Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

Media library for the Hannover Messe Digital Edition

From April 12 to 16, 2021, we presented trends and innovations on the topics of 5G, hydrogen technologies and networked, adaptive production in our magazines and live sessions at the digital Hannover Messe. You can still watch the recordings of the event via our special page on the trade fair.

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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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Turning Data into Sustainability

Under the new guiding theme the 30th AWK on September 22 and 23, 2021, will show how manufacturing companies can produce in a resilient and sustainable manner.

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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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Individualized cancer therapy soon to be faster and more effective thanks to artificial intelligence

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Important information about the cooperation with the Fraunhofer IPT

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.

Integrated Solutions for Production


Industries – Technologies – Products

In our business units we use the wide expertise of our departments and provide comprehensive solutions to our customers for the following industries, technology fields and product groups:


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. 

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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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5G technology for more reliable real-time communication between machines, plants and cloud systems thanks to Time Sensitive Networking

Being able to reliably and safely control and regulate highly dynamic production systems still appears to be a challenge for many companies. Edge and cloud systems are gaining in importance, but even today there is still a lack of appropriate equipment and infrastructure to permanently integrate existing machines and plants into digital IT landscapes in accordance with the necessary industrial requirements. To this end, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, together with partners from mechanical engineering, network technology and robotics, is now developing an end-to-end real-time-capable communication infrastructure based on 5G mobile technology and the Time Sensitive Networking (TSN).
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Individualized cancer therapy soon to be faster and more effective thanks to artificial intelligence

The treatment of cancer with new, individualized cell therapies is usually very costly and lengthy. Before treatment can take place, patients often have to wait a long time for individualized therapeutics to be produced and they lose valuable time. In the EU project AIDPATH, researchers are now developing a facility for the production of so-called CAR-T cells that is capable of integrating patient-related data and biomarkers into the therapy process via artificial intelligence. The CAR-T cells are produced close to the patient, directly in the hospital. In the future, this will make it possible to provide cancer patients with treatment tailored to their needs and much more quickly.
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Seminar / 2021/4/20

Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Production



Online session / May 18, 2021

Digital Aachen Polymer Optics Days

Online session III: Tool and mold making for optics manufacturing 

Conference / 2021/9/22-23

Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium

Internet of Production – Turning Data into Sustainability

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

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

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