Fraunhofer IPK

Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology

Technologies and Industrial Applications

The migration of innovative technologies to industrial applications is one of the overarching goals of the Virtual Product Creation division. Building on our solid track record, and enriched by the daily dialogue with our industrial partners, our key areas of research are the following fields of application:



The development of innovative and sustainable e-mobility solutions in the urban context requires novel digitally supported methods.

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Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)

The research field covered by maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) develops process solutions and digital technologies for the planning and implementation of MRO processes. Information and configuration management together with reverse engineering form the three key elements in industrial and research projects whilst the portfolio is completed by a further raft of solutions.

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Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

The present scarcity of resources and the global growth rate have turned sustainability and energy efficiency into both a necessity and a challenge for the future development of manufacturing companies. Our projects show the positive effects of sustainable product development, and how information and communication technologies can be applied for energy-efficient value creation.

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In product creation the rapid simultaneous distributed processing of tasks across various sites and companies calls for a seamless consistent information base together with comprehensive virtualization of processes. To this end, our partners in research and development engage with innovative PDM/PLM technologies to develop forward-looking IT solutions. 

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Smart Hybrid Prototyping

Fraunhofer IPK’s smart hybrid prototyping (SHP) technology offers a rapid efficient solution for the evaluation of mechatronic products in the early stages of development.

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Systems Engineering

Systems engineering offers a new view on products that moves away from the single perspectives taken by a variety of different development disciplines to embrace a systemized mode of thought. We develop methods and tools for the real-world application of this idea that make it suitable for industrial use.

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Virtual Reality

Virtual reality technologies enable our customers to perceive virtual product models in their true scale, analyze them, develop them as a part of a collaborative effort and take an all round view of them. They help in shortening product development processes and spotting errors at an early stage. We will gladly assist you in the introduction and roll-out of VR technologies, especially when it comes to identifying those parts of your organization that would derive particular benefit from VR.

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