Dr Jan Polzer

Phd in Control Theory, Engineering Science at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 2001; Graduate Mathematician (with additional minor subjects mechanical engineering and computer science) at the University Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 1998

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Professional Teaching Fellow


Head of Department "Downstream Automation" in an institute for applied research in Germany (VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinstitut GmbH), 2012-2018

Deputy Head of Dept - Process/Plant Automation, VDEh-BFI, Düsseldorf, Germany,  Jun 2011 - Feb 2012

Project Manager - Process/Plant Automation, VDEh-BFI, Düsseldorf, Germany, Jan 2010 - Jan 2012

Project Manager - Plant & System Technology, VDEh-BFI, Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct 2001 - Dec 2009

Researcher - Measurement/Control Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Nov 1998 - Aug 2001

Software Developer, ABEG, Kassel, Germany, Aug 1990 - Dec 1994

Areas of expertise

Industry 4.0

Digital Twins

Industrial Projects (Process Optimisation)

Cross-Process Optimisation
Advanced Control Theory

Projects in the area of Industry 4.0

Cross-process optimisation of throughput for long steel product factories.” This is an on-site project for an industrial partner manufacturing special steel profiles (Mannstaedt GmbH)

 “Economic and flexible decentralised, self-optimising production.” An on-site project for another industrial partner producing precision steel. (thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg GmbH)

An active actuator to eliminate chatter marks caused by self-exited vibrations in rolling mills without speed losses.” A project completed for the machine-builder CORTS Engineering GmbH

Drones for autonomous monitoring of steel plants.” Completed for thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG and the drone vendor Multikopter.


Projects with cross-process optimisation

“Cross-process optimisation of material properties in steel industry” (hot rolling area) An on-site integration project for the precision steelmaker thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg GmbH.

Cross-process optimisation of steel strip quality parameter flatness” (in cold rolling area in steel industry). An on-site integration project for the stainless-steel producer OutoKumpu Nirosta Precision GmbH.

Temporary strip shape measurement and process analysis in a pickling line.” Partnership with the stainless steel producer Buderus Edelstahl GmbH


Projects in the area of process control

Development and testing of an automation concept for the automatic straightening of plates.” A partnership with the machine-builder CORTS Engineering GmbH.

Chatter marker suppression system for a cold rolling mill.” An on-site integration with the producer of aluminium packaging solutions Amcor Flexibles Singen GmbH

Integrated thickness and flatness control for 20-high rolling mills.” For the stainless steel producer OutoKumpu Nirosta Precision GmbH.

An advanced control system for a form-fit bending unit.” For the for precision steelmaker thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg GmbH.


Projects related to automatic vibration diagnosis  

 “Intelligent soft-sensor technology and automatic model-based diagnosis for improved quality, control and maintenance of mill production lines.” A partnership with the steel packaging producer thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 855
New Zealand