Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Production research by Fraunhofer IAO honored with three awards at the ICPR 2015


The 23rd International Conference for Production Research ICPR, which took place from August 2-5, 2015 in Manila, was a runaway success for Fraunhofer IAO and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Both keynote speakers, Professor Wilhelm Bauer (IAO institute director) and Professor Hans-Jörg Bullinger, received a Certificate of Appreciation, and each was part of a team that scooped an Outstanding Paper Award 2015. In Professor Bauer’s case, this was for his work with Dr. Stefan Gerlach et al. on KapaflexCy; Professor Bullinger received the honor alongside Thomas Meiren and Rainer Nägele for their publication on the future of smart services.

Every two years, the prestigious ICPR offers production researchers a platform for professional knowledge sharing and discussion. At this year's International Conference from August 2-5, 2015 in Manila, Fraunhofer IAO proved its ranking among the very best production research centers in the world by collecting three awards.

In recognition of their impressive keynote speeches on the future challenges facing industrial production and on the opportunities and new business models afforded by digitalization and Industry 4.0, Professors Bullinger and Bauer each received a Certificate of Appreciation.

Competitive advantage rests on flexible production workforce management

Dr. Stefan Gerlach et al. received an Outstanding Paper Award for their publication about the KapaflexCy research project. In the project, the team developed a self-organizing capacity management system that can help provide responsive, highly flexible and cross-corporate production capacity control. Such systems also enable companies to give their employees on the floor more personal responsibility by allowing them to participate directly in decision making, without involving an intermediary.

As a high-quality production location, Germany’s biggest strength is its ability to produce technically sophisticated products faster and more reliably than its global competitors. This demands maximum flexibility, both on the part of production facilities and the staff they employ. Lean production that is completely in tune with the customers’ varying needs requires flexible workforce management with adjustments that are almost simultaneous with real time.

Industry 4.0 services

Thomas Meiren and Rainer Nägele were also honored with an Outstanding Paper Award for their article entitled “Smart services in manufacturing companies”, which elucidated the opportunities and challenges that go with developing smart services and implementing digitizalation strategies.

The term “smart services” refers to data and service products such as mobile applications, online portals and sharing services. In order to function, these smart services rely on continually advancing machine intelligence, and the universal digitalization of work processes.

By using the Internet to connect to internal and external value chains in this way, companies can offer their customers higher quality and more specifically targeted services. At the same time, cloud-based platforms simplify the development, provision and control of services and service portfolios.

Fraunhofer IAO is hosting various events in the autumn on both subjects, and will be showing German companies how they can implement the future vision of a sustainable, flexible and efficient production.


Juliane Segedi
Head of Marketing and Communication
Fraunhofer IAO
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 970-2124

Weitere Informationen:

Juliane Segedi | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht Changing the Energy Landscape: Affordable Electricity for All
20.10.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

nachricht Emmy Noether junior research group investigates new magnetic structures for spintronics applications
11.10.2016 | Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

First-time reconstruction of infectious bat influenza viruses

25.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Novel method to benchmark and improve the performance of protein measumeasurement techniques

25.10.2016 | Life Sciences

Amazon rain helps make more rain

25.10.2016 | Life Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>