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ESB Business School HS Reutlingen

The Customer

Reutlingen University is one of the leading German universities, founded in 1855, offering international academic study programs with close links to industry and business. It currently has around 5,400 students and 160 professors spread across five different faculties: Applied Chemistry, ESB Business School, Computer Science, Engineering and Textile & Design. ESB Business School is one of the leading German business schools with AACSB accreditation and a clear mission: "In a highly international educational environment, we develop leaders who will shape our global economy and society in a responsible manner.”


The project

The Virtual Engineering and Training Center VETC at Reutlingen University, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Augustin, specializes in the application of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in factory and warehouse planning. In the lecture "Aspects of the Digital Factory" of the Master of Science Operations Management course, projects in the field of Virtual Planning are carried out with state-of-the-art technologies such as immersive powerwall, Head Mounted Displays (HMD), full body tracking etc. Currently the students are developing an interface between the planning tools VisTable for factory planning and RoutMan® for route planning. This should make digital planning of material flow and layout more closely interlinked and more effective.


The result

Training in tugger train planning with RoutMan® is much more exciting than before, since more complex planning tasks can be handled. In particular, the simulation options offer an efficient way to further improve planning and, based on the models, to deepen the understanding of the design of tugger train systems.

The combination of VisTable and RoutMan® is currently being worked on in the summer semester 2020. A result will be available by August and, if successful, will be published.


Customer statement

“For material flow concepts in digital factory planning, the planning of tugger trains is an important component. RoutMan® is a very good solution for us for this planning task and as SaaS offers a software solution that is easy to use and maintain. Since the calculation models are all oriented to the relevant VDI guideline, the overall context of route planning can be imparted very well first theoretically and then practically with RoutMan® using an industrial example. In addition, we see a very good chance for the future to couple RoutMan® with VisTable and then implement a continuous, holistic material flow and layout planning.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Augustin, Head of Virtual Engineering and Training Center, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University



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