Smart Logistics Cluster

Germany: North Rhine-Westphalia
Prof.Dr.Volker Stich
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Overview

About us

RWTH’s researchers and their partners from industry jointly investigate the entire flow of goods and information within a digital world that is soon to be connected in near real-time via the internet. This approach is captured by the term Information Logistics. Within the cluster, various centers are working conceptually and experimentally with both supplier and customer companies to investigate the potentialities and implications for manufacturers, service providers, logistics companies, and ICT suppliers.

Sensor-equipped production machines, tools and facilities, sensor-equipped load carriers and workpieces, an unlimited number of internet IP addresses, fast internet access and real-time-capable mobile and landline communication coupled with cloud computing and IT service platforms create an infrastructure that is unique in Europe and comes significantly closer to real-world scenarios than traditional test environments. The complex interplay of components in such an infrastructure must be aligned, coordinated and tested in order to increase productivity in real-life industrial application.

Under the rubric of “Industry 4.0” or “Internet of Things (IoT),” the integration of system environments is currently being pursued by industrial companies worldwide. Particular problems are posed by the heterogeneity of IT systems and the lack of interoperability of data, which are both barriers to achieving increased productivity. On this account, the Smart Logistics Cluster investigates how different system environments can be integrated and data repositories homogenized to facilitate the further automation of processes.

Integrated data and systems can be optimally combined and connected with physical objects, such as machines and products. Sensors and automation enable the merging of the physical world with the world of information. The result will be huge leaps in productivity and the emergence of new business models and services, offering vast opportunities for growth. To tap this potential, the Smart Logistics Cluster operates three Innovation Labs and a Demonstration Factory (Reference Factory Industry 4.0), all of which address questions surrounding the integration of IT systems, their connection with real machines and products, and the implementation of new business models and “Smart Services.”

The objective is to shape the company of the future, an agile, learning enterprise that is largely understood as an information-processing system. Addressing questions surrounding the processing and preparation of data and their targeted use in terms of Information Logistics are at the heart of the cluster and its centers’ activities.

Established - 28 March 2012
Staff in the management team - 1-5

Cluster composition

  • 74
    Cluster Members
  • 31
    SME's
  • 7
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 36
    Large Companies
  • 7
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 0
    Number of civil society members

e.Go e.GO Mobile AG is an electric vehicle company with the goal of building affordable, practical, safe and fun electric vehicles. The company was founded in cooperation with several partners of the Smart Logistics Cluster. The Clusters factory and offices served as the first home to e.GO Mobile AG. e.GO has now developed and started delivery of their first passenger car, the e.GO Life. Another model, the e.GO Kart, is being built at the Demonstration Factory of the Smart Logistics Cluster. 

Streetscooter The infrastructure and partner network at the Smart Logistics Cluster gave birth to StreetScooter - an electric vehile company focussed on vehicles for logistics. After the development of the first prototypes on campus the company was acquired by Deutsche Post. StreetScooter is now a large part of the electrification of transport logistics in Germany and operates two factories. 

Competence Center 5G.NRW 5G.NRW - the innovation boost for North Rhine-Westphalia. 5G monitoring bundles analyses, news and trends, best practices give insights into current research and development projects, tests & demo centres are the innovation basis. 

Legal form of the cluster organisation
No Legal Form
Languages spoken
English German
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Prof.Dr.Volker Stich
Cluster Manager
Ralf Vincent Bigge
Project Manager
Dr. Gerhard Gudergan
Project Manager
Stephanie Harfensteller
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

Smart Service Engineering The Smart Logistics Cluster is deeply dedicated to this idea and the concept of Smart Service Engineering. The Smart Logistics Cluster works with international, renowned scientific and industrial partners to form a unique cooperation of powerful experts on this topic. We do not only develop and optimize data-based services for the producing industry but we also help many businesses to collect and use data to give recommendations for future actions. More details: https://center-smart-services.com/en/about-us/

IT-System Configuration The Smart Logistics Cluster supports the structured configuration and implementation of IT systems. This includes ERP, MES, APS, CRM and DMS solutions. Through our comprehensive market overview of existing solutions and simultaneous vendor neutrality, we ensure that we provide our customers/SMEs with a future-oriented solution that optimally reflects their interests. More details: https://www.fir.rwth-aachen.de/beratung/informationstechnologien-management/it-systemauswahl/

Industrie 4.0 Maturity Assessment The Industrie 4.0 Maturity Assessment is aimed at manufacturing companies that are facing the digital transformation as well as at companies that support this transformation. Because the question today is not whether a company should transform itself, but how it can shape this digital transformation.Together with SMEs we develop individual strategies for the digital transformation. More details: https://i40mc.de/en/

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 INTERREG

Name & description

Project name

- INEDIT - FINESCE - NRG4Cast - Sense&React - FINSENY - SustainValue - inTime - ACTIVE - MyCarEvent

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
China
Mexico
Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
Netherlands
Slovenia
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location Network type
RWTH Aachen Campus
FIR Solution Group
Club of Logistics
KVD
VDMA
FVI

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