September 2014: ERMA in the CVC News


Research joint project »ERMA - Energie- und ressourceneffiziente mobile Arbeitsmaschinen« at the University of Kaiserslautern is successfully closed! Why optimizing constantly the wrong thing instead of doing directly the right thing? How products of tomorrow become resources of over morrow describes Michael Braungart fascinating and clear in his work »cradle to cradle«. Braungarts easy credo at this is to put intelligence finally at the beginning in product engineering. The point is also to form whole lifespan of a product. With the between 2011 and 2014 processed project ERMA the researchers are at the beginning of the Baungarts propagandised paradigm change to more intelligent product systems. The way is the right and will be forward researched starting from summer 2014 till end of 2016 in the of the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) sponsored joint project “Eco-efficient mobile machines”. [more]

September 2014: ERMA at “Ökobilanzwerkstatt“

The “Ökobilanzwerkstatt“ is an event of the network “Lebenszyklusdaten“ for graduates, post-graduates and young scientists who research at the field of life cycle analyses or use them for applied issues. 2014 the “Ökobilanzwerkstatt” occurs from the 8th of September till the 10th of September at the University of Dresden for the tenth time. Beside different themes around the ecobalance the central theme “Ecobalanced valuation of energy technologies and energy systems” will be examined. The research association ERMA is represented at the convention with a speech. [more]

August 2014: ERMA Project Close-Out

In January 2011 the foundation „ Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation“ approved the application to carrying out the project “ERMA” – energy and resource efficient mobile machines of the research group product engineering at the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) at the University of Kaiserslautern. The joint project of the four researching facilities started on the 1st of February 2011 and had a lifetime of 3 years. To the 31st of August 2014 now the final report was sent to the foundation „ Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation“. ERMA was a successful project! [more]

July 2014: MdB is convinced about ERMA

Since five terms Anita Schäfer represents “Südwestpfalz” in the German Bundestag. At invitation of issue-area sustainability of the institute of virtual product engineering (VPE) the experienced, exalted representative of federal politics visited TU Kaiserslautern on the 23rd of July 2014. Beside introduction of institute, research and teaching the career politician showed a big interest at the issue to the joint project ERMA. [more]

July 2014: tHIS – Research Project ERMA

Whether eco drive or new control concepts – construction machines of the future will distinguish obvious of today’s models. Against the background of increasing energy prices and finiteness of fossil energy carrier efficiency at construction machines plays a more important role for customers. Above development work and research work in own development centers, Volvo CE works together with leading universities in Germany to find innovative solutions for the problem. For test purposes Volvo CE supplies construction machines as test carrier to university partner. Professors, engineers and students of different departments and faculties work here closely together to develop new environment-sparing and company cost cutting construction machine concepts. [more]


July 2014: Sustainability on the Example ERMA

Sustainable development has found its way into many disciplines. Nevertheless currently it gets rather of a minority group of representatives a continuous scientific affection. Anyhow literature which arises in individual disciplines is partially quickly rising. Even research findings of research projects for sustainable development are constantly increasing. But for all that it’s on rare occasions that representatives of disciplines exchange about their respective admission to sustainable development, because most of the sustainability researchers are busy with important issues or contexts of justification in the space of their own discipline. [more]

June 2014: ERMA in bauMAGAZIN

Along with the Technical University Kaiserslautern Volvo CE is also working on the project ERMA (Energy- and resource-efficient mobile working machines). It is about research and development of energy-efficient concepts and technologies for mobile working machines. Focal points at this are the field engine, energy management, friction and Life-Cycle-Management.  “In the context of the research project ERMA future fuel-efficient machine concepts will be developed on the basis of a mobile excavator, will be simulated on a computer with real costumer data, to demonstrate the possible savings”, said Peter Bach. [more]

May 2014: ERMA at ProSTEP iViP Symposium

The ProSTEP iViP Symposium is the leading independent PLM conference. 500 experts and decision-makers from industry and research are expected to come together for this two-day conference between May 13 and 14 2014 in the BCC in Berlin. Leading IT companies will showcase their innovative products and services, use the occasion for networking with specialists from other industry sectors and extensively discuss the challenges in the IT sector. In cooperation with the Parametric Technology GmbH insights of the joint project ERMA will be presented and discussed with industry figures at the PTC booth.  [more]

May 2014: ERMA in German-Turkish Year of Science

ÜRÜN YAŞAM DÖNGÜSÜ YÖNETİMİ! To the start of cooperation between the institute for virtual product engineering of TU Kaiserslautern and the faculty Product Lifecycle Management of EGE Üniversitesi Izmir chosen research of ERMA was presented at the common PLM conference from the 8th to the 9th of May 2014. [more]

March 2014: ERMA Conference Contribution at the CVT 2014

Within the scope of the 3. Commercial Vehicle Technology symposium at the University of Kaiserslautern of 11. to 13. March 2014 you will expect a diverse program and interesting dialogue partner. Organizer is the Commercial Vehicle Alliance (CVA) which is parent organization of the constitutions: Centrum of commercial vehicle technology (ZNT) TU Kaiserslautern, innovation cluster digital commercial vehicle technology (DNT) of Fraunhofer-Institute IESE and ITWM, Commercial Vehicle Cluster Südwest (CVC). The project ERMA will be presented within the scope of several conference contributions. [more]

March 2014: tHIS - Research Project ERMA

Supported by Volvo Construction Equipment the project “Energie- und ressourceneffiziente mobile Arbeitsmaschinen (ERMA)” originated at the TU Kaiserslautern. [more]

February 2014: Working Session with Project Partner

On Tuesday, the 18th of February 2014, the working groups MEGT and VPE will meet together for a working session with the project partner Volvo CE in Konz. Current status of the project and a forecast on the common project close-out will be discussed. In the foreground are results of the partial-projects MEGT and VPE. [more]

Quick Note

08th -11th of March 2016:
4th International Commercial Vehicle Technology Symposium Kaiserslautern


February 1st, 2014:
Third interim in the joint research project ERMA at the University of Kaiserslautern. [>]

February 1st, 2013:
Second interim in the joint research project ERMA at the University of Kaiserslautern. [>]

February 1st, 2012:
Thirst interim in the joint research project ERMA at the University of Kaiserslautern. [>]

February 1st, 2011:
Project launch in the joint research project ERMA at the University of Kaiserslautern. [>]


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Research Project "ERMA"

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D-67653 Kaiserslautern

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D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Email: erma(at)

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