Research and development for intelligent production and smart industry

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK is your R&D partner in production technology with a focus on IT competence. We offer system solutions, individual technologies and services for digitally integrated production. We provide comprehensive support to companies along the entire value chain: from product development, planning and control of machines and systems, including technologies for parts manufacturing, to comprehensive automation and management of factory operations.

Our topics and technologies


Corporate and production management

  • Toolbox for smart business design
  • Benchmarking
  • Crowd production
  • Agile process management from strategy to shop floor
  • Factory management – adaptive, consistent, digital
  • Knowledge and skills management
  • Qualification for the workplace of tomorrow
  • Implementing innovation systems

Digital engineering

  • Digital development of the future
  • Digital twins
  • Information factory for PLM and IoT
  • Digital factory and inspection
  • Smart products and services
  • Model-based systems engineering

Production processes and facilities

  • High-performance manufacturing
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Joining and coating
  • High-performance machine tools


  • Industrial image processing
  • Virtual reconstruction
  • Computer vision for safety and security
  • Industrial robotics
  • Process technology and optimization
  • Intelligent systems for health and ergonomics

In addition to topics from specific fields of expertise, we also promote cross-cutting topics that are of particular interest to a broad spectrum of industry partners.

Industrie 4.0

Additive Manufacturing

Smart Maintenance

Artificial Intelligence