Production Engineering

Research in this field focuses on the following areas:

Research-focused coursework and theses and cooperative doctorates are supervised in all of the above research areas.

Ultra-Precision Technology

Research at the Institute of Precision Machining (KSF) is carried out in the following areas:

  • Research projects on process optimization, grinding, and ultra-precision technology
  • Tool development
  • Machine tool development

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Service Innovation

Research effortson the theme of Service Innovation focus on the systematic development and design of technical services and service components in product service systems. Research projects and activities are as follows:

  • Parameter-based service design in the innovation of product service systems
  • Multidimensional service prototyping
  • Design and description of technical and product support services
  • Planning, methods and representation in Service Engineering
  • Testing of services
  • Service quality
  • Service features of industry 4.0 and smart services
  • Transformation from sales of goods to services
  • New business models in product service systems

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Safety Engineering

Research efforts in the core area of Safety Engineering focus on the identification, analysis and evaluation of risk in technical systems. It will deal with legal assessments, e.g. in connection with the introduction of a system or local authority procedures, and technical aspects, e.g. the safety of machines and plants, as well as functional safety.

Previous research projects:

  • Combined engineering methods for Security & Safety for embedded systems (KEM3S) is a joint project with IKT (KMU-innovativ) which examines the options of safety evaluations of linked machines.
  • Instruction materials to assess safety-oriented control systems for the Baden-Württemberg Market Monitoring Authorities. The project aims to produce guidelines and processes with which machines can be assessed and evaluated against current levels of technology with regard to functional safety, within the framework of market monitoring controls.
  • Revision of a guide to interpretation of significant changes in machines.
  • Revision of a guide to interpretation of machines in their entirety.

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Materials Science

The core area of materials science deals with material properties optimization, component layout, and damage science. The focus is on metallic as well as ceramic and polymer materials used in the metal and electronics industries but also in medical engineering. Research priorities focus on materials development and related manufacturing processes. Activities include:

  • The production of functional surfaces
  • Metallography and damage science
  • Materials testing and analysis (REM, EDX, US, x-ray diffractometry, dilatometry, x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, viscosity analysis)
  • Materials development
  • Biomedical materials
  • Simulation and thermodynamic calculations

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