Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen

RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is divided into 9 faculties. Approximately 43,700 students are enrolled in 152 courses of study. The proportion of foreign students (16 percent) substantiates the university’s international orientation. Approximately 538 professors as well as 5200 academic and 2700 non-academic colleagues work at the RWTH Aachen University. The university budget amounts to 839 million Euros of which 330 million Euros are third-party expenditures. Moreover, special fields of research, 27 graduate colleges, among them 15 founded by the German Research Foundation, 20 competence centers, 16 affiliated institutes with strong industrial alignment illustrate the university’s considerable research potential. RWTH Aachen University constantly comes in first in various university rankings.

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of Aachen University of Technology, founded in 1906, is one of the largest and most productive university institutes of its kind in Europe. With over 580 employees, the institute carries out both basic and applied research projects directly addressing the needs of industry, finding practical solutions for forward-looking and optimized production. The WZL consists of four departments; one of them is the Chair of Machine Tools. The principle goal of WZL is to cover all fields encompassed by production technology at one institute which results in a wide field of activity: research and development in organization, production, planning, design, manufacturing, assembly, quality and management. Due to the close connection to industry, companies directly benefit from the results and experience of research. A background of industrial and research experience is provided to successfully work on the project’s objectives.

The WZL has set its aim at rationalizing manufacturing processes through a balance of fundamental and application oriented research work. Based on several decades of experience in different manufacturing processes, the development of machine tools and their control systems WZL is a very fitting partner for this consortium. Furthermore, the WZL is a member of several national and international standardization committees (e.g. ISO/TC 39, capability tests for machine tools). WZL is considerably engaged in the work of different national and international working groups (e.g. WGP, CIRP) to develop new solutions to increase the performance, accuracy and flexibility of machine tools. Moreover it has gathered profound expertise in several research projects focusing on laser based manufacturing and multi-technology machining (e.g. in the project FLASH and Cluster of Excellence).