Top-level research up close – visit to the WZL and Fraunhofer IPT institutes

During the AWK, you have the opportunity to get to know the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT on site. On both days of the event, we will open the gates for a tour of our various machine halls, test facilities and laboratories. Look behind the scenes and exchange ideas with our employees.

As a highlight, you will have the opportunity to experience in exciting, interactive Guided Tours on specific topics how you can use the production data for your company in the future. Since the focus of each tour is on a specific topic, you can select the tours according to your interests.

Guided Tours to selected Test Beds on the Shop Floor of WZL, Fraunhofer IPT and Partners

Digitization, individualization, electrification and climate protection? Or would you rather prefer Industry 4.0, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and 5G? Visitors of the AWK’21 who want to learn more about these and other subjects are given a sorted, compact and balanced overview of the aspects that really interest them for the first time with the AWK Guided Tours on specific topics.

The AWK Guided Tours combine the visions presented in the lectures with the future already realized at our demonstrators. Concentrated pitches by trained and experienced experts at selected test beds and demonstrators offer a perfect introduction to using the potentials and overcoming the challenges for your own production and business models in in-depth discussions. Wherever possible, the Guided Tours also integrate theme-related offers and solutions from our industry exhibitors. In this way, we offer our visitors not only innovative solutions but also a practical and sustainable network.

Overview of the Guided Tours

  • Monetization of Manufacturing Data
    During the guided tour “Monetization of Manufacturing Data” you will discover current and future possibilities for data utilization as well as their practical application using an industrial mass production plant. Find out how 5G, blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital business models converge and what hardware, software and platform solutions selected industry exhibitors have to offer for this.
  • End-to-end Industry 4.0 – From Strategy to Finished Product
    This guided tour shows you the possibilities of cross-domain data networking for faster and better decision making. At the e.GO Mobile AG plant, you can experience how a continuous industry 4.0 landscape was created together with the WZL from innovation management to factory planning and production management.
  • 5G Industry Campus Europe
    With transmission bandwidths of up to 10 GBit/s and latencies of less than a millisecond, the upcoming 5G mobile communications standard will offer new opportunities for the manufacturing industry. To research and demonstrate the use of 5G in production, the 5G Industry Campus Europe is doing important pioneering work for the transfer and anchoring of 5G in the manufacturing industry. During AWK’20, selected implementations will be shown for the first time in the live network of the 5G-Industry Campus Europe.
  • Digital Twin Using the Example of Turbomachinery
    Find out how the digital twin makes process chains for the production of safety-critical aerospace components more efficient and accompany us from process design to component processing and quality assurance. Experience how you can master the production of sophisticated components through the targeted use of data and models and create real value through stable processes and long-term process understanding.
  • Predictive Quality
    In the “Predictive Quality” guided tour, we will present the potential of sharing cross-domain production data and learning processes based on it in three live demonstrations. The focus will be on data-driven quality prediction along and within the product life cycle to optimize planning and adaptation processes and to develop new business models.
  • Component Analysis and Monitoring
    The guided tour “Component Analysis and Monitoring” shows methods for the investigation of machine tools, transmission components and ultra-precision machines with a focus on predictive lifetime calculation and application-oriented condition monitoring. For a generalised modelling of the interactions of various components, highly specialised test rigs are presented, which represent realistic load collectives taking into account the material properties.
  • Digital Process Chains
    The consideration of complete process chains is essential for the design of modern production. This involves holistic, global efficiency instead of the local optimization of individual production steps. Digital tools make it possible to unite opposing goals such as efficiency, adaptivity and technological performance. Approaches from additive manufacturing, glass forming, tool making and energy storage production are presented.
  • Robotic Assembly and Machining
    Flexible automation in assembly and production is a prerequisite for cost-efficient variant production. Motivated by the novel paradigm of line-less assembly, the presentation will show possible applications of mobile robots, wireless data transmission and collaborative robots. Robot-based machining, flexible automation for machine tools and additive manufacturing are further focal points. We will also show you recent advances in laboratory automation.
  • Innovative and Sustainable Tool and Process Design
    Experience how additively manufactured tools, innovative cooling strategies and machine learning methods become key elements of innovative manufacturing. Learn how real-time process monitoring enables the resilient design of the production of high-performance components and the prediction of the resulting component properties. Use the potential of innovative methods to design economically and ecologically optimized process chains in the future.
  • Innovations in Production Engineering
    Increase your productivity along the value chain through innovation! Learn about approaches for designing fundamental innovations and technological transformations. Test concrete industry 4.0 solutions in manufacturing as well as in the use of production tools and equipment. Experience production processes and systems for the vehicle production of the future. Learn about agile, decoupled assembly systems, support systems and variable powertrain topologies of electrified trucks.

The Fraunhofer IPT combines knowledge and experience from all areas of production technology. Located in Aachen, we offer customers and partners applied research and development for networked, adaptive production. We do not only understand production in its individual steps, but also con-sider the entirety of the processes and the interconnections among various elements of the process chain. Our range of services is oriented towards the current challenges of specific industries, technologies and product areas such as tool and mold making, the optical industry, turbomachinery manufacturing, life sciences engineering and lightweight production technology.

 

For more than 100 years, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH Aachen University has been renowned for pioneering research and successful innovations in the field of production technology worldwide. Led by the four professors Thomas Bergs, Christian Brecher, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh, the WZL conducts research on the sustainable design of production in high-wage countries within six areas: production technology, machine tools, production systems, transmission technology, production metrology and quality management. In cooperation with industry partners from various sectors, the WZL develops solutions for a broad range of production related topics in publicly funded as well as bilateral projects.

WEBSITE IPT
HOW TO FIND IPT
WEBSITE WZL
HOW TO FIND WZL

The Fraunhofer IPT combines knowledge and experience from all areas of production technology. Located in Aachen, we offer customers and partners applied research and development for networked, adaptive production. We do not only understand production in its individual steps, but also con-sider the entirety of the processes and the interconnections among various elements of the process chain. Our range of services is oriented towards the current challenges of specific industries, technologies and product areas such as tool and mold making, the optical industry, turbomachinery manufacturing, life sciences engineering and lightweight production technology.

 

WEBSITE IPT
HOW TO FIND IPT

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has stood worldwide for more than 100 years for future-oriented research and successful innovations in the field of production technology. Under the leadership of four professors Thomas Bergs, Christian Brecher, Robert Schmitt und Günther Schuh, the WZL is conducting research in the areas – production technology, machine tools, production systems, transmission technology, production metrology and quality management – on the future-oriented design of production in high-wage countries. Together with industry partners from various sec-tors, the WZL develops solutions for a wide variety of production scenarios in both publicly funded and bilateral projects. These activities are being consolidated on the RWTH Aachen Campus in the Cluster Production Engineering.

WEBSITE WZL
HOW TO FIND WZL