Funding application for European university alliance "COLOURS" submitted

The University of Paderborn founds the joint alliance "COLOURS" (COLlaborative innOvative sUstainable Regional univerSities) with seven european universities. The goal of the alliance is long-term, internationally visible cooperation in research and teaching. Approximately 120,000 students and almost 12,000 employees contribute to this. The Chair of Product Creation is involved in strategic planning in order to position the alliance in the best possible way with the help of future scenarios. In addition, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler's group contributes to pilot projects under the broad heading of "sustainability".

More details in press release: Press release

Chair for Product Creation responsible for content-related leadership in the ImPaKT joint project

Dominik Wiechel (in the picture on the right) is now in charge of the second development cycle of the collaborative research project ImPaKT. The ImPaKT project team aims to develop solutions for model-based impact analysis in an iterative manner with four cycles. Goal of the second cycle is to implement a functional software prototype as well as to develop systems models of the case studies. The lead of the development cycle is associated with the testing of initial research results on the basis of several industrial case studies: a crawler track system for agricultural machines from partner CLAAS Industrietechnik in cooperation with Eisengiesserei Baumgarte, a balancing machine from Hofmann Mess- und Auswuchttechnik and a charging plug from Hadi Plast Kunststoff-Verarbeitung. 

Design Review in Production Planning

Moving an entire production facility is a mammoth task and requires careful planning. Organised by Philipp Hesse, doctoral student in the Chair for Product Creation, the company Hadi-Plast GmbH & Co. KG was able to test the benefits of new methods and tools in practice: Using virtual reality, employees were able to get a realistic picture of the new factory. In such cases, the chair offers the possibility to virtually walk through a new factory layout and conduct a design review. In this case, some potential for improvement was identified, which will now be taken into account in further planning. Another design review is being planned.

The team grows: The chair of Product Creation welcomes Tim Wittenborg as new research assistant

With the beginning of the new year Tim Wittenborg begins his work as research assistant at the chair of Product Creation on the 14th of February. In the Information and Production Management group he reinforces the field of “sustainable product creation”. Previously Tim Wittenborg worked as academic assistant for the DMRC before he headed for the AM industry to collect hands on experience as a software engineer. We are looking forward to a successful cooperation and wish him a good start!

DigiFab: Students develop driverless transport system for the Smart Automation Laboratory

Mechatronics, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and engineering design - in the "Digital Factory", students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering developed a driverless transport system. Supervised by Daniel Roesmann, Michael Hieb and Ulrich Hüsken, the students gained practical experience in the field of digital and virtual Product Creation. After three intensive weeks, successful test drives were celebrated in the Smart Automation Laboratory!

Prof. Iris Gräßler new member of the VDI GMA Advisory Council

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler was unanimously elected to the board of the advisory board of the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automation Technology (GMA) on 3 December 21. The task of the GMA Advisory Board is the coordination and strategic orientation of the Society for Measurement and Automation Technology, which has 19,164 members. The objective is the further development and dissemination of technologies for digital transformation, Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, multi-sensor technology, image processing and IT security.

As early as 2020, a team of authors led by Professor Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler, Dr. Kurt Bettenhausen, Dr. Attila Bilgic and Dr. Dagmar Dirzus developed a roadmap for the year 2030 with four concrete future scenarios in a scientifically sound, methodical procedure:

The HNI-PE team is growing: The Chair for Product Creation welcomes Hendrik Kramer as a new research assistant

Since 1 December 2021, Hendrik Kramer has been strengthening our Systems Engineering and Development Management division as a new research assistant. We are looking forward to a great collaboration, especially as Mr. Kramer already has knowledge from his own industry and research projects in systems engineering.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler elected new VDI chair of the Division "Digital Transformation"

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler has been elected as the new chair of the "Digital Transformation" division of the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automation Technology (GMA). With its eight technical committees and more than 250 volunteer experts, the division is regarded as a central meeting point for specialists on the implementation of digital transformation. With her election as division chair, she is simultaneously appointed as a member of the scientific advisory board of the GMA until 2024, of which she has already been a directly elected member since 2016.

Modelling workshop of the ImPaKT consortium: Joint modelling of complex systems with SysML

At the beginning of November, the consortium partners of the BMBF research project "ImPaKT" met at the Smart Innovation Lab of the Product Creation research group for a two-day modelling workshop. The aim of the modelling workshop was to impart in-depth MBSE skills and demonstrate project results. For this purpose, system models were jointly developed and discussed. The focus was on structural and behaviour-oriented modelling with SysML. Thanks to the diverse infrastructure in the Smart Innovation Lab, the event could not only take place hybrid, but interactively on high-performance computers and networked multi-touch tables.

Future-robust engineering of cyber-physical systems - new VDI/VDE guideline 2206 means a milestone for the development of technical systems

When it comes to methodical support for the development of mechatronic systems, there is no way around VDI Guideline 2206. The increasingly rapid progress of digitalisation had made a further development of this guideline imperative. The responsible VDI Technical Committee, chaired by Prof. Iris Gräßler and consisting of equal numbers of nationwide academic members and industry representatives from a wide range of sectors, has now presented a result that represents a milestone in engineering technical systems: Instead of focusing exclusively on mechatronic systems, the guideline 2206 now includes cyber-physical systems in its consideration. The revised guideline has been available in white print since November 2021.

You can find all further information and the V-model for downloading on the pages of the VDI (> more).

Xiaojun Yang wins first place at the "WES Summit" 2021

The engineer Xiaojun Yang from the start-up "assemblean", a spin-off from our department, convinced the jury in a five-minute pitch on digital production infrastructure and won first place at the "WES Summit" 2021. The project "Women Entrepreneurs in Science" (WES)" supports women from NRW universities who are interested in starting a business. You can find more information here.

Lightweight design as an innovation driver for sustainable business: new research project started at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of Paderborn University

The Chair for Product Creation together with consortium partners from research and practice are starting the BMWi-funded project BIKINI with a project volume of 4 million euros. The kick-off event of the three-year project took place in September. Within the project, solutions are being developed to enable sustainability along the complete process chain as well as over the entire life cycle of a product. Bionics and artificial intelligence (AI) serve as the basis for novel algorithms and assistance services.

More information about the project and the partners involved can be found here.


Semantic technologies to improve assembly planning presented at the 54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems

Daniel Roesmann presented an interdisciplinary approach for the determination of the similarity of assembly operations at the 54th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems. This approach focuses on the socio-technical perspective of assembly systems and its representation by means of semantic technologies. This perspective serves as a basis for the design of adaptive assistance systems and skill-oriented task assignment. 

Research Assistant in the field of SE and Development Management wanted

We are looking for a research assistant in the field of "Systems Engineering and Development Management for Mechatronic and Cyber-Physical Systems". Part of the job is to work on an industrial project for modelling functional chains in vehicle development. Wouldn't that be something for you? You can find more information under the heading job offers

Network meeting and first results of the ImPaKT research project on model-based impact analysis

As consortium leader, the team from the chair of Product Creation hosted the second digital meeting of the ImPaKT project on June 25. Together with 10 partners from science and industry, the results of a survey on the current state of digitization and software tools used in industrial practice were presented. Additionally, there was an exciting discussion on the industrial significance of MBSE-based traceability in 5 years. In the ImPaKT project, model-based impact analysis is under investigation, one research focus of the chair.

You want to know more about the ImPaKT project? Here are the details:

Two contributions from the HNI-PE chair at ISC`2021

In the period from 3th to 4th June 2021 the 19th “Industrial Simulation Conference” took place. The host this year was the University of Malta. The aim of the conference was to give the participants a complete overview of this year's industrial simulation research. In this context, Philipp Hesse and Stefan Hillebrand presented the results of their research work entitled “Decision Support for Product-Specific Recycling” and “Design Review of Assembly Workstations using Virtual Prototypes”. During the virtual conference, interesting links to other research projects could be identified. We are already looking forward to ISC'22, which will be hosted by the University of Dublin and may presumably take place in attendance.

Fresh air for new ideas: Moving the group meeting outside

After weeks of rain, the Strategic Planning and Innovation Management group took advantage of the good weather and moved the weekly group meeting outside. The four research assistants Henrik Thiele, Alena Tusek, Benedikt Grewe and Anna-Sophie Koch met for a virtual walk and discussed current topics of the week. In addition to important agreements, they were also able to collect steps and fill up on vitamin D. A good change in the office and home office routine, which the group would like to take advantage of more often in the future.

HNI-PE with three contributions at CIRP DESIGN'2021

Dominik Wiechel and Daniel Roesmann presented current research results of the Chair for Product Creation at the 31st CIRP DESIGN Conference 2021. The contributions were presented and discussed in online sessions. Virtual coffee breaks offered a variety of opportunities for interaction and in-depth discussion. Dominik Wiechel presented results in the field of model-based system development and human system integration. Daniel Roesmann presented a new approach for skill-based worker assignment in assembly line for discussion.

Chair for Product Creation welcomes Michael Hieb as new research assistant

Michael Hieb started his career as research assistant at the Chair for Product Creation on 25 May 2021. In the Information and Production Management group, he is especially involved with data-driven optimization in production. Michael Hieb had previously worked as a WHB in the ARCA project at the Chair for Product Creation. We wish him a good start!

The HNI-PE team continues to grow: Benedikt Grewe starts as new research assistant

With the new staff member Mr Benedikt Grewe, the Chair of Product Creation continues to grow. Since 3 May 2021, he has been strengthening the area of Strategic Planning and Innovation Management under the direction of Mr Henrik Thiele. As part of his doctorate, Mr Grewe will conduct research in scenario technology in particular, which he has already dealt with in his WHK work at the chair. We wish him a good start and look forward to a successful collaboration!

Requirement Mining for developing mechatronic products at Digital-Fachtagung Mechatronik 2021

Are automated requirement mining approaches applicable in the product generation development of mechatronic products in the B2C market? Promising research results were presented by Daniel Preuß at Digital-Fachtagung Mechatronik 2021. Requirement mining refers to the application of data mining techniques for requirements engineering tasks. To elicit requirements for new product generations, user reviews from platforms such as Amazon are efficiently analyzed by applying AI algorithms.

A word...Podcast on the topic of "cobots

What are cobots? How do you use them? What can they do? What distinguishes them from "normal" robots? Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum answers the questions of Markus Kamann, managing director of ZEUS GmbH, the educational architects of gpdm and the BANG StarterCenter in a short podcast. In the Smart Automation Lab of the chair, a "Baxter" puts its energy as a cobot into the service of research. Cobots are increasingly being used for companies, but also in households and in the health sector. The Chair of Product Creation cooperates with ZEUS GmbH in the interface between academic and vocational training.

Human-Robot Collaboration in Rescue and Fire Scenarios at the 7th IFToMM D-A-CH Conference 2021

"How can a robot support the fire department in rescue and fire scenarios?” This question is addressed by the Chair of Product Development in cooperation with the Institute of Transmission Technology, Machine Dynamics and Robotics (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Burkhard Corves) at RWTH Aachen University. At the 7th IFToMM D-A-CH conference, a novel reactive modeling approach for human-robot collaboration was presented and discussed. 

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Kick-off of the BMBF project ImPaKT

The chair of product creation starts together with ten other consortium partners in the BMBF-funded project ImPaKT, with a project volume of 4 million euros. On February 11th, 2021 the digital kick-off event of the three-year project took place. Within the project, solutions are developed to solve the challenges of engineering change management in industrial practice.

You can find more information about the project and the partners involved here.

Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum promoted to senior academic councillor

The team of the Chair of Product Creation is pleased with its senior engineer about his promotion to senior academic councillor and congratulates him warmly. Jens Pottebaum has been working at the chair since 2015, having previously been employed at the C.I.K. and completed his doctorate there.

Professor Iris Gräßler joins the ASIIN committee of experts for mechanical and process engineering

The Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN e. V.) has admitted Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler from the Chair of Product Creation at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn to its Technical Committee 01, which is one of the agency's 14 technical committees responsible for mechanical and process engineering. This is a great honour, as ASIIN accredits more than 5,000 study programs in 43 countries worldwide. The admission took place in the course of the meeting of the accreditation commission on 3rd December, 2020.

Strong performance at DESIGN'2020

With no less than five contributions, the chair for product creation again made a significant contribution to the success of the DESIGN conference 2020. The contributions were presented in short video presentations in online sessions, followed by exciting technical discussions in the virtual conference room. Henrik Thiele presented results in the field of scenario technology and agile development, Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum presented a new approach to "immersive abstraction" for discussion.

Gräßler, Iris; Thiele, Henrik; Scholle, Philipp: Assessing the future: Methods and criteria.


Oleff, Christian: A Methodical Approach To Integrated Product Development In Total Hip Arthroplasty


Thiele, Henrik: A Scrum Agile Integrated Development Framework


Gräßler, Iris; Pottebaum, Jens: Immersive Abstraction: A New Morphology Of Intiutive Interaction With System Models


Gräßler, Iris; Scholle, Philipp; Thiele, Henrik: Improving scenario-technique by a semi-automatized consistency assessment based on pattern recognition by artificial neural networks


Security-Oriented Fault-Tolerance at PCC'2020

Security-Oriented Fault-Tolerance at the PCC'2020 "Security, i.e. protection against attacks on a technical system, must be thought across disciplines". This central statement presented Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum on October 26th, 2020 at the Polish Control Conference (PCC) 2020, which took place as a virtual event instead of the event in Lodz (Poland). He represented the research contribution "Security-Oriented Fault-Tolerance in Systems Engineering: A Conceptual Threat Modeling Approach for Cyber-Physical Production Systems", which resulted from the collaboration between the chairs of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler and Prof. Dr. Eric Bodden

Gräßler, Iris; Pottebaum, Jens: Immersive Abstraction: A New Morphology Of Intiutive Interaction With System Models


Assistant meeting of the WiGeP VPE group: virtual meeting of the "virtuals"

Scientific employees from the chairs of the "Virtual Product Development" group of the Scientific Society for Product Development (WiGeP) now met in the virtual room to discuss current research topics and exchange experiences with digital teaching. Dominik Wiechel and Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum contributed, among other things, current research results in the field of model-based systems engineering. They also presented key messages from the revised VDI guideline 2206.

Professor Iris Gräßler appointed to the Scientific and Technological Advisory Board of the Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler from the Chair of Product Creation at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute of the University of Paderborn was recently appointed to the Scientific and Technological Advisory Board (STAB) of the renowned Linz Center of Mechatronics GmbH (LCM), a company for applied mechatronics research.

Digital start of orientation week for "Masters of Business and Engineering"

The university group WING e.V. welcomed the freshmen, then the Chair of Product Creation joined in: Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum emphasized the importance of industrial engineering for the challenges of the future. Daniel Roesmann and Stefan Hillebrand brought the students in touch with their field of study with an initial development task. Above all, they encouraged the students to get to know each other and to exchange ideas. All first-time students, despite the difficult conditions, have a great start to your studies in Paderborn!

Professor Iris Gräßler elected chairwoman of the new VDI Technical Committee 7.10 "Strategic Planning and Development of Hybrid Service Bundles"

Now that the VDI Guideline 2206, whose amendment she was instrumental in driving forward as chairwoman of the corresponding VDI technical commitee, has just been published in green print, Professor Iris Gräßler was recently also elected chairwoman of the new technical commitee 7.10. By founding this new committee, the VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automation Technology wants to support companies in optimizing product planning processes.

Finally personal WiGeP meetings again

From 10 to 11 September, for the first time since the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic, a physical network meeting of the WiGeP group Virtuelle Produktentstehung (VPE) (= Virtual Product Creation) took place. The invitation of Professor Klaus Zeman to the Johann Kepler University in Linz was also accepted by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler. "The mutual personal exchange was a refreshing balance to the daily web meetings. It was really nice to see that a lively and productive exchange is possible in small groups, even under Corona conditions," she said, pleased with the intensive discussions on topics such as future basic research and the use of IT tools in research and teaching.

New version of the VDI guideline 2206 takes up digital business models

When it comes to methodical support in the development of mechatronic systems, there is no way around VDI guideline 2206. The ever more rapidly advancing digitalization had made a further development of this guideline absolutely necessary The responsible VDI technical committee, chaired by Prof. Iris Gräßler and consisting of equal numbers of nationwide academic members and industry representatives from various sectors, has now presented a result that represents a milestone in the development of technical systems: Instead of focusing exclusively on mechatronic systems, guideline 2206 now includes cyber-physical systems. This has created the possibility to depict also digital business models. The guideline is available in green print since 1st September, 2020.

2nd pit stop of Product Creation team - Conclusion: The Corona home office phase was used efficiently

In April, the 1st pit stop to achieve the annual target  still took place virtually. Now in August the whole team of the chair met for the first time in months under strict compliance with the corona hygiene regulations at the HNI. It was shown that the months in the emergency home office were used extremely productively. The review showed that not only some new projects have been initiated, but also that the conversion to virtual teaching worked well in the end despite the immense challenges. Another highlight on this day was the experimentation in the new Smart Innovation Lab of the chair. With all these experiences, the preparations for the coming semester are now getting underway vigorously.

The HNI-PE team grows: Stefan Hillebrand starts in "Corona times" as new research assistant1)

Special times require special measures. Under this aspect I started my new job on 06.07. as a research assistant.

Due to the pandemic, the entire application process was already done digitally. After the application was sent by e-mail in the traditional way, all subsequent interviews were conducted via video conference. For me, as a former sales engineer in the field, this represented a completely new situation. While at that time I was working on making appointments for visits in order to establish personal contacts, it is currently important to avoid exactly these contacts. Spontaneous questions cannot be answered quickly face-to-face in passing, but require a more proactive approach than usual.

But perhaps this is precisely the advantage of an induction at the current time. One is forced to work out answers for oneself. All in all, it's quite a sensible start for a career in research.

Many thanks to the HNI-PE team for a great start in digital times!

WiGeP position paper "Digital Twin" with the participation of the Chair for Product Creation

The Scientific Society for Product Development (WiGeP) has positioned itself on the topic of digital twins. The aim of the WiGeP professors is to provide a scientifically sound guideline for the use of the term. Last but not least, the joint initiative aims to sharpen the contours of German research in international exchange. In addition to Prof. Gräßler, senior engineer Dr.-Ing Jens Pottebaum and the research assistants Daniel Roesmann and Dominik Wiechel contributed to the position paper. It is published under:

New start-up in Paderborn changes teamwork in virtual space

Within the framework of the "START-UP transfer.NRW" programme of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Patrick Taplick, Gregor Englert and their mentor Professor Iris Gräßler have succeeded in securing research funding from the "European Regional Development Fund" (ERDF NRW) amounting to 240,000 euros for a period of 18 months for their "derioXR" business start-up idea. Launched as a project under the name "VRlinked", the spin-off now trades under the name "derioXR" - an abbreviation for "Decentralized Environments for Rapid Innovation and Optimization". The aim of the funding program is to prove the technical feasibility by developing prototypes and validating them with potential target groups. In addition, the business plan is concretized and the company is founded in the context of the project.

Digital and Virtual Product Creation: Teaching in Times of Corona

The topic initially suggests a simple switch to "home learning", but the challenges lie in the details: "We actually wanted to do exercises on virtual reality or ERP systems in the newly set up laboratory environment. The experience of these technologies has been put off for a while but we are now fully supporting design, modelling and programming at home".  Dr. Pottebaum creates lectures in the quickly set up "Video Studio" in the home office. Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum currently offers the lecture Digital and Virtual Product Creation (DVPE) II with the focus on "Virtualized and Automated Product Creation" at a distance and via PANDA. This week's current topic is the connection between Rapid and Virtual Prototyping.

Chair for Product Creation receives start-up-funding in the program "EXIST Forschungstransfer" of the BMWi

With their start-up idea of developing of assistance systems with integrated decentralized production control for assembly, Xiaojun Yang and Alexander Pöhler received funding in the BMWi's "EXIST Forschungstransfer" program. This project will be funded with a total of 560,000 euros over the next one and a half years. It is the first time that a team of the University of Paderborn has received funding from this program of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

Competency-forming assistance systems of the chair at the 66th Spring Congress of the Gesellschaft Arbeitswissenschaft (GfA)

Daniel Roesmann from the chair of Product Creation presented even two topics from the current research of the chair. Firstly, he focused on the design of a test bench that serves to evaluate digital competence-building assistance systems. Secondly, he showed how Augmented Reality will be used in the increasingly dynamic and complex environment of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in the future. The chair contributed an approach that ensures assistance and, at the same time, serves for educational purposes. The conference had the motto "Digital Change, Digital Work, Digital Human?". It took place online this year due to the current situation.

Internal Conference 2020 in Senhals

Far away from the hectic pace of everyday life, this year's internal conference of the Chair for Product Creation took place in February in the otherwise so tranquil Moselle valley in Senhals. But not only the water of the Moselle river flowed in rough quantities, also the productive ideas within the group. "Where are we, where are we going?" That was the motto of this conference. The Balanced Scorecard is not only the content of a teaching unit of the chair, but is also passionately implemented at the chair. Thus, the personal goals for each staff member were jointly set during the conference, future projects were announced and their implementation was worked out in a mutual exchange. The fruitful discussions often lasted into the late evening hours. After six intensive days, the thoughts came to rest - almost simultaneously with the falling water level of the Moselle - and it was back home again, strengthened and full of energy.

Chili Event 2020 – ¿Was macht eigentlich der Lehrstuhl für Produktentstehung?

Under this motto, the Chair for Product Creation presented itself to interested students on 30 January 2020. With current case studies from practice, Prof. Iris Gräßler showed the great importance of development methodology in connection with digitalization in areas such as sustainable energy production. By delicious chili and cold drinks, the students informed themselves in an informal setting about current research topics, but also about perspectives at the chair for their own career planning. The "Chili-Event" is now one of the established dates in the student calendar.

Basic training in times of industry 4.0 - a contradiction?

With the key question "Basic training in times of industry 4.0 - a contradiction?" the Wirtschaftsförderung Gütersloh (pro Wirtschaft GT) invited to the training centre of the BANG network on 10 December. BANG refers to a "vocational training network in the commercial sector" and has received several awards as such. Several networks have now been established in the region and beyond. Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum explained in his keynote speech the great importance of basic training also in the future. Using the example of maintenance, he emphasised that the challenge lies more in the application of basic principles, which are increasingly seldom carried out in the form of standard routines. Using augmented reality demonstrators, together with Christian Terhechte from Startup Raumtänzer GmbH, he demonstrated how the interaction of basic improvisation skills and technology support will bring benefits in the future.

Our digital future - a service to humanity?

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler reflected on this topic in her keynote speech during the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Association of German Engineers, District Association Ostwestfalen-Lippe. VDI OWL hosted the event at the premises of Weidmüller in Lemgo on September 25, 2019. In her presentation, she put a special focus on the agile scenario technique. Besides envisaged benefits offered by new technology, she discussed also prospects of negative effects implied by technical progress on humans.

Copyright picture: Martina Bauer

Digital and Virtual Engineering - a groundbreaking approach to the Data Society

On September 24, 2019, the first “Research Day” at the University of Paderborn was opened. An overarching topic was set by the "Data Society". Researchers from Paderborn connected themselves interdisciplinarily focusing on digital transformation processes that fundamentally and sustainably change. The Chair of Product Creation presented “Digital and Virtual Engineering”, an approach that serves as a key for conception and planning of modern, complex products of tomorrow.

Further information on the first Day of Research can be found here.

Anniversary conference "Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing" on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC)

The Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) held an international anniversary conference entitled "Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing" on Sept. 25-26, 2019 on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. During this time, the DMRC has developed into one of the internationally leading research institutes in the context of additive manufacturing and the Chair for Product Creation was key driver from the beginning. During the conference Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum, Philipp Scholle and Christian Oleff presented some project results on the topic of multi-target optimized product development and strategic planning for AM. In addition to the project fair, there were numerous interesting talks and panel discussions by top-class representatives from politics, industry and science such as Prof. Dr. Pinkwart, Federal Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy. We are happy to be part of the DMRC and look forward to the next 10 years.

IT support workshop for emergency management and response at INFORMATIK 2019

Presentations from DFG Collaborative Research Centre 1053 MAKI (Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet) and EU project HEIMDALL (Multi-Hazard Cooperative Management Tool for Data Exchange, Response Planning and Scenario Building) as well as an own presentation about EU project ANYWHERE: Since more than ten years, the workshop on "IT support for emergency management and response" is established at the annual conference INFORMATIK. Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum facilitated the workshop in Kassel together with Prof. Dr. Christian Erfurth (EAH Jena).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler was elected for the Advisory Board of the Design Society

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler was appointed as member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society on the occasion of of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED). The Design Society is one of the most important communities in the field of technical design methodologies with the aim of promoting the concept and dissemination of technical design methodologies and the associated subject areas.

Funding for major innovation research equipment granted by “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft”

The German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes the procurement of major innovation research equipment: 477,000 euros are invested in a unique research infrastructure at the Chair for Product Creation. In conjunction with the already established "Smart Automation Lab", the complete Product Creation Process will be represented for experimental research.

The full press release can be found here.

Closing event of the ProMat3D funding framework - Results from OptiAMix presented

The results of the OptiAMix project were presented by Philipp Scholle at the meeting of all projects in Frankfurt as part of the closing event of the ProMat3D funding framework. OptiAMix is one of the projects funded by the BMBF. The results of the requirement analysis were validated and demonstrated using the EDAG demonstrator "rear wing holder". OptiAMix will continue until mid 2020.

IFAC 2019 – IFAC joint 8th Symposium on Mechatronics Systems & 11th Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems

At the IFAC 2019 conference, the research associate Xiaojun Yang presented the current research results of the research group Product Creation. In the publication "A holistic approach of complexity assessment for the development of product variants of mechatronic products and their supply chain networks", a model for a holistic consideration and evaluation of product complexity and complexity in the supply chain network is developed. More than 400 professors, researchers, students and experts in mechatronics, nonlinear control and related fields visited the conference, shared their knowledge and learned from the expertise of others.

ICED – 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design

The research associates Christian Oleff, Henrik Thiele and Patrick Taplick presented current research results of Product Creation at the 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design ICED in Delft. The article “Role Model for Systems Engineering Application” describes and explains twelve role models of Systems Engineers.

The publication "Method for Analyzing Requirement Change Propagation Based on a Modified Pagerank Algorithm" contains an approach of prioritizing requirements using a customized Google Pagerank algorithm. The concept and design of a virtual reality-assisted creativity technique was presented within the publication "Supporting Creativity with Virtual Reality Technology". With more than 500 participants, the ICED is the largest conference of the Design Society and offers scientists from all over the world the opportunity to exchange research topics around the topic of design.

Fifth consortial meeting of the „OptiAMix“-project in Stuttgart: Implemented tool for requirement analysis

w results from the BMBF project “OptiAMix” were presented on the fifth consortial meeting by Christian Oleff and Philipp Scholle. When applied to an innovative, additively manufactured attachment for a rear spoiler of a sports car, the benefits of the new method were shown. It enables to detect the propagation of requirement changes early in the product creation process and to address project risks by specific actions.

Product Creation in international exchange at the "USN Staff Week" in Kongsberg

Christian Oleff and Julian Hentze from the chair for Product Creation followed the invitation of our partners from Kongsberg, Norway, and took part in the first "Staff Week" of University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) in Kongsberg. The aim was to strengthen international partnerships and to identify new contacts for joint research and education projects. Common interests and beneficial cooperation for the future were explored in lectures and workshops. For PC, the focus was particularly on Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Education activities. A great social program as well as a multitude of new contacts with more than 60 international representatives at the "Staff Week" made it a very successful week in Norway.


Chinese industrial delegation visits Smart Automation Laboratory

On May 25th, a Chinese industrial delegation with representatives from the automotive and automation industry visited the Smart Automation Laboratory of the chair for Product Creation. During the visit, research results related to industry 4.0 and automated production planning and control were presented and implementations at the participating industrial companies were discussed.

8th ANYWHERE meeting: Implemented pilot applications and preparations for market launch of the platform

Six pilot applications have been operational since October, two more are in preparation: Around 60 participants from the 31 partners of the EU project ANYWHERE discussed the first practical experiences of the users.  A market launch of the platform is already being actively promoted. The Chair for Product Creation supports providers of innovative platform-based services with a user-friendly solution for strategic planning using scenario-technique. The potential for broad application in self-preparedness and self-protection was in focus of a session moderated by Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum as subproject coordinator. Here, results from four European case studies were presented, from which new variants e.g. in the resource planning of railway operators are derived.

Details of the project can be found here:

ANYWHERE on EENA conference in Dubrovnik

More than 900 participants from more than 60 countries - the project ANYWHERE was presented at the beginning of April on a large scale at the conference of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) in Dubrovnik. Dr.-Ing. Jens Pottebaum invited the participants from European Civil Protection and Fire Brigade organizations to use the ANYWHERE platform in their own location since October 2018 in the trial run. He discussed with industrial stakeholders applications in Intelligent Technical Systems for the self-protection of companies and individuals.

Doctoral colloquium 2019 of the NRW-Fortschrittskolleg "Leicht - Effizient - Mobil"

On April 11, college members presented their research goals, the respective procedure and the status of their PhD-theses as part of the doctoral colloquium 2019 of the "Leicht - Effizient - Mobil" research college.

Xiaojun Yang, research associate at the Chair for Product Creation department at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute and organizer of this event, presented her research project on "restriction-oriented development of modular lightweight construction products". She set her approach to solving the conflicting requirements between modular and lightweight construction in order to exploit the synergy effects of both approaches and thus to promote the spread lightweight construction.

NRW Research College "Lightweight - Efficient - Mobile" at the HANNOVER MESSE 2019

Lightweight design, one of the key technologies of the 21st century, was represented at this year's HANNOVER MESSE in a representative manner by research results of the NRW research college "Leicht - Effizient - Mobil". Xiaojun Yang, research associate at the product creation department of the Heinz Nixdorf Institute, provided comprehensive demonstrations of lightweight construction to stand visitors from various industries.

New insights into virtual reality supported creativity at Scifi-IT 2019

The focus of the publication was on the hardware infrastructure and software architecture of the Virtual Reality (VR) system for the support of creativity. As part of the "Scifi-IT-The International Science Fiction Prototyping Conference 2019" conference, Patrick Taplick, a Product Creation researcher, presented the research results on enhancing creativity and innovation through VR.

Welcome to the Team!

We are pleased that Cordula Stratmann has joined our team as assistant to head of chair on 01 February. We wish Mrs. Stratmann a good start at HNI and we are looking forward to further cooperation!

Product Creation from another perspective - Chili Event 2019

On 23rd of January, 2019 students from Paderborn University had the chance to get to know the research group „Product Creation“ from a different perspective. They were invited to our yearly “Chili-Event”, which started with a presentation on spectacular case studies. Afterwards, the students discussed current research topics, theses and vacancies for WHBs and SHKs with research associates in an informal setting, strengthened by hot chili and cold drinks. Like last year, many students attended the event and took part in the valuable debate with researchers and Prof. Iris Gräßler. The “Chili-Event” is an annual meeting and will next be hosted in spring 2020.

IEM project seminar 2019 in cooperation with Phoenix Contact

Our popular course "IEM Project Seminar" this semester took place in cooperation with Phoenix Contact. The task was to optimize the process of a system for the production of PCB connectors by adapting the transport system.

Two student teams took up this challenge and developed innovative and workable solutions in one week. In a final presentation, the students presented their solutions Dr.-Ing. Jakob Flore and Alexander Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Klassen, employees of internal mechanical engineering at Phoenix Contact.

At the end of the presentations Dr.-Ing. Flore who placed the order and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Iris Gräßler drew a positive conclusion. In the coming weeks, the solutions will be reviewed for further implementation.

Further information about the IEM project seminar can be found here. If you are interested in participating as a student or as a contractor, please contact Patrick Taplick or Henrik Thiele. More information about the project can be found here.

Successful construction of Spaghetti bridges

Collaborate and solve an engineering task - six teams of students faced this challenge in a contest in January 2019. The task was to bridge a gap of one meter by means of 500g pasta products and hot glue. All teams successfully defended their solutions in terms of mechanical construction and project management. Dr. Jens Pottebaum and Philipp Scholle together with LTM colleagues questioned their design approaches. The highlight was following: Putting a load on each bridge.