Current Projects

MIHATEC research project: "Release Order based on Blockchain"

The release order plays a central role in sea freight imports because it entitles a transport company to collect a container from the terminal. The high requirements for security and access authorization that are linked to the release process are ideally suited for the investigating Blockchain technology in practice: The process is not too complicated, but extremely sensitive and so far there is no continuous IT-supported flow of information. The Blockchain promises a universal truth for all participants. It can be verified by digital signatures, is immutable through by cryptography and the consensus algorithms. Within the scope of the project, two alternative models will be considered and integrated into the existing import platform of the Port of Hamburg, tested for their practical suitability and compared to the existing solution.

Mittelstand 4.0 - Competence Center Hamburg

The goal of the project is, to discern relevant developments, inform SME and the craft industries regarding these developments and present fitting solution concepts. Digitalization in the economic cluster is analyzed regarding costs, utility, and also opportunities and risks. The project supports SME in their endeavours to implement digital technologies and business models. Meanwhile, good practice models will be used as demonstrators. The necessary knowledge is provided through qualification offerings. Additionally, employment effects that are affected by the digizalization, are analyzed.

Trends and Strategies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Digital Transformation Opportunities

BVL uses comprehensive surveys to analyse the current "Trends and Strategies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management". The aim of the project is to obtain a clear picture of the current implementation status, future developments and their effects. In 2016/2017, this study was carried out under the direction of Professor Wolfgang Kersten of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and Professor Mischa Seiter of the International Performance Research Institute (IPRI) on behalf of BVL. The consortium partners were Lufthansa Industry Solutions BS GmbH in Hamburg and Horváth & Partner GmbH in Stuttgart.

Project „ChainLog“

Transparent supply chains in industry can significantly increase efficiency and customer benefit. However, product traceability is currently very costly, or even impossible, as many parties are usually involved. In the food sector, for example, a lack of transparency can have health consequences if the cooling process in production or transport has been interrupted in the meantime. Blockchain as a new technology and driving force for digital transformation opens up transparency in logistics as well as in the supply chain and offers a common and tamper-proof data set. With the help of the distributed blockchain architecture, trust in the data can be established without a central instance.

Research Project DIMLA - Digitalization and Internationalization Maturity Level in Aerospace

The project DIMLA aims at developing a flexible and adaptive system of key performance indicators (KPI) grid which helps to evaluate maturity levels of SMEs in the aerospace industry. The grid will cover the following three areas: a) Description and categorization of considered companies, b) Digital technology maturity levels and c) Internationalization maturity levels.

Project „RiskBlock“

With the rapidly increasing number of temperature-sensitive products, the need for a fully monitored supply chain is more important than ever. Currently, those involved must rely on container operators to communicate temperature deviations to the customer quickly and correctly. By using a blockchain for temperature-controlled services, the reliability of the information can be validated and active risk management can be supported. Furthermore, this technology enables small, medium and large companies to develop new services.

Development of a model to optimize life cycle costs for modular products along the entire supply chain (KosMo2)

The research project aims to investigate the monetary effects caused by modularization on the basis of an extended life cycle of modular product architectures and to derive the effects along the entire supply chain. Thus, a substantial extension of the predecessor project "Cost Effects of Modularization" can be achieved, which was raised as a question by the PA companies.