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  • 2021-04-13

    Industry 5.0 to promote innovation and sustainability in manufacturing

    The EU programme titled Industry 5.0 aims to employ research and innovation to achieve a more sustainable and human-centric European industry. Some of the work within this initiative is carried out at Karlstad University. This week will see the installation of an industrial collaborative robot, which will not only increase the quality of our engineering courses and programmes but also strengthen the collaboration with industry partners within the project.

    “The modern industry is in great need of skilled personnel in automation and robotics”, says Jorge Solis Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering. “Using collaborative robots in manufacturing makes it qualified work, adding production value and facilitating customisation and personification of products. To improve the industry’s chances to recruit skilled employees, Karlstad University aim to furtherly develop the quality of our courses and programmes.

  • 2021-03-29

    Community collaboration for researchers

    Sustainable Agenda is a network in the municipalities of Forshaga and Munkfors where companies, associations, public agencies, and Karlstad University collaborate to achieve climate neutrality.

    Sustainable Agenda is a vital part of the efforts to reach the goals specified in the Paris Agreement and the global Agenda 2030 goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at an annual rate of 16%. Experiences from other networks and research show that collaboration is a key factor in achieving climate neutrality and a sustainable local industry.

  • 2021-03-22

    The importance of combining new technology with more interpersonal innovation

    To achieve better effects in healthcare, new technological innovations should be implemented alongside structural changes.

    We often associate the word “innovation” with the roll-out of a new product, the success or failure of which is determined by market forces. However, service research adopts a different perspective and focuses on how innovation can lead to new forms of consumer-generated value-creation, thereby expanding the concept of innovation to include various service sectors.

    Peter Samuelsson, PhD in Business Administration, recently defended his doctoral thesis, “Framing service innovation in healthcare”, where he took a closer look at healthcare.

  • 2021-03-09

    CriseIT 2 provides crisis training for companies during the pandemic

    Surveys from several parts of the country indicate that the pandemic has accelerated digitisation for Swedish companies. The vision for the CriseIT 2 project is well matched with this rapid digitisation. The timing is perfect for the development of an accessible, cost-effective, and flexible crisis management training concept that creates security.

    On 14 and 15 December, the district heating went out at a major hospital…
    At least that was the scenario for a couple of drills conducted with CriseIT 2. Two departments at Locum, a company that manages several hospitals, practised using the training concept developed within CriseIT. The exercises were combined with a Teams video conference.

  • 2021-02-26

    What are the challenges that organisations in the public sector face in their efforts to create public value?

    That is the question Sara Davoudi has looked into in her doctoral thesis, “What happened with the leviathan of the Public Sector? The challenges of vertical coordination in regional public organizations and its effect on public value”.

    Sara Davoudi, PhD in Business Administration, tell us about your research.
    - My research is about vertical coordination, which is best described as the communication between public sector actors and the challenges associated with that. Many different private and public actors have participated on different levels. I have examined whether their communication is adequate to create the tax-funded public value that is their raison d’être.

  • 2021-02-26

    DAMI4.0 – New research centre pools expertise in red-hot area

    Steam engines, electrification, and CNC – three seminal events in industrial history. These days, digitisation is putting pressure on the industry. With the new research centre called DAMI4.0, Karlstad University will be ready to meet the industry’s demands for new technology.

    Noisy steam engines and welding robots have made a huge difference to industrial development. 2021 finds us at the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution with various technological solutions that will generate more sustainable production and act as a fail-safe for human error.

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