, quality engineering for advanced manufacturing, information- communication-digital technologies (ICDT) facilitating human-centricity, knowledge workers, as well as modelling, simulation and forecasting influences on sustainability issues. In this respect the importance of proposed research program for Slovenia's socio-economic development is significant. Last but not least, the described impacts on socio-economic development fully correspond to Slovenia's Development Strategy 2030, which envisions ""socially and environmentally responsible investment for the competitive Slovenia"". The strategy defines that development will be based on improving the efficiency of all resources; human, economic, natural and the technology, and on the appropriate sharing of burdens and benefits with increased level of employment. The identified three main areas of the development strategy are at large reflected in the proposed research program: - research, development and innovation - start-up, growth and development of small and medium-sized enterprises - employment, education, training and competence (young and older)
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