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Application Center Industrie 4.0             Applikationszentrum Industrie 4.0         

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Contact Data


Fraunhofer IPA

Year Established



Allmandring 35, 70569, Stuttgart (Germany)


Contact information

Petra Foith-Förster
+49 711 970-1978



The Application Center Industrie 4.0 is an innovation environment that belongs to Fraunhofer IPA. It is used to conduct research on Industrie 4.0 applications, as well as to further develop them to meet requirements. Companies may use the center as a testing environment for their own projects, or for joint research and development projects. Today’s demonstrators are already showing how cyber-physical systems can be implemented in manufacturing. Generative manufacturing technologies and real-time simulations are also demonstrated. 

The Application Center Industrie 4.0 pursues the following objectives:

  • To establish Industrie 4.0 in small and medium-sized enterprises
  • To conduct joint research on showcases and scenarios
  • To develop and test needs-based solutions
  • To transmit knowledge via workshops and seminars

Fraunhofer IPA is always searching for companies to realize innovative projects. The scientists from IPA also have extensive knowledge in selecting suitable funding possibilities and projects formats. 

The Application Center Industrie 4.0 receives funding from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment and Housing.

Das Applikationszentrum Industrie 4.0 des Fraunhofer IPA ist eine Innovationsumgebung, in der Unternehmen und Wissenschaftler gemeinsam Industrie-4.0-Anwendungen erforschen und bedarfsgerecht weiterentwickeln. Industrieunternehmen können es als Testumgebung für eigene und gemeinsame Forschung und Entwicklungen nutzen. Demonstratoren zeigen schon heute wie sich cyberphysische Systeme in der Produktion einsetzen lassen. Zu sehen sind auch additive Produktionstechnologien und echtzeitnahe Simulationen.

Das vom Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Wohnungsbau Baden-Württemberg geförderte Projekt verfolgt folgende Ziele:

  • Industrie 4.0 in kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen etablieren
  •  Gemeinsam Showcases und Szenarien erforschen
  • Lösungen bedarfsgerechte entwickeln und erproben
  • Durch Schulungen und Trainings Wissen vermitteln

Das Fraunhofer IPA sucht stetig Unternehmen, die mit uns innovative Projektvorhaben realisieren. Weiterhin verfügen die IPA-Wissenschaftler über Expertise bei der Auswahl geeigneter Möglichkeiten zur Förderung und geeigneter Projektformate.

Entwickeln Sie mit uns Industrie-4.0-Lösungen:

  • Strategische Kooperation
  • Projektspezifische Beauftragung
  • Testumgebung

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the German national initiatives for digitising industry, Industry 4.0, Mittelstand 4.0 and Autonomik for Industrie 4.0.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Informative exchange of knowledge and experience

  • Cooperation in the context of common discussions, workshops and seminars

Strategic cooperations

  • Long-term and intensive cooperation for the development of unique solutions for the factory of the future
  • Close cooperation between research and industry for the development of innovative solutions with a scientific foundation and an industrial pragmatism
  • Intensive and mutual transfer of knowledge, experience and competence
  • Access to an excellent infrastructure and an extensive pool of highly experienced experts

Project-specific assignment of the Fraunhofer IPA

  • Clear work order with pre-defined results


Organizational form

Project (formalized end time)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope



  • National basic research funding

Technological competences

  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
Last updated: 01/09/18 10:04