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FUTURE IS OUR PRODUCT
With nearly 1 000 employees, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, Fraunhofer IPA, is one of the largest institutes in the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We develop, test and implement not just components, devices and methods, but also entire machines and manufacturing plants. Our 14 departments are coordinated via six business units, which together conduct interdisciplinary work with the following industries: automotive, machinery and equipment industry, electronics and microsystems, power industry, medical engineering and biotechnology as well as process industry.
In order for our regional industry to successfully operate in a global competitive environment, our research focuses on the cost-effective production of sustainable and personalized products. We are putting this ethos into practice together with our partners within the framework of flagship projects such as the ultra-efficient factory, FastStorageBW, the Center Lightweight Engineering, and the Center Smart Materials. Customized products in batch size 1 at mass manufacturing prices have therefore become possible. Our factory of the future for functionally integrated lightweight automotive construction, ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles), and Campus Personalized Production conduct this kind of research.
“Smart” machines, tools, parts and orders all interact with each other in near real time via the internet. Our future focus will be on such cyber-physical production processes. The rat race surrounding production systems of the future is underway. We are integrating solutions in our existing systems, from Lean Management to “Industrie 4.0”.