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 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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Mechatronics and High-Frequency Power Electronics

Research efforts in the core area of Mechatronics and High-Frequency Power Electronics focus on demanding R&D tasks in the area of high-frequency engineering, drive engineering, systems for measurement and control, and power electronics. Research is carried out in the Lab for Applied Mechatronics and System Design (LAMS).

Previous developments and current research projects:

  • HF-based plastics shaping machine (BMWi, 2011-12)
  • Checking machine for dielectric plastics processing (BMWi, 2013-14)
  • Innovative energy storage using lithium storage battery and SuperCap (MWK-BW, 2013-14)
  • Plastics analysis service using 2. checking machine (since 2014)
  • Multiturn absolute encoder with high resolution and energy harvesting (BMWi, 2014-15)
  • In preparation: Development of a plastics analysis system for securing processes of innovative dielectric forming and improvement of recycling of raw materials (2014-17)

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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:

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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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Logistics

The core area of logistics focuses on the planning, control, and monitoring of goods flows within and between companies. Operations research methods, modelling tools, and simulation techniques are used to model the logistics processes under investigation. Resources and remit of the logistics area include:

  • Study and research projects
  • A logistics lab equipped with simulation tools (plant simulation), modelling tools (ARIS), and an advanced planning system (SAP SCM)
  • The opportunity to participate in a joint PhD programme with Plymouth University (UK)

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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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