Industrial Engineering & Management FT
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Smart Factory Planning (WP)*

level of course unit

3. Semester

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students
• Can differentiate machines and systems.
• Can also design systems as a combination of machine groups, considering additional requirements such as conveyor systems and conveyor aids.
• Can consider the special features of a system from the point of view of the interaction of components, service and assembly.
• Can plan, clarify and design an entire plant and plant components or machine groups. Consider and document the respective work step (e.g. requirements determination, concept development, evaluation of solutions, design/design). Considering smart models and possibilities.
• Can simulate smart factory layouts and use learning factories.
• Develop a plant structured and according to standards and norms, considering collateral.
• Be able to create a factory layout while optimizing routes and transport systems.
• Know the basics of lean management.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

• Practical design exercises using practical examples, in particular for the design of factory units, conveyor systems, machines and systems. Elements of machine components and conveyors are particularly noteworthy for the interaction:
• Business processes and their interaction (sales, purchasing, production, HR, finance, ..) and best practice processes
• All elements that are also relevant for the connections and conveyor technology
• Factory Optimization and layout supported by elements of digitalization and Industry 4.0. Above all, automated guided vehicles.
• Agile factory methodologies and tools

recommended or required reading

• Corsten, et al. (2006): Grundlagen des Innovationsmanagements, Vahlen Verlag München
• Conrad (2005): Grundlagen der Konstruktionslehre: Methoden und Beispiele für den Maschinenbau, 3. Aufl., Carl Hanser Verlag München
• Hauschildt, Salomo (2007): Innovationsmanagement, 4. Aufl., Vahlen Verlag München
• Morgan, Liker (2006): The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process and Technology, Productivity Press
• Scheer, et al. (2005): Prozessorientiertes Product Lifecycle Management, Springer Verlag Berlin
• Sendler, Wawer (2007): CAD und PDM: Prozessoptimierung durch Integration, 2. Aufl., Carl Hanser Verlag München
• Gassmann, O., & Sutter, P. (2016). Digitale Transformation im Unternehmen gestalten: Geschäftsmodelle, Erfolgsfaktoren, Handlungsanweisungen, Fallstudien. München: Carl Hanser Verlag.
• Klasen, J. (2019). Business Transformation: Praxisorientierter Leitfaden zur erfolgreichen Neuausrichtung von Unternehmen und Geschäftsfeldern. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
• Tokarski, K. O., Schellinger, J., & Berchtold, P. (2019) (Hrsg.). Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung: Herausforderungen und Beispiele aus der Praxis. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag

assessment methods and criteria

final presentation

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrated course

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Claudia Van der Vorst, MBA

year of study


recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable