Software Engineering

Experience that pays off

In the field of logistics, special requirements need special solutions. We offer practical research, extensive experience in developing software for logistics, professional project management, and qualified IT strategic consulting. We also create custom solutions for complex problems. Our portfolio covers all of the necessary steps from theory to practice.

You have to keep thinking ahead if you want to play a leading role in the competitive marketplace. Although most known and recurring problems can be solved using standard software, problems that are out of the ordinary need to be recognized as early as possible and handled with new, visionary solutions.

However, new solutions need new, customized software concepts that effectively and efficiently support the processes. For this very reason, the Department of Software Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML combines innovation and research with practical development and user-oriented implementation.

»We develop future«


Software Development

Software as a foundation:
Today, modern logistics is no longer possible without modern IT. Our team develops IT solutions specifically designed to meet your needs in all areas of logistics. Our promise to you: sophisticated software with quality and brains! Analysis, conception, architecture design, component design, implementation, refactoring, integration, migration and evaluation - we offer you comprehensive solutions.



We develop the future:
Through our participation in various
research projects, we are always surrounded by the latest developments and ideas.
This creative spirit runs through all our projects, because as a department in an application-oriented research institute we know exactly what it means to forge ideas and put them into practice. As our customer, you always profit from this special competence.


IT Strategic Consulting

Standstill means regression:
Being successful is no guarantee of staying successful. Secure your competitive position for the long term and let us look beyond our horizons together. From standard software to new software concepts that are individually tailored to your requirements and effectively and resource-efficiently support your processes, we are at your side.


Here you will find the right contact person for your request and an overview of the Software & Information Engineering department.


Here you will find what qualifies us as a partner: Many years of experience, successful projects and numerous awards speak in our favor.


Here you will find a selection of our scientific publications (technical papers, essays, lectures and studies).

Our topics

We want to give you a detailed overview of our thematics about our competences in software development. Our advisory package is not limited in single areas. Experience shows that a cross-dsciplinarity combination of single aspects leads to the best possible solution for your individual challenge.

Packaging- and Unit Load Optimization with PUZZLE®

PUZZLE® optimizes the loading of load carriers such as pallets and cartons.


  • pallet optimization
  • load unit formation
  • palletizing software
  • charge optimization
  • robot palletizing
  • packaging optimization
  • pack optimization
  • Optimal packing

Data Driven Logistics

We are supporting you with the analysis, integration and visualisation of your data. Our priorities are "Big-Data-Architecture", "Hana-Integration" and "Machine Learning".


  • Big Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning / Deep Learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Sensor Data Integration
  • Data Visualisation
  • Enterprise Infrastructure
  • Development of Smart Services

Social Networked Industry

The focus of this projects is a partnership cooperation of human beings and automatic machines.
  • Social Collaboration
  • Social Networking
  • Human-Technology-Collaboration
  • Collaborative Information Management
  • Technology Integration
  • Technology Connection

Privacy Engineering

We support you with "privacy by design" and "privacy as a service" so that your IT systems fulfil the growing demands in data protection, data security and confidentiality.



  • Controlled collaboration of many Cloud Services
  • Central Access Management for the complete workflow
  • Privacy-by-design /
  • Privacy-Certification
  • Detailed Authentification

Enterprise Information Management

We optimize the quality of your master data and support you by constructing an information architecture inclusive »Metadata Management« and »Data Governance«.


  • Data Quality Management
  • Master Data Management 
  • Metadata Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Business Objects for Logistics

Cloud Computing

We support you to make your logistic IT fit for the future by outsourcing it into the Cloud. Our focus is on the topics "Business objects for logistics" und »Changeable logistic systems«.


  • Business Process as a Service
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Shopfloor Integration
  • Cloud Platform
  • Standardization of Components and Services
  • Internet of Things


In this area master data is optimized and the structure of your information architecture including "Metadata Management" and "Data Governance" is supported.


  • IT Strategy
  • software selection
  • Optimized alignment of IT and Business Processes (Business IT alignment)
  • Service Management