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FIR e. V. an der RWTH Aachen

Research Projects

Research Works at the FIR

This is a list of all research projects the FIR is / was working on (in order of the beginn of the processing).

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Load Based Monitoring and Maintenance - Optimization of the operation of onshore wind turbines by a load guided monitoring system utiizing torque sensors

The aim of the research project "LBM²" is the development of a low-cost and easy-to-use wind turbine (WT) monitoring system utilizing two software-based modules to optimize the operation and maintenance planning of the entire wind farm (WF).


Implementation of Industry 4.0 in the textile process chain

The goal is achieved by exchanging data between the companies involved in the process chain and the neutral operator of a legally protected cloud service.


Joint project "Inner-city mobility platform based on autonomous PeopleMover"; Subprojects "Business Models and Implementation".

The aim is to design and pilot a novel, intelligent inner-city mobility solution. A collaboration of innovative SMEs from the structurally weak urban region of Aachen is herewith funded to implement this. The result will be an integrative customer-centered service platform for autonomous electric shuttle, so-called "PeopleMover".

Sales Service

Sales Service: Analytics based marketing support for technicians in the field service environment

The aim of the Sales Service project is to integrate service technicians in the active distribution of services and products and thus to exploit the sales potential arising from their regular and intensive customer interaction. For this purpose, an analytics-based sales support for service technicians (algorithms for open source software) is designed, which provides them with the necessary sales information. In addition, the structure and process organization (Blueprints & Reference Processes) and the corresponding management tools (Balanced Scorecard & Incentive System) are developed for a sales-oriented service.


Cloud-based Energy Management for an increased Energy Efficiency in Manufactoring Companies

The goal of eCloud is to empower SMEs to implement flexible energy management that is prepared for current and future challenges in the area of ​​energy use, without deepened energy knowledge and with little distraction from the day-to-day business.



The objective of the planned project is to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the engineering sector to develop innovative value-added services from their available data together with their clients within a short time.


3Dprint-Supply Service

The aim of the research project is to provide industrial companies barrier-free, reliable access to the 3D production of spare parts and components. The 3Dsupply project is designing a generic reference model for a highly flexible supply network for 3D printed spare parts.


Exporting blended vocational education and training for industrial process design and optimisation into the Mexican automotive sector (E-Mas)

The objective of the E-Mas joint project is to develop and export offerings for further education for and into the Mexican automotive industry. Mexican employees will be taught skills in the areas of workplace learning, productivity management, tool-and-die making and lean management. Thus, they will be prepared for industrial challenges due to digitisation. By achieving this, the project will support further growth of the Mexican automotive industry. In addition to that, service design for vocational education and training offerings for the export will be addressed and transferred into a digital planning tool.


Service Release Management

The aim of this research project is the development of a service release management system, which allows SMEs to systematically identify the necessary changes to their AS-services in the small-scale production of mechanical engineering and to implement these efficiently in a service release.


Self-Learning Production Control using Algorithms of Artificial Language

The aim of iProd is the development and validation of a solution concept which, within the scope of Industrie 4.0, exploits the technical possibilities of digitization. The digital image of a production is the basis for the holistic analysis and evaluation of the automatically recorded data. On the basis of the examined patterns in the production system, exact predictions of the future system behavior can be made while taking account of influencing disturbing factors and accompanying deviations.


Determination of the carbon footprint of different drive concepts of production facilities

The projects aim is the development of a procedure with integrated calculation sequence which specifies the ISO 14067 and optimises the carbon footprint of fluid powered and electromechanical linear drives. This Method is implemented into a calculation tool which follows the needs of SME to estimate the climate impacts of a planned facility with little effort.

SiTra 4.0

SiTra 4.0 – Nachhaltige Sicherheitskultur als Transformationsansatz für Industrie 4.0 in KMU

SiTra 4.0 is aimed to develop a transformational approach for the establishment of a sustainable security culture for industry 4.0 in SMEs. This new security culture will be characterized by respect and trust, ethical standards between the actors, freedom, to take risks and to promote the intelligent use of implicit and explicit knowledge in digitized working processes.


5G in industrial applications

The research project will provide a user friendly network management concept to solve communication problems by using 5G. Furthermore, the empowerment by 5G shows new application concepts for the industry.


Decentralized Production Based on Additive Manufacturing and Agile Logistics

Within the add2log project, an inter-company software-based platform, which provides central coordinating functions for an emerging value creation network between manufacturers, logistics providers, and third parties, will be developed and implemented as a prototype. The platform makes it possible to combine and integrate the potentials of additive manufacturing and agile logistics, resulting in new business models.


Energy Knowledge Management for cross-company optimised energy usage

The aim of the project EWIMA is the prototypical construction of regional virtual power plants in NRW. The approach pursued is the further development of operational energy management for a cross-company optimization of consumption, generation and storage of energy in the direct company neighborhood. key innovation is a central IoT platform that enables complex functions and services.


Methodology for the modularization of complex developement activities of services in industrial services

Goal of this project is the development of a methodology for designing process toolboxes and standardizing value creation processes based on optimized cost-/benefit ratios for the industrial services industry. By means of the project results especially small and medium-sized companies should be enabled to increase the efficiency of their value creation processes systematically. The results should support companies to select and implement measures for increasing efficiency based on cost-/benefit rations of measures.


Quality assurance and cost models supporting the wide spread use of additive manufacturing

The goal of AM4Industry is the development of a holistic cost-benefit-model which enables the user to decide whether or not to use Additive-Manufacturing-Technologies from an economic standpoint.


Development of an adaptive production control for the systematic deviation management of small batches.

The aim of the project is to develop a decision support system for the production controller which allows a more detailed consideration of deviations in production. Furthermore, evaluating deviations makes it possible to determine which deviations urgently require action and what kind of intervention should be made. By taking account of decisions regarding deviation situations from the past future deviations can be better assessed.


Wertorientierte Gestaltung industrieller Dienstleistungen

General goal of the research project "WertGeiD" is to support small and medium sized industry service providers to evaluate the effetcts of Lean Management principles on services offered.


Developing new services based on digitization – identifying methods, seeking opportunities and disseminating results for the implementation of smart services

The goal of the Digivation project is to create generic and practicable best practices for the development, marketing, and performance of digital services. The development of the methods is based on the close connection of digital process innovation with new concepts of service engineering, individualization, and customer participation. Hereby the main objective of the Digivation project is to accelerate the digital transformation of the economy with the help of service innovation. Based on this integrated perspective, Digivation supports collaborative projects of the funding line service innovation based on digitization by helping them with the preparation and the transfer of their project outcomes.


Selbstlernende Suchmaschine für ERP-Systeme

The aim of the research project is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search queries in ERP systems. Hereby, it should reduce the effort for the user and improve the quality of the results. The achievement of the goals is realized by the development of a self-learning, context-based search engine for ERP systems. By taking into account the context of a search query, user behavior and a results evaluation by the user, the result quality of search queries is continuously increased. The development of a demonstrator is intended to show the usefulness of the concept by testing it in different scenarios and evaluating it by means of an economic assessment.


Increase of profitability by innovation and implementation of sustainable business models for SMEs

The goal of the project is the development and testing of an integrated methodology for business model innovation and implementation, which meets the special requirements of SMEs in the background of the green economy.


Cloud-based Collaborationsoftware for the construction Industry

Development of a Cloud-Based Collaborationsoftware to optimize the information exchange between various stakeholds within a construction project.


Cyber-physical Systems from SMEs for SMEs

cyberKMU² develops an online platform that enables production companies to easily find matching technologies (CPS) to increase their production process efficiency.


Development of a typology for the life-cycle orientated management of business internal communities of knowledge-intensive service providers

The aim of the research project ToMiC is the development of a typology for the life-cycle orientated management of business internal communities of knowledge-intensive service providers. This will enable small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to identify the current stage of life of their own social software based community for the first time. Based on this, individual management instruments can be identified and recommendations for action which maximise the use of the community for the company and prevent its failure can be derived.


Self-directed use of personal data with inherent privacy and data protection

The aim is to provide a data cockpit in which users are able to decide on the transfer and utilization of sensitive data. They are also able to formulate preferences for privacy protection. The cockpit provides information and assessments on personal privacy risks to accomplish a certain sensitization for that topic. If personal data are used for commercial purposes, users will have the opportunity to become involved in the proceeds by "Micropayment".

Rezept ECM

Modellbasierte Einsatzplanung von Enterprise-Content-Management im Maschinen- und Anlagenbau

Rezept ECM's goal is to help companies in the mechanical and plant engineering industry achieve a holistic ECM concept to meet the current requirements for digitalization. An application-oriented model is developed as an orientation aid for the establishment of a company-wide ECM concept which takes into account the existing IT landscape and the operational sequences.

CSS 2.0

Customer-Service-Scorecard 2.0 – Self-Assessment-Tool zur Analyse des Nutzens von Social Media im Kundenservice bei KMU

The aim of the CSS 2.0 research project is to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their customer services through the use of social media. For this purpose, a self-assessment tool will be developed to evaluate and forecast the benefit contribution of social media use in customer service. The research project focuses on the external use of social media at the interface between companies and customers.


Energy-efficient and safe communication network for the internet of energy

The target of the research project "eSafeNet" is the investigation, conception and demonstration of an innovative information technology communication approach for the internet of energy. Basically, potentials of a dedicated communication infrastructure are supposed to be analyzed considering mobile communication as main technology and tethered transmission technology, e. g. powerline, so that safety relevant structures for stability, reliability and safety meet the requirements. To guarantee the economic efficiency, a service platform is designed which provides safety relevant and additional smart services by service providers.

I4.0 Maturity Index

Industry 4.0 Maturity Index

Target of the project is an Industrie 4.0 maturity index which enables companies to assess their actual status of Industrie 4.0. With the assessment companies are assisted by an individual roadmap to build their own Industrie 4.0 roadmap.


Overcoming shortages of resources in servicing business of small and medium-sized enterprises in the area of mechanical engineering by the digitalization of service processes

The central research target of the project ScaleUp is the development of digitalization navigator for small and medium-sized enterprises. The navigator will support companies to overcome shortages of resources for after-sales services by identifying and suggesting specific digital technologies as well as matching providers.

Smart Farming World (SmarF)

Cross-vendor networking of machines in agricultural crop production with the help of a service platform

The project targets a connection of machines across manufacturers in the agricultural sector with the help of a service plattform. The plattform offers context-sensitive smart services based on intelligent systems to improve the productivity of the agricultural crop production.

Digital in NRW

Digitalisation support for small and medium enterprises

Overall target of the Industrie 4.0 competence center is to enable SME to efficient and and effective processes along the value chain by digitalization and connectivity. The three hubs Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Ruhr and Rhineland covers the target region of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Developing an approach to optimize the prices of availability guarantees for small and medium sized enterprises of machinery and plant construction

The aim of the project is to develop an approach for determining the optimum price of availability guarantees for small and medium sized enterprises of machinery and plant construction.


Implementation of Service Analytics to sustainably increase the service profitability in mechanical engineering SMEs

The objective of this research project is the development of well-suited analytics algorithms for the phases of the management of industrial services in mechanical engineering companies as well as the embedding of these algorithms into an SME-appropriate procedure of Service Analytics.


Employee-focused management of the transformation from producing SMEs towards solution providers

The overall objective of fit4solution is to support the strategic change of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) from a manufacturing company to a solution provider. By this transformation an increase of the competitiveness through differentiation is permitted.

Smart Building

Developing an approach to transform the manufacturers of technical building equipment to providers of smart building solutions in the field of office buildings

Target of the project Smart Building is the development of data driven services for smart buildings and in particular for office buildings. An approach will be developed that enables small and medium enterprises to utilize the potential of smart buildings in a structured way. Therefore, a catalogue of data driven services and a guideline including a toolbox to plan, steer and control the transformation process will be developed.


Innovative energy plattform of flexibility to synchronize and commercialize the regional power consumption of industrial users with decentralized energy production in the exemplary region of Aachen

The research objective is the conception, development and prototypic implementation of a platform for the integration of industrial consumers as flexibility cluster and decentralized producers of renewable energy, that will be concluded in so called virtual power plants.

Energy Information Hub (EIH)

Win-win-win situation for manufacturing companies, energy suppliers as well as mechanical and plant engineers

The central aim of this research projekt is to design a communication platform for the exchange of relevant informations between producing SMEs, electricity utility companies and machine builders. For this inter alia a business and process model will be developed which makes the EIH attractive for all participations.


Services for Electrical Mobility: Fostering Innovation and User Orientation

Development of strategies and concepts for innovative and value adding services as well as supplementing electromobility and technology orientated funding for market- and user-orientated perspectives


Development of a method to support mechanical engineering SMEs with the implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts in the CAD-CAM-NC process chain

The goal of the research project "DigiKMU" is to enable small and medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies to align their corporate IT strategically to achieve business objectives through industry 4.0 concepts in the field of the CAD-CAM-NC process chain. For this purpose a type modelling maturity model is developed on the basis of which SMEs can conduct a self-assessment and derive recommendations for the realignment of their corporate IT.

Planning the variety of product service systems offers

Complexity oriented decision model based on evolutionary algorithms

Under the requirement of the best return rate within product service systems, the aim of the project is to develop a decision model for planing procedures of PPS.


Energy-efficient, low-wear, maintenance and acoustic optimized, cost efficient bogie

The EVIAK DG projects´s goal is the development of an engergy-efficient, low-wear, maintenance and acoustic optimized, cost efficient bogie. In contrast to current bogies which are not successful in the marked due to a lack of economic benefits, EVIAK DG will be supported by a maintenance concept and LCC-model.


Development of an intelligent and efficient disposition tool for interactive and dynamic task and ressource planning for offshore wind farms

The project's aim is to develop new planning strategies for requirement-meeting and efficient maintenance of offshore wind farms. It will be the first time, that task- and resource-management between spatially separated wind turbines is enabled under inconstant operating conditions and unplanned events. An issue-related and spatial visualization provides an objective decision basis for the operator's disposition directives and route optimization.


Planungsunterstützung für wandelbare Produktionsnetzwerke

In order to circumvent existing trade barriers, the Completely- Knocked-Down (CKD) strategy has prevailed in the automotive industry. Instead of an export of fully built up they were exported decomposed to the markets and assembled locally there. Objective of "CKDCHAIN" is the transfer of this concept to companies of mechanical engineering by developing a simulation-based configuration support.


Integrative software solution for an intelligent, demand-oriented maintenance management in complex production surroundings

Modern production nowadays shows a growing shortfall of maintenance management and maintenance tools, which is why the SmartMaintenance project plans to develop a novel software solution for maintenance management which takes the condition of machines in real-time into account as well as the latest production plans. Thus, it aims to present the complex problems of decision making in terms of maintenance in one modular software tool and to find global optimized solutions via specific constraint-models. Various factors such as information about the condition of the machines, the dynamic disposition of the maintenance resources and the adaptive reconciliation of the production planning are important factors that influence decisions on maintenance and need to be factored in.


Big-Data and event-based adjustment for the configuration of resilient production systems

Project goal is the development of a Big Data platform including algorithms for data pattern detection to implement a proactivce disturbance management system in the production. Human data is considered as an additional data source. The disturbance management is further supported by an visualization of the disturbances and respective counteractions.


Value-based order processing in mechanical and plant engineering

The aim of this research project is to develop a demonstrator in the shape of an online-analysis tool which actively supports SME’s optimisation of Working-Capital-Managements. Based on quantitative simulation results and qualitative portfolio prioritisation, a standardised method shall become operative to develop case-related recommendations for action. A mathematical model of reference will form the basis which will, taking specific logistic strategies into account, identify improvement potential within the order processing process.


Development of a practice-oriented method for a systematic assessment of IT-processes for small and medium-sized IT-service providers

The goal of the research project “Grade IT“ is to develop a practice-oriented method for a systematic assessment of IT-processes for small and medium-sized IT-service providers. This assessing method enables IT-providers to present their IT Services more transparently and to identify weak points as well as to develop potentials that can be used to derive strategic methods for optimizing the IT-processes. This goal can be achieved by means of the development of a SME-specific maturity level model that has a consistent system of tension metrics for assessing IT-processes.


Lean Performance Assessment für industrielle Services

The objective of the research project LePASS is to enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the industrial service sector to increase their performance in terms of their productivity. Therefore, one major goal of the project is to develop a maturity level based assessment tool which enables small and medium-sized industrial service providers as well as manufacturing companies which offer industrial services to determine their status quo with regard to the implementation of the Lean Services principles within the company.


ELIAS: Engineering and mainstreaming of learning-friendly industrial work systems for the industry 4.0

Within the BMBF funded project ELIAS an approach to the design and configuration of learning friendly work and production systems will be developed. In doing so the objective is to provide service as well as manufacturing companies a universal approach, which also takes the external economic, technological and social conditions into account.

eStep Mittelstand

Modular Solutions for the middle class to boosting their own integration of e-Business-Standards in complex Supply-chain-process

The aim of the project is the analyses of the use of eBusiness Standards in companies. Identification of typical sets of standards in use for characterisitic problems. Development of formal guidlines and toolings to enable companies to derive a optimized usage of eBusiness Standards.


Sensor-based real-time simulation for machine part specific analysis and evaluation in the context of a synchronized and condition-based maintenance

The aim of this research project is to propose a suitable maintenance strategy for manufacturing SME so that they might anticipate machine failures.


Development of a guideline for the usage of communities of experts in technology management for SME

Development of a guideline for the usage of communities of experts in technology management for SMU


Development of a description and evaluation approach for service variants for the portfolio planning for industrial services

The main goal of the project is the development of a description and evaluation approach for industrial service in the framework of portfolio planning. The competitive ability of SME shall be strengthened through an approach for the variant management of industrial services.


Service Synchronisation via Takt

The aim of the research project is the development of a concept for synchronization the service delivery using the method of takt. This approach will allow SMEs to match their specific processes of service delivery optimally in order to increase productivity, without having to invest in a costly planning and control system.


Ecological and Economical Production

As a follow-up project of eco2-cut, eco2production was aiming to support companies in their goal to achieve an holistic optimization of their energy consumption. Therefore the following 4 objectives were given: Development and implementation of an energy-monitoring-concept, benchmarks of machines and processes as the foundation for the energetic optimization of the value chain, formulation  of the necessary modules of an energy-management-system and the development of an energy efficient production planning.


Production facilities with intelligent load and energy management

The POLAR research project aims to provide an universal and economically appliable demand side and energy management system for industrial companies. The system's control will be based on external price signals.

Smart Logistic Grids

Development of a risk management system

Smart Logistic Grids aims to develop a risk management system, which offers better action alternatives within supply chain networks on the basis of improved information availability and smooth integration of various supply chain partners. An integrated model of adaptable logistics networks will be developed in order to reach extended strategic, tactical and operational planning and regulation of supply chain logistics. The model will set the basis for the evaluation of disorders and provide appropriate interference suppression. A prototype of the risk management system will be implemented in the form of a supply chain operations room and a global supply chain event cloud as part of the Smart Logistics Cluster at RWTH Aachen University.


Future INternEt Smart Utility ServiCEs

The objective of FINESCE was to: Transform Energy infrastructures towards Smart Energy systems by trialling network enabled applications using common functionality provided by Fi-WARE, developing novel service layer enhancements encapsulated in the FINESCE-API, and by enabling the development of innovation opportunities for ICT and Utility actors as well as in the community providing public services.


Sustainable workforce development of the cement industry in Russia

The project aims to achieve sustained success with the distribution of training and affiliated consulting and research services in the Russian market. Within the project a concept and methods in order to design online self-study programs for training and development of industrial and technical staff, multi-week courses for foremen and masters as well as single and multi-day seminars and workshops will be developed, implemented and offered to the cement industry and related Industries in the target country Russia.

Graduiertenkolleg Anlaufmanagement

Development of a decision model for the creation of production ramp-up

The goal of the ramp-up management graduate college is to guard the ramp-up management against/over the systematic improvement of individual decisions. Junior staff scientists should be trained to experts, over the education character of the graduated college in regard of the behaviour of a concrete decision problem, the ramp-up management.


selfoptimizing and ordertype-related cybernetics of the order initiation in overload situations of small and medium-sized enterprises with a huge amount of short-term incoming orders

The main objective of the project was the design of a decision support for the order initiation of small and medium-sized enterprises with a huge amount of short-term incoming orders in overload situations.


Service Modularization - Development of a methodology capable of a multiple-criteria analysis and a modularization of industrial services

Goal of the research project was to develop a methodology capable of multiple-criteria analyses and modularization of services in product-service-systems, consisting of physical products and services. The development should be carried out with integrative consideration of products, processes and resources as a foundation for efficient product-service-system configuration. In order to ensure a user-optimized and SME-compatible transfer of the results the developed methodology was implemented into an IT-tool capacitating the efficient usage of the results.


Energy Forecasting

NRG4Cast is developing real-time management, analytics and forecasting services for energy distribution networks in urban/rural communities. We are analysing information regarding network topology and devices, energy demand and consumption, environmental data and energy prices data

CoE D-1

Sub-Project D-1 "Cognition-enhanced, Self-Optimising Production Netwoks" of the Aachen Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries"

The Aachen Cluster of Excellence "House of Production" aims at controlling the complex interplay of heterogeneous processes in a highly dynamic environment in high-wage countries. The central hypothesis in the sub-project D-1 is that establishing mechanisms of self-optimisation leads to a quicker achievement of an optimum under changing input parameters. The Vision is to design a viable and changeable production management system to improve the dynamical adaption to optimal operating points.


Development of an integrated concept for intelligent condition monitoring of offshore wind farms

The overall objective of this project is to establish the organization as well as technical requirements for onshore remote management for condition monitoring of offshore wind farms. For this purpose, an integrated approach on intelligent condition monitoring is developed.


Optimization of the selection process of document management systems in MNEs, through the development and integration of usability-criteria

The goal of "uSelectDMS" is to make usability of document management systems (DMS) describable and to integrate those usability-criteria into the software selection process of MNEs by identifying and evaluating usability-criteria with the help of DMS users, developing an evaluation technique for usability in the context of DMS and deriving a suitable selection method.

Sense & React

The context-aware and user-centric information distribution system for manufacturing

Sense&React aims at developing methods and reference architecture for enabling intelligent management of manufacturing information in real-time by implementing and utilizing a factory wide sensing and ICT end-to-end infrastructure.

eBusiness-Lotse Aachen

Use of Information- and Communication Technology

The aim of the transfer-project "e-Business-Lotse Aachen" is the empowerment of regional companies to make well-considered and self-reliant decisions concerning the launch and use of information and communication technologies. This aim is supported by providing empowerment-dialogues, series of lectures and guidelines to enhance the competitiveness of companies regarding the use of new information technologies.


Rheumaportal21: Neue Chancen für eine bessere Rheumaversorgung im 21. Jahrhundert

Ziel des Projekts ist es, unter Einsatz von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien sowie Bildung eines sektorenübergreifenden Netzwerks die Effektivität und Effizienz der rheumatologischen Versorgung zu verbessern. Hierdurch wird eine frühzeitige Diagnose und Therapie rheumatologischer Krankheiten ermöglicht, durch die funktionelle und strukturelle Schäden am Bewegungssystem, krankheitsbedingte Komorbiditäten und die daraus resultierenden, hohen Kosten für das Versorgungssystem vermindert werden. Die Umsetzung soll zunächst in der Stadt/Städteregion Aachen sowie den angrenzenden Kreisen Düren, Heinsberg und Mönchengladbach erfolgen.


High-resolution production control based on cybernetic support systems and intelligent sensors

The aim of this research project is to develop a high-resolution, adaptive production control based on cybernetic support systems and intelligent sensors. In this context, the control systems should be formed in such a way that these support the person as a decision-maker optimally to control the production by means of high-resolution data and intelligent visualization to increase with it the efficiency of the production with sustainability.


Szenariobasierte Planung und Entwicklung des Dienstleistungsprogramms in der Windenergiebranche

The aim of the project was to assist project developers, service providers, and manufacturers as well as component suppliers of wind turbines in optimizing their service offerings in response to the current and future market conditions and resource availability.


Development of an instrument for the targeted use of specific methods and tools for the efficient industrial service delivery

Main result of the research project "MIND - Methods Navigator to increase efficiency of industrial services" is the MIND-IT-demonstrator, which brings together methods and tools to increase efficiency in a comprehensive scheme for the management of service delivery of industrial services.


Self-Optimizing Control of product-related material procurement

This project aimed to develop a valid and comprehensible decision support for choosing a material planning logic, according to the respective situation and the defined objectives. Further, the decision support should be combined with existing, adaptive material planning methods within present IT-systems. Thereby a self-optimizing procurement characterized by the interaction between material planner and IT-system should be reached and enable a dynamic adaption to the dynamic environment.


Value oriented design of master data management

The aim of the project STAIRS was the creation of benefit transparency in the field of master data management; the effective relationships between the areas of influence, data quality and business processes should be simulated within the framework of a new, interactive simulation game, which should be implemented in the innovation laps of FIR. It should make the benefits of high data quality perceivable in practice.


Wertorientiertes Management von Technologiearchitekturen

The project WOMTA aimed to expand the implementation of business application systems from a purely functional view for technological and strategic aspects. Therefore both the compliance with the current IT-architecture and the ability of the entire application environment to succeed in the future were considered.

Chain in Change (CIC)

Adaptive logistics in a dynamic business environment

A model of recomendation for a customer-supplier interface which allows an adaptive logistics in a dynamic business environment.


Design and evaluate the sustainable use of logistical concepts in industrial networks

In Green-Net, a method to support decisions on selecting and implementing logistics concepts which takes into account was developed. This was be done by developing a method for the quantitative ex-ante-evaluation of the influence of logistics concepts on economical and ecological parameters.


iNec – Innovation through expert-communities in the time of demographic change

The aim of the project „iNec – Innovation through expert-communities in the time of demographic change“ was to build a new personal development concept via the social interaction in „ virtual communities“.


Open Service Cloud for the Smart Car

Consequent addition of ICT as well as ICTEE architecture to Aachen's modular system for electric vehicles (StreetScooter).


Supply-Chain-Exellence in the consumer goods industry by adaptive planning proccesses and RFID source tagging on case level

Smart.NRW aimed at creating an RFID-based self-optimizing Supply Chain. Therefore following results were developed: Method for automated determination of optimal transponder type and position, production technologies for integration of RFID transponders into cases and adaptive planning and control mechanisms for optimizing and stabilizing the supply chain.


Future Internet Smart Energy

In the FINSENY project, key actors from the ICT and energy sectors teamed-up to identify the ICT requirements of Smart Energy Systems. This led to the definition of new solutions and standards, verified in a large scale pan-European Smart Energy trial. Project results contributed to the emergence of a sustainable Smart Energy infrastructure, based on new products and services, to the benefit of all European citizens and the environment.


Sustainable value creation in manufacturing networks

The project developed governace and business models, a new methodology to support sustainable life cycle decisions and sustainability assurance performance standards for complex business processes in integrated production and service networks.



Purpose of the OSE research project was the development of a measurement model which aimed at making the order processing efficiency of industrial services ascertainable and assessable based upon types of waste. Therewith, the basis was laid for well-directed and efficiency increasing improvements.


synergetic, interactive and self-organized E-Learning in medical engineering companies

The goal of this project was the development, implementation and trial of a knowledge communication and learning environment (SISE platform) for manufactures, using the example of the automotive engineering industry and taking advantage of web 2.0-technologies.


Strategies for the integration of technologie into human-related services

In our society individual-related services are gaining ever more importance. Supplying populace with these services at high quality and reasonable costs requires making the service delivery more efficient. Thereto using modern technologies in the service delivery process is a promising option. But still there are some obstacles to overcome.


Development and implementation of a norm enabling dealing with services

The objective of the project was the development and implementation of a norm, which should enable and simplify dealing with services. This forms the basis for e-commerce based services. The norm should include standards for description, classification, specification and evaluation of services.


Battery management algorithms for LiFePO4 batteries that consider aging of the battery

Li-Mobility aimed at developing a battery management system that would allow prediction of the effects of using the battery for supporting the power grid.


Software and System platform for energy and environmental monitoring systems

The aim of the project was to design and realize service and cooperation concepts for a prospective operation of facilities for generating sustainable energies. Thereby the focus was on the three areas of wind-, solar- and bioenergy. This innovative and holistic approach addéd a significant value to design the “power plant of the future”.


Versatile through integration potential and diversity

A superordinated goal of the research project WInD was the conception of a versatile production system for the branch of mechanical and plant egngineering. The coordination ability in production networks, which is very important for this branch , was supposed to be increased significantly.


Ecological and Economical Machining

The goal of the project was the realization of manufacturing processes with increased energy efficiency under the aspect of an enhanced environmental sustainability.

Rebound Logistics

Integrate returning product flows into existing structures

Rebound Logistics aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies to efficiently integrate returning product flows into existing structures by developing design options for an integrated Reverse Supply Chain.


Information management in the sanitary craft for the constitution of optimized business processes

The goal of the research project was to develop an integrated information process model, which would structure and describe central craft order processing steps in a scientifically sound and practical way so that a seamless provision of knowledge would be possible situation-specific and at any time.

NeuProPlus Phase II

Intelligent rail infrastructure through innovative production guidance systems

The goal of the joint research project was the economic optimisation of the control and rail automation technology through a redesign of system structures and an improvement of existing value chains.


New services for the construction industry

Goal of the research project was to implement new services for the construction industry, which should help to optimize the construction process and reduce costs.


inTime Delivery in non-hierarchical Manufacturing Networks of Machinery and Equipment Industry

The aim of the research project inTime was to increase the logistic effectiveness and thereby to reduce costs in in non-hierarchical manufacturing networks of machinery and equipment industry.


Integration of real-time simulation and monitoring for an status prognosis and error analysis in maintenance

The goal of the research project was to develop an integrated prognosis and analysis tool for the evaluation of machine status. Therefore, the condition monitoring and the real-time simulation were united in one system and were evaluable together for the first time.

Smart Wheels

Intelligent electro mobility in the internet of energy

The goal of Smart Wheels was the development of business models and convergent IKT-services for the distribution of electro mobility through the integration into the internet of energy and into the infrastructures of public services.

Wertbeitrag der IT

Measuring of the value proposition of enterprise-IT

The goal of the research project was to provide an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises to determine an individual value proposition for their enterprise-IT.


Overcoming of divergent target systems in enterprise networks in the consumer goods industry

The goal of the research project was the development of a procedure which enables the enterprise to indetify adequate SCM-concepts and their definitive combination ex ante.


Development of a tool for the analysis of the service network capability of small and medium-sized enterprises

The goal of the project Fit4Net was to create an online analysis tool for an autonomous establishing of the service network capility of small and medium-sized enterprises.


Technology calendar for decision supporting of the application of identification technologies at middle-class enterprises

The goal of the research project ID-select was the development of a technology calendar as a tool for decision supporting in the area of applications planning for identification technologies for small and medium-sized enterprises.


Aachener Competence-Center - Electronic Commerce

The goal of the Aachener Competence-Centre was to support small and medium-sized companies cross-industry in the region of Aachen by the introduction of e-business solutions.


Supporting Global Research for IMS2020 Vision

The aim was the future orientated development of intelligent production systems for the year 2020.


Microsystemtechnique for holistic telemetrically services in the domestic aftercare

MeDiNa set one’s sights on developing telemetrically support for enabling primarily clinics to offer patient centred services.

Smart Watts

Creation of an energy system of the future in the model region Aachen

The goal of Smart Watts was to optimize the complete energy value chain from generation, trading, distribution to consumption by enhancing it with energy related information.


Transferring measures for knowledge management measures

The goal of the transfer project WivU was to allocate methods, standards and the IT-system ProWim, which were developed in the project to a lot of small and medium-sized enterprises and to sensitise these for knowledge management measures.


Business models in TeleService and their success factors

The goal of GemoTel was to realize a systematic analysis of existing business models and their success factors for the branch of teleservice .


Integrated European Signalling Systems

One main objective of INESS was a significantly life-cycle cost-reduction of future interlocking and the associated surrounding equipments.


Self diagnosis and increase of capacity for innovation in small and middle-class enterprises – Identification of success metrics of product accompanying service innovation

The goal of the SEEK-project was the identification of small and middle-class specific operationalisation of a successful service development and a valid determination of branch specific systematic service development as well as the definition of interbranch success metrics.


To professionalize systematically the energy consulting

The goal of the project was to create guidelines and standards to professionalize the service quality of energy consultants.


“Advanced Context Technologies for collaboraTIve Enterprise”

The goal of the project ACTIVE was to strengthen the productivity in knowledge intensive jobs with the help of the application of intelligent computer systems.


Cost Benefit Sharing in Networks

The aim of the CBS-Net was to support enterprises at the decision for the realisation of supply chain management concepts.


Development of a decision support for the supply management in strategic networks for small and middle-size enterprises of the textile and apparel industry

The objective of this research project was to develop a tool targeted for the demands of the textile and apparel industry for the selection and implementation of procurement strategies and SCM concepts. It should support independent persons for the different product classes in the apparel industry to configure, choose, implement individual SCM and procurement strategies and verify their use.


E-Health in der Notfallmedizin

The goal of the project was the optimisation of the whole resource process chain through the arrangement of a telemetric support system, and through the development of a marketready business model for respective enterprises.


Development of models and methods for the creation and simulative evaluation of supply chains with the help of reference processes

The objective was the development of models and methods for a simulative evaluation of reference processes in supply chains.


Safe and mobile communal infrastructure management - the example of the street

The superior aim of simoKIM was the increase of effectiveness and efficiency in managing municipal road infrastructures. For this purpose the object "road" should be considered in a broadened meaning, and for the first time an integrative communal road infrastructure management should be implemented.



The aim of the project MSCO was the development of a new logistic concept for needs based spare part management in the maintenance.


Development of a standard for a classification, specification and evaluation of logistic services in commercial transport

The objective was the development of a standard for a classification, specification and evaluation of logistic services.


Logistic optimisation

The goal of LOGO was to reorganise logistic processes to increase the logistic effectiveness and thereby to reduce costs.


Assessment of the RFID application on the basis of a benefit evaluation of RFID systems for middle-size enterprises

The project aim of RFID-EAs was the development of a new method for a benefit evaluation of RFID applications.


CEN Horizontal European Service Standardisation Strategy

The project aim of CHESSS was to facilitate the provision of services through the development of European standard structured and based of universal processes in the whole European Union.


Development of a key data based benchmarking instrumentalism for the intercompany comparison in German owner-operator shipping for a long-dated guarantee of competitiveness

The project aim was to develop and implement an instrument in the network of KMU (owner boatmen enterprises), compounds and scientific accompanying research which puts the KMU in a position, based on key data, to implement target-orientated, time-efficient and anonymous an intercompany comparison, respectively a benchmarking.

Flexible Configuration Logic for Integrative Production

Partial project of production engineering excellence cluster at the RWTH Aachen

The goal of the project was to create production techniques supporting a meaningful economic production in high-wage countries.

High-Resolution-Supply-Chain-Management (HRSCM)

Partial project of production engineering excellence cluster at the RWTH Aachen

The goal of the HRSCM was to develop methods, which enable producing enterprises to focus early and proactively on different frame conditions through adaptive process creation.

r2b - robot2business

Integration of partly autonomous mobile machines and processes in business and service models

The objective of robot2business was to create a self organised behaviour in a dynamic environment.


STandards in European Public Procurement lead to INnovation

The main objective was to stimulate innovation through reference to standards in public procurement. STEPPIN had to ensure that knowledge that is being created is attractive for purchasers and is written in their professional-language so they can use it. The purchaser is our client.


RCM beginning for an identification of lifecycle orientated maintenance strategies for small and medium-size enterprises of the metal and plastic processing

The aim of the project was high equipment availability with preferably small costs by the optimal combination of maintenance strategies for small and medium-size enterprises.


Business models for technology supported production-closed services of took and mould production

The objective of the research project TecPro was to support German tool and mould production manufacturer in the international competition with the definition of an interface for the data exchange between tool and machine.


Integrated development of hybrid products

The goal of the HyProDesign was to create a development architecture for hybrid products which integrates the development running so far parallel and the marketing of material goods on the one site and services on the other.


Navi Navigation program for the introduction and implementation from TPM to KMU

The aim of the project was to develop a “TPM-Navi” which would tackle the existing problems which small and medium-sized enterpises have with the TPM concepts and which would enable them to use so the high potentials of TPM.


Seal of confidence for RFID applications

The objective was to work out adequate criteria with which RFID applications can be proofed comprehensible and measurable. The attention was paid to the warranty of the individual demand on data security and privacy of RFID applications on which takes into account the consideration of trade interests.


Development of a typology for service concepts of the durable goods sector

The objective was the development of a typology for service concepts of the durable goods sector.


Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning and Order Management System for Eastern European Tool and Die Making Workshops

The objective of the Tool-East-Project was the amplification of existing ERP-/PPS-systems with special ERP- and CRM-functions for an affordable implementation and in small and medium sized companies in Eastern Europe.

Medical Export

Technology supported internationalisation of medical services for patients of a foreign country

The objective of the project MEDICAL EXPORT was the development of methods and tools to open up the market of “medical services for patients from abroad to Germany” and took into account the requirements of the bid and asks quotes.



The goal of MYCAREVENT was an integratet mobile service in the automobile after sales market.

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