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From innovation management to Industry 4.0 - Practice-based excellence in training and research

The Training and Research Centre Added Value and Logistics Systems (WLS) is a central facility at ESB Business School. The professors at the Centre deal with current topics from the context of digitisation and Industry 4.0.

Main areas of research

Together with partners from science and industry - particularly in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation and for Industrial Engineering and Organisation - we work on research, joint and contract projects and offer comprehensive technical advice, technology transfer, training and further education on current topics.

Advanced Industrial Engineering

As part of diverse research projects, we analyse, design and optimise hybrid work, value and logistics systems.

Automation in Logistics

In the ESB Logistics Factory, research takes place on relevant topics in industry and in the transfer of these findings into training.

Communication in Logistics

The research group conducts research and development work for information technology infrastructure in the area of intralogistics, among others.

Technology and Innovation Management

The research focus in this area is the design of a continuous process chain, which is supported by adequate and scalable tools.

Digital Engineering

Within the framework of product lifecycle management, continuous data streams are devised and their implementation supported within the value chain. / More

Smart Information Logistics

Using 5G and blockchain technologies, Werk150 designs, validates and implements real-time and secure information logistics systems.

Advanced Industrial Engineering

As part of diverse research projects, we analyse, design and optimise hybrid work, value and logistics systems, also with regard to energy and resources efficiency as well as sustainability aspects. Furthermore, we realise basic building blocks for the development of digital and physical process chains for the planning and designing of personalised products. We also plan and design operator and transport concepts for intralogistics infrastructure. Another focus is on the conception and implementation of demonstrators to convey the potential of Industry 4.0.

Automation in Logistics

The range of tasks in the ESB Logistics Factory are

  • Research on relevant topics in industry
  • Consulting with regard to the automation of logistics processes
  • Transfer of these findings into training

Other topics are also dealt with, such as the development of intelligent robot systems for efficient use in the unloading of bulk cargo.

Communication in Logistics

The research group is active in the area of digital communication technology. It conducts research and development work for information technological infrastructure in the area of intralogistics, among others. The focus is high-speed data transfer. Research is also carried out in the areas of modelling and measurement technology. The obtained findings are integrated into teaching.

Technology and Innovation Management

The research group is active in the design of the adaptive technology and innovation management of SMEs. The research focus is on the design of a continuous process chain, supported by adequate and scalable tools. Another focus is the design of the early phases of innovation management. This is complemented by work in the area of intra/entrepreneurship for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Digital Engineering

In the context of product lifecycle management, we design continuous data streams and support their implementation within the value chain. In addition, we are working on practical solutions for linking the digital and physical factory with the aim of improving economic efficiency and planning quality. Generative manufacturing processes (especially 3D printing) are integrated to drive personalised product creation.

Smart Information Logistics

With 5G the needs of manufacturing companies and the increased demands of industrial applications are taken into account. This is because 5G enables demand-oriented networking with high bandwidth, low latency and a high number of connections. In this way, 5G creates an important basis for Industry 4.0 applications, intelligent mobility and logistics as well as for the Internet of Things. Supplemented by blockchain technology, which can store information securely in unchangeable data blocks, there is potential for increasing the transparency, visibility, automation and efficiency of the supply chain with regard to supply chain management.

Research activities in the Training and Research Centre Added Value and Logistics Systems

The Training and Research Centre Added Value and Logistics Systems is active in numerous research initiatives and projects, in the field of educational research and research conferences.

 

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Research collaborations

Our scientific publications and third-party funded projects within the context of society, education, companies and their networks thrive on cooperation. These are constantly developing on a national and international level.

If you are interested in cooperating with us, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Speakers

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Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management

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Procurement, Production and Transportation Logistics, Industrial Engineering

Team

Behind every research project there is a strong team. Find out more about the professors and staff in the research area Value and Logistics.

Become a part of our research team

Permanent positions, research stays, internships - we are constantly looking for strong research reinforcement. For further information, please take a look at our job advertisements.

 

Become a part of our research team

 

Permanent position

We are constantly looking for new colleagues with strong research skills and qualified staff for the research area. For more information, take a look at our current job advertisements.

 

Research stays and internships

Are you a scientist looking for a new challenge? You are still studying for a Master's degree and would like to join a research project or complete an internship in a different team, a different country or even on a different continent? Would you like to work in an innovative research facility in one of the strongest economic regions in Europe? Then get in touch with us!

 

We are already looking forward to welcoming you to our school.

As a strong research university, we are a member of the EUA, the European University Association.

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