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Completed Research Projects

Below you will find an overview of the already completed projects of the IPS.

  • ADiFa
    The aim of the joint project is the further development and standardisation of a reference planning process for digital product creation. In a first step, this is to be manifested as a DIN draft and then lead to an international ISO standard. This standardisation is intended to achieve a higher level of commitment for manufacturing companies.
    The aim of the cooperation project is to develop an automatic "gripping cell for solid forming" based on existing basic technologies, to test it in an industrial environment and to optimise it for series use in solid forming. The sub-goals are to make the "grip in the box" technology ready for application and process-safe for the field of solid forming, to make the possibilities and limits transparent from the point of view of the part geometries and the pours and to sound out the application potentials "after the grip" and to evaluate them technically/economically.
  • AuGeEn
    Within the project, a system for the automated production of abrasive belt nests (belts inserted into each other as a packaging unit) is to be developed, which above all takes into account the flexibility requirements with regard to the different abrasive belts as well as the productivity requirements with regard to economic and technical parameters. The principle of nesting developed at the University of Dortmund is to be further developed and made ready for the market. In addition to a constructive design and optimisation of the actual nesting principle into a modular and flexible system, this requires the integration of further functions such as buffering and quality control.
  • AutoEdge
    The aim of this project is to establish a targeted edge preparation by the beam cutting process for the flexible machining process-specific adjustment of the edge shape of complex cutting tools and the integration of this process into the industrial production chain.
  • Challenger
    The project goal is the development of a sensor-, virtual- and robot-assisted therapy station for the treatment of movement disorders of the upper extremities.
  • CLean
    The research project "Cross-value stream design of component cleaning concepts (CLean)" will start in April 2016 with the aim of designing a holistic system for analysing cleanliness-critical value streams as well as for designing and evaluating the integration and organisation of component cleaning systems.
  • Conexing
    The aim of the project is to bring together all experts involved in the overall process in an interdisciplinary and cross-company manner from the conception phase to virtual production verification in a common working environment - the conexing solution.
  • Cyber System Connector
    The aim of the CSC research project is to ensure up-to-date technical documentation by means of a virtual image of the systems throughout the entire product creation process. The CyberSystemConnector (CSC) forms the interface for each integrated system component of a machine and plant. Every change to the system, and thus to the technical documentation, is fed back into a virtual image of the system. Thus, there is always an equivalent virtual image of the real system.
  • CSR
    The aim of "Change pro CSR" is the systematic and gradual anchoring of the values of CSR in the corporate management and culture of small and medium-sized companies from the metal, mechanical engineering and industrial electronics sectors of the Network Industry RuhrOst (NIRO).
  • EOP
    The aim of the research project is therefore to support the selection of a cost-optimised strategy for post-series production or stockpiling of spare parts after the end of production. The starting point here is the integration of spare parts requirements into the current production in order to be able to use the existing production environment and thus synergy effects.
  • ErgoKom
    Development of a specified and low-effort methodology for the analysis, evaluation and visualisation of occurring physical stresses in order-picking systems, taking into account recognised work analysis procedures.
  • GPS für LDL
    In view of the increase in the range of services offered by logistics service providers and the spread of GPS in manufacturing companies in numerous sectors and value creation stages, the primary objective of the research project is to intensively penetrate the effects of these developments in order to develop an adapted GPS reference model for logistics companies on this basis.
  • Hands on IE!
    The academic IE education at the Chair of Work and Production Systems pursues the goal of teaching students the theoretical basics of work system design and to deepen these in an industry-related context in an application-oriented manner.
  • HaptoBot
    Within the scope of the project, a standard industrial robot is to be equipped with a real-time capable force control and a high-resolution force-torque sensor. The robot is used to carry out the test movements on the switching element and at the same time to record the operating forces.
  • HoQaB
    High-speed quality inspection for sheet metal outer skin components
  • InDaS
    Industrial Data Science - Qualification Concept for Machine Learning in Industrial Production
    Individualised socio-technical work assistance for production
  • Inforob
    Modular system-independent training model for innovative advanced training in robot applications for KMUs - The robot as an explainer of its mode of operation supports the staff in learning the subject matter from the very beginning by presenting important elements of robot handling and programming.
  • InnoLern
    The goals of the InnoLern project can be differentiated company-related and network-related. On the company-related level, operative employees of the participating companies are trained in modern methods of industrial engineering and project management according to their needs. On the network level, the operative employees are systematically networked and the knowledge transfer between the companies is stimulated.
  • IRW
    The aim of the IRW project is to show KMUs new ways and opportunities through innovative strategies so that they can keep pace with the competition and face global competition positively and confidently. The main task of the chair, which is active in the sub-area of production, is to support KMUs in improving their production processes and to achieve a long-term increase in market shares through the use of new forms of organisation in production.
  • Lasercut
    Component-independent fixture for robot-assisted laser cutting
    From the manual process to the industrial service robot; planning, decision support and realisation of service robotics applications in the industrial environment.
  • MicroBatchFlow
    Development of flow concepts in the assembly of small series with a large number of variants, taking into account technical and economic aspects
  • ModuLIT
    The focus of the course to be created was on the design, maintenance and programming of automation systems, with particular consideration being given to the use and programming of industrial robots and the necessary peripherals. The learning contents are modular and can be worked on largely independently of each other. Due to the complexity of the subject, the learning process is simplified and supported by a realistic simulation of technical processes.
  • NED
    The aim of the research project is to achieve network-wide excellence in the field of demographic change in NRW. The results of the project will be used to develop an efficient demography excellence programme (EPD) for small and medium-sized enterprises to cope with demographic change for KMUs in NRW.
  • Neue Formen von Industriearbeit
    Empirical basis of the project are in-depth case study analyses in selected production sites of different companies.
  • NiVaK
    The aim of the research project is to develop a systematic approach to production levelling in multi-variant small batch production, where the framework conditions for implementing conventional levelling concepts are generally not given.
  • OptiMilk
    The task is to develop a tool based on mathematical algorithms that determines a frequency-optimised delivery cycle depending on company-specific influencing variables (e.g. line frequency, container characteristics, personnel capacity, etc.).
  • Powergrind
    The aim is to fundamentally further develop an essential component of the tool, the contact wheel, with the aim of significantly increasing the stock removal rate in robot-assisted belt grinding and thus improving the economic efficiency of belt grinding processes.
  • Pro Mondi
    The development of a method for the prospective determination of assembly work content in an early phase of the product development process (PEP). The solution pursued here is based on a combination of the research fields of product data technology, the digital factory, data mining and time management in order to make cross-domain planning knowledge from different PEP phases available along the product creation process.
    The research focus of the IPS is the development of interoperable digital infrastructures for ZDM by exploring industrial applications of data analysis. An essential aspect of consideration is the reduction of error costs of automatic process control by reliably anticipating the resulting product quality already during the production process. On the basis of the anticipated product quality, action measures are to be derived for the subsequent production process, so that the test efficiency is increased in the entire value stream. The latter objective requires the development and integration of virtual sensors in the production processes to ensure detailed and at the same time digital documentation.
  • ReiMaFlu
    Material flow systems suitable for cleanliness - development of a guideline for the design of material flows suitable for cleanliness along the value stream
  • ReProDiPro
    The aim of the joint project is the further development and standardisation of a reference planning process for digital product creation. In a first step, this is to be manifested as a DIN draft and then lead to an international ISO standard. This standardisation is intended to achieve a higher level of commitment for manufacturing companies.
  • ReProInPlan
    Reference process for integrated production planning - preparation for standardisation of information flows and planning key figures
  • Roboforming
    The Institute for Robot Research at the Technical University of Dortmund (IRF) provides the basic principles for the information technology generation of the robot programmes based on CAD data. In addition to the two research institutes, the Industrieverband Blechumformung e.V. (Industrial Association of Sheet Metal Forming) is also responsible for the project. (IBU), with the help of its competence network, is also responsible for the dissemination of the results in addition to the transfer of knowledge for the benefit of collaborative project partners and association members.
  • Roprof
    The key components of the development are a new mechanical design of the robot system that precisely meets the requirements of steel construction companies, automatic robot programming for "learning" new welding tasks in a matter of seconds, and sensor technology that reliably enables the robot to recognise and compensate for the large structural inaccuracies that are common in steel construction.
  • rorarob
    Welding task assistance for pipe and frame constructions by a robot system" Development of an industrially applicable system that focuses on the interaction between humans and robots.
  • SafeGrip
    Based on a previously defined process safety, a modular system selection, i.e. composed of components that can be combined with each other, is initially developed for an application in pharmaceutical laboratory operation.
  • SFB 696
    In twelve sub-projects, one of which is being carried out at the University of Wuppertal, the aim is to place the current and future requirements of users, including product-related service, more firmly at the centre of the product development of intralogistics systems. The vision is to create the methodical and technical basis for flexible intralogistics systems that automatically react to changes, check themselves and repair themselves.
  • SFB 708 - Teilprojekt A4
    The aim of the sub-project is to further develop robot-assisted thermal spraying on the basis of efficient robot simulation. For this purpose, a generalised model is to be developed for application to different robots and also changing tools, which in particular also takes into account the dynamic effects and contributes to the optimisation of the overall process through a "fast simulation".
  • SFB 708 - Teilprojekt A6
    The aim of sub-project A6 is the development and management of robot-assisted, force-controlled spotting processes to optimise the geometry and surface properties of hard-coated forming tools in the production press. Sub-project A6 focuses on the development of a suitable path planning, the adaptation and integration of an empirical model for the planning of the removal process, the development of an in-process control for the regulation of the spotting process and the integration into an overall system.
  • SkalKomm
    Specifically for order picking in conventional order picking systems in KMUs, a decision model is to be developed within the framework of this research project, which supports KMUs in systematically and specifically adapting their company-specific order picking system to short-term fluctuations in demand and market changes.
  • Variana
    Multivariate analysis methods for strategy selection in the post-series - Development of a system for strategy selection by multivariate analysis methods in the post-series supply (NSV) of electronic assemblies
  • VariPro
    Variability-based machine allocation planning for customer order-specific production in KMUs
  • VEIN
    Trust and learning in the incremental, error-induced innovation process - Investigation of technical and work organisation success factors of a continuous adaptation of production processes to constantly changing customer requirements while solving the problems arising in this context.
  • ViReBa
    As part of the KMU-Innovative: Resource and Energy Efficiency funding programme, the vibration cleaning technology is to be further developed for its use in industrial series production. The focus here is on both the development of the cleaning technology suitable for series production and its integration into lean production lines à la Toyota.
  • WaProTek
    The aim of the WaProTek research project (process architectures conducive to change) is to enable companies to identify the acute need for change in their production systems by means of coordinated process architectures conducive to change, to identify their technical, logistical, organisational and human resources, to systematically compare them with the range of services offered by equipment suppliers and service providers, to design economic solutions and to operate them in a qualified manner.

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Technische Universität Dortmund

Institut für Produktionssysteme / IPS

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Gebäude MB I

44227 Dortmund

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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