Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsanlagen und Konstruktionstechnik IPK
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PublicationIntroducing readiness scales for effective reuse of open source hardware( 2022)
;Mies, Robert ;Hassan, MeheraOpen source hardware (OSH) describes physical products that allow for "anyone to study, modify, produce, and distribute them". While OSH principles aim to support design reuse, recent studies have challenged whether this is properly applied in practice. Therefore, this article delivers an assessment scheme that allows to identify the readiness of OSH designs for reuse. Testing the scheme on OSH ventilator designs collected by the Publnv ventilator project showed overall good usefulness of the scheme and emphasised the need of unambiguous assessment scales based on common standards. Less than two thirds of Publnv's listed projects fulfilled minimum criteria for openness.
PublicationImpact of COVID-19 on production(Fraunhofer IPK, 2022)
;This study examined the direct impacts of COVID-19 on industrial production. The focus is on the question: How can digitalization help mitigate the impact? The aim of the survey is to first review the situation and then look ahead to find out how manufacturing companies rate the future and would like to shape it. The current results of the study form the basis for recommendations for action with regard to technologies and supporting services for manufacturing companies.