About the author
Dipl.-Ing. Dirk Wettlaufer graduated in mechanical engineering from Dortmund Technical University (majoring in technical operational management). During his studies, he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in various industrial projects. At Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co KG, Electromechanical Devices and Systems, he held a number of different positions and was appointed plant manager of the Luenen plant in 2000. The main focus of his work is on production, logistics and the design of the entire process chain in accordance with lean management principles. During a factory planning project, he had the opportunity of restructuring the operation of the entire plant in line with the principles of Lean Management and production. He also imparts this knowledge at the Hesse Vocational Academy as part of the bachelor course in mechanical engineering.