Caren Dripke, M.Sc.

Group Leader Industrial Control Engineering, Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), University of Stuttgart, Germany


Four major trends in recent manufacturing technology have been identified and are introduced. Those trends are mass customization, shareconomy, digitalization and cloud manufacturing. The impact of those trends on manufacturing paradigms has been evaluated and three possible paradigms have been identified. Those manufacturing paradigms are separation of design and manufacturing, collaboration across company borders and on-site production. The separation of design and manufacturing does empower customers with regard to the product and does allow true mass customization where customers are included in the product description process. The collaboration across company borders does empower customers in regard of the process and lets them choose their contractual partner for every production step. The following on-site-production focuses on the throughput and thus on the delivery time by re-location of the production into the end-customers’ daily field of action. Each paradigm is explained, the vision of possible future implementations is drawn and the possible benefits are outlined. However, the technical realization of those paradigms is yet not fully feasible due to still unsolved problems and challenges. Therefore, a research agenda has been composed to list and address those deficits. The main deficits that have been identified are the lack of standardized data models, an integrated and automated toolchain, the protection of intellectual property and the compliance with quality demands.


Caren Dripke, M.Sc. is group leader for “Industrial Control Engineering” at the Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW) with the University of Stuttgart in Germany. She leads a research team of 10 PhD students doing interdisciplinary research in technol-ogies for the future production and automation. The topics range from communications in machin-ery and plant engineering over industrial control architecture to control algorithms. This includes wired, wireless and powerline communication mechanisms, specifications of communication pro-tocols and profiles, cloud technology, miniaturization of hardware components and novel software concepts for developing novel interpolation methods, algorithms for collision-free path planning and high-performance control algorithms based on FPGA. The Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units has a long history of more than 50 years of research expe-rience in innovative and ambitious topics while finding the trade-off between novel research results and applicability in an industrial production context.
Caren Dripke has a background in engineering cybernetics and mechatronics. Her research interests cover novel interpolation techniques in industrial controls for machine tools or robots, control of special kinematic systems, interpolation in systems with decentralized control and standardized communication protocols for industrial controls. She is currently working on her PhD and will pre-sent the topic “Distributed Manufacturing: A vision about the implementation of shareconomy in the manufacturing industry”.