Joint German-Australian Research Group Sustainable Manufacturing and Life Cycle Engineering
BraunschweigTechnische Universiät BraunschweigUNSW Australiasidney

Impressions of students that have been involved in the activities of the JGARG via internships, theses, etc.

In this section of our JGARG web appearance we want to introduce you to some of our students that have been visiting and working with our Sydney team as well as with our Braunschweig team.

Patrick with the UNSW research car
As a master theses student from TU Braunschweig I was part of the JGARG in Sydney for six months. The goal of my work was to analyse and assess regional criteria impacting on the Life Cycle Assessment`s (LCA) use stage of electric vehicles. Therefore I designed and caried out a controlled experiment with the group`s electric vehicle. On the basis of the collected real world data I created an empirical model to calculate the vehicle’s consumption based on regional factors over the whole operating life. This model can be used to compare the environmental impacts in different areas and improves the understanding of factors like road topography and climate on the LCA. The work in an international and helpful team made my stay a unique experience.

Julian at FIP Production Site
I participate in the JGARG for six months as a practicum exchange student from Braunschweig. As a successor of Herbert and Timo (see below), I continue the work on the Sustainability Cockpit project at the companies FIP Brakes and Preformed Line Products. For my master thesis, the most interesting challenge is to combine the results of previous theses with the input of other project members. I have been asked to develop a methodology for the implementation of the software tool in an existing company IT-infrastructure. It is my task to identify relevant data sources and to establish adequate sourcing concepts. Eventually, the companies can use the Sustainability Cockpit with current data which gets updated continuously. Thus, previously identified improvements can be reviewed and new fields of action can be defined.

As a practicum exchange student and IFU (Institute for Environmental Software) employee I spend one year at the University of New South Wales in order to work on the project Sustainability Cockpit. The overall aim is to develop a generic software tool together with two other students. The achievements of precedent students are joined together and used for the development of the tool. At the same time I work closely with ALCOA Australia Rolled Products, an aluminum production side, to further improve their energy and resource efficiency as well as to identify their needs in regard to the software tool. A methodological approach of the tool will be the integrative visualization of VSM and FSA aspects in one sankey diagram based on the software e!Sankey. Finally, the tool will be delivered to the company and enables them to further improve their production.

Students Herbert (l.) and Timo (r.) during a workshop at the UNSW, Sydney.

As a student from TU Braunschweig I am part of the JGARG with the University of New South Wales in Sydney and I collaborate on the project Sustainability Cockpit. In this project a software tool should be developed which enables manufacturing companies to consider and improve sustainability in their factories. Within my thesis I focus on the development of a generic concept for data gathering, processing and storage to provide the required data for future applications, e.g. environmental KPIs or Value Stream Mapping. This concept should also be implemented and tested in the plant of the industrial project partner FIP Brakes in western Sydney.

As a Master thesis student I studied for half a year at the University of New South Wales in Sydney experiencing cultural differences and doing research in collaboration with the company Preformed Line Products Australia, a manufacturer for high quality products for power distribution, power transmission and communication.
The focus of my work lies on the development of a Sustainability Cockpit software tool that enables users to assess and improve manufacturing company’s sustainability. By using a customized set of key performance indicators, functions for automatic hotspot identification and Energy Value Stream Mapping issues, especially in terms of energy and resource efficiency as well as time and cost potentials, are identified. Additionally, my work aims for the holistic design of an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) tailored to industry’s needs and linked to the software tools e!Sankey and Anylogic. The Sustainability Cockpits use shall finally be implemented together with a method to identify and follow up the most promising fields of improvement.

The goal of my diploma thesis was to develop a methodology for predicting the energy consumption of production machines and to create a factory model on that basis. During my 6-month stay in Sydney I collaborated intensively with the company Preformed Line Products Australia to gather the necessary data and to deploy the concept in a case study. It was a very interesting challenge to deal with their numerous different manufacturing processes and large product variety.

In my diploma thesis at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, I focus on the identification of possibilities to improve material and energy flows inside production processes. The project is realized in cooperation with Alcoa Australian Rolled Products, a huge producer of aluminium sheets in Sydney. My work includes the collection of data at an Alcoa production site, in order to create a valid model for their production process. I intend to suggest improvement activities and point out areas of inefficient resource use for Alcoa by using software based flow modeling and value stream mapping.

As a diploma thesis student from TU Braunschweig I spend 6 month in Sydney to identify opportunities for improving the efficiency of energy and material flow in the aluminum production. The research project is in collaboration with the aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. and their Australian dependance in western Sydney where coils for the can production are rolled. The data acquisition on-site in the factory gave me interesting insights in heavy industry’s work and the cooperation with the local partners made it to an unique experience.

As an exchange student from the TU Braunschweig I am completing a halfyear internship at the JGARG-Sydney team with the topic “Material and energy flow modelling of a manufacturing plant: Preformed Line Products Australia”. The main part of my work is to gather input/output data and to detect material and energy hot-spots in the industrial plant located in the western part of Sydney.

In my diploma thesis I am looking for new opportunities to improve efficiency of material flow by environmental accounting, modelling and its visualisation. The work is in collaboration with the company Baxter Inc. Baxter in Sydney produces and fills infusion bags for medical facilities. In addition to many theoretical data acquisition and analysis, I could also gain insights into the production processes. In the picture you can see me counting the number of defective injection bags to determine whether the automatic detector works properly.

As a BE Thesis student from the University of New South Wales I spent one month at TU Braunschweig completing research in collaboration with members of the Lithorec research group. My work was on disassembling and recycling lithium-ion batteries for electric cars and in Germany I had access to valuable knowledge and materials from the local manufacturing industry which would not have been available in Australia. This work formed the major part of my data collection process and gave me an invaluable experience.