Cooperation with companies is an important instrument for the chair to transfer research results into practice and to raise new research questions. Together with the practice partners, we develop innovative, methodologically sound and sustainable solutions from the fields of "Production Management", "Supply Chain Management" and "Resource Management".

Our work areas in detail:


Production Management

› Master planning
› Capacity planning
› Lot sizing
› Scheduling
› Process optimization

Fließband-Produktion eines Autos

Supply Chain Management

› Strategic network design
› Layout planning
› Location planning
› Distribution planning
› Transportation planning
› Inventory planning

Icons der Supply Chain

Resource Management

› Circular economy systems
› Reverse logistics
› Urban mining

Windräder auf einer grünen Wiese

Practice projects

The chair works on projects with industry funding and other funded projects. The following projects are a selection of projects carried out at the PSCM Chair and the Resource Lab:


  • Optimization of volume allocation to suppliers in a multi-level production network
    Automotive supply (OEM)
    11/2018 – 01/2019
    Objective: Cost minimization

  • Conducting a simulation study to optimize material flow and develop production control mechanisms of a final assembly line
    Automotive supply (OEM)
    03/2017 – 12/2017
    Objective: Maximization of output quantity

  • Elaboration of a technology roadmap and estimation of the development of global CO2 emission prices
    Steel industry
    08/2014 – 01/2016
    Objective: Decision support for strategic location planning

  • Restructuring of the value network – Location and capacity planning
    Chemical industry
    02/2014 – 09/2014
    Objective: Location and capacity planning taking into account multi-stage production processes at distributed locations

  • Conception of a management cockpit to improve inventory management

    Chemical industry

    02/2011 – 09/2011

    Objective: Decision support for the allocation of customer orders

  • Conception and implementation of a planning tool for medium-term production program planning and customer order planning

    Aerospace industry

    10/2008 – 04/2009

    Objective: Leveling of resource utilization and improvement of customer order lead time

  • Analysis of the potential of optimized campaign planning

    Chemical industry

    05/2008 – 08/2008

    Objective: Optimization of inventories under consideration of sequence-dependent setup times

  • Conception and implementation of a decision support system for the sequence planning of a final assembly line

    Aerospace industry

    11/2006 – 04/2008

    Objective: Reduction of lead times (WIP inventories) and increase of delivery reliability