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Completed Projects

Benchmark Logistik

Together with the Employers Association Südwestmetall and the Business Association Südwest (USW), ESB Business School carried out an annual benchmark logistics in 2016 and 2017 which was open to all companies (not only members). The Benchmark’s aim was to transfer logistical expert know-how to the companies attending the Benchmark and to enhance the competitiveness of regional companies.  

Transfer of knowledge between science and industry

With little expense the participating companies received sector-related information on their logistical performance in comparison with competitors and generated valuable impulses for improving their logistics processes. Conversely, ESB Business School at Reutlingen University obtained specific information of practical relevance with regard to today’s and future demands on logistics from the participating companies.


The basis of the Benchmark’s content alignment and design was impulses and practical demands of the member companies of the associations as well as from all the other participating companies. Besides fixed topics from the areas of supply chain management, procurement and warehousing, the Benchmark Logistics included current trends and future topics such as Industry 4.0

Cooperation Partners
[Translate to English:] Logos Kooperationspartner

Südwestmetall and USW are established and strong partners of the metal and electrical industries in Baden-Württemberg and have extensive networks with many medium-sized companies. They are frequently “hidden champions“ for which effective and efficient logistics processes are a key element for safeguarding their competitiveness.   


The EU-funded project LOPEC (Logistics Personal Excellence by continuous Self-Assessment) was successfully completed in September 2014 after running for two years. 

LOPEC transfers a software solution for the sharing of LEAN logistics know-how as well as the necessary basic knowledge for skilled workers in company, training and further training environments from the world of science to applications of practical use. The system is complemented by a new method for self-assessment of “personal excellence“.

In the LOPEC project supporting materials for knowledge transfer were developed. These are to close the gap between secondary and tertiary education for skilled workers in logistics. Furthermore, the materials are to encourage acceptance of the personal excellence idea with its aim of lifelong learning.  

Since the project’s completion at the end of September 2014 a comprehensive system for “lifelong learning with the aim of personal excellence in logistics“ has been available.

The project was supported within the framework of the European Union’s LEONARDO DA VINCI programme, innovation transfer for vocational education. This project was funded with the support of the European Commission. Only the author bears responsibility for the content of this publication; the Commission cannot be held responsible for any further use of the information contained herein.   


LOPEC comprises:

  • Learning modules LEAN logistics for skilled workers
  • Learning modules for the transfer of basic knowledge (qualification requirement for attending a LEAN Logistics Bachelor programme)
  • Self-assessment tool "Logistics Personal Excellence (LOPEX)"
  • Self-assessment tool "Personal Excellence (PEX)"
  • LOPEC user manual
  • Free starter modules for test users
Project Consortium and Associated Partners

NIL Network of Innovative Learning Factories

In 2013 the Initiative on European Learning Factories became the “Network of Innovative Learning Factories (NIL)“ project, which between 2013 and 2016 was sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 800,000 euros. The project’s aim was to support the exchange of students and scientists, to simplify knowledge transfer between the institutes involved and to intensify the scientific development of the system learning factory. 

The Network of Innovative Learning Factories is not a closed system and in order to achieve its strategic goals is open to interested institutions for partnerships. NIL’s project consortium is made up of partners that receive funding from the DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Cooperation between internationally leading universities and institutes as well as content-related interaction between research and teaching by means of a permanent international exchange in the above mentioned research fields enables the students to gain a comprehensive insight into systems of production, logistics and manufacturing in both a real and virtual multinational environment. Researchers are offered opportunities for integrating different research fields as well as working on them. Teachers have access to a new range of teaching methods and directly applying them.

Moreover, the network partners also benefit from “exchanging information about the System Learning Factory“ itself and find common responses to the question of what further opportunities for improvement are available. They use state-of-the-art learning factories and laboratories, enabling communication and joint planning wherever you are, constructing, designing, modelling and organising across multiple locations.  

Partners and Associated Partners

With their work “Standardisation System Learning Factory” the partners of the thematic network NIL with their internationally renowned scientists have made it their strategic goal to establish the network thematically, to set an internationally recognised standard, to encourage international mobility, to start innovative training programmes and to deliver a significant contribution to worldwide quality assurance of learning factories.

ESB Business School
Reutlingen University
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Hummel, Prof. Dr. -Ing. Harald Augustin
Logistics Learning Factory; Logistics Factory

Institut für Produktionsmanagement, Technologie und Werkzeugmaschinen (PTW)
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Prof. Dr. -Ing.Eberhard Abele, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Metternich
Lernfabrik: Prozesslernfabrik CiP

Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Betriebswissenschaften (iwb)
Technische Universität München
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Gunther Reinhart
Lernfabrik für Energieproduktivität (LEP)

Institute of Management Science (imw)
Univ.-Prof. Prof. eh. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Wilfried Sihn

Institute for Production Engineering and Laser Technology (IFT)
Prof. Friedrich Bleicher
Technische Universität Wien, Österreich 
Lernfabrik: Lern- und Innovationsfabrik 

KTH Stockholm
Prof. Bengt Lindberg, Dr. Thomas Lundholm
Lernfabrik: XPRESS lab

The Computer and Automation Research Institute
MTA SZTAKI in Kooperation Budapest University of Technology and Economics Ungarn
Prof. Laszlo Monostori

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Universität Split, Kroatien
Prof. Ivica Veža
Lernfabrik: Lean Manufacturing

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation
Universität Patras, Griechenland
Prof. George Chryssolouris
Lernfabrik: LMS

Lehrstuhl für Produktionssysteme
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Meier
Lernfabrik: LPS

Industrial Engineering Departement
Stellenbosch University, Südafrika
Dr. André van de Merve, Dirkse van Schalkwyk and Dr. Steven Matope
Lernfabrik: MicroManu

Associated Partner:

Polytechnics Institute of Setúbal IPS, School of Technology Portugal
Prof. Pedro Cunha
Lernfabrik: CENI Learning Factory