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Sustainable projects and digital solutions

Students in the MSc Operations Management programme present their project results.

Team REFU Drive

Team deliveRT

Team Kärcher

Team FALLER Packaging

Team Bioraffinerie

Team iFAKT GmbH

Team Fraunhofer IPA

Team Indo-German Collaboration

On July 8, 2021, the graduates of the MSc Operations Management programme presented the results of their final presentations. They dealt with diverse topics such as early technology detection, sustainable city logistics and saving time through digitalization. The event took place online in front of fellow students, professors and interested company representatives.

Cobots for pharmaceutical packaging at FALLER Packaging

To support FALLER Packaging GmbH & Co. KG on its way to Industry 4.0, the project group examined how collaborative robots (cobots) may be put to good use within the company. After analysing the real-life process, the students designed possible processes for cobot use and selected a provider for implementation. For detailed planning, the team created a roadmap for the deployment of a cobot. With experience from this project, further cobots are to be used at FALLER Packaging in the future.

Projekt deliveRT - The sustainable solution for city logistics

Working with the company Pakadoo and the city of Reutlingen, this project team worked on a sustainable solution for the city logistics of the future. The students have been testing their "deliveRT" model on the Reutlingen campus since the summer semester. It enables the students to deliver the packages of all service providers to the customers in a consolidated, efficient and CO2-neutral way.

Concept for a planning and decision-making matrix for the value streams at iFAKT GmbH

In cooperation with iFAKT GmbH, the students developed a concept for an extended planning and decision matrix for the value stream method. This is an analysis method that represents all flows and processes of value creation in a company. The students worked out new key figures and visualization options for value stream managers and developed a methodology for linking value streams and presenting in an overview. Possibilities were developed to identify potential for improvement and to support value stream managers in future decision-making.

Fraunhofer IPA project - Automated technology recognition

To get information on new technologies even more quickly and effectively, the project team worked with Fraunhofer IPA to develop a concept for the "Tech Scan" tool. This tool automatically obtains information from various sources, analyses it and then displays it graphically. Tech Scan creates more transparency in data-driven production optimization and is of particular interest in the area of early technology detection and competitive intelligence.

REFU Drive project - Gaining time through digitalisation

Under the motto "[Y]our LEANdrive to order fulfillment 4.0", this nine-member project team worked on optimizing the order fulfillment process at REFU Drive GmbH. The streamlined process leads to significantly shorter processing times and forms the basis for digitalization and automation in order processing at the manufacturer of electric motor solutions.

Biorefinery Project

In the "Biorefinery" project, the students worked with the Fraunhofer IGB and the company Heckmann MT GmbH to develop a new concept for the production of platform chemicals from agricultural and forestry residues. The team drew on the results of previous student project groups. On this basis, they evaluated the developed concept from an economic point of view and optimized it further. As part of this process optimization, the team carried out a further ecological and economic evaluation and compared the results with the original concept.

Project: Indo-German Collaboration Platform - Digital Innovation Hubs as Platform Ecosystems for SMEs

To design a concept for a German-Indian collaboration platform, the project team worked closely with Fraunhofer IAO and Vivek Anand, Undersecretary of State at the Indian Ministry of Finance. The initial focus was on the basic principles of such a platform, which supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both countries in their digitalization efforts. To identify the requirements and expectations of the stakeholders, the project team conducted qualitative interviews and subsequently made recommendations for action.

Kärcher project - Implementation of an assembly removal with power supply management

The project team worked with Kärcher Municipal, a manufacturer of multifunctional equipment carriers and municipal street-sweepers. The aim of the project was to reduce the number of variants of the cabs installed and thus enable the outsourcing of assemblies. To this end, the project team looked at the existing variants from a methodological and monetary point of view and made a recommendation for action based on the results.

In the MSc Operations Management programme, students work closely with corporate partners from the very beginning. In the master’s project, they work independently on a research project for one or two semesters and then present the results. Programme Director Prof. Dr. Volker Reichenberger emphasizes the practical relevance of the course. "The projects are not just constructed tasks. We specifically give the students the tools they need to use profitably under real conditions with our corporate partners. In this way, both sides benefit,” he says.