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Energy-Efficient Product and Process Innovations in Production Engineering
Logistics and Factory Planning

Processes and Equipment for Energy-Efficient Logistics and Factory Systems

Within the "Processes and equipment for energy-efficient logistics and factory systems" field of action, energy-sensitive planning and control in factory operation and new active principles and construction methods for energy-efficient technical logistics are researched, alongside energy efficiency-oriented factory planning.
This includes addressing the following key points:
  • Systematic, holistic identification and realisation of energy efficiency potential in the factory planning process
  • Development of a concept for the sustainable use of “energy efficiency knowledge” for companies and for educational purposes
  • Development of a concept for multi-period energy-related life-cycle costing for factories
  • Implementation of energy efficiency as a logistics performance indicator in the planning and control of factory operation
  • Development of energy-sensitive optimisation models, methods and algorithms for production control
  • Determination of new active principles and technical logistics construction methods to reduce the mass of the load-bearing device, in particular in the case of vertical conveyance
  • Investigation of traction and load-bearing devices based on new materials, combined with friction reductions in the sliding contact surfaces and a reduction in drive energy


Methods and Design Solutions for Energy Efficiency-Oriented Factory Planning
Energy efficiency for the entire "factory" system is only ensured through the holistic design and planning of the interaction of the various components, namely product, processes and resources, within the scope of a complex, interdisciplinary project planning process. The contribution lies in particular in the methodological anchoring of energy efficiency in the factory planning process and in the development of supplementary planning tools.
Energy-Sensitive Planning and Control in Factory Operation

With the objective of creating an energy-sensitive factory, there was a need for the integrative merging of the main aspects of production planning and control, energy management and the building and infrastructure management functions. To this end, methods and algorithms are being identified, analysed and evaluated, and suitable workflows for the networking of the control system developed. On this basis, energy-oriented optimisation algorithms are being developed and their practical application ensured. The Chair for Factory Planning and Factory Management (FPL) supports these activities by developing concepts for the energy-sensitive structuring of logistics systems, transport optimisation and storage control, thus augmenting the need for the holistic energy-sensitive analysis of the manufacturing and logistics operation of production systems. Furthermore, the energy aspect is integrated into the indicators for the production control and a holistic, energy-oriented, generic set of instruments for energy indicator systems developed. In order to demonstrate the devised methods, visualisation and interaction tools are being developed, which should provide decision-makers with real-time-oriented process and control information.

New Active Principles and Construction Methods for Energy-Efficient Technical Logistics
The crucial objective is the development of technical solutions for energy-efficient transport systems. The work focusses on the development of a horizontal linking system and the development of a reduced-mass stock transportation system. The linking system is based on a mobile conveyor chain made from plastic. Conveyor systems such as this can be operated without lubrication while maintaining good friction values; the chains are oscillation and sound insulating, can be mass-produced and are very light. The low strength and rigidity of the material is counteracted, on the one hand, by fibre-reinforced inserts and, on the other hand, through the coating of tribologically critical areas of the conveyor chain.
The topic of the „Reduced-mass stock transportation system“ deals with the reduction of the transported mass of a load-bearing device for storage and retrieval machines, in order to reduce the energy consumption when loading and removing products in high-bay warehouses. In addition, research is conducted into the integration of cable conduits into toothed belts, which can be used instead of standard festoon cable systems. This should save weight and reduce efficiency losses.

Head of Field of Action

Prof. Klaus Nendel

Professorship of Materials Handling and Conveying Engineering


Dr. Volker Wittstock Professorship for Machine Tools and Forming Technology
Prof. Lothar Kroll Professorship for Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology
Prof. Egon Müller Professorship of Factory Planning and Factory Management
Prof. Klaus Nendel Professorship of Materials Handling and Conveying Engineering (German)
Prof. Christoph Helmberg Professor of Algorithmic and Discrete Mathematics (German)
Prof. Uwe Götze Professorship Management Accounting and Controlling
Prof. Astrid Schütz Professorship for Character Psychology and Diagnostic (German)
Prof. Frank Richter Professorship Solid Body Physics (German)
Prof. Welf-Guntram Drossel Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU
Prof. Matthias Putz Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

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