Research at the Institute of Operations and Technology Management is integrated into the research focus "Intelligent Technologies for Sustainable Development (ITNE)" at the Trier University of Applied Sciences. The fields of work at IBT concentrate on energy-efficient systems (EES) and environmentally friendly production processes (UVP).
In the research area of energy system technology, which belongs to the field of work "energy-efficient systems (EES)" in the ITNE research focus of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, we work on scientific questions concerning the use of regenerative and highly efficient energy systems (photovoltaics, wind energy, combined heat and power plants, etc.) as well as sector coupling.
The use of renewable energy systems (photovoltaics, wind energy etc.) as well as highly efficient combined heat and power plants (combined heat and power units) is omnipresent in both private and commercial environments. Nevertheless, the operation of these systems shows that there is usually a great potential for optimisation. In our research projects, we are investigating how renewable systems can be integrated into regional and supraregional energy clusters. To this end, we develop models to carry out scenarios for energy production and energy consumption in computer simulations and to analyse measures for the efficient use of the systems.
Sector coupling is an essential part in the energy system transformation process for achieving national and global climate targets. Our models depict energy clusters of different sizes in order to simulate energy generation and energy consumption in the three sectors of electricity, heat and transport on a balance sheet basis or with high temporal resolution. From this, expansion and development scenarios can be derived in order to identify paths of action.
Production technology is the second central R&D focus of the IBT. The focus is divided into the following areas:
We design and develop three-dimensional objects and components for generative manufacturing. We also use the 3D scan of workpieces to pick up point clouds and to build a model. Subsequently, prototype workpieces and components are manufactured using 3D plastic printers. Finally, the material and surface testing of the generatively manufactured components is carried out with regard to predefined parameters.
In robotics, we investigate scientific questions regarding machine-robot interactions and gesture-controlled robot assistance systems. We are involved in the Robotix Academy, a cross-border research cluster for industrial robotics and human-robot cooperation. The aim of this project is to create synergies in teaching and research on robotics through cross-border cooperation and thus to establish a permanent research cluster for industrial robotics. The concept of the joint lecture and the technology transfer largely takes over the focal points and goals of the Greater Region: strengthening industry, counteracting the shortage of skilled workers and maintaining and expanding modern jobs. This cross-border research initiative makes it possible to work together on even more complex tasks from industrial practice that each project partner could not solve alone. The initial objectives of the research cluster and the cooperation platform are to exploit the potential of the Greater Region in the areas of research, development and innovation and to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Greater Region. A further goal is to increase the innovative strength of the companies.
The digitization of production processes as well as entire product sequences is the focus of product and process design. Through the use of conventional and generative manufacturing technologies, innovative approaches in manufacturing can be investigated and further developed together with companies.
In logistics and organizational design, we work on tasks for sustainable supply chain management and supply chain-compatible factory design. In particular, we support companies by Business Process Reengineering (BPR) and the analysis of the business organization with the introduction of operational information systems.