The Department for Industrial Engineering (DIE) consists of two chairs: Chair for Process Planning and Production Management and Chair for Maintenance and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. The Department has 9 staff members.

The research work of the Department for Industrial Engineering includes: application of new maintenance strategies and methods of artificial intelligence, optimisation of tribo-mechanic systemsusing procedures of surface engineering, design and modelling of technology processes, implementation of CAD/CAPP/CAM technologies, development and application of models of processplanning, testing and application of new production strategies and philosophies, application of artificial intelligence in process planning and control, application of quantitative engineering methods, experimental research and experiment analysis, modelling and development of IT systems of production companies, data exchange between CAD systems and IT systems of production companies, monitoring and control of processes. Scientific-research work of the Department and cooperation with the economy are the basis for the education process. As the result of scientific-research work, many papers were published in scientific journals, and in proceeding books (at international conferences). Scientific research of this Department is the basis for 5 graduate papers and 4 PhD dissertations.


Due to the complex field of expertise, Department has 5 laboratories that are used for education, scientific and research activities, as well as for cooperation with the economy.

The following laboratories (of the Department) are used for education purposes, scientific-research work and cooperation with the economy:

  1. Laboratory for ERP systems and TCR (Tele-Conference Room)
  2. Laboratory for System Modelling and Process Control
  3. Laboratory for Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) and Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  4. Laboratory for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Maintenance
  5. Laboratory for Rapid Prototyping

Laboratory for ERP systems and TCR is used for development of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, for upgrading certain modules through implementation of mathematical models and models based on artificial intelligence defined during researches in the production companies. Interactive video conferences are used for cooperation with other institutions.

Tele-Conference Room (TCR) is used for:

  • Lectures
  • video conferences, where a large group of people can watch a lecture (held at some other location). This includes lectures for mandatory courses, as well as scientific conferences;
  • short meetings such as: seminars, conferences, round table talks, presentations, etc.
  • meetings that are of considerable interest for the academic community (e.g. educational or scientific purposes).

TCR can be used for holding lectures, video conferences, and other activities when the lecturer or the audience (students, teachers, researchers, etc.) are dislocated, i.e. not present. The lectures can be done in a completely interactive way, with participation of the audience, the possibility of asking questions in both directions, as well as interrupting the lecturer, so that everybody can participate.

The Laboratory for System Modelling and Process Control is used for modelling, design, implementation of conventional and modern systems of control and visualisation of processes. The programming of PLC is done with computer programmes (STEP 7 Professional, IEC 1131-3 of compatible development environment), the tests performed on a simulator and the programmes on the real PLC. Modular SIMATIC PLC concept enables testing of configuration combinations by using distributed periphery and different modules (digital inputs, digital outputs, analog inputs, analog outputs). The students also get to see various measuring probes and their application in combination with PLC. Various possibilities of PLC are shown in this way, which is the basis for creating the control infrastructure on more levels. The students get to programme PLC for solving various technologycontrol tasks. There is also programme support for process visualization – OP (Operational Panel) and PC based SCADA systems (WinCCFlex Advanced). In this way, it is possible to use PLC with textual/graphic control in a variety of combinations that occur in everyday life. There is also the programme support for advanced mathematic modelling and optimization MATLAB which enables studying of basic methods and optimization of structures and processes.

The Laboratory for Computer Aided Process Planning (CAPP) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) deals with modelling in the field of technology and operative process planning.

The Laboratory for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Maintenance deals with maintenance systems, i.e. application of new maintenance strategies (CBM, RCM,TPM,BCM) in order to prolong the work life of the equipment and plants, and to reduce maintenance costs. A special emphasis is put on the implementation of CAD/CAPP/CAM technologies.

The Laboratory for Rapid Prototyping is used for making prototypes in order to shorten the process of design, development and making of the prototype of the new product. Rapid Prototyping (RP) is a production procedure of the first model (of product) that can be used for testing different aspects of its shape and usability. RP procedures shorten the period of time necessary for making the first model of product: while time period for complex products (e.g. cars) was measured in days, months and years, it is reduced to hours and minutes. The most effective RP procedure is 3D Printing. The models in the Laboratory are made on a 3D Printer which is used for rapid prototyping. It is Z310 Printer from Z-Corporation ( This was the first device of that kind in Croatia, and this region, according to Mr Carlos Alvarez from the Swiss company MSM Trading AG.

This procedure is used for rapid production of prototypes, but also of finished parts and tools directly from CAD models. The flexibility of 3D printing cannot be compared to other procedures of rapid prototyping. Geometrically most complex parts can be made from almost any material (ceramics, metals, polymers, composites). Such models are used today in many fields.


Department for Industrial Engineering is currently involved in 1 national scientific research projects, funded by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of The Republic of Croatia:

Project title: Development of ERP System for Digital Factory

Project coordinator: Professor Tomislav Šarić (


The results of the project Development of ERP System for Digital Factory in years 2010/2011:

The research was conducted according to the set schedule of activities. The analysis of special demands in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Systems for various types of production and service enterprises and types of production (metal processing, wood processing and construction) was done. Material Resource Planning (MRP), which is a formal computerized approach to inventory planning, manufacturing scheduling, supplier scheduling and overall corporate planning, was used. Inventory planning for certain types of production, as well as modelling of multilevel component, which will be part of ERP system for different types of production with multilingual application, was done. The analysis of process planning, standardization of technological processes, tools and NC programmes for transfer of technological processes was done. A model for selection of optimal cutting parameters (cutting depth, feed rate, etc.) for the selected machine and type of most widely used materials in the metal processing industry was chosen. The criteria for choosing the most adequate supplier were suggested and analysed. There were two kinds of criteria: commercial criteria (price, delivery deadline, type of payment, meeting the delivery deadlines, complaints) and quality of the delivered goods. Multi-criteria decision making (MCDM) methods were used for choosing the suppliers. A model of basic planning of preparation and production capacities (with expected deadlines and costs according to achieved goals and expected duration) was investigated. The possibilities of defining a Maintenance plan for different equipment (by using different maintenance strategies) were investigated. A model for choosing a maintenance strategy was determined. It is based on Total Productive Maintenance, i.e. a management system for optimizing the productivity of manufacturing equipment through systematic equipment maintenance involving employees at all levels. The research results were published in scientific journals and at conferences.


  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Preparation Production
  • Transportation
  • Logistic Research and Applications
  • Robotic Systems
  • Product Development
  • Computing Technology
  • Operational Preparation…


Project title: Revitalisation of boiler plant management system

Project coordinator: Mr. sc. Vjekoslav Galzina

Short description: Revitalisation and optimisation of boiler plant management was done according to the needs of the company Sladorana d.d. Županja.


Capabilities of Laboratory for ERP systems and TCR can be used for the development of ERP systems within the different needs of enterprises.

The Laboratory for System Modelling and Process Control is used for modelling, design, implementation of conventional and modern systems of control and visualisation of processes.

The Laboratory for Rapid Prototyping can be applied in many fields. For example: in medicine (for making implants and prostheses), in pharmacology (for drugs with controlled effect), in architecture (for scale models of buildings), in mechanical engineering (for scale models of complex parts and moulds), in chemical industry (for making porous ceramic filters), etc. Due to all these possibilities, this laboratory is of great interest for the students, but also for other parties (e.g. from the economy).


  • mputer aided Project Planning
  • Product Data Management
  • Document Management
  • Object-oriented Programming
  • Procedural Programming
  • AutoCad Basic
  • AutoCad Advanced
  • Lifelong entrepreneurial learning – Project Management
  • Lifelong entrepreneurial learning – Project Risk Management
  • Business Decision Making – MS Excel Data Analysis
  • ICT Skills for Business
  • Business computer Skills – workshops for individuals and organizations
  • Introduction to Process Control I
  • Introduction to Process Control II
  • Introduction to human machine interface I


  • Industrial PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers): Siemens SIMATIC S7-314-2DPwithDPunit IM-153
  • Computer for programming Siemens SIMATIC equipment
  • HMI (Human-Machine Interface) equipment and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system
  • Training equipment for pneumatics FESTO DIDACTIC with two assembly lines and FESTOPLC
  • Computers for designing and controlling of FESTO equipment
  • Programme support for Siemens SIMATIC equipment (STEP 7 Professional)
  • Programme support for HMI and SCADA systems (WinCCFlex Advanced)
  • portable instrument for measuring and gathering data from the equipment (DI 1100 and Vibscanner)
  • laboratory instrument for vibration measuring
  • computer and programme support for maintenance control (information system for maintenance
  • control – Infor EAM MP2; MIMIC 2001; OMNITREND)
  • programme support for research and application of artificial intelligence (Neural Works Professional II/Plus, XpertRule Miner and XpertRule Knowledge Builder)
  • PC Mill 105 miling machine
  • COMPACT 5 CNC lathe
  • SCORBOT robot system
  • Lukas Nülle PLC and system for level control
  • Z310 3D Printer


Department for Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Slavonski Brod

Trg I. Brlić-Mažuranić 2

HR-35000 Slavonski Brod

Contact person: Full professor tenure, Tomislav Šarić, Head of Department (

Chair for Process Planning and Production Management

Contact person: Full professor tenure, Roberto Lujić, Head of Chair (

Chair for Maintenance and Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Contact person: Full professor tenure, Katica Šimunović, Head of Chair (