International Association of Learning Factories

    Who we are

    How can future production be further developed?

    The goal of the International Association of Learning Factories is to bring people together worldwide in research institutions and companies. Only together can we meet the challenges of tomorrow's production. People need to be prepared for the subjects of the future. In doing so, we need to offer people an environment in which they can develop competencies realistically and interactively: This is possible in learning factories.

    We are a group of research institutions running learning factories to meet the challenges of the future. To reach excellence in teaching and research, we are strengthening the cooperation between our members.

    Our members strive for:

    • exchange of knowledge and good practices,
    • synergies in the physical establishment of learning factories, and
    • leadership through innovative enhancements.

    Driven by a strong interdisciplinary and trusted community, we will add unique value to tomorrow's manufacturing. Lets shape it together!

    Definition of “learning factory”

    A learning factory is a learning environment where processes and technologies are based on a real industrial site which allows a direct approach to product creation process. Learning factories are based on a didactical concept emphasizing experimental and problem-based learning. The continuous improvement philosophy is facilitated by own actions and interactive involvement of the participants. (Reference: Laperrière & Reinhart: CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering, 2015)