Fraunhofer IWU

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As a leading institute for resource-efficient production within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we are your scientific research and development partner for the future industries of automobile and mechanical engineering. Since 25 years, the main focus of our work has been on application-oriented research and development in the field of production technology for the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. We not only develop intelligent production systems for the manufacturing of car body and powertrain components, but we also optimize their related forming and cutting manufacturing processes.
Global raw material supplies are shrinking while the cost for energy production and energy supply is constantly increasing. The field of production is especially affected by these issues since it is bound to natural resources and has to adapt to an increasingly volatile energy market. Main future trends, including the advancing digitalization of production, the continuous improvement of resource and energy efficiency, the role of humans in the production of the future and new concepts for factories and logistics lead to the question of how to shape industrial value added processes in the future.
Together with partners from industry and science we research new technologies, processes, methods, measuring technologies and planning approaches for the target sectors of plant engineering, mechanical engineering and automotive engineering – from the idea to prototypes to serial production.
Fraunhofer IWU has achieved an international reputation for developing efficient value chain and supply chain processes, particularly in the machine tool, vehicle and component production sectors. New recent research includes methods to combine manufacturing technologies and novel functional materials.
The institute is a member of EFFRA, the European Factories of the Future Research Association and of EARPA, the European Automotive Research Partners Association. Fraunhofer IWU is also an active player in Saxony’s smart specialisation strategy via the Vanguard Initiative.

Number of employees:  600
Turnover before tax:      37 Mio Euro

1. Mechatronics and Lightweight Structures including
– Adaptronics and acoustics,
– Medical engineering,
– Additive manufacturing,
– Functionally-integrated lightweight structures,
– Functional textiles,
– Applied polymers/plastics processing.

2. Forming and Joining Technologies including
– Sheet metal forming,
– Hydroforming,
– Hot bulk metal forming,
– Cold and precision forming,
– Thermal and mechanical joining technologies.

3. Machine Tools, Production Systems and Machining Technologies including
– Machine Tools,
– Robotics and automation,
– Digitisation in production,
– Assembly technologies,
– Production management,
– Machining and cutting technologies,
– Functional surfaces and micromanufacturing.

 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Landgrebe
 Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU 
 Reichenhainer Straße 88
 09126 Chemnitz (Germany)
 phone:  +49 (0)371 5397-1420
 fax:    +49 (0)371 5397-1404

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