11.11.2019

The ESB Logistics Learning Factory has been renamed Werk150

The factory test field combines teaching, research and the transfer of theory into practice on the campus of Reutlingen University

Since this summer the factory test field has been located in new premises: a hall with a high ceiling, flooded with light, workplaces for the students and a room for seminars.

On open day at Reutlingen University on Saturday 23 November you will have the opportunity to experience human-machine collaboration live. A robot will help you assemble a pair of VR glasses.

The two heads of Werk150, Professor Dr Vera Hummel and Professor Dr Daniel Palm, look forward to an exciting future with innovative technologies, creative minds and exciting themes from research and industry.

The “ESB Logistics Learning Factory“ has been given a new name: the factory test field on the campus of Reutlingen University is now called Werk150. In Werk150 students can now try out and optimise live the complete production process of a factory. The factory is not only used for training purposes. Scientists from Reutlingen University and their partners from industry also use it as a research and development environment. The facility maps a production company with all its processes, starting from development through incoming goods, warehousing and assembly and up to distribution.

It all began in 2013 under the leadership of Professor Dr Vera Hummel. Initially Werk150, then still the “ESB Logistics Learning Factory”, was located in the basement of building 5 at ESB Business School. At the end of 2015 it was moved to a temporary building. Since then both the infrastructure as well as the projects implemented there have been continually further developed. A significant leap forward was made in 2018: The ESB Logistics Learning Factory was renamed the “Pilot Factory Industry 4.0”. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research funded the project ECHO (real-time capable, cyber-physical hybrid production) with a total of 1.7m euros. This funding helped to equip the learning factory with many different devices such as lasers, sensors, collaborative robots, smart devices, intelligent logistics systems and high-performance 3D printers.

Eventually the temporary building proved to be too small to develop manufacturing with all the necessary production resources. Since this summer the factory test field has been located in new premises: On the campus of Reutlingen University a new building is currently being constructed for logistics. At the end of July the first construction phase was completed and this is where Werk150 now has its home: a hall with a high ceiling, flooded with light, workplaces for the students and a room for seminars. “Now we finally have space to make full use of our entire infrastructure“, the head of Werk150, Professor Dr Vera Hummel, is delighted to say: “For us this opens up many new transfer opportunities in our cooperation with companies”.  For example, one of the first 5G test environments in the state is being created in Werk150 under the leadership of Professor Palm as part of a project sponsored by the state of Baden-Württemberg. This test field for the digital factory is open to small and medium-sized companies.

With the move it was time to roll out the new name. “The old name no longer felt right: we do not only teach here but also carry out research and development. Moreover, we no longer replicate only a logistics company in the factory, but a production facility. Logistics is only a part of the complete production process”, explains Professor Hummel. “A ‘Werk’ includes both, production and logistics. And it describes not only a technical plant but also stands for the product of creative work.” By the way, the 150 in the name stands for the address – the campus at Reutlingen University is at 150 Alteburgstrasse, as well as for more than 150 years of experience in education and research at the location of Reutlingen University.

The two heads of Werk150, Professor Dr Vera Hummel and Professor Dr Daniel Palm, look forward to an exciting future with innovative technologies, creative minds and exciting themes from research and industry.

Open Day at Reutlingen University and the new Werk150

On Saturday 23 November Reutlingen University will open its doors and we would like to invite you to visit us in the newly opened Werk150.

On open day you will have the opportunity to experience human-machine collaboration live. A robot will help you assemble a pair of VR glasses which in a further step you can also customise.

In addition, we will present different degree programmes in detail and inform you about industrial and research projects which are currently being carried out in Werk150, as well as about our cooperations and opportunities to transfer from theory to industry. You can enjoy the end of your visit with a drink and a snack.

The Werk150 team is looking forward to seeing you on campus!

Date: 23.11.2019

Time: 10:00 am to 4 pm

Place: Hochschule Reutlingen/Reutlingen University, Alteburgstraße 150, Building 21, 72762 Reutlingen