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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


In-situ Investigation of the Electrolyte Filling Process by conventional X-Ray Radiography
Citation key SchillingKammannBergerEtAl2017
Author Schilling, Antje and Kammann, Simon and Berger, Hagen and Tornow, Alexander and Dietrich, Franz and Dröder, Klaus
Year 2017
Publisher Kraftwerk Batterie, Aachen
Chapter In-situ Investigation of the Electrolyte Filling Process by conventional X-Ray Radiography
Abstract The electrification of the powertrain provides an answer for the scarcity of fossil fuels and growing carbon dioxide emissions, but demands for high innovative strength from worldwide car manufacturers. In this context, the electrochemical energy storage is a technological key component for the implementation of electro mobility. Currently, lithium ion batteries are among the most promising solution for electrical mobility applications, due to their high power densities. However, there are numerous challenges to be overcome in order to reach their implementation. The manufacturing process is a major challenge because of its larger number of process steps and their complex cross-relations. One critical step according to quality and costs is the electrolyte filling process. At the present state of the art, filling is carried out independently of the plant and cell design by means of vacuum technology. The internal life of the battery is characterized by the tight packing of separator and electrodes in the housing. In addition to the filling of the cavities between the sheets, the structures of the coating and the separator must also be wetted and impregnated with electrolyte. To a lesser extent, the components exhibit porosities in the micro- and nanometer range. In order to ensure a homogeneous wetting of all components, the cells are temporarily stored after filling and are thus a bottle neck in the battery production. In order to reduce the storage time and to avoid any scrap, it is necessary to understand the filling process. The presented poster shows a simple and cost-effective approach to visualize the filling process using conventional X-ray radiography. First results are shown in the figure below (fig. 1). The electrolyte distribution and the filling level of large-sized pouch cells during the filling process are visualized.
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