Integrative ProductionTechnology for High-Wage Countries

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    since 2006
    Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

In the Cluster of Excellence more than 20 institutes of material and production technology at RWTH Aachen University do research together on fundamentals of a sustainable production strategy. Aim is to assure the production in High-Wage Countries – and this in the context of the dynamic framework of a world affected by globalisation.
Working in the Cluster of Excellence is focused on coming up with principles for sustainable production strategies and theories, as well as approaches for technologies that are needed to realise them. Based on scientific analysis of the Polylemma of production technology, individualisation, virtualisation, hybridisation and self-optimising production have been identified as essential research areas. To achieve the aims of research activities, an active cooperation with manufacturers is necessary. Several companies with an international reputation agreed on providing real business and industry cases.



ACCESS e.V., RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek

Research Institute for Industrial Management (FIR), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Foundry Institute (GI), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek

Surface Engineering Institute (IOT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Kirsten Bobzin

Institute of Metal Forming (IBF), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hirt

Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann

Department of Ferrous Metallurgy (IEHK), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bleck

Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW) RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Christopher Schlick

Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Uwe Reisgen

Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Thomas Gries

Chair for Computational Analysis of Technical Systems (CATS), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Marek Behr, Ph.D.

Department of Mechanism Theory and Dynamics of Machines (IGM), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Corves

IMA/ZLW & IfU, RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke

Institut for Scientific Computing (SC), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Christian Bischof, Ph.D.

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Fritz Klocke, Prof. Dr. Christian Brecher, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schmitt, Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe M. A, Prof. Dr. Peter Loosen, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

HCIC, RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Martina Ziefle

Engineering Design (IKT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Jörg Feldhusen

Chair for Technology of Optical Systems (TOS), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Peter Loosen

Chair for Laser Technology (LLT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Reinhart Poprawe M. A

Department Nonlinear Dynamics of Laser Processing (NLD), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz

WZL Forum, RWTH Aachen, Kirstin Marso, M.A.

Geometry And Pracital Mathematics (IGPM), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dahmen

Institute for Automatic Control (IRT), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Dirk Abel

Virtual Reality Center Aachen (VRCA), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Torsten Kuhlen

Technology and innovation management group (TIM), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Frank T. Piller

Aachen Entrepreneurship RWTH Aachenp, Prof. Dr. Brettel

Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Christian Brecher (CEO)




Daimler AG


Festo AG & Co. KG

Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH


Robert Bosch GmbH

ThyssenKrupp Steel AG

Volkswagen Werkzeugbau Braunschweig


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