Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

System solutions for the sustainable, resilient and digitalized production of tomorrow

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops system solutions for the sustainable, resilient and digitized production of resource-conserving products and the associated services.

We optimize new and existing methods, technologies and processes for efficient, crisis-proof and ecological production of the future, which includes climate protection and environmental compatibility in its calculations. As a partner of the manufacturing industry, we make significant contributions to the establishment of new manufacturing processes, production systems and business models through our research work.  

Let us take you along on the path to "Next Generation Production" - a more climate-, environmentally- and resource-friendly production!

Next Generation Production - go with us!

Our vision of "Next Generation Production" is sustainable, resilient and digitized production that secures prosperity in society while protecting valuable resources of our planet.


Our focus: sustainability in production

Production is the enabler for making products sustainable – that's why we keep both in mind: ecological and economic criteria.

Resilient into the future

Resilience is the ability to weather the storms of the business world as unscathed as possible. We are researching what companies can do to ensure that yours always finds a safe haven in projects with our industry partners.

Digitization: enabler of green production

The benefits of digitization run through almost all value-adding processes. We use it as a toolbox for the green production of the future.

Success through scientific excellence and technological expertise

Production technology thrives on its diversity: Together with companies from different industries, we research and develop strategic approaches, organizational structures, technological processes and complex products at the limits of what is technically feasible - always with a view to feasibility in industrial implementation. We see our employees as the mainstay of our institute: with a high level of professionalism and commitment, they create the basis for leading your ideas and tasks to success.


Our offer for partners and customers

More than research and development: Find out what services you can expect from the Fraunhofer IPT for the strategic and organizational development of your company. We will be happy to inform you about how we can make your production scientifically sound and sustainably fit for the future!


Industries in focus

Knowledge and experience for our partners:


Research and development for industry

Production lives through technology: The Fraunhofer IPT not only conducts research on almost all current production technologies and manufacturing processes, but is also considered a pioneer in the development of completely new production methods and digitized processes. Explore here which topics we are currently working on particularly intensively!


The recipe for success: Our employees

We regard the promotion and education of young scientists as one of our main tasks. 

Latest News


Hannover Messe 2024: Fraunhofer IPT shows how production technology can save lives

At the Hannover Messe from April 22 to 26, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will present the diverse applications of laser technologies in production at two booths: An "animal" exhibit at the joint Fraunhofer booth will show how the com-bination of additive and subtractive processes makes production more efficient and products of higher quality. In the "Bioeconomy Showcase", the Bio4MatPro competence center will present the "Heart 2.0" research project. In this project, Fraunhofer IPT and its partners have developed complex micro- and nanostructures to prevent dangerous blood clots. Lasers were used to apply these structures to the inside of artificial hearts.
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Fraunhofer IPT presents system designs for the production of bipolar plates, MEAs and pressure tanks

Green hydrogen is one of the energy sources of the future. In order to produce it in large quantities, store it and convert it back into electrical energy, however, the industry needs efficient and scalable production processes and systems for the required electrolysers and fuel cells. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen are focusing on both conventional discrete and continuous production processes using roll-to-roll systems (R2R). At the Hannover Messe from April 22 to 26, 2024, Fraunhofer IPT will be exhibiting parts of its modular system technology "Scalab," the bipolar plates and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) produced with it, as well as pressure tanks for storing hydrogen.
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Hannover Messe 2024: Fraunhofer IPT showcases 5G potential for intelligent industrial control

Connectivity, edge computing and precise control of automation systems are crucial for competitiveness in many industrial sectors: They improve efficiency, enable real-time communication between machines and systems and create new opportunities for integrating robotics into conventional production processes. At this year's Hannover Messe from April 22 to 26 in Hall 14, Stand H06 (30), the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT from Aachen will demonstrate the potential of new technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and the digital twin for industry in a playful way at the "5G-Kicker" foosball table.
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International conference on the production of optical components made of polymer

Small, large, round, square – polymer optics are found in numerous products. From general lighting scenarios to LED front optics for vehicles to cell phone cameras or displays in classic consumer goods, there is a wide range of applications for polymer optics. However, ever shorter product cycles, the trend towards miniaturization and increased material requirements call for new product concepts and production solutions. The "Aachen Polymer Optics Days" conference offers a varied program of lectures on innovations and trends in optical polymer production. The international conference will take place for the fifth time in Aachen from June 19 to 20, 2024.
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Conference / June 19–20, 2024

Aachen Polymer Optics Days 2024

The Aachen Polymer Optics Days 2024 offer an excellent networking platform for participants from industry and research.

Fair / June 10–14, 2024


Meet us at the Achema 2024
Frankfurt, Germany

Online Seminar / June 12, 2024

Architectures of a networked, adaptive production

Further events and dates

We offer interested parties from science and industry the opportunity to get to know us and our research work at trade fairs, conferences, seminars and workshops.


Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Steinbachstrasse 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

Phone +49 241 8904-0

Networks of Knowledge

On our front the "Networks of Knowledge" art symbolizes important aspects of cooperation with our partners in science and industrie.

Worldwide cooperations

Aachen ist leading center of excellence for production technology. We cooperate at many other locations all over the world.

How to find us

You will find our institute centrally located on the RWTH Aachen Campus - we look forward to your visit! 

Always well informed

On request we will send you further information about our events and research topics. Please fill out our contact form.