Following the future oriented alignement of the institute the speciality field of logistics takes in great significance. Education and research attend the technical and organizational apects of logistics and concentrate on the development of planning instruments for logistics processes, -systems and -networks, the selection and the operation of information systems for logistics, logistics knowledge management and logistics specialized didactics (e-learning) as well as modern concepts of sustainable logistics and logistics waste management. In laboratories with physical and virtual logistics systems the thinking in systems and structures, the complex problem solving, the operation in interdisciplinary teams and the leadership functions are trained.
In the product oriented speciality field of material handling systems the interdependencies between machines and transported material and their impacts on the design of the machines and processes are researched. Main focus are new principles for continous conveyors (steep and vertical conveyors). Another focus is on the lightweight construction of a widerange of operating equipment.