Circular Factory for the Perpetual Product

New, innovative economic systems are needed to decouple resource consumption from wealth. 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. Circular production offers a solution to this problem.

The vision of the Collaborative Research Center 1574 "Circular Factory for the Perpetual Product" is to enable integrated linear and circular production on an industrial scale. This should translate used products into current product generations in order to achieve the vision of the perpetual product. To investigate the unknown processes and mechanisms, the Collaborative Research Center deals with scientific questions related to production technology, product development and materials technology, ergonomics, robotics, computer science and knowledge modelling.

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 through a highly connected product-production co-design. Project area B focuses on the acquisition and modeling of the individual product instance and the multimodal acquisition of people during 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