Why does my company fit in with ICNAP?

ICNAP embodies collaboration and exchange on networked, adaptive production, our understanding of Industry 4.0. We are convinced that bundling competencies and know-how is the only way to overcome the challenges and concrete problems of digitalization in production. Therefore, we rely on a broad spectrum in the composition of our community. From manufacturing companies, to enablers in digitalization, to companies that deal with the topic of networked, adaptive production on additional levels, we are always looking for new interested members.

How can my company collborate with ICNAP?

In ICNAP we are working on solutions for networked, adaptive production together with our community members. To benefit from our wide range of services, an annual membership in ICNAP is required. As a member it is possible to work on your own use cases and questions within our studies. Furthermore, our working groups are discussing current challenges and preparing solutions. Our regular community meetings offer the ideal platform to get in contact with the other partners and to stay up to date on the current results of ICNAP.

How can my company benefit from ICNAP?

In ICNAP, experts from the Fraunhofer-Institutes work together with companies in the community on practical challenges in networked, adaptive production. This results in prototypes and procedures that can be directly applied in your company. You benefit from the exchange with users and solution providers, but also with the scientists of Fraunhofer, so you are always involved in the latest developments. This strengthens your competencies and competitive position. Furthermore, there are many other connecting points to activities on a bilateral or multilateral level, for example in publicly funded research projects, or individual R&D projects.

What services does ICNAP offer?

The foundation of our services are annual studies, continuous working groups, and four community meetings throughout the year. Our members benefit from a wide range of services, the content of which is shaped by the community and its requirements. Thus, the community determines the content of the studies and actively shapes the working groups. Our meetings also sometimes take place at partner companies, so that there are always new impulses for our own work.


  • Four one-and-a-half-day community meetings in Aachen and at member companies
  • Keynote speeches on current results and developments in the ICNAP focus areas
  • Presentation of results of studies and working groups
  • Definition and selection of new working group and study topics
  • Moderated forums on trending topics
  • Discussion panels and networking

Annual Studies

  • Joint identification of potential topics for studies by Fraunhofer and the community in the focus areas of ICNAP
  • Selection of studies by the community
  • Development of the studies by Fraunhofer
  • Validation through use cases of the community
  • Presentation, discussion and further development of interim results in three milestone meetings

Ongoing Working Groups

  • Seven industry working groups, one for each of the seven ICNAP focus topics
  • Discussion of current issues, challenges, developments and trends in each focus topic
  • Joint development of study proposals
  • Work on Whitepapers

Regular Newsletter

  • Regular newsletter with reports on current results and developments around ICNAP:
  • Results and developments in ICNAP focus topics.
  • Results from research

Hackathon & Techathon

  • Organization of a joint hackathon or techathon over two days
  • Development of creative solutions for problems from the community by students from Aachen and the surrounding area

Access to Infrastructure

  • Access to our ICNAP platform with various digital services
  • Access to production data from cross-industry pilot lines
  • Access to our Fraunhofer Edge Cloud and can work with selected datasets and apps

Public Funding

  • Identification of potential research topics and project partners
  • Identification of available public funding opportunities (e.g. BMBF, BMWi, EU, EFRE)
  • Collaboration in application and project processing

Community Exchange Platform

  • Online platform for community members
  • Mutual exchange of needs, problems, and solutions of community members
  • Access to all ICNAP results and events


Seminars & Trainings

  • Training and seminar offers on the ICNAP focus topics
  • Lectures and workshops with Fraunhofer experts
  • Practical presentation of contents through demonstrators on the store floor

How can I become a member of ICNAP?

We are always looking for new members and therefore open for any contact. Become active and use the contact options to talk to us directly about joining the ICNAP community. We will be happy to enter into an exchange with you about concrete potentials for you and your company.

Our Community Partners

Denso Corporation Ericsson AB German Edge Cloud GmbH & Co. KG GF Machining Solutions – Georg Fischer AG
iconPro GmbH IHI Corporation Keysight Technlogies Deutschland GmbH MARPOSS Monitoring Solutions GmbH
MBDA Deutschland GmbH Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. ModuleWorks GmbH MTU Aero Engines
Panasonic Corporation Qualcomm Incorporated QCT Quanta Cloud Technology Reuschlaw Legal Consultants
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG Southern Denmark University Siemens AG Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
Swissbit AG Viaccess-orca ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions (IQS)