JoSITURFJoint SIMTech-TU Braunschweig Research Factory for Urban and Energy Efficient Manufacturing through ICT


The manufacturing industry is moving from lean mass production paradigm towards one of mass customization and personalized products. Product quality has to be on a high level while process performance has to be maintained without compromising on safety. Additionally, the further increasing importance to reduce environmental impacts, resulting i.e. from energy and water consumptions is adding to the overall process and product requirements. Apart from these technical and environmental aspects, the social dimension is becoming more important as indicated by the proliferated use of terms such as “human-centered production”. Learning and Research Factories turn out to be appropriate infrastructures to address the resulting challenges and to pick up the pace changes take place. They allow interweaving state-of-the-art research with innovative teaching and training concepts in real manufacturing environments.


Within the scope of the JoSITURF-project a Joint Research Factory is being built as a platform for collaborative research and joint project acquisition. For this purpose, the focus lays on important and up to date topics of both countries, Germany and Singapore. Topics are: urban production, energy as well as resource efficiency and the integration of information and communication technologies into companies. The relevance of these topics arises due to resource and land scarcity, especially within urban areas, as well as negative climate and demographical trends within both countries. New methods and tools are being developed and portrayed through the new platform. The platform is also supposed to demonstrate the partnership of both institutions and to be the foundation for future collaborative activities.


The Joint Research Factory is enabled through the international exchange of scientists as well as students and the collaborative work of designated experts. Approaches from both sides of the international partnership are brought together .Based on the intercultural experiences synergies can be leveraged. Within this environment, researches and scientists have the opportunity to expand and validate their tools and methods. The exchange is a win-win situation for all. The bilateral activities will be integrated within the Joint Research Factory, which is a physical platform for future collaborations. The Joint Research Factory is based on the existing research factory (TU-BS) and on the learning factory, that is in its final development stage (SIMTech). Based on the exchange of young scientists and the joint execution of workshops which include strategic industry partners, a complementary “research road map” is created. This roadmap will serve as a strategic foundation for future collaborations.

Project partners

  • Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), A*STAR
  • Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Fertigungstechnik (IWF), TU Braunschweig

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Max Juraschek


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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