Introduction

How do you deliver products like heat pumps, satellites or sensors with a ‘sustainability passport’?

How can manufacturers contribute to smart products that are as sustainable as possible, measured over the course of their lifespan? Can production lines become self-learning, and for example generate assembly instructions for new products independently, or suggest their own quality tests? How do you switch from being a supplier of airco-unit hardware to being a supplier of ‘airco-as-a-service’?

About the research group

Digitisation and automation allow production systems to become ‘smart’. This enables the regional production of complex products at an acceptable cost level. With the help of sensors, the usage and ‘health’ of a product can be monitored from ‘cradle-to-grave’. This makes it possible to predict the required maintenance of a product, and also gives manufacturers the opportunity to extend the lifetime of a product and make it more sustainable.

The research group Smart Sustainable Manufacturing focuses on the development of automated, flexible and shared production facilities for prototypes and small series, that can be used to experiment, exchange experiences and share knowledge. Secondly, the group aims to contribute to the development of value chains for sustainable ‘Product-Services’ (a type of service that offers product usage instead of product ownership, like for instance a ‘Swap bike’).

Core values of the research group
  • Sustainability; by smart (re-)use of materials and resources (also human resources!) in a production chain.
  • Collaboration; collaboration within a supply chain, between people and robots in a production process, working together in a ‘Factory-as-a-Service’.
  • Exchangeability; exchange of data between robots, exchange of information between the engineering and manufacturing process, between different stakeholders that manage a product, between components in order to extend the life of a product etc.

The research group started on the 1st of January 2021. In the coming months, the research group will focus on the preparation and start up of tangible research projects

 

Research themes
  • Development of cooperative and flexible manufacturing facilities for prototypes and small series, that allow for experimentation and shared learning experiences.
  • Circular and sustainable manufacturing.
  • Development and implementation of ‘Smart Manufacturing-elements’ that combine best-practices into ‘building bricks’ for production automation that are easy to implement.
Jenny Coenen

About the professor

dr. ir. Jenny Coenen

Jenny Coenen, Ph.D. graduated as a maritime engineer from Delft University of Technology and obtained her Ph. D. in 2008 in the field of Ship Production from that same institution. She worked as a researcher, lecturer, developer and consultant for Royal IHC, TU Delft, Shipping & Transport College and Marstrat. She worked mainly on research projects related to process improvement in engineering and manufacturing, enhancing collaboration within complex production chains; both within companies and between companies. Since 2011 she also worked as a part-time lecturer in Master and Bachelor education. In 2021 she has been appointed professor at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).

Side Activities
Lecturer Shipping & Transport College Rotterdam (Master Shipping & Transport, Maritime Technology)
Partner Marstrat (consultancy aimed at the maritime industry)

+31(0)6 - 18 53 54 71
j.m.g.coenen@hhs.nl

LinkedIn profile

Smart, flexible, efficient and sustainable manufacturing industry provides relevant and attractive employment opportunities, now and for the future.

Team

Pim de Jong

Pim de Jong

Pim de Jong
Satish Kumar Beella

Wouter Hijink

Wouter Hijink
Edwin van Noort

Edwin van Noort

Rufus Fraanje

Rufus Fraanje

Rufus Fraanje

 

 

Mirjam Zijderveld

Mirjam Zijderveld

Karin de Smidt

Karin de Smidt

Hugo Makkink

Hugo Makkink

David Tiemens

David Tiemens

Ellen Richter

Ellen Richter

Projects

Manufacturing-as-a-Service

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TranSIT-Transferable Smart Industry Templates

A significant proportion of the SME companies in our region engineer and assemble custom or small series products. The emphasis is on short lead times and high quality. Quality control is very important.
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RE/manufacturing LAB

In het Re/Manufacturing Lab komen onderwijs en onderzoek op het domein van Industry 4.0 bij elkaar. Met dwarsverbanden door alle opleidingen van onze Faculteit Technologie, Innovatie en Samenleving en de onderzoeksgroep van Smart Sustainable Manufacturing.
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News

Lectoraat Smart Sustainable Manufacturing boekt resultaten in digitalisering
22 December 2022

Smart Sustainable Manufacturing research group achieves results in the digitisation of the South Holland manufacturing industry

Research

Our research group has been able to apply practice-based research in different ways within SMITZH.
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Zonnevlinder op het strand
21 June 2022

13-metre solar butterfly descends on Scheveningen boulevard

General, Research

Saturday 25 June, the Municipality of The Hague welcomes the SolarButterfly; a sustainably built tiny house on wheels.…
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Jenny Coenen
1 June 2022

‘Now we have to put our money where our mouth is'

General, Research

Jenny Coenen her delivers inaugural lecture on Smart Sustainable Manufacturing - Something has to happen now. The…
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