Exciting Solutions for Research and Industry

Project presentations from the Operations Management Master‘s degree programme

Projektpräsentationen im Masterstudiengang Operations Management der ESB Business School.
Projektpräsentationen im Masterstudiengang Operations Management der ESB Business School.

Lena Jauernig

If you decide to do the Operations Management Master's degree programme at ESB Business School, you will experience already during your studies how projects in production and logistics are handled in the real world. In two of a total of three semesters the students work on practical assignments in cooperation with industry and research.  

In teams of six to eight students they develop solutions independently on two to three days a week. The students acquire the necessary specialist knowledge in technology, business administration, logistics and production during the lectures.   

The results of this semester’s projects were presented to a large audience last Thursday. In addition to representatives from the companies and research institutes, the supervising professors followed the presentations with great interest and visited the information stands of the project groups. In the following there is a short description of the projects. 

Topic 1: Work organisation
As part of the project “Brainstorming, collaboration and innovation in R&D cooperation platforms, taking the example of ARENA2036“, a project team in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) prepared a scientific study. The students focused especially on how cooperation and brainstorming processes can be installed in an innovative environment.  Also in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IAO, another team addressed the question of how an agile work organisation may look on the shop floor of the future within the context of Industry 4.0.

Topic 2: Applied research
A project team developed in cooperation with the city of Reutlingen a concept for an efficient and sustainable city logistics system. The aim of the project was to develop an integrated and visionary city logistics concept for the city of Reutlingen taking into account the general circumstances in 2030 and to model it on the basis of scenarios. As part of another project at the Reutlingen Industry 4.0 Center a project team in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPA completed a study on technology application in small and medium-sized companies in Baden-Württemberg. This was carried out by interviewing companies on the telephone or face to face about their innovative technologies and the level of technological progress in digitisation/Industry 4.0. In cooperation with the ESB Logistics Learning Factory another project team worked on the development and implementation of a concept for a collaborative tugger train system as part of the research proposal “Collaborative Tugger Train 4.0 “. The focus here was on the integration of state-of-the-art hardware such as driverless transport systems, robots, smart glasses and 3D printers. 

Topic 3: Solutions for industry 
In cooperation with Wafios AG the actual material flow in production was included in the project “Everything flows smoothly: trouble-free material supply”. The team identified and assessed disturbance variables and defined key figures. A follow-up project will be carried out next semester. As part of the project “Development of a B2B business model for the implementation of a digitised customer order process“ another project team developed a concept for an online configurator for hydraulic components in the B2B division of HAWE Hydraulik SE. In cooperation with Bonduelle Deutschland GmbH another project team developed a knowledge management system which is integrated in the existing IT structure. Existing and new training documents are also integrated there. Further, the team defined standards for future training documents relating to media type and the type of documents. 

The partners from research and industry agreed that this semester’ project results generate relevant utilisation potential for the companies and research institutes. The semester projects helped the students gain valuable experience of industry and initial experience in a research environment and consolidated their technical and social skills in direct applications. Overall a perfect symbiosis in response to the challenges of the world of work.