The University of Stuttgart is one of the leading German universities in the fields of engineering and natural sciences with over 4800 members of staff. The Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (USTUTT) of the University of Stuttgart is a leading university research institute with over 40 members of research staff in the areas of control technology, automation and simulation based engineering methods for the machine tool and manufacturing system sector. USTUTT has great experience from ongoing and successfully finished research projects and has been involved in MuProD, a previous project funded by the EU in the 4ZDM cluster. Thus, USTUTT will contribute in the field of control systems, optimization and multi-stage production systems in ForZDM. USTUTT website.