Circular factory for the perpetual product

New, innovative economic systems are needed to decouple resource consumption from prosperity. There is no doubt that the traditional linear economic approach of "take-make-use-dispose" is no longer a recipe for success in the long term. Sustainable circular production patterns offer a solution to this problem.

The vision of the Collaborative Research Center "Circular Factory for the Perpetual Product" is to enable integrated linear and circular production on an industrial scale. This is intended to transfer used products into current product generations in order to come closer to the vision of the eternal product. In order to research the unknown processes and mechanisms, the Collaborative Research Center deals with scientific issues from the fields of production technology, product development and materials technology, ergonomics, robotics, computer science and knowledge modeling.

The Collaborative Research Center 1574 is divided into three project areas: Project area A is responsible for the overarching design, modeling and control of the circular factory as an overall system through a highly networked product-production co-design. Project area B deals with the recording and modeling of the unique product instance and with the multimodal recording of people in object interactions. Project area C enables the implementation of the autonomous and modular production system.


01.04.2024 – 31.12.2027



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Psych. Barbara Deml


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Matthiesen