Efficient Control with New Technologies and Smart Ideas
Manufacturing and logistics are increasingly having to devise and implement new strategies to control processes, and not just because of new technologies. One-dimensional supply chains are transforming into dynamic networks with complex and causal relationships. This is subjecting established control instruments to scrutiny.
The Fraunhofer IFF develops assistance systems that boost manufacturing’s flexibility significantly. We use these systems to optimize logistics processes and help you make decisions about production or staff scheduling, for instance.
Along with flexibility, our research focuses on the resource- and energy-efficient control of processes. The issue of sustainability is causing a paradigm change in manufacturing and logistics too. In the future, this will become an even more important factor in the assessment of production systems and have an even greater impact on businesses’ efficiency.
Apart from manufacturing, we also work in the fields of timber and biomass logistics and transportation and traffic. Raw materials can only be managed sustainably when renewable resources can also be transported cost effectively and with low emissions. All the same, profound changes are in store for ground transportation. We are actively shaping these. We develop solutions that enable and improve communication between vehicles and transportation infrastructures. In this way we are making a valuable contribution to future transportation, which will be more reliable, more resource-optimized and more sustainable than today.
We research a wide range of topics, technologies and methods for our clients and partners, paired with innovative ideas and established expertise in logistics:
- product identification using Auto-ID technologies or inherent product features,
- telematics solutions for flexibly designing communication between machines and products,
- machine learning for data interpretation and pattern recognition as the basis for design and optimization, and
- end-to-end indoor and outdoor tracking of raw material suppliers down to the ultimate customers as the building blocks of fully digital supply chains.