High-Performance Center Networked, Adaptive Production

The High-Performance Center “Networked, Adaptive Production” deals with developments for Industrie 4.0 that are going to be implemented in the form of six practical pilot lines. These pilot lines are divided into three fields: energy, mobility and health.

At the High Performance Center, the three Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology IPT, for Laser Technology ILT as well as for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME will collaborate with RWTH Aachen University and renowned industrial partners to develop production systems and value-added chains in the sense of Industrie 4.0. A validation of the developments will be carried out by means of the pilot lines. The overall aim of the conducted works is to make the manufacturing of technical as well as biopharmaceutical products significantly more flexible and efficient. High-performance partners from the fields of IT system providers, machine manufacturers and production companies have already confirmed their cooperation.

The High-Performance Center is an initiative between the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which receives extensive support from the industry. It was founded in late 2016 in Aachen with a total budget of 6.4 million euros. The High-Performance Center generates an open research platform and test environment for the industry, where new concepts for digital production can be probed.

As co-operations between both university and non-university research as well as industrial companies, the High-Performance Centers are supposed to generate a unique position on a national and European level and, at the same time, strengthen international competitiveness. They organize the close alliance with economy and, thus, expand the national and international appeal of leading regions and networks and their key topics, with a view to the competitiveness of the German industry.

The Fraunhofer concept of the High-Performance Centers is an offer to the Federal Government and the federal states for the innovation- and application-oriented assurance of excellence of the German industry in the given key topics. The concept is to be understood as the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s preparation for the Excellence Initiative.