Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Joining and Coating Technology

The Joining and Coating Technology division at Fraunhofer IPK extends established processing techniques and develops novel methods for cutting-edge materials and processes.

The fact that nearly all products consist of multiple parts makes joining and coating one of the key phases in the production process. At the same time, rising safety requirements for the use of complex materials and heterogeneous combinations of materials like high-strength and super-high-strength steel or composite steel-aluminum joints constantly drive the development of the profession. At the Joining and Coating Technology division we work in close collaboration with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) to develop new techniques for materials where previously processing possibilities were limited.  
Working in interdisciplinary teams we open up new fields of application for both traditional techniques like resistance spot welding (RSW) and electric arc welding, as well as modern steel welding and coating technologies. Simulation of welding processes, distortion and residual stress facilitates the rapid introduction of cost-effective, energy-efficient techniques in industry, while also ensuring optimization of existing processes and components. Our work is focused on engineering the requirements-specific joining and coating of cutting-edge materials and combinations of materials, on raising the quality and reliability of joints and coatings, and on improving techniques, making them safer and more productive, more environmentally friendly and less resource-intensive.