About the Fraunhofer IFF

We use custom solutions to help German and foreign companies make their manufacturing smarter. We are a technology partner specialized in planning, developing, equipping and operating work, manufacturing and supply chain systems as well as their supply infrastructures. We design work systems in which humans and machines collaborate side-by-side. We combine these work systems in efficient manufacturing and supply chain systems and use smart infrastructures to connect them with each other and their environment.

Digital engineering integrated throughout product and manufacturing system life cycles is crucial. We achieve this with interoperable methods and tools as well as our expertise in robotics, testing and inspection systems, technology-based assistance and learning systems, and manufacturing and supply chain process engineering.

A technology partner to companies, we research, develop and improve technologies, systems and products from the idea to manufacturability – and implement them in companies in short time, combining our industry experience and research expertise to do so.

We thus empower companies to operate adaptively in the marketplace and to boost their manufacturing’s performance and reliability. This means that we make workplaces smarter so that they assist workers according to their skills and maintain the quality of products and processes. We organize manufacturing and supply chains to be more energy and resource efficient. We consolidate regional energy, information and communications networks to make supply smart and reliable.

Business Units

Our Business Units at a Glance.

Institute Management

Director: Prof. Julia C. Arlinghaus

Numbers, Data and Facts

The Fraunhofer IFF in Figures.

Research Network

Advisory Board

The advisory board support the institutes' management and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's executive board in an advisory capacity.