Mechatronic Systems Design

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology


The Fraunhofer Project Group for Mechatronic Systems Design is part of the ‘Zukunftsmeile Fürstenallee’ (‘Fürstenallee future mile’) research and development cluster in Paderborn. Close cooperation with the Heinz Nixdorf Institute and the University of Paderborn gives the project group wide-ranging knowledge of the methods and tools used in developing mechatronic systems. As a cooperation partner for many major industrial companies, the project group is actively shaping the shift from mechanics to intelligent technical systems, as well as using innovative research projects to expand the range of design methods and tools available in order to make the industry 4.0 vision a reality.

Product engineering

We develop methods and tools for the market-oriented and cost-effective development of mechatronic products. Work on this topic covers the entire process – from the original product or business idea to the start of series production.

Control engineering

We develop modern, highly efficient mechatronic products that incorporate intelligent designs. As modern mechatronic systems become increasingly complex, the interaction between different parts of a system becomes increasingly important. The integration of mechanics, hydraulics, electronics and control technology is only possible through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach: this is where model-based design methods come into play.

Software engineering

Here, we develop processes, methods and tools for the development of high quality embedded software for tomorrow’s mechatronic systems. Software is increasingly permeating into technical systems such as production processes, telecommunications, our transport systems or medical technology: the mechatronic system functions of the future will be software-based.

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