University of Applied Sciences Zwickau

The University of Applied Sciences Zwickau is a university devoted to Technology, Economics, Arts, and Life Sciences, comprising of 8 faculties and around 50 different degree programs.

The main focus of the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau is on technology, economy and quality of life. The WHZ attracts around 4,700 students from across the world (eight faculties with about 50 courses from almost 50 countries) and helps students to develop a range of skills essential for future employment; it provides many opportunities to contribute a first-rate experience for everyone. The study program at the WHZ is outstanding in their field with strong practice references. Having good student-teacher ratios helps to ensure our students reach their full potential. An excellent support of the students by professors and staff, modern equipment, an excellent university library and the close affiliations to the industry make the study at the WHZ attractive. With currently 36 professorships in 13 specialist groups and two institutes, a total of nine courses and more than 1,100 students, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration teaches and conducts a comprehensive economic science spectrum. The focus of the Professorship for Business Computing, which is part of the initiative, is the active design of future-oriented production systems. Digital transformation is seen as an opportunity to strengthen the competitiveness of our partners from the industry and is the basis for the system-oriented analysis and a data-driven development of the production processes, that derives added value.

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University of Applied Science Zwickau
Kornmarkt 1
08056 Zwickau

Based on a high process understanding in the areas of IT as well as production and logistics, we successfully design the digitalization of the value chain with the support of data-driven methods like data analytics as well as simulation.


The goal-oriented analysis of large quantities of manufacturing data can help companies to make the right decision quickly and effectively in an economic environment of growing dynamic. Operating numbers can quantify or even relativize the experts "gut feeling" and help to illuminate a concrete challenge from different angles. Predictive procedures create action scopes and give companies the opportunities to actively shape their value creation process instead of just reacting. The testing of such scenarios in a real environment makes the consortium enormously exciting. The university actively participates in iDev 4.0 to test concrete Industry 4.0 scenarios together with various enterprises.

Key Contribution

WHZ develops a backward-oriented supply-chain simulation model, which is capable to derive simulation experiments using discrete-event simulation. Its practical application is to be used as a forecasting instrument for specific customer orders, customer lots and by that allow a more precise planning, scheduling and safeguarding from customer order through the entire supply chain.

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