Modern Production Engineering Through Applied Research

Across the world and for many decades now the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University has stood for successful and forward-thinking research in the area of production engineering. In eight different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production.

From the goal of wishing to cover the entire spectrum of production technology from one source, we have a broad working field which focuses on the business areas of development and design, quality management, organisation, work preparation, production and assembly as well as control and automation.

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four Professors: Christian Brecher (Machine Tools, Assembly Technology, Excellence Cluster, Gear Engineering), Thomas Bergs (Manufacturing Technology, Gear Technology), Robert Schmitt (Production Metrology and Quality Management) and Günther Schuh (Production Engineering). The managing director of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering changes on a rotational basis every three years.

Our Institute

Modern Production Technology based on Practical Research


WZL‘s main task is to provide practice-oriented qualification and teaching of highly qualified engineers. The results of research projects' findings are directly incorporated into the teaching which is therefore always up-to-date. As one of Europe's largest universities, RWTH Aachen offers an excellent environment for comprehensive and interdisciplinary studies.


Research at WZL is characterized by close cooperation between the various disciplines and a balanced mix of basic research and application-oriented development.
In general, the researchers and a wide variety of industrial companies perform jointly. This ensures that research results are quickly transferred into operational practice.


Together with industrial partners from various sectors, the WZL develops solutions for a wide range of production issues in publicly funded and bilateral research projects. These activities are consolidated on the RWTH Aachen Campus at the Production Engineering Cluster.
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WZL Facts and Figures




Professorial chairs


Years of experience
in machine tools


Offered academic courses

Industrial Working Group
Precision Manufacturing of Large Components

Development of standards

Together with the members of the working group a guideline "Acceptance tests for coordinate measurements on machine tools according to ISO 10360" is being worked on, in which the developed methods and supplementary procedures are clearly summarized.

On-Machine Measurements &
fast calibration

One way to short quality control loops is shifting of quality controls into the production process, for example the ability of machine tools to carry out dimensional component measurements. An enabling technology are fast tests for positioning accuracy assessment.

Thermal influences
on large parts

Development of a methodology for heat balancing in order to thermally monitor the systems "workpiece" and "machine" before, during and after machining. The results help to estimate the thermal influence and to implement countermeasures.

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