The IPMT today
The IPMT is a part of a large network of science, industry and other organizations. Meanwhile the "Hamburg talks" have become a traditional event, in which the newest findings about Production Management are being discussed.
The industrial partners of the institute are from the fields of aviation, and especially from the ship building industry and their extensive suppliers. Even if the above named industrial sectors are being highlighted, this does not mean that the institute exclusively cooperates only with them. Over the years the institute has successfully cooperated on projects with almost every industrial sector that exists.
2009 - Prof. Lödding takes over the supervision of the IPMT
In April 2009 Prof. Nedeß hands over the supervision of the IPMT to Prof Lödding.
1999 - Prof. Hintze enriches the IPMT with Production Technology
The subject "Process Safety" takes an important role in the core areas of production technology and machining respectively. While the initial tasks concentrated on steel materials, a strategic reorientation of the research focus had occurred. This time on materials, that do not connect with machining with geometrical cutting edge like: rubber, soft synthetic materials, carbide metal (as processed material), graphite and in the last years increasingly in aircraft construction used composite materials. In the year 1999 Prof. Hintze reinforced the Institute and intensified the research in the area of production technology. In this context his successful work in this particular area has to be highlighted.
Digital support of the new plant and Virtual Reality
Due to the advancement of computer engineering, it was possible to build on earlier achievements of the institute very quickly. It was also possible to connect the CIM-world with the Lean-world. There are a few subjects to name like the computer based process modeling, the workflow management, the risk management, the service management, the competence management, the simulation of production sequences and the use of virtual reality in the production process.
Lean Management and "Die Neue Fabrik"
Triggered by the keyword Lean Management, a new research focus followed under the title "Die Neue Fabrik" or "The new plant". Whereat the use of computers faded into the background at the beginning. At first the focus was directed towards the human factor in the production system, the operational execution, the continuous improvement, the prevention of waste and the optimization of intricacy.
Arrangement of the Transfer Center CIMTT
With emphasis in company organization, the subject of computer assistance was determinative at the beginning. The connection between computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing smoothed the way. With the integration of computer aided planning, computer aided quality assurance, production planning and control systems (PPS) and the development of expert systems, the development continued until the temporary peak, under the name of computer integrated manufacturing (CIM). With the support of the Ministry of Research and Development and under the guidance of Prof. Nedeß a CIM technology transfer center was created at the TUHH. The papers at that time showed the possibilities as well as the limits of computer usage. Although, with focus on the IT, the research of that time was far ahead. At first integration meant essentially system linking via interfaces with the associated problems.
1982 - Establishment of the institute under the supervision of Prof. Nedeß
The Institute of Production Management and Technology that exists today, was founded in 1982 (4 years after the founding of the TUHH) under the dedication of "Production Technology - especially Production Planning with IT". With the appointment of Prof. Nedeß the institute developed from the beginning two main focuses in research and teaching, in particular "New Shapes and Media of Company Organization" and "Machining in the Production System". Both focuses are based on the scientific and professional career of the head of the institute.