Research Training Group

The Research Training Group is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach to ramp-up management research. Special emphasis is placed on finding a suitable research methodology which as a standardized frame of reference must be considered a prerequisite for scientific progress.

The Research Training Group provides an essential addition to education and profiling of strong research and international competitive sites in Germany. Within a broad research field, they offer outstanding national and international doctoral students a structured education within an interdisciplinary and competitive research environment.

About Research Training Group 1491: Ramp-up Management

The Research Training Group 1491 "Ramp-up Management - Development of Decision Models for the Production Ramp-up" was founded in 2008 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The research focus is to explain the ramp-up and develop models and methods for reducing instability in the ramp-up phase.

Production Ramp-up

Production ramp-up is the period between completion of the development process (including product approval) and full capacity utilization.


The problem of complexity in the decision making process cannot be adequately solved through a centralized approach: in an inductive and decentralized process, decision on the various sub-processes are to be optimized while systems interdependencies are taken into account. In this way, the ramp-up process can be monitored, improved and led to success.

It is a goal of the research school to train young researchers in dealing with complex decision-making situations during production ramp-up. Our graduate students shall be provided with a better understanding of the basic processes which makes it possible for them to develop solution strategies in both academic and industrial contexts.


Research Approach

A decision model will be developed wihich takes it into account the systems behavior of the ramp-up process in relation to all factors essential to decision making. In addition, a set of criteria will be developed which will systematically help in making single decisions wihich are part of the overall process. The decision modell will allow managers to anticipate problems in the ramp-up process on a meta-level and enable them to proactively develop solution strategies.

Research Institutes of the Research Training Group

Chair of Metrology and Quality Management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Schmitt

The Chair of Metrology and Quality Management conducts apllied research and teaching in the context of globally available and seemingly increasingly differentiated products and services. Here, the Department focused its departments with precision engineering and quality management on the quality-oriented design of production processes, the customer-oriented product design and efficient management of all tasks in the sequence and structural organization.

Chair of Manufacturing Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Fritz Klocke

This research area covers the fundamentals of manufacturing technology, process analyses, process monitoring, process modelling and simulation as well as environmentally sound technologies.

Chair of Production Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Günther Schuh

The Department of Production Engineering WZL conducts research and teaching in the areas of product and production planning. These include core subjects such as integrated product and process design, collaborative value creation, business modelling, factory planning, order processing and system selection.

Chair of Machine Tools

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher

The research area of Machine Tools encompasses the calculation and optimisation of machine tools and handling systems, including all component parts, the metrological inspection and evaluation of production systems, drive technology, NC, RC and PLC systems, process monitoring and machine diagnostics, human-machine interaction, as well as control system technology and automation.

Center for Learning and Knowledge Management / Department of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (ZLW/IMA) and the Institute for Management Cybernetics (IfU) of the RWTH Aachen

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sabina Jeschke

The institute cluster IMA/ZLW & IfU forms an interdisciplinary network of RWTH Aachen University and is located at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. It is composed of the Department of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering (IMA), the Center for Learning and Knowledge Management (Tot) and the An-Institute for Management Cybernetics e.V. (IfU).

The aim of the participating institutions is to implement inter- and transdisciplinary methods in research and teaching, to professionalize and to conduct interdisciplinary on current scientific issues. The institute cluster thereby addresses issues of basic research to industry-related research.

Institute for Industrial Management at RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Günther Schuh

The FIR (Institute for Industrial Management) at the RWTH Aachen University is a non-profit, intersectoral research institution concerned with business organisation and corporate development. The institute provides research, qualification programms and lectures in the fields of service management, information management and production management. As a memeber of the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations, the FIR promotes research and development for the benefit of small, medium-sized and large businesses.

Chair of Technology and Innovation Management

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller

The Chair of Technology and Innovation Management ("Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaft, insb. Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement") and the TIM research group were established in 1990 by the School of Business and Economics of RWTH Aachen University. It has been one of the first management ressearch groups in the German-speaking world whose research and teaching interests are focused on management aspects of product development and launch, the application and maintenance of process and product technology (e. g. manufacturing technology). The group was directed by Prof. Hans-Horst Schröder from 1990 - Feb. 2007, who was followed by Prof. Frank Piller in 2007.

Chair of Management Accounting

Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Peter Letmathe

The Chair of Management Accounting focuses its research predominantly in threes different areas: behaviourial accounting, value chain accounting and business modelling. In all of these fields the Chair of Management Accounting works closely with the engineering sciences at RWTH Aachen University. Current projects are, besides Ramp-up Management, management accounting for demographic changes in firms and Business Models in the Field of Electric Mobility.

Chair of Operations Management

Prof. Dr. Grit Walther

The research of the Chair of Operations Management is focused on application-oriented, techno-economic modeling and measurement of logistics and production systems as well as supply chains. Besides Ramp-up Management, current research projects of the Chair of Operations Management are in the area of arrangement and measurement of bio-based and ressource-efficient supply chains, location planning and routing for Electric Mobility as well as market diffusion of alternative drive technologies in the automotive industry. The research projects of the chair are implemented in interdisciplinary coorperation with engineering and scientific research institutes, industrial companies and political decision-makers.