Smart Production & Organization

Rapidly evolving market requirements and fast technological changes force enterprises to target-oriented implementation of smart production and organizational solutions. The continuous evaluation of new business models and according production processes or the modernization of existing production facilities are the foundation for future competitiveness. Therefore, a holistic approach involves modern production technologies, simulation tools, data analytics and continuous optimization of value creation processes.

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Robotics, Vision & Production Planning

Target-oriented implementation of industrial robots, machine vision and automation are key factors for the development of new – or the modernization of existing – manufacturing facilities. Real offline simulation tools help to evaluate performance and potential flexibility or to optimize final software parts – even before real hardware is purchased.

Regarding production planning and designing of material flows and logistic systems, simulations aim at investigating in improvement-methods. Thoroughly, relationships are studied on the backdrop of stochastic processes, environmental effects and production planning methods – decision support with advanced visualizations is provided. Furthermore, a potential for optimization can be revealed.


Technology Management & Business Strategy

For companies, particularly SMEs, the implementation of smart production and organizational solutions requires fundamental changes in their existing processes, strategies and business models. To realize the manifold competitive advantages, it is important that companies can identify and assess opportunities and potential fields of applications in the context of their individual market position and internal resource basis.

This allows for the identification of solutions that fit to the future strategy of the firm. Strategy studies, methodological support, and latest scientific insights lead to tailor-made solutions that build the basis to explore and implement smart production and organization processes step by step.


Operational & Organizational Excellence

Increasing complexity and dynamic changes are core challenges in today´s business environment. The projects in this research cluster are positioned on the interface between technology and economy and aim at the continuous development, optimization and adaption of value creation processes. Therefore we provide a holistic-systemic perspective integrating technical, economical and human factors and develop solutions which demonstrate the path towards excellent and adaptive organizations.


Technology & Human Behavior

The ongoing demand for technological support and its consequent digitization of industrial processes led to novel working contexts in which businesses increasingly face the challenge of finding the optimal symbiosis of human- and machine-driven tasks. This intersection of technology and human behavior requires for the exploration of different interaction strategies and their impact on everyday business processes.

Potential research directions include the adoption, acceptance and usability of different technologies used in industrial settings as well as their influence on social behavior. Corresponding efforts may span from the analysis and optimization of technology supported value-chains, to the investigation and description of potential human-robot co-working environments.


Data Management & Analytics

The collection, storage, cleansing and analysis of large data sets are limited when using conventional methods. New methods and tools of data storage and data processing enable to deal with vast amounts of data in various data formats.

In future more and more machines, goods and things of our daily life are equipped with sensors and radio-enabled chips in order to communicate autonomously which leads to a machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. M2M communication and the Internet of Things (IoT) are important drivers of the digital movement in many fields of our businesses. Thus, they are an important source of huge volumes of usually very detailed data. These data can in turn used as a basis for further innovation.


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Start of project:
Februar 2015

Project staff:
Mag. (FH) Mario Moser, MSc
Assistenz der Projektleitung, from Februar 2015 until Dezember 2015

FH-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hillmer, MSc
ProjektleiterIn, from Februar 2015 until Dezember 2015

About the project:
This scientific study focuses on analysing and evaluating status of current people and leadership structures within a multinational company. Special focus is laid on discovering potentials for optimization related to an increasing change- und mental-diversity culture. Major aspects of the analysis are: - critical success factors in change processes - current communication cultures - actual fit- and misfit experience and impact on performance and motivation - perceived development perspectives - difference between "as is possibilities" and "to be concepts" - development of team based measures to enhance the employee engagement - HR & leadership development programs with respect to fit centered dialoges - prozesses to establisch a feedback culture - a common understanding related to business goals

Operational Excellence in der Prozessindustrie

Start of project:
Januar 2015

Project staff:
FH-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hillmer, MSc
ProjektleiterIn, from Januar 2015 until Dezember 2015

Mag. (FH) Mario Moser, MSc
Assistenz der Projektleitung, from Januar 2015 until Dezember 2015

About the project:
This qualitative study examines operational excellence systems in the field of process industries. Main element is the analysis of already existing approaches in international organisations and the development of a generic OPEX-Model for companies in this industry field. A multi-case study shows an integrated picture consisting of technological, organisational and human oriented elements.

Entwicklung eines Computerschanksystems

Start of project:
November 2014

Project staff:
Benjamin Massow, B.Sc., M.Sc.
ProjektleiterIn, from November 2014 until Dezember 2016

Thomas Hausberger, BSc, MSc
ProjektmitarbeiterIn, from Januar 2016 until August 2016

DI Dr. Andreas Mehrle
ProjektmitarbeiterIn, from November 2014 until August 2016

Michael Gerbl, BSc, MSc
ProjektmitarbeiterIn, from September 2015 until August 2016

Florian Fiegl, BSc MSc
StudentIn, from April 2015 until Dezember 2015

About the project:
The aim of this project, which was carried out together with Privatquelle Gruber and SFS-Fluidsysteme, is the development of an optimized tap for post mix (soda and syrup) as well as for beer. "Optimized" is reflected here primarily in the flavor of the tapped drinks: the usual high tapping CO2 dispensing - and associated strong loss of quality and taste - is reduced. In order to minimize dispension, a gentle pressure relief in an automatically adjustable compensator is necessary. For this purpose, an optimization loop consisting of (i) constructive modification, (ii) time-saving production in the additive manufacturing (AM) process, (iii) metrological evaluation at a test stand, and (iv) derivation of design improvements is repeatedly run through. At the same time, the introduction of the beverage syrup is developed, integrated into the simulation, and a corresponding control loop is developed and implemented on an embedded system. In order to make the results of this research project industrially feasible in the near future, the production design of the design is taken into account in the last optimization cycles.

Solardesign auf Knopfdruck

Start of project:
Oktober 2016

Project staff:
FH-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Repetzki
ProjektleiterIn, since August 2016

Matthias Decker, MSc
ProjektmitarbeiterIn, since August 2016

About the project:
The building sector accounts for more than 40% of energy consumption, making it one of the main sources of CO2 emissions in Europe. Vertical façade surfaces are suitable for generating solar power and solar heat, because the steep mounting of the modules offers high efficiency even in the winter months and prevents overheating in the height of summer. The aim is to develop a solar collector with a uniform, large-scale look, independent of the grid dimension, to meet the aesthetic requirements of architects. In connection with flexible production facilities and an automated 3D planning, the realization of ecologically and economically sensible solar facades is only a push of a button away.

  • Hillmer G. (2016). Process-Excellence in der Prozessindustrie, Prozessmanagement Summit, 23-24 Nov. Wien, Austria
  • Hillmer, G. (2016). Key Skills Development - Practical means to increase emotional intelligence in engineering education, International Conference on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations - "Development & Application of EI" 24 - 25 November 2016, Salzburg, Austria
  • Hillmer, G. (2016). PRiME based Responsible (self-)Management certificate, Responsible Management Education (RME) Research conference, 9-10 Nov 2016, Krems, Austria
  • Hillmer, G. (2016). Enhancing Engineering Education by including “responsibility” aspects in Curriculum Design, sefi Annual Conference 2016, 12-15 Sep 2016, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
  • Moser, M. (2014). OPEX 4.0 2014 – Prozessorientierte Excellence in serviceorientierten Unternehmen (Prozessmanagement Summit 2014), November, 24., Wien, Österreich.

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