Research for the future

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology

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Fraunhofer IWU - The leading institute for resource-efficient production

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. For more than 20 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.

Important Dates

Scalable electric drive for buses, trucks etc.

Although electric cars meet current trends, driving axles are still too heavy, too expensive and too large for them. To address this situation, Fraunhofer researchers joined forces with partners to design an optimized axle module for commercial vehicles. It is powerful, lightweight, compact and cost-effective.

Health screening for industrial machines

Germany’s Industry 4.0 initiative aims to develop industrial machinery with built-in intelligence based on smart self-monitoring functions. Researchers have now come a step closer to the ideal of a self-maintaining machine. A technology developed as part of the iMAIN project provides real-time online monitoring of unprecedented quality.

E3-Research Factory Resource-efficient Production of the Fraunhofer IWU:

From April 7-11, 2014, at the HANNOVER MESSE, the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU will present research subjects of the new ”E3-Research Factory Resource-efficient Production”. The presentations will take place at the joint stand of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Hall 2, Stand D18) and at the stand of the Fraunhofer Group for Production (Hall 17, Stand F14). Based on a new concept for industrial production, the model factory will provide a place for researchers and industry partners to study sustainable solutions for future production technologies in three competence areas: “Powertrain“, “Car Body Construction“, and “Energy Management 2.0“.

“E3” stands for the three central areas of study where Chemnitz scientists are looking to turn visions into real technological innovations in the coming years: Aside from Energy and resource efficiency in production through development of new machines and technologies, the concept includes the idea of an Emission-neutral factory as well as rethinking the way of Embedding people into the manufacturing process.

Using a VR-based and interactive 3D model of the new “E3-Research Factory Resource-efficient Production“, visitors of the joint stand will get the chance to look inside the model factory and explore possible solutions for these core challenges for the very first time. Exhibits on how to safe energy and resources will be shown at the stand of the Fraunhofer Group for Production.

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