Resource Optimization in Modern Industrial Engineering Environment


Thank you for your partizipation! International Forum of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, IFM2E, continued the co-operation between the IFME partners. The focus was to concentrate on the educational activities in the field of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. IFM2E 2016 seminar was held at JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä, Finland 16 - 17 November 2016.



Seminar schedule 16. - 17.11.2016

Resource Optimization in Modern Industrial Engineering Environment

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, JAMK | Lutakko Campus | Auditorium D110 | Piippukatu 2 | 40100, Jyväskylä, FINLAND  

Wednesday 16.11.

8:30  Coffee Break
9:00  Opening Session
9:30  1st Session:  Industrial Engineering
10:30  Coffee Break
11:00  2nd Session: Mechanical Engineering
12:00  Lunch at restaurant Trattoria
13:00  3rd Session: Special Topics in Industrial Engineering
14:00  Coffee Break
14:30  4th Session: Transportation to Äänekoski and visit at Metsä Fibre
17:30  Free time
19:00  Transportation to Kuikka and dinner at Ränssi Inn

Thursday 17.11.

8:30  Coffee Break
9:00  5th Session: Industry presentations
10:00 Coffee Break
10:15  6th Session: University-Company Cooperation
11:45 Closing Session and rewarding the best presentation
12:00 Announcement of the IFM2E 2017
12:15 Lunch

Programme 2016 (pdf)


Speakers of the IFME 2016 forum

  • Mr. Mikko R. Salminen, Director of Administration, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Pasi Raiskinmäki, Dr., Director of the School of Technology, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Matti Kurki, Dr., Adj. Prof., Head of Industrial Engineering, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Jorma Matilainen, Lic. Tech., Principal Lecturer, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mrs. Anneli Kakko, M.Sc., Senior Lecturer & Developer of Int. Activities, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Steffen Greuling, Prof. Dr. -Ing., Dean of Mechanical Engineering, Esslingen UAS, Germany
  • Mr. Jullius Cho, M.Sc. / PhD student, Vienna Technical University, Austria
  • Mr. Michael Broomhead, Coordinator, Mech. Eng., Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mr. Risto Retkin, M.Sc., Expert, Biogas Processess, BioGTS Oy, Finland
  • Mr. Miika Kakko, M.Sc., Energy Specialist, RE-Suunnittelu Oy, Finland
  • Mr. Jaakko Oksanen, M.Sc., Senior Lecturer, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Timo Pirinen, VP, Engineering, Paper Mills Business Unit, Valmet Technologies, Inc., Finland
  • Mr. Stephen Kelley, Prof. Dr., North Carolina State University, USA
  • Mrs. Helga Zollner-Croll, Prof. Dr., Munich UAS, Germany
  • Mr. Franz Geiger, Dr., Programme Director Electrical Engineering Dual, Vorarlberg UAS, Austria
  • Mr. Ville Surma-aho, Energy Technology student, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Ms. Nina Sallinen, , Energy Technology student, JAMK UAS, Finland
  • Mr. Petri Kallberg, Product Manager,  ITAB Pikval Oy, Finland
  • Mr. Bernhard Schwarz, Prof. Dr., Project Manager, Mexico, DHIK, German University Consortium for Int. Coop., Germany
  • Mr. Frank-Andreas Schittenhelm, Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Dr. (U Pisa), HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany


M.Sc. Timo Pirinen

Vice President, Engineering, Paper Mills Business Unit, Paper Business Line, Valmet Technologies Inc.

Current trends and design demands in paper and board machinery

"Presentation will briefly introduce Valmet to the crowd. Global financial crisis 2008 was crucial turning point for Valmet. Paper machinery markets dropped down and board machinery markets recovered, but not being the same anymore. Valmet changed it’s strategy to focus modularization, developing products to fit better to present needs and supplier production capabilities and putting emphasis to sustainable new technology for prosesses. This presentation describes that transition by using some examples."

Timo Pirinen (M.Sc.) is currently heading paper and board machine engineering at Valmet Technologies Inc. He has studied production economics and machine design in the University of Oulu. After the studies he has worked for Valmet almost 30 years in various positions, mainly in engineering operations. During that period operating conditions has changed a lot, markets from European centric to global, from paper machines to board machines, from small customers to global consolidated customer base, from few competitors to multiple small niche market competitors, from manual drawings to PLM solutions. Positions at Valmet has awarded him vantage point in this transition Valmet being market leader.



Dr. Franz Geiger

Programme Director Electrical Engineering Dual, Vorarlberg UAS, Austria

Eletrical Engineering Coop - A significant contribution to the safeguarding of business locations for Austrian companies

"The degree programme Electrical Engineering Coop at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences combines the education at the university with vocational training at the partner companies. The practical part takes place four times and for one year in total. The programme enables companies of the Lake Constance region to get at the best of the young professionals and offers them the opportunity to actively shape the education of their future engineering staff.  The curriculum has been shaped to attract graduates of non-technical schools as well as of technical schools. It is therefore a significant contribution to the safeguarding of business locations for companies in the Lake Constance region."

Franz Geiger is the head of the degree programme Electrical Engineering Coop at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences since 2014, when it started.  This programme successfully combines the education at the university with vocational training in the partner companies.

Franz Geiger studied Electrical Engineering at the technical universities in Vienna and Graz. He then had been working in automation industry and came to the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in 2004. Besides being the head of  the degree programme Electrical Engineering Coop he teaches control engineering, drives, robotics and software engineering in four of five technical degree programmes.



Prof. Stephen Kelley

Prof. Dr., North Carolina State University, USA

Optimization of Financial, Environmental and Social Attributes in a Biorefinery

"There are a wide variety of options for converting biomass into biofuels or bioproducts. These different conversion processes involve a large very number of biomass supply and technology options that determine the financial return, and also that dictates the environmental and social impacts of the technology. This work will discuss the discuss the use of biomass supply model, and engineering process models to provide an integrated understanding of the trade-offs inherent to different options for the biomass and its conversion to sustainable products."

Dr. Steve Kelley is a Professor in the Department of Forest Biomaterials at North Carolina State University, where he also served as Department Head for 10 years. Prior to NCSI he worked at Eastman Chemical Co. and for the US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He teaches and conducts research in sustainable production of energy and materials from biomass, and life cycle analysis of wood products and bioenergy systems. 

He currently

  • is a member of the National of Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,
  • serves on the Editorial Boards of three international science and technology journals.


Prof. Frank-Andreas Schittenhelm

Prof. Dr.rer.pol. Dr.(U Pisa), NGU Nürtingen-Geislingen University

Success Factors of German Hidden Champions

"About 55% of the Hidden Champions worldwide are located in Germany and many of them in the region of Baden Württemberg. The outstanding performance of Hidden Champions is making curious about their success factors. We observe the business environment with respect to legal aspects and financing possibilities. Furthermore we judge the decision making process in Hidden Champions given that they are often family owned companies and therefore, do not depend on the capital market. A special focus is put on whether we can assume a correlation between the company’s success and a sustainable behavior."



Mr. Bernhard Schwarz

Prof. Dr., Project Manager Mexico, DHIK

Internationalization in Engineering: A contradiction? One approach for effective student-exchange

"To promote international experiences of graduates, universities have to make some attractive proposals, tailored to each specific study-program. But this generates a lot of effort which often cannot be afforded in an appropriate way in particular by smaller universities. 

The paper deals with a way to build up living cooperation’s around the world by a specialized network with small effort for each single university. The German University Consortium for International Cooperation (DHIK) is presented as an successful example to reach that goal by offering double-degree programs to undergraduate students with high ranked universities in important countries, supported by German government and industry."

Prof. Dr. Schwarz graduated in 1980 in Electrical Engineering. He finished his PhD in 1986, before he joined AMK, Kirchheim-Teck, Germany, where he worked as Technical Manager Electronics. Since 1993 he is Professor at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, where he was the Founding Dean of Department of Mechatronics from 1995–2002.

Afterwards he was Program-Director of Mechatronics in CDHAW (Chinese German Unversity of Applied Sciences), which was build up by a German university-consortium together with Tongji University in Shanghai. From 2007 to 2013 he was President of Esslingen University. Now he is responsible to build up double-degree-programs between Tec de Monterrey / Mexico and DHIK, a consortium of 26 German Universities of Applied Sciences


Prof. Dr. Helga Zollner-Croll

Prodekanin, Professorin, Hochschule München, Germany

Current situation of fiber usage in different paper and board grades and future scenarios in the German market

The presentation focuses on the evaluation of the fiber stream for different paper products in Germany. Basis of the comparison are production data of different paper grades from 2005, 2009 and 2014, published by the Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken VDP e.V.

Based on the production development data and the usage of recovered or virgin fibers for the individual grades, a prediction was established on how the consumption for certain paper products will change in the future.

Based on these predicted scenarios, the fiber usage (recovered fibers or virgin fibers) was estimated for 2025. A projection of the future fiber situation in the German market is given at the end."

Helga Zollner-Croll a Professor at Hochschule München since 2010. Prior to Hochshule München she has worked at M-real Zanders, Modo Paper and SCA Fine Paper.

Fees & transportations

The seminar fee is 250 € / person and it includes participation to the seminar (2 days), lunches, dinner 16 November, coffee breaks and transportations during the programme. Transportations from and to Tikkakoski Apt. or Jyväskylä Travel Center can be arranged on request.

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