Software Engineering

Software as a basis

Logistics is the discipline behind the scenes. It ensures that things run smoothly and it is not noticed as long as everything functions properly. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML ensures that this is how it stays. All complex research topics – from route planning in transport logistics and production planning and control in production logistics to inventory management in warehouse logistics – require information technology support because in this day and age logistics is not possible without modern IT.

The Department of Software Engineering at Fraunhofer IML develops customized IT solutions for all of the branches of logistics and the adjacent technical and business disciplines.

Our portfolio includes challenging and extensive software projects. We perform all of the activities ourselves and advise and assist our customers on their way to a successful software project. 

Further 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.

Optimizing the loading of the load carriers

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 logistic" und »changeable logistic systems«.


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

IT Management

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

»We are developing future«


IT Strategic Consulting

Standstill means regression:
To be successful is not a guarantor to stay it. To think ahead, to think around, to think outside, that is the devise. Secure yourself a long-term position in the competition and let us outward-looking together. From the standard software up to new, individuell on your questions focused software concept, which support the efficient use of ressources and your processes, we are on your side.



We develop future:
Due to our participation in diverse research projects we are always surrounded by the latest developments and ideas. This creative ghost is part of all our projects, because as a department in a applied research institut we know for sure what it means to make plans and convert them into praxis. As a customer you profit from this special competence.



Here you find information about what qualifies us as a partner: Many years of experience, successful projects and numerous awardings. Beside cooperation partners and project partners we always convince trade juries of science and economy with our innovative applications and creative solutions.