Günther Schuh

Günther Schuh
RWTH Aachen University · Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering

Professor Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing.

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Introduction
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Günther Schuh, born in 1958, holds the Chair of Production Systematics at the WZL, is a member of the board of directors at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen and director of the Forschungsinstitut für Rationalisierung e. V. (FIR) at the RWTH Aachen University. He is founder of Schuh & Co. Group of companies in Würselen, St. Gallen and Atlanta and is founder and CEO of e.Go Mobile AG in Aachen.

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Publications (1,152)
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Agile Battery Prototyping Using Flexible Manufacturing Processes - Use Case of Battery Modules for Electric Vehicles, Manufactured Using Additively Manufactured Tools & Fixtures, Laser Cutting, and Remote Laser Welding in Small Series Production.
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In dynamic production environments, bringing flexibility to production planning and control (PPC) against continuously changing requirements is key to fulfill production objectives. Such environments often involve various information systems that make the integration of knowledge on the current state of production more challenging. In this paper, w...
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The future of industrial manufacturing and production will increasingly manifest in the form of cyber physical production systems. Here, Digital Shadows will act as mediators between the physical and digital world to model and operationalize the interactions and relationships between different entities in production systems. Until now, the associat...
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Within the product innovation process, companies are required to design their product according to diverse external influence dimensions from the product environment. By the analysis of these influence dimensions, companies gain insight into the urgency or possibility to innovate their product accordingly. As the majority of data within the busines...
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The demand for customer-specific product variants leads to a shift to job shop production, in which order scheduling takes a mayor role to increase logistical target values without ad-hoc interventions into the running production. Agent applications, e.g. combinations of reinforcement learning (RL) and simulation, are promising solutions to solve t...
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This work examines the application of force sensing features in additively manufactured parts. Multi-material extrusion using a dual nozzle was used to manufacture electronic circuits and force sensors. Commercially available conductive thermoplastic polymer composites with carbon black, copper and graphene were analyzed regarding their microstruct...
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The increasing number of variants in product portfolios contributes to the challenge of efficient manufacturing on production lines due to the resulting small batch sizes and thus frequent product changes that lower the average overall plant effectiveness. Especially for companies that manufacture at high speed on production lines, such as in the F...
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Abstract Existing methods on site selection do not meet today’s requirements sufficiently. This paper presents a systematic and quantitative approach to databased site selection, which makes it possible to increase the quality of decision-making and the transparency of the decision-making process by individually incorporating various economic and i...
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Continuous design of production networks is an essential element to overcome historically grown, inefficient production networks, as they are common for manufacturing companies. In order to enable continuous network design, fast and low-effort methods for investment and allocation decision making are required without losing decision quality. This p...
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Product development in today's manufacturing companies is characterized by multiple development projects under intense time constraints. This means that the success of projects impacts the company's success significantly. However, industrial practices show that many projects fail to meet their time targets. This paper presents a methodology to syst...
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In relation to the fourth industrial revolution, traditional manufacturing methods cannot serve the flexibility demands related to mass customization and small series production. Rapid tooling provided by generative manufacturing has been suggested recently in the context of metal forming. Due to the high loads applied during processes to such tool...
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Abstract. In relation to the fourth industrial revolution, traditional manufacturing methods cannot serve the flexibility demands related to mass customization and small series production. Rapid tooling provided by generative manufacturing has been suggested recently in the context of metal forming. Due to the high loads applied during processes to...
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Ein erfolgreiches Innovations- und Produktmanagement zeichnet sich dadurch aus, die richtigen Produkte mit den passenden Funktionen und Leistungen zur richtigen Zeit am Markt zu positionieren. Folglich ist es für Unternehmen von großem Interesse, sowohl die Marktbedürfnisse und die daraus resultierenden Produktanforderungen zu erkennen, als auch te...
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Presentation with short state of the art on battery module production with focus on battery cell contacting, production error and possible battery cell burn. Overview on effects of battery thermal runaway and available solutions/patents for distinguish devices. Proposed safety concepts for battery welding by WZL and patented distinguish device for...
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The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the vision of a ubiquitous computing environment, where connected devices exchange information with an unpreceded amount of counterparts. With many prospective applications in the field of production, where real-time process information is a crucial factor for successful operations, the Industrial Internet of...
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Manufacturing companies are confronted with increasing demands regarding product functionality and individualization. To meet these requirements, product variants are increasingly created by linking physical and virtual objects forming “cyber-physical systems” (CPS). Nevertheless, connecting a large number of different elements in a system results...
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To account for the increasing volatility and uncertainty of external requirements, mechanical and plant engineering companies are facing growing demands for increased flexibility and adaptability within product development. The wind turbine industry in particular, which is characterized by low unit numbers, long development time and high developmen...
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Overview on current research activities on Component-integrated Fixture Features (CFF) based on a flexible process chain with focus on the manual fixtureless assembly, the remote laser welding process and associated production concept.
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Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for companies in the manufacturing industry. In order to become more sustainable, all relevant activities within a company, beginning with its higher-level corporate management, must be realigned. Among all business units, the department of research and development (R&D) in particular can make a sig...
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Produzierende Unternehmen sind häufig in globalen Netzwerken organisiert. Zur Sicherstellung einer hohen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit muss jeder Standort im Netzwerk eine spezifische Rolle einnehmen und einen gemeinsam festgelegten Leistungsauftrag verfolgen. Diese Zuordnung erfolgt im Rahmen eines Standortrollenkonzepts. Der vorliegende Beitrag stellt ein...
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Additiv gefertigte Tiefziehwerkzeuge versprechen aufgrund kürzerer Fertigungszeiten und geringerer Kosten erhebliche Vorteile bei der Produktion von Prototypen und Kleinserien. Am Werkzeugmaschinenlabor (WZL) der RWTH Aachen University wird erstmals ein additiv gefertigtes Kunststoffwerkzeug für das Tiefziehen eingesetzt. Durch das Verknüpfen diese...
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Machine learning algorithms offer great potential for quality control in manufacturing. A great share of manufacturing operations are assembly tasks, which are often performed manually. Unlike automatic processes, manual assembly offers a limited amount of recorded data, that can be used as an input for a machine learning model. This study investig...
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The paradigm shift from mass production to on-demand, personalized, customer-driven, and knowledge-based production reshapes manufacturing. Smart manufacturing leads to an automated world that relies more on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and sophisticated information-technology-intensive processes, enhancing flexibility. Further...
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Smart manufacturing demands to process data in domain-specific real-time. Engineering models created for constructing, commissioning, planning, or simulating manufacturing systems can facilitate aggregating and abstracting the wealth of manufacturing data to faster processable data structures for more timely decision making. Current research lacks...
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Companies from the mechanical and plant engineering sector are increasingly offering Product-Service Systems (PSS) because they are facing greater competitive pressure within their industry. Furthermore, they perceive a stronger demand for holistic solutions by the customer. A single company is often unable to provide the PSS fully on its own becau...
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Subscription business models provide an important component for monetizing the potential of Industrie 4.0. Subscription business is based on a long-term and participative business relationship between customer and provider. However, only digitalization offers the necessary framework conditions to realize the characteristic recurring and performance...
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In the context of increasing digitalisation of production, more and more data is required, while demands on the handling of production resources e.g. gripper for industrial robots are increasing. Currently, the potential of captured data is not being exploited and hardly any data is used with the help of production resources. In this paper, a decis...
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In recent years, companies have carried out an increasing proportion of their development activities in the form of projects, resulting in more projects being processed simultaneously. However, many projects are failing to meet their time and cost goals. The increasing number of projects, as well as the VUCA-environment, made multi-project manageme...
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Besides shorter product life cycles, companies are facing increased market volatility and cost pressure. To remain competitive, customer requirements must be met as individually and quickly as possible. New products must be developed faster, at minimal cost, and in a customer-centric way. However, this cannot be realized with traditional, plan-driv...
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In recent years, the industry has been relying on the use of hybrid process models, i.e. the integration of agile and plan-driven approaches into a combined development approach. However, successful implementation has been hampered due to a lack of systematic combination patterns for the use of hybrid process models. Therefore, this research focuss...
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Manufacturing companies face the challenge of fulfilling individual customer requirements while maintaining a low internal variety at the same time. In order to manage both the variety of products and the variety of production processes, companies increasingly focus on process modularization. Nevertheless, the conception of modular processes is a r...
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The modern industrial environment is characterized by short product lifecycles and high competitive pressure. Therefore, efficient production processes are highly important to stay competitive. Due to this, the interest in Business Process Management (BPM) reached more importance over the last years. The first step in BPM is process discovery. Howe...
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The intensity of international competition is increasing continuously due to the progressive globalization and digitalization. As a result, it becomes more difficult for companies in high-wage countries and high-tech industries to differentiate based on cost or quality leadership. Therefore, focusing on the actual customer benefit by offering produ...
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Globalization has led to a major shift in economic power from the Western world to the emerging economies in Eastern Europe and Asia. Manufacturing companies from these countries are improving their technological and organizational capabilities at high speed. In addition, they benefit from the continuing advantage of significantly lower labor costs...
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Increased market competitiveness compels manufacturing companies to enhance the efficiency of their business processes. Therefore, companies conduct process optimization programs, which typically contain a phase of process mapping (as-is-process) and a phase of process design (to-be-process). Methodically, conventional approaches for process optimi...
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An increasing variety of products contributes to the challenge of efficient manufacturing on production lines, e.g. in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector. Due to the complexity and multitude of adjustment levers, the identification of economic actions for improvement is challenging. Reinforcement learning offers a way to deal with such co...
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Eine Vielzahl produzierender Unternehmen optimiert – teilweise bereits seit Jahren – ihre internen Wertschöpfungsprozesse durch die Nutzung von Daten. Für die zahlungswirksame Monetarisierung von Daten existieren heutzutage allerdings nur ganz wenige Beispiele in der Produktionstechnik. Die wichtigsten daten- und monetarisierungsspezifischen Schwie...
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In recent decades, there has been an increasing creation of vehicle model variants and product individualization for customer needs. There is a need for a greater variety of spare parts which is leading to high requirements on their logistics. As a result of this trend, automotive production companies have to ensure the provision of many different...
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The automotive body shop with its high investment costs and resource intensive high automation level is not sufficiently responsive to the demands of agility and adaptivity. The coexistence of combustion engine and e-mobility platforms, but also design modifications on products during production phase, require constant and agile product adaptation...
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Manufacturing companies are facing the fourth industrial revolution, which concerns itself with the real-time data-based communication and connection between cyber-physical systems and people. To initiate a successful digital transformation, many organizations turn to Industry 4.0 maturity models for orientation and advice. This paper aims to enabl...
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Manufacturing companies are confronted with an increased customer demand for innovation and individuality. Leading to new products, which are realized by the merging of physical mechatronic elements with virtual software elements. These systems are cyber-physical systems (CPS) and have the advantage to increase the functionality and enable addition...
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Today, manufacturing companies are confronted with an enormous number of product requirements, which increasingly demand an interaction of the different engineering disciplines mechanics, electric/electronic (E/E) and software. At the same time, companies must realize a shorter time to market, lower costs and higher quality. As a result, developmen...
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Nowadays, manufacturing companies are challenged by dynamic market environments caused by increasing globalization, digitization and climate change. Therefore, the ability to act with speed, flexibility and efficiency in product development becomes inevitable for success. Moreover, various stakeholder requirements have to be considered and time to...
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In today’s VUCA world, machinery and plant engineering companies face the major challenges of an advancing globalization and rapid technology changes. This forces them to react to changing requirements during product development and to shorten the time-to-market continuously due to competitive pressure. Especially companies from the wind turbine se...
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The understanding of what a system must and should be is documented in requirements, which form the basis of most engineering projects. Incremental development of production and manufacturing systems is based on the experience of engineers and customers regarding the highest potentials for improvement. In everyday development, this often comes down...
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Due to dynamic business environments and volatile customer requirements, manufacturing companies are increasingly relying on agile development methods to implement changes to their products more quickly. The drive towards speed, however, is in conflict with the thorough analysis of engineering change impacts on more and more complex manufacturing s...