Areas of activity of the IFT

In our three departments rope technology, machine design and material flow automation as well as logistics, we develop new methods and techniques within the scope of research and industrial projects.

Rope Technology

The working field of the department of Rope Technology include Destructive Rope Testing, Non-Destructive Rope Testing and Ropes for Offshore Technology. Approvals and notifications exist for the areas of cableway technology and personal protective equipment in mountain sports (PPE).

Ropeway Technology and Non-Destructive Rope Testing are among the core competencies of the Rope Technology department.

Machine Design and Material Flow Automation

The department of Machine Design and Material Flow Automation generates innovative research ideas - both in research and development projects and in industrial projects - and deals with the development and optimization of new machines and components.

The test stand for wheels and rollers of industrial trucks was developed and implemented by the Machine Design department.


The field of expertise of the logistics department can be divided into four areas:

At the IFT three test stations can be used for research activities, industrial cooperations and teaching.
The VR room to investigate the possible use of virtual reality in intralogistics, the Learning Warehouse (LernLager) for the scientific analysis of manual picking processes and a RFID (radio-frequency identification) test station, where the conditions for the application of this technology in practice can be investigated.

New developments of the IFT in the field of flexible production logistics, for example in automobile production, are tested in ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles).

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