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Bio-Medical Engineering Cluster

The Bio-Medical Engineering Cluster specializes in the research and development of integrative methods and products for diagnostics and therapy. Experts from the areas of science and industry are developing innovations for

  • Clinical and experimental imaging,
  • Image-guided therapy,
  • Organ support,
  • Personal healthcare,
  • Tissue engineering,
  • Personalized medical technology and
  • Pharmaceutical product development.

Cardiovascular, pulmonary and tumor-related diseases are on the rise in an ageing population. The demand rises for

  • Implants,
  • Intelligent organ support systems and
  • Pharmaceutical therapy with minimal side effects.

Purely technical solutions have their limits in terms of functionality and lifecycle. The combination of traditional engineering sciences with biological, production and IT know-how is resulting in bio-hybrid medical systems, e.g. cell-coated implants or organ-supporting systems for heart and lungs.

Institutes from the faculties of mechanical engineering, electro technology, mathematics, physical science and medicine at RWTH Aachen University deliver specific methods and technologies.

Sustainable Energy Cluster

The objective of the Sustainable Energy Cluster is increased energy efficiency and a switchover to sustainable energy generation. One of the key methods applied is the interconnection of the various energy networks (electricity, gas and heat) with decentralized infeeds. This method is known as “smart grid” (for electricity).

Resource-friendly energy generation is explored in terms of need, economy and social aspects. In terms of technology, research is directed at the various basic disciplines, e.g. in terms of

  • new materials for thermal insulation in intelligent facades or
  • new semiconductor structures for energy conversion technology (power electronics, phase change materials).
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Fexible Electrical Networks

The Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN) Research Campus investigates the role of DC technology in grid expansion. The goals are the research and development of flexible, efficient and secure DC power grids for the energy supply of the future (energy transition) and the securing of a sustainable, climate-friendly energy supply of the future at affordable costs.

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E.ON Energy Research Center

The increasing use of renewable energy resources, in particular their rapidly increasing share of electricity generation in Europe, calls for rapid and reliable adaptation and modernization of the infrastructure. The complexity of this project is reflected in the mission statement of the E.ON Energy Research Center. It has the objective to develop a comprehensive understanding of how sustainable energy supply can be realized. In line with the mission statement, E.ON ERC focuses its research on the topics of energy saving, energy efficiency and sustainable energy supply.

Photonics Cluster

The Photonics Cluster specializes in the research and development of processes for the generation, formation and use of light. Specifically, light is researched as a tool for industrial production. In comparison with other tools, a laser beam can be dosed and controlled with extreme precision.

Experts describe the laser beam as the only tool that works at a speed similar to that of a computer. The functions of a laser printer is based on the same principle and demonstrates the future potential of highly energized laser beams in industrial production. From Bits to Photons to Atoms boldly describes the paradigm of this future production directly from digital data. Some of the applications envisaged in the future include

  • the laser-based manufacture of function and resource-optimized metal-based parts manufactured by 3D printers or
  • large-area micro-structuring of function surfaces with high performance short-pulse lasers (photovoltaics, OLED, friction and wear-optimized surfaces).

Digital photonic production allows the direct manufacture of virtually any parts or products. Technologies that were invented over a decade ago for rapid prototyping are developing into rapid manufacturing processes for the direct production of functional parts. Rapid manufacturing processes are currently tested in initial pilot systems in automotive construction and for industrial serial production in aeronautics. The tool light is playing a central role here because of its unique properties.

The following centers form the key research areas in the Photonics Cluster:

Center Digital Photonic Production (DPP)

The research campus DPP offers its partners from science and industry a common place for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Due to the spatial proximity not only the transfer of explicit knowledge takes place: Also implicit knowledge, such as procedures, methods and culture promote the innovative research work for Digital Photonic Production.

ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing

The ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing on the RWTH Aachen Campus, pools resources and facilitates industry access to the Additive Manufacturing expertise of leading scientific and research institutions.

The ACAM is the one-stop-shop for Additive Manufacturing, covering the entire process chain, from design stage through to quality control and focuses on topics such as process chain automation, the development of customized materials, increasing productivity and reducing turnaround times.

Additionally, the ACAM offers opportunities for joint research and development, a sophisticated training and education program, as well as an online platform enabling industry members to build business connections and exchange practical knowledge.

Production Engineering Cluster

With a gross ground area of 32,000 m² and an investment volume of around 60 million euros, the Production Engineering Cluster is the largest cluster on the RWTH Aachen Campus so far. Up to 800 scientists and experts from industry will do research in the building. The cluster is one of Europe’s largest research laboratories for production engineering and Industry 4.0 applications.

WBA Tooling Academy

The WBA is the central contact for questions in the tool and die industry worldwide. At the centre of WBA’s activities are customer-oriented industry consulting, tailor-made further education as well as innovative research and development in the own demonstration tool shop.

Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL)

The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) is the transformation of lightweight design in mass production through strict interdisciplinary collaboration between the material science and production technology for the implementation of process chains suitable for mass production.   This will be carried out in close cooperation with the existing lightweight activities of the RWTH Aachen University.

INC Invention Center

The INC Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen Campus is your first point of contact for fast and customer-oriented transformation of ideas into innovations. To this end, we offer an established network of experts and bring you together with suitable research and industry partners. Innovative in a different way: Become a World Class Innovator with us – we accompany your innovation process from the technology and innovation strategy to the prototype.

Complexity Management Academy

The Complexity Management Academy sets a clear statement not only by the headquarters choice: RWTH Aachen Campus – a place for exchange between industry and research that develops to be one of Europe’s largest research landscapes. Here, the aspirations “Best in Practice” and “Best in Research” are directly linked. The Complexity Management Academy meets the aspiration “Best in Education” for competence building in complexity management with a wide range of events. The focus is on the mix of theory and case studies from the practice.

Ramp-Up Factory

The RampUp-Factory focuses on the cost-effective and flexible production of electric vehicles. In particular, the RampUp-Factory addresses the reduction of ramp-up and industrialization times.
By providing a flexibly rentable infrastructure, developers, producers or suppliers can find themselves in the ideal environment to enable components or vehicles to be mass produced under conditions similar to series production.

Heavy-Duty Drives Cluster

The Heavy Duty Drives Cluster conducts research and development projects in drive technology systems. The objective here is the consideration of complete systems and the deployment behavior of the individual components within the complete system.

The central research topic is drivetrains for wind energy systems and construction machinery. The development work focuses on improved reliability and energy efficiency of the individual components and the system as a whole. In the area of wind energy systems, one major focus lies on the development and validation of simulation models for electrical and mechanical components, as well as their aggregation into one model of the overall system.

The following centers form the key research areas in the Heavy Duty Drives Cluster:

Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD)

With the foundation of the Center for Wind Power Drives (CWD) another milestone in the research of wind turbines is set in Aachen. The Center is equipped with an innovative 4MW-WindTurbine-system test rig. RWTH Aachen University thus strengthening the research efforts in the field of onshore wind turbines.

The CWD navigates and organises the interdisciplinary research activities at RWTH Aachen University in the area of WT drive train systems. These research activities contain both fundamental scientific analyses and pre-competitive research and development projects.

Center for Mobile Machinery (CMM)

The Center for Mobile Machinery (CMM) is an interdisciplinary association of university institutes and businesses for pre-competitive research and testing of key technologies in the field of mobile machinery.

In the future, construction and agricultural machines will work autonomously and will be interconnected. New software solutions and automation processes change the way in which humans and machines interact and lead to optimal capacity utilization and increased productivity. In addition, efficient drive technology and flexibly configurable design reduce usage costs and are environ-mentally friendly. This vision allows for current challenges owing to continuously increasing demand for food and tilling and cultivating of fields, ongoing urbanization and construction projects arising from this, as well as increasingly strict legal conditions pertaining to environmental protection and workload. To overcome these challenges, a holistic approach and optimization of all actors and processes involved in value creation are required. Continuously progressing digitalization and the fusion of the real and virtual worlds as so-called cyber-physical systems offer great potential to this end, while at the same time demanding fundamental adjustment of the entire industry. For this reason, the Center for Mobile Machinery aims to develop and test holistically key technologies required in the future for mobile machinery.

Smart Logistics Cluster

The objective of the Smart Logistics Cluster ist to make it possible for our industrial partners to experience complex interrelations in logistics, production and services.

The name affix “Smart” illustrates that value chains are viewed from a holistic perspective in the cluster. For this purpose, the totality of intra- and intercompany flows of goods, services and information is examined.

Center Smart Services

No development affects the way we live and work as strongly as the digital transformation. Nearly every day, ideas and business models are created that either threaten established companies or face them with completely new challenges. Smart Services play a key role here. As a member of the Smart Services Center, you can benefit from our infrastructures and future projects that show you how the Internet of Things transforms into an “Internet of everything” and so complete new service and business models for your company get possible.

Centers Connected Industry

The Center Connected Industry pursues the goal of directly transforming the new technologies and possibilities of the Internet of Things into productive benefits through early evaluation and testing.

  • Networked digitization – exploring, recognizing and realizing potentials
  • Competitive advantages through innovative use of technology
  • Joint research and development in industrial consortia
  • Comprehensive innovation processes with engaged partners
  • Application-oriented development of new solutions
  • Presentation of own competences in an innovative test-bed
  • Data-driven process analysis and optimization

Center Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Resource Planning has to be taken literally and goes beyond the classic ERP concept insofar as it concerns the entire resource and personnel allocation in companies and thus the further development of all operational application systems. The overall objective of the center as an interest group is to increase the efficiency in the control of companies. The focus is on operational application systems that are used from top to bottom enterprise level to support and optimize business processes. In a unique demonstration environment, innovative concepts for the use and further development of operational application systems are piloted and tested as demonstrators. This is done interdisciplinarily and in intensive exchange between providers and users as well as technology providers and the project engineers in the center. How agility is created by regulation is made clear in the center.

Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center

The Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center is aimed at manufacturing companies that are facing the digital transformation as well as at companies that support this transformation. Because the question today is not whether a company should transform itself, but how it can shape this digital transformation.

European 4.0 Transformation Center

We offer manufacturing companies a direct perspective and an efficient way to realizing their own agile digital transformation. The European 4.0 Transformation Center (E4TC) is a unique platform combining hands-on implementation at e.GO Mobile AG and cross-discipline integration of capabilities and experiences on RWTH Aachen Campus.

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Innovation Factory

Businesses get to implement innovations better, faster and leaner at the Innovation Factory. The unique ecosystem of RWTH Aachen Campus makes that possible. Academia and industry work together closely, which allows them to tap previously unimagined potential.