History of the Institute


With its research focus on advanced industrial management, the IFU covers an essential part of the majors Production Technology and Systems Engineering within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technische Universität Braunschweig. It owes its founding particularly to the efforts of the former director of the IWF – Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (Institute for Machine Tools and Production Technology), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gotthold Pahlitzsch. The first institute professor was o. Prof. Dr.-Ing Ulrich Berr being appointed on October 26th 1965.Beginning from its foundation, the IFU’s major goals have always been industrial research and the education of undergraduates studying production engineering in the areas of production management and enterprise research. Since 1983, most of the universities/institutes representing the field of production management in the widest sense of the word are associated in the “EHTB – Europäische Hochschullehrergruppe Technische Betriebsführung” (European Group of University Teachers for Industrial Management). Accordingly, “industrial management” is the new name for the classic field of production management including new production techniques and processes. In the course of an international standardization of technical terms, the EHTB
was changed into “European Academy for Industrial Management" (AIM) in 1999.

On January 1st 2000, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. U. Dombrowski took over the executive management of the IFU. In addition to the mentioned integration into the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, today, teaching at the institute also includes lectures for students doing business engineering with focus on mechanical engineering, information technology/business informatics and postgraduate studies in economics.
Between 1965 and today, the research fields have continually changed and developed. The initial focus being on subjects like factory and investment planning and production (manufacturing) control, there has been a change over the years to the development of comprehensive systems for computer-controlled work planning until present research fields like spare parts and knowledge management and the approaches of digital factory, lean production systems and age-appropriate work-station design. Due to its close cooperation with industry partners from the beginning in all areas mentioned, the IFU has always been in a position to assure practice-oriented research and education activities.


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