The Department of Sustainable Products and Processes (upp) of the University of Kassel has been working for more than 10 years in the area of energy and resource efficiency as well as decentral and renewable energy in various research and industrial projects. The department's research is interdisciplinary with a holistic and global perspective of production buildings, products, and processes across their entire life cycle. Technical progress is not only aimed at economic benefits but also takes social and environmental values with the goal of sustainable development into account.
The Department of Production Organization and Factory Planning primarily focuses on the use of innovative methods, models, and tools for planning factories. It addresses in particular model-aided planning of logistics and production processes within a company either at one location, at several locations, or beyond the sphere of the company itself. In this context, new concepts for distributed production and virtual companies play a role as do innovative IT infrastructures for planning and modelling manufacturing facilities based on digital interconnected models, like those currently emerging with the digital factory. Focusing on the use of modern simulation and visualization procedures, the department promotes practically oriented research on the topic of the Digital Factory to achieve a new level of quality of virtual engineering for factory planning as virtual reality is introduced.
The Department of Foundry Technology of the University of Kassel is poised to become one of the leading research and education institutes for foundry technology in the world. With its ideal combination of academic teaching with state-of-the-art research projects, both fundamental and practical for industrial applications, students receive solid engineering training that combines theory and practice. In addition, students can focus on the casting design of components. Modern laboratory equipment and machinery, up-to-date simulation and construction technology, and dedicated staff lay the foundation for successful domestic and international research projects with partners from academia and industry.