Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

System solutions for sustainable production

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops system solutions for the networked, adaptive production of sustainable and resource-saving products. We optimize new and existing methods, technologies and processes for efficient and ecological production of the future that integrates climate protection and environmental compatibility into its calculations.


Trends in production

We encounter production trends such as Industrie 4.0 or additive manufacturing with a consistently connection of technology and process kow-how, adaptive processes and process chains as well as a a profound technology understanding for the high-performance production.


Research and development for industry

In our four departments, we work out the basics and further develop competencies with which we transfer our research work into industrially applicable production technologies.


The recipe for success: Our employees

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

Latest News


5G networks under harsh conditions: Real-time information exchange from machines to automate work in construction and mining and make it safer

Since the end of 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has been making research in industrial applications of 5G mobile communication technology – and now the findings from previous research projects are to be transferred to the construction and mining sectors. The aim of a consortium of research institutions and industrial companies in the "5G.NAMICO - Networked, Adaptive Mining and Construction" project is to drive digitization in construction and mining, as well as to increase the efficiency of work processes and relieve personnel of monotonous and dangerous work. To test the possibilities of the technology, our partners are using two newly established 5G networks: one at a reference construction site in Aachen and one in an underground mine in Sondershausen, Thuringia.
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Control 2022: Optical coherence tomography ensures the quality of thin films

From high-gloss brochures to new cars: paint layers that are also supposed to shine in front of customers must be smooth and even to reflect perfect quality. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, Germany, has developed an interferometric measurement method that can be used to reliably measure whether thin transparent layers of paint have been applied evenly: the possibilities offered by optical coherence tomography (OCT) for measuring such paint layers will be presented to the trade fair by the Fraunhofer IPT using a prototype at Control, the leading international trade fair for quality assurance from May 3 to 6, 2022 in Stuttgart.
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The Fraunhofer Project Center is now the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing

Today, the Fraunhofer Project Center at the University of Twente is excited to announce a new identity. To better reflect its commitment to empowering innovation in the manufacturing sector, it is changing name to the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Twente (FIP-AM@UT). This new identity more closely represents what it does every day and continues the strong cooperation between the University of Twente and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany – Europe’s largest application-orientated research organization.
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LASER World of Photonics 2022: Optical coherence tomography for more stable and safer laser processing

In laser processes, deviations in the laser's parameters quickly lead to serious defects in the component, which is why it is ideally necessary to react immediately. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a modular system based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) that can detect deviations during laser processing. The Fraunhofer IPT will be presenting the new possibilities for measurement and data acquisition in the ongoing process at the trade fair using a prototype at the "Laser - World of Photonics" trade fair in Munich from April 26 to 29, 2022.
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Seminar / 2022, May 10-11

Achieving high data quality in production

Conference / 2022, June 1–2

Aachen Polymer Optics Days

Trends and innovations in optical plastics manufacturing

Conference / 2023, May 11–12


From Black to Green 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! 

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