Manufacturing companies are faced with increasingly dynamic and global competition, forcing them to constantly optimize their value chain. Due to growing cost pressure in production plants, the energy factor is becoming an important control lever when it comes to cutting manufacturing costs. This brings decisive advantages in global competition. Fraunhofer IPA develops and conducts research on solutions to improve energy efficiency and flexibility. The emphasis is on developing automated and sustainable solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing environments.
For many years, Fraunhofer IPA has been working on solutions to improve efficiency in numerous fields of technology (e.g. energy systems, coating technology, surface engineering, factory design, robotics and machine construction), as well as on planning and control methods and automation technology:
A key aspect of our R&D work is developing technical and organizational solutions to improve energy flexibility in production. We examine future topics, such as micro smart grid, energy-flexible production and energy storage with a view to their industrial application: