Meeting Fraunhofer experts at IMTS 2018

Would you like to make an appointment with our experts at the Fraunhofer booth?

Many thanks for your interest in visiting Fraunhofer at IMTS. You will find us in Chicago at McCormick Place, East Building, Level 2, booth No. 121815.

In order to enable you to plan your visit more effectively, you can arrange a specific meeting time with the person you wish to speak to. Please get in touch directly by e-mail.

Here is a list of our experts and their specialist fields, of whom some will also be giving presentations.

Thomas Hilzbrich

Thomas Hilzbrich

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA

Project Leader Autonomous Production Optimization

  • Machine learning for optimizing manufacturing line efficiency
  • Automated fault diagnosis in manufacturing lines
  • Analysis of manufacturing processes based on PLC data
  • High-speed data acquisition (PLC) 


"AI-based production optimization for interlinked manufacturing process chains: autonomous production optimization"
Tuesday, September 11th, 11.00 – 11.20 a.m.
Venue: Solutions Theater 

Prof. Thomas Knothe

Prof. Dr.-Ing.  Thomas Knothe

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK

  • Modular shopfloor IT for configuring and executing customer order specific manufacturing processes
  • Enterprise model based configuration of the production network across the entire automation pyramid
  • Model based industry cockpit


"Modular shopfloor IT interconnects heterogenous digital twins"
Tuesday, September 11th, 12.30 – 12.50 a.m.
Venue: Solutions Theater 

Karsten Rachut

Karsten Rachut

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC

Innovative approaches to the recycling of magnetic materials for e-mobility and other industrial applications:

  • Recycling technologies for end-of-life permanent magnets and post-industrial scrap
  • Manufacturing processes, development of optimized methods for the production of sintered magnets or hot-deformed magnets
  • Substitution of critical elements (in particular rare earths)
  • Resource strategies for magnetic materials
  • Analytics of permanent magnets
  • Powder metallurgy

Prof. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum

Prof. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum

Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Digital (photonic) production
  • Individualized products
  • Agile development
  • Materials & design
(only present on September 11th + 12th)


"Digital photonic production – perspectives on tomorrow’s world of individualized & smart industrial products"
Expert session "Smart Manufacturing" hosted by VDMA
Wednesday, September 12th, 10.00 – 12.00 a.m.
Venue: Solutions Theater 

Prof. Wilfried Sihn

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Sihn

Fraunhofer Austria

  • Industrie 4.0
  • Smart maintenance
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Industrial Data Science


"Future of maintenance  knowledge-based and data-driven maintenance strategies"
Expert session "Smart Manufacturing" hosted by VDMA
Wednesday, September 12th, 10.00 – 12.00 a.m.
Venue: Solutions Theater