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Two new publications at the chair


Based on our research regarding smart home energy management systems two new papers have been published. Tech Xplore explains briefly what they are all about: https://techxplore.com/news/2020-10-home-energy-optimal-photovoltaics.html.


More information here.

Long Night of Industry Berlin on 03.11.2020 is not taking place!!


Due to the pandemic, the Long Night of Industry in Berlin cannot take place as planned on Tuesday, 03.11.2020. The event will be postponed until next year, as the organizers have no basis for planning the Long Night of Industry under the current pandemic situation.

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POM starts with the digital examination


This week, the department POM successfully held the oral exams via video conference, thus enabling the students to be examined despite the current situation and their preparation time was not in vain. Many of the students gladly accepted the offer.

Trip to BMW's motorcycle factory


Together with the head of the department Prof. Thomas Volling and the research assistant Lissy Langer, about 50 students of the department visited the BMW motorcycle production in Berlin on 28th of January 2020. The students from the courses POMBasics and GiP had the chance to look behind the scenes of the increasingly automated assembly line and were able to get to know the whole process of motorcycle production within a few hours.

Afterwards, the students could ask further open questions and especially learn how the introduction of new series at BMW works.

Study Programm Berlin-Korea


Lissy Langer (POM) and Jens Weibezahn (GKWI) visited Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) and Korea University at the end of November to discuss student mobility contracts and identify attractive partner opportunities for our students.

Student mobility in the virtual factory - EU supports INSYSTED project


"INSYSTED - Integrated System for European Digital Learning" is the title of the new ERASMUS+ project to promote virtual mobility in Industrial Engineering and Management. 400,000 euros were raised from the European Commission for this purpose. A consortium of partners from research and industry is working on a digital learning platform that will enable as many students as possible to benefit from the advantages of the Alliance4Tech network and to learn across borders.

Within the project, POM coordinates the development of a virtual learning factory that supports various games for experience-based learning of production-economical contexts, methods and instruments.

Session at OR 2019 in Dresden


The team of the chair Production and Operations Management participated at OR 2019 (Operations Research), which took place in Dresden from September 3 to 6, 2019. Lissy Langer presented her research results on "Smart energy management systems to facilitate peer-to-peer energy trading" in the session on "Demand side modeling". 

AutoPOM at VW


The students from the course AutoPOM (Production and Operations Management in the Automotive Industry) gained an insight into practical experience: Together with Prof. Volling and scientific assistant Lissy Langer, around 30 students from the Production and Operations Management department visited the VW production in Wolfsburg on June 28, 2019.



How is a cool blonde made from hops, malt and yeast? On June, 19 2019 the students of the Production an Operations Management department visited the Berliner-Kindl-Schultheiss brewery in Berlin Lichtenberg. Guided by an experienced master brewer, the students were able to experience the complete production process, from grinding, mashing and refining to bottling. Five days a week, around 400 employees produce 1.5 million hectolitres of Berliner Pilsner, Berliner Kindl, Schultheiss, Engelhardt and Berliner Bürgerbräu beer every year. At over 30°C, the well-earned refreshment came with the final tasting.

Excursion to BMW


On May 28, 2019, the students of the course "Production and Operations Management in the Automotive Industry" visited BMW Motorcycle Production in Berlin together with scientific assistant Lissy Langer. The international group of students was able to compare the planning processes of the automotive industry with those of motorcycle production. At the end of the semester, the students will complete a small case study with BMW.

POM at the company run 2019


The POM department was duly represented on May 22, 2019, at the Berlin company run by Prof. Thomas Volling and three of his student assistants, Lotte Grünwald, Nico Kummert and Lukas Pfaud. The almost 6 km long route through Berlin started and ended near the Brandenburg Gate. In any case, it was a wonderful communal experience.

Doctoral Workshop Northeast DoWoNo 2019


From May 8to 10, 2019 the 21st DoWoNo took place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. This year's event was organized by the Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Prof. Dr. Guido Voigt) of the University of Hamburg.
The Department Production and Operations Management took also part in the inter-university doctoral workshop. For the first time since the departure of Prof. Günther, the TU Berlin is once again part of the network and will also host the conference in 2021.

POM on tour at PMI


On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Prof. Volling's students had the opportunity to visit another production facility in Berlin. They visited the cigarette production at Philip Morris International, which employs over 2000 people. The entire production process, from the delivery of tobacco to the packaging of the finished cigarettes in boxes and cartons, could be accompanied by the students in an illustrative tour. Around 150 - 200 million cigarettes are made ready for dispatch here every day. That is over 2000 cigarettes per second. 

From the engine block to the test drive


Together with the department head Prof. Thomas Volling, approx. 40 students of the department visited the BMW motorcycle production in Berlin on 07.02.2019. The students from bachelor and master events had the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the surprisingly lean production lines and were able to follow the entire production of the machines from the engine block to the test drive within a few hours. The students were then able to ask two BMW production managers open questions about electromobility and optimizations in the production process.

Excellent review


Prof. Volling was honored by the European Journal of Operational Research as an "Outstanding Reviewer" for the review of professional articles.

Latest result of the evaluation: Grade 1.0

The results of the course evaluation are available. The feedback on the in-depth modules "Planung und Steuerung industrieller Produktionsprozesse" and „Production and Operations Management in the Automotive Industry“ was particularly gratifying. In the overall evaluation, both were awarded a grade of 1.0. Particular emphasis was placed on practical relevance and method diversity.

The team of the department says "Thank you" and is working on a continuation in the current winter semester. 

New article published in the Journal of Business Economics


In the current edition of the Journal of Business Economics was the article "Multi-item single-source ordering with detailed consideration of transportation capacities" published. It is an cooperation with Martin Grunewald, Christoph Müller
and Thomas Spengler from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany.

From PM to POM


Starting in summer semester 2018 Prof. Dr. Thomas Volling will take over the management of the department.

The new appointment also entails a reorientation in terms of content. The focus of research is on issues arising in the manufacture and marketing of products with many variants, especially at the interfaces of production, logistics, sales and service.

In addition to a completely redesigned course offering consisting of German and English modules on topics of industrial production and logistics management, you can expect numerous opportunities to get involved - for example in the context of project and thesis work as well as participation in research projects! Talk to us!


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