REFA is a recognised partner for industry, service providers and public administration in qualification and consultancy services – being the European leader in industrial engineering. In order to present our customers with up-to-date and practical solutions, we always keep our finger on the pulse of time by expanding and developing our services further in a constant exchange with organisations, associations, and corporations. When it comes to increasing productivity and optimising processes REFA is the first port of call for companies – nationally and internationally. As a link between science, business and practical application the REFA Institute has been supporting these pursuits for almost 100 years with a diverse set of tasks.
Tasks of the REFA-Institut
Since the beginning of its existence, the REFA-Institut has ensured the sustainability of a whole range of tasks:
- Realisation and publication of scientific studies and research assignments
- Partner for research projects
- Release of academic publications
- Preparation and updating of training material for educational measures
- Further and new development of the REFA Methods and REFA Tools
- Organisation of events such as the REFA-Institutstag (REFA Institute Day)
- Platform for the exchange of information amongst representatives of labour science from universities as well as representatives from business and associations
As part of an extensive network the REFA-Institut cooperates with a number of partners from business and administration, research and development as well as representatives of labour science. The findings of these co-operations find their way equally into qualification and consulting services.
REFA Consulting – the proven REFA Methodology newly focused
Dynamically changing information and communication technologies as well as megatrends such as Industry 4.0 define the environment of many businesses and therefore present them with enormous challenges. New models and concepts of work and business organisation are called for. The proven repertoire of REFA Methodologies that is constantly aligned with up-to-date requirements, has accompanied business for decades. The focus is on efficient use of operational time as well as the best possible design of work and business processes in the sense of Lean Management. The REFA consultants use the entire spectrum of methods to accompany businesses directly on-site with advice and active support on their path of transformation – as operational problem solvers on the shop floor as well as a reliable advisor for strategic management decisions.
REFA Checklist Industry 4.0
To successfully implement Industry 4.0 projects, companies must have attained a certain level of maturity and must have a stable production system with clearly defined and manageable processes. That is the reason why work data management in Industry 4.0 remains a core competence for companies.
The industrial engineer is responsible for ensuring that the basis for the sustainable use of an Industry 4.0 solution is in place in terms of process and work organization structures within the company. The REFA Checklist Industry 4.0 supports the industrial engineer in identifying the requirements for the company and deriving appropriate actions and measures. .For this purpose, the dimensions leadership, employees, technology, culture and processes are assessed.