Center for Industrial Productivity (CiP) Darmstadt

Center for Industrial Productivity (CiP) Darmstadt

Lean digital manufacturing in a realistic production environment

Established in 2007 as the first European learning center, the Center for Industrial Productivity (CiP) is an innovative educational and research facility jointly funded by the Technical University of Darmstadt.
At the core of the CiP concept are lean techniques, lean management and the application of lean principles in quality assurance and maintenance, expanded to include all Industry 4.0 aspects relevant for production.
Center for Industrial Productivity (CiP) Darmstadt

Industry 4.0 in production

Many companies are currently faced with the question of how to address the many requirements brought about by Industry 4.0. What will it mean for my industry? Which new technologies are relevant for my business? What potential can digitization offer me—and what are the challenges? Answers to all these questions can be found by participating in CiP workshops which are focused primarily on Industry 4.0 topics.

Understanding the lean management journey

Producing a real pneumatic cylinder

The assembly and manufacturing process of a real pneumatic cylinder.

During training at the CiP, participants learn to apply lean principles to an assembly and manufacturing process, producing a real pneumatic cylinder. The production process begins with the intake of raw materials, continues through assembly and manufacturing, and ends with quality testing and packaging. Since there are various types of machines involved, including large, fully automated computer-numerical-control (CNC) and turning machines used for large-batch production and small machines used for single-piece flow, participants can apply lean tools and techniques in different situations and see the results of their efforts first-hand. The entire physical setup can be operated in four different stages, from non-optimized batch production to optimized lean operations with aspects of low-cost automation.

Quality control station

Learning a smart digital standard operating procedure 

The CiP includes a quality-control station with a computer-aided measurement system. It allows participants to gain experience with all types of lean quality methods and tools. The whole process, including incoming, in-process, and outgoing control can be taught. The manufacturing area also serves as an excellent base for all types of lean maintenance training. Experiential training on maintenance effectiveness (strategic, preventive, and autonomous maintenance) as well as maintenance efficiency (for example, scheduling) can be executed.

CiP training can benefit both new and experienced managers

During production, as many as nine operators are working at machines or engaging in other tasks. The operators act according to role plays for different situations, and managers will be asked to oversee their activities and receive training on lean management techniques, such as Kamishibai process confirmation, Gemba problem solving, performance review, giving feedback, and coaching.

Offerings at Darmstadt

Lean Manufacturing

Clients learn about lean principles and experience significant change by using lean tools in the production of real products. They build capabilities to act as change agents in large-scale transformations including how to manage performance for continuous improvement.

Digital Manufacturing

Clients learn about digital use cases and have the chance to evaluate their usability and profitability. They also learn to start, scale, and sustain a digital-manufacturing transformation and develop the required technical, management, and people skills.


An introduction to CiP in Darmstadt

This video highlights the step-by-step learning experience of applying lean principles in a manufacturing setting.

Our Location

Center for Industrial Productivity (CiP) Darmstadt

Technical University of Darmstadt, Building L1/07
Jovanka-Bontschits Strasse 10
64287 Darmstadt
Germany University of Darmstadt, Building L1/07 Jovanka-Bontschits Strasse 10 64287 Darmstadt Germany

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