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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Dietrich


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Scientific career

2018 Professor and head of the department of assembly and handling technology (successor em. Prof. Günther Seliger), TU Berlin

2017 TU Berlin: Call to TU Berlin

2013 Head of the research group "Assembly and Production Automation", Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology, TU Braunschweig, with active contribution to the research campus OpenHybrid LabFactory, Wolfsburg to the research center BatteryLabFactory Braunschweig

2013 Promotion to Dr.-Ing. with the research topic "Nonlinear Modelling of Hydraulically Actuated Production Machines Using Optimized Experiments", TU Braunschweig

2005 Diplom mechanical engineering (mechatronics & microsystems technology), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT (former University Karlsruhe (TH)), with studies in England and at the University of Bremen

  • Chairman and organizer of the 7th International CIRPe Web Conference 2019
  • Research Affiliate of the International Academy of Production Engineering (CIRP)
  • Winner of the science award of the Heribert-Nasch-Foundation
  • Guest lectures at the Tongji-University, Shanghai, und Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTECH), Singapur
  • Scientific advisor in the EXIST-project FormHand (now FormHand GmbH, Braunschweig)
  • Involved in over 70 scientific publications and several patents

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Scientific interests

  • Dynamised production with utilization of user-centred means of intervention and design thinking models
  • Handling technology, robotics, systems technology and control technology for production automation

    • Human-Robot collaboration
    • Control technology for robots, process automation and command levels
    • Modeling, control, trajectory generation
    • Robot controlled additive production
    • Machine concepts, multi-purpose gripper and end effectors
    • Micro assembly, precision assembly, high speed assembly
    • Lab automation and packaging technology (pharamaceutics and bio technology)

  • Process automation, linking and stacking technology for batteries and fuel cells
  • Automation for production process chains in lightweight construction / multi-material-components / in additive production
  • Handling technology for flexible transfer, intra-logistics and commissioning
  • Handling technology, assembly and disassembly in the context of sustainability and energy efficiency
  • New forms of engineer training, i.e. with augmented reality and maker spaces
  • Augmented reality for qualification and productivity increase in assembly and logistics
  • Automation and rationalization of non-production handling processes (i.e. flow of goods, services, construction industry)
  • Targeted use and management of heat in automated production


Recycling of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Citation key GerbersWegenerDietrichEtAl2018
Author Gerbers, Roman and Wegener, Kathrin and Dietrich, Franz and Dröder, Klaus
Pages 99-126
Year 2018
ISBN 978-3-319-70572-9
Editor Kwade, A. and Dieckmann, J.
Publisher Springer Verlag, Berlin
Chapter Safe, Flexible and Productive Human-Robot-Collaboration for Disassembly of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Abstract The rising number of electric vehicles will lead to an increase of EV batteries reaching their end-of-life. Efforts are therefore being made to develop technologies and processes for recycling, remanufacturing and reusing EV batteries. One important and necessary step for the recycling process is the disassembly of EOL EV batteries. Unpredictable lot sizes and volumes, as well as significant variations in battery design between different car models challenges the disassembly automation. Disassembly is therefore currently carried out manually. Fully-automated disassembly would require high product specific investments which is not economically feasible in changing production environments. Human robot collaboration aims to overcome those problems with partial-automation by incorporating sensor integrated robotics in more fields of human activity. This chapter presents the implementation of human robot collaboration for disassembly of lithium-ion Batteries. While the human operator performs the more complex tasks, the robot performs simple, repetitive tasks such as removing screws and bolts. An intuitive programming environment, which does not require experience in robot programming, is combined with cost efficient tooling and additional 3D safety sensors to realize a safe, productive and ergonomic workspace.
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