Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

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Industrie 4.0

Industry and manufacturing in the process of change. As an independent research institute Fraunhofer IPA has developed numerous solutions and offers a wide range of services.

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Learn more about the different types of cooperation with Fraunhofer IPA.

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Guiding themes


Adding value through biointelligence


Digital Transformation/Industrie 4.0


Energy storage systems


Frugal manufacturing systems


Lightweight engineering


Resource efficiency

Current News



Medical-technical competence center for prosthetics and orthotics established

The Orthopedic University Hospital Heidelberg and Fraunhofer IPA have expanded their long-standing research partnership by jointly founding a competence center.



Robot Navigation via the Cloud

A four-person research team headed up by Kai Pfeiffer from the Robot and Assistive Systems Department at Fraunhofer IPA has developed a cloud-based navigation technology. It increases the reliability, flexibility and efficiency of driverless transport systems (DTS). At the same time, the new approach facilitates versatile production and provides production planners with valuable data on what are known as digital shadows.



Sensitive grip

Bionics for gripping: Nature provided key inspiration in the development the new shape-adaptive forceps. The tips gently adapt to the surface, distribute pressure evenly and ensure that surfaces are not damaged. An ideal tool for biologic research and surgery.



Combining the benefits of 3D printing and casting

Researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have developed a new process that combines 3D printing and casting. In additive freeform casting (AFFC), first a shell of the part is manufactured using FLM printing, then this shell is filled with a two-component resin. This saves time, increases stability of the part and allows new materials to be printed.



UV sphere makes applying paint quick and easy

Cars, furniture, electronic enclosures – all sorts of things are painted. However, the usual paint drying processes have attracted criticism on account of high energy consumption. A new refined system reduces energy requirements, sustainably protects the environment and drastically shortens cycle times.




At the Fraunhofer IPA booth No. 421 in Hall A4, the four cornerstones of Industrie 4.0 – production, product, IT and human – can be experienced in different ways within the general context of a digitized industrial world.



Research campus ARENA2036

The event "Tomorrow" provides an outlook on mobility and production of the future. At the event 800 prominent guests from the sciences, industry and politics will be able to experience the future at the ARENA2036 research campus.



Understanding what is important

Fraunhofer IPA is currently working on an app that provides them with the right information in the right place at the right time. Now, Fraunhofer IPA is on the hunt for companies to collaborate on the further development of »Info@Need«. They will present this innovative solution on 15 March in a forum at LogiMAT in Stuttgart.

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