Modern production engineering through applied research at the WZL


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 and innovation in the area of production engineering. In six different work areas, research activities not only relate to fundamental theories and findings but also to the application of findings in an industrial context. These activities are being consolidated on the RWTH Aachen Campus in the Production Engineering Cluster. Furthermore, practical solutions are worked out for the purposes of rationalising production.

The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering is headed by four professors: Christian Brecher, Fritz Klocke, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh.

The institute directors of the WZL

from left to right: Prof. Dr.-Ing Robert Schmitt (production metrology and quality management),
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing E.h. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Fritz Klocke (
manufacturing technology, gear technology),
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh (
production systems, production managementt),
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher (machine tools, excellence cluster, gear technology, assembly technology)