The research of the PZS covers the entire range of manufacturing technologies with a focus on the following cross-institute topics.

  • Machining Processes for Lightweight Materials
  • Lightweight Manufacturing Machines
  • Lightweight Components
  • Lightweight Production Materials
  • Subsystems, -structures for Lightweight Construction

  • Composite and Hybrid Materials
  • Wood, Wood-based Materials
  • Plastics
  • Metal
  • Ceramics
  • Textile/Fabrics
  • Classical Processes
  • Non-conventional Processes
  • Hybrid Processes
  • Photonic Engineering
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Highly Dynamic Systems
  • Soft Structures (Resource Efficiency)
  • Function Integration, Control, Functionality
  • Subsystems, -structures for Lightweight Construction
  • Flexible Added-Value Systems
  • Development of Resource-efficient Machines and Production Means
  • Planning of Resource-efficient Production Systems
  • Resource-efficient Operation of Production Systems
  • Efficient Design of Machines up to the Physical Limit
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Recovery (Recuperation)
  • Industrial Smart Grids
  • Resource-efficient Products
  • Cyber-physical Systems
  • Internet, Plug-in, Cloud Computing
  • Machine-Tool Communication
  • Condition Monitoring through Sensors
  • Autonomy of Machines
  • Automated Maintenance
  • Control Technology and Automated Driverless Transport Systems
  • Scale-independent non-destructive measurement technology
  • Optimization of in-house logistics
  • Order Management and Lean Management / Indirect


  • Development of Driverless Transport Systems
  • Logistics Simulation
  • Planning of Logistics Systems
  • Picking



Research Contact

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Rainer Gadow

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. mult.

Vice Managing Director

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