Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

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Sustainability in production

Low-emission production processes and climate-friendly products will make an important contribution to a future worth living. Enabling companies to successfully shape this path is one of our most important goals at the Fraunhofer IPT.

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Energy storage systems for tomorrow's mobility

Two recently published discussion papers on energy storage systems and on the relevance of hydrogen technologies for the mobility of the future are available for free download here.

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White Paper "Cybersecurity in Networked Production"

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Joining forces against the coronavirus

How we can now support manufacturing companies in their efforts against CoViD-19.

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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


Resource-efficient and cost-effective wear-resistant coatings thanks to new hybrid coating process

A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen has developed a hybrid additive manufacturing process that combines wire-based and powder-based laser cladding (LMD). The new process can be used to apply protective coatings of high-strength tool steel to workpieces and repair surface defects at low cost. The tool coatings produced in this way are more wear-resistant, resource-efficient and cost-efficient than those produced by other methods. Following successful test series with tool components, there are plans to use the process to machine hydraulic components.
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Protecting manufacturing companies from cyber attacks: Research project offers security check for SMEs

Manufacturing companies that network their machines and systems are particularly at risk from security vulnerabilities and attacks on their IT infrastructure. This was determined by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in the course of scientific investigations for the white paper "Cybersecurity in Networked Production", which has now also been published in English. The Aachen scientists now want to further develop the cross-industry "Production Security Readiness Check" in an AiF-funded research project together with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Interested companies that would like to thoroughly check their production IT with regard to protection and security can still participate in the project.
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Hannover Messe 2021 Digital Edition: Hydrogen Technologies – High production rates for fuel cells

To create a sustainable road traffic system, hundreds of thousands of fuel cells will be needed for hydrogen-powered cars in the future. Until now, though, fuel cell production has been complex and too slow. The Fraunhofer team is therefore developing a continuous production line that will be able to process fuel cell components in cycles lasting just seconds. The pilot line is set to be presented at the Hannover Messe Digital Edition from April 12 to April 16, 2021.
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30th Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium: Securing Future Competitiveness by Sustainable and Resilient Production

Industrial production today is only about one thing: productivity. Until now, the values behind this term have prevented a zero-emission and sustainable production, even though it would already be technologically and economically possible. However, changing requirements of the capital market from a plain financial orientation to a holistic view of sustainability, demand that German companies rethink the concept of productivity. The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will discuss the question of how the Internet of Production (IoP) can support this process and at the same time make companies crisis-proof during the 30th Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium (AWK) on September 22 and 23, 2021, at Eurogress Aachen and in digital form.
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Workshop / 2021/9/28–29

ICNAP Big Experience Day

Community-Meeting des International Center for Networked Adaptive Production

Online session / November 16, 2021

Digital Aachen Polymer Optics Days

Online session V: Optical Systems

Seminar / 2021/11/9–10

Towards Automated Machine Learning in 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.

Important information about the cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPT during the corona pandemic

The welfare of all employees, as well as professional support and care, but also the safety of our business partners are extremely important to us, especially with regard to the CoViD-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, maintaining the Fraunhofer IPT's ability to work and the ongoing maintenance of all existing projects and contracts continues to play a very important role - of course taking into account the safety of all parties involved. For this reason, we would like to inform you briefly about the current situation at our institute and the measures we have taken.


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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