The Fraunhofer‐Gesellschaft is Germany's leading organization of applied research, maintaining at present 60 Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany. A staff of some 17000, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of over 1.6 billion Euros.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) is one of the largest Fraunhofer institutes develops solutions for organizational and technological functions in the production sector of industrial companies.
The activities conducted by the department of robot systems encompass all the subjects connected with robot deployment and automatable production processes, as well as the development of robot systems and their key components. Examples are the development of new processes, high‐dynamics sensor‐actor applications and production cell set ups. A wide range of development tools, laboratories and testing facilities are available.