Here you find the program of the 2016 ICRM.

Directions can be found here.


 Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
10:00 am - 01:00 pm PhD Student Seminar: "Peer Reviewed Publications" (Prof. Peter Letmathe)
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch Break
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Workshop at Fab Lab Aachen - Germany's first Fab Lab (more information below)

06:30 pm - 08:00 pm

Guided City Tour (Meeting point: Tourist Info Elisenbrunnen; Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz, Aachen)

08:00 pm - Evening

Get-Together at "Domkeller" (at one's own expense)


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
1st day of conference
08:30 am - 09:00 am


09:00 am - 09:30 am

Introduction (Prof. Robert Schmitt)

09:30 am - 10:15 am

Keynote Speech 1: "Agility in Development Projects - 10 years ago, now and in 10 years"

(Prof. Bernhard Rumpe)

10:15 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speech 2: Production Quality during Manufacturing Systems Ramp-Up (Prof. Tullio Tolio)
11:00 am - 11:15 am Coffee Break
11:15 am - 01:00 pm

Session a:

(Chair: Prof. Frank Piller)



Mads Bejlegaard:

"Reconfigurable Manufacturing Potential in Small and Medium Enterprises with Low Volume and High Variety"


Simon Storms:

"An approach to reduce commissioning and ramp-up time for multi-variant production in automated production facilities"


Philipp Ennen:

"Automated Production Ramp-up Through Self-Learning Systems"


Malte Schröder:

"Failure Classification and Analysis for Technical Products"


Sprint Review*

Session b:

(Chair: Prof. Grit Walther)



Felix Baumann:

 "Concept Development of a Sensor Array for 3D Printer"



Stephan Hankammer:

"From Phonebloks to Google Project Ara. A Case Study of the Application of Sustainable Mass Customization"



Alexander Linder:

"Technical Complaint Feedback to Ramp-Up"



Thomas Ditlev Brunoe:

"Complexity Management in Mass Customization SMEs"


Sprint Review*

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Lunch Break

02:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Session c:

(Chair: Prof. Peter Letmathe)




Ann-Louise Andersen:

"Prerequisites and Barriers for the Development of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems for High Speed Ramp-up"


Payam Amini:

"Statistical Analysis of Consumer Perceived Value Deviation"



Jens Stauder:

"Modeling of manufacturing technologies during ramp-up"



Felix Basse:

"Target-oriented prototyping in highly iterative product development"



Sprint Review*

Session d:

(Chair: Prof. Kjeld Nielsen)




Felix Giedziella:

"An Integrated Decision Support System Considering Interdependencies Between Time-to-Market and Market Diffusion under Competition"


Peter Bußwolder:

"Classification of Company-specific Influence Factors as Part of a Knowledge Management System for Ramp-up Projects"


Ina Heine:

"Conceptual Framework for Analyzing the Fit between Organizational Strategy and Culture"


Johannes Müller:

"Integrative technology and inspection planning of medical devices"



Sprint Review*

03:45 pm - 04:00 pm

Coffee Break

04:00 pm - 04:45 pm

Keynote Speech 3: "Scaling-up Additive Manufacturing: Linking technical, management and policy issues" (Prof. Tim Minshall)

04:45 pm - 06:00 pm Optional: Guided Tour Demonstration Factory (more information below)
from 07:00 pm Dinner at "Erholungs-Gesellschaft Aachen"
Friday, June 24th, 2016
2nd day of conference
09:00 am - 09:45 am

Keynote Speech 4: "High speed change request empowered by Industrie 4.0" (Prof. Günther Schuh)

09:45 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Speech 5: "The Transition to Agile - Challenges and Benefits" (Prof. Nis Ovesen)

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12:45 pm

World Café Debate** (Moderation: Prof. Robert Schmitt)

12:45 pm - 01:15 pm

Presentation of Results

01:15 pm - 02:15 pm

Lunch Break

02:15 pm - 03:40 pm

Session e:

(Chair: Prof. Robert Schmitt)



Vladimir Andreev:

"Quality of enterprise management during Ramp-Up preparation and launch: concept and evaluation method"



Martin Kremsmayr:

"On the application of agility principles in ramp-up management: Approaching the challenges in the high-end powder metallurgy industry"


 Marc Rößler:

"Spillover Effects of Learning for Production Ramp-ups"


Sprint Review*

Session f:

(Chair: Prof. Nis Ovesen)



Jan Kukulies:

"Development of optimized test planning procedures for stabilizing ramp-up processes by means of design science research"


Irene Christensen:

"Clinical research - Fieldwork perspective on ramp-up management Studies"



 Hanno Voet:

"Potentials of Factory Standards in Production Ramp-Ups"


Sprint Review*

03:40 pm - 04:00 pm

Coffee Break

04:00 pm - 04:45 pm

Keynote Speech 6: "From Personal Fabrication to Personal Design: The Challenge of Usable Design Software" (Prof. Jan Borchers)

04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

Closing Statements (Prof. Robert Schmitt)

* Sessions include sprint reviews where discussions of the main aspects of the papers take place in small groups (provision of a poster through the presenters).

** Keynotes provide hypotheses. For each hypothesis a table + host is provided. Groups of 4-6 people wander around and stop at each table for a 20-minute discussion. The results of the discussions are presented by the host of the respective table.

About the Fab Lab Aachen

A fab lab is a small-scale workshop with computer-controlled tools that allow to make "almost anything". The fab lab program is part of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rapid Prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using additive manufacturing technologies. It is used to manufacture prototypes and even production-quality parts in small numbers.

The fab lab in Aachen has a 3D printer which uses a technology called Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). The prototype is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion.

Personal Fabrication is a term that is used when rapid prototyping is applied in the personal domain. Just like computers moved from data centers to private households and offices, we expect that rapid prototyping technologies will arrive on our desks in the near future.

About the Demonstration Factory

The purpose of the demonstration factory is to create innovative area in which empirical research and advanced training can be conducted in a realistic production environment. The production infrastructure shows the demands confronting future high-end production in high-wage locations.


This is based on a production plant that manufactures prototypes and pre-serial products to realise a continuous factory operation. The demonstration factory demonstrates the entire value-added chain from manufacturing to assembling different product groups. The spectrum of the adaptable production ranges from building prototype bodies for electrically driven vehicles to the pre-serial production of a pedelec-driven Fun-Sport-Kart of the company e.GO mobile AG . This provides a unique opportunity to research systemic and logistical production issues on the basis of empirical data.

Interested partners can test, validate and further develop their production concepts. Along with the use of the production systems, the services offered by the demonstration factory comprise the provision of a practical environment to test and validate IT systems for planning and controlling production processes as well as solid basic and advanced training in the various disciplines of production management. The factory is run by DFA Demonstrationsfabrik Aachen GmbH.