With an age of approx. 50 years logistics is still a very young science discipline with many untreated, scientific questions.

Megatrends such as demand-driven production, growing environmental awareness, increasing limitation of resources or even internationalization are push forward logistics innovations. Technical innovations in information technology (e.g. RFID, Internet of Things (IoT)), communication technology (telematics) and multimedia (VR, AR) enable and require new logistical solutions.

The ILM is constantly facing new challenges. For this, new models and tools for planning and controlling the production and logistics networks must be developed.
New, prototypical technology solutions using information and communication technology and automation technology are developed and tested in cooperation with national and international research partners and industry. The ILM is increasingly researching in the areas of intelligent logistics systems.
In collaboration with the Fraunhofer IFF, the RFID test laboratory LogMotionLab is researching application scenarios for intelligent logistics objects using tracking, communication, identification and sensor technologies. The LogModellLab uses a collection of demonstration, analysis, and test tools to explore various real-time control strategies for dynamic production networks.

Chair of logistics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Zadek

  • Fundamentals of technical logistics, especially reference and calculation models
  • Diagnosis, modeling, simulation and design of logistics processes and systems
  • Information systems of logistics, in particular identification, ERP, trace and trakking systems
  • Correspondence of logistics concepts and eCommerce, eProcurement and interorganizational solutions
  • Planning methods and tools in logistics, in particular building module-oriented problem-solving processes as well as cooperative and internet-based planning processes
  • Process chains for supply, production, trade, logistics service providers as well as transport chains for supply and disposal
  • Knowledge processing for the field of logistics and cooperative development of multimedia knowledge presentations, in particular multimedia teaching and learning materials (learning platform, method memory) for logistics education

Chair of logistics systems
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E. h. Dr. h. c. mult. Michael Schenk

  • Logistics-oriented factory planning and operation
  • Modeling and simulation of procurement, production and distribution networks
  • Development of methods and tools for the evaluation, planning and design of logistics networks
  • Control of heterogeneous logistics flows with mobile test and analysis tools Human-machine-human Interface in the digital factory
  • Interactive training and training concepts for the qualification of logistics systems

Chair of Material Handling
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Katterfeld, Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. Richter

  • Development and automation of discontinuous conveyors, in particular of cranes and their lifting devices
  • Development and investigation of new operating principle of continuous conveyors, especially for bulk materials
  • Innovative developments for low-emission materials handling technology
  • Development, calibration, validation and applications of simulation methods for material handling plant
  • Development of software tools for the calculation and design of material handling technology
  • Digitalization of material handling equipment including the development of digital twins and condition-based monitoring for material handling equipment
  • Material handling technology for the recycling economy and remediation
  • Discrete elements method (DEM) for continuous conveyors for bulk material
  • Modeling of bulk material flows at transfer points


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