The Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) is jointly headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann who hold the Chairs of Manufacturing Technology & Process Automation as well as Sustainable Production & Life Cycle Engineering.

The Chair of Production Technologies & Process Automation of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Dröder focuses on research for current and future process chains for production. An emphasis is placed on the implementation of future production strategies that enable the production of functionalized products in flexible quantities and variants with maximum efficiency. The research areas range from the assembly and factory automation to the machining and processing of metallic materials, wood and composite materials as well as new manufacturing technologies for the integrated production of hybrid structures. Novel tool concepts and technologies are also considered.

The Chair of Sustainable Production and Life Cycle Engineering of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann focuses on energy and resource efficiency in production as well as new methods and tools to support life cycle-oriented system, product and process design. The learning factory serves as a platform for teaching methodological knowledge in training and further education as well as for testing and evaluating research prototypes in an industry-related production site.

The IWF is engaged in different "LabFactories". The "Battery LabFactory" (BLB) is located in Braunschweig and focuses on research for new process chains for the production of traction batteries and other areas of electric mobility. The Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering (PVZ) is also located in Braunschweig and focusses on the development of manufacturing processes for cost-effective, effective and personalised medicines. The "Open Hybrid LabFactory" (OHLF) research campus, which was opened in 2016, is the second location of the IWF. Here new production technologies for hybrid lightweight construction are being researched and developed together with industrial partners as part of a public private partnership.

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