Production Systems

Shaping the production of the future

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.

Projects

 

Cutting downtimes in half, making manufacturing flexible

Presswerk 4.0

It costs companies a lot of money to have machines out of operation due to failure. This applies to press shops, too, the focus of Fraunhofer’s Presswerk 4.0 project. Researchers want to employ targeted data networking in manufacturing to help employees recognize and correct failures more quickly – and reduce failure-related downtimes by at least half.

 

A Novel Decision Support System for Intelligent Maintenance in Forming Presses

iMain

iMain project was an FP7 project supported by EU with 3 433 448 Euro funding (ID 314304). The project had a duration of 36 months and has started on 1st of September 2012. For the success of the project 8 partners from 4 European countries worked together.

 

Resource and energy efficient manufacturing

REEMAIN

The end of October 2013 marked the start of the EU project “REEMAIN”, which has initially been scheduled to last four years. In addition to the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, 15 partners from 6 countries in total are also involved in the consortium.

 

Highly flexible manufacturing

Automated adjustment

The E³ concept puts the view of interactions among the levels of technologies and equipment, logistics and factory processes, and the integration of the human being into production in a new analytical-methodological context. This change in perspective opens up new opportunities for specific solutions to address key manufacturing engineering requirements by using and implementing synergy effects.

 

E³-Forschungsfabrik Resource-Efficient Production

In May 2014, the E³-Forschungsfabrik Resource-Efficient Production opened at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Chemnitz. Scientists here are collaborating with partners from industry to conduct research into solutions that will enable tomorrow’s manufacturing to be resource and energy efficient.

 

Mobile IT

The E³ concept puts the view of interactions among the levels of technologies and equipment, logistics and factory processes, and the integration of the human being into production in a new analytical-methodological context. This change in perspective opens up new opportunities for specific solutions to address key manufacturing engineering requirements by using and implementing synergy effects.