30th Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium on September 22 and 23



Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bergs

Managing Director


+49 241 80 27401





Markus Meurer, M.Sc.



+49 241 80 28040


  AWK 2017 at the Eurogress Copyright: © WZL

Turning Data into Sustainability – Securing Future Competitiveness by Sustainable and Resilient Production

With the effects of the Corona pandemic hitting many manufacturing companies and changing the global economy in the long term, once again trend-setting questions are arising around the future of production technology: What is the value of the variety of recorded data for manufacturing companies today? How can algorithms and analyses be used to make reliable forecasts in order to gain end-to-end control over production and thus be able to operate efficiently and profitably as well as sustainably? How can German and European companies remain competitive in the long term?

Under the guiding theme of “Turning Data into Sustainability,” the 30th AWK on September 22 and 23, 2021, will show how manufacturing companies can use on-demand data collection and machine learning to achieve rapid, error-free improvements in serial production, and how they can thereby produce in a resilient and sustainable manner. The aim is to enable them to deal successfully with drastic crises and to be able to operate profitably again in a short time. At the same time, the entrepreneurial view of the future is to be sharpened so that the production turnaround towards sustainable productivity can be accomplished. Due to the changed requirements of the capital market, from a purely financial orientation to a holistic view of sustainability, the concept of productivity must be redefined. The Aachen model of the Internet of Production (IoP) can support this process towards a sustainable and emission-free production of the future.

AWK’21: Hybrid Information Hub for Production Technology Trends

In addition to the face-to-face event, there will be a premiere at the 30th AWK: besides the analog event at the Aachen Eurogress, there will also be digital transmission of large parts of the event program for the first time. An online platform will ensure that not only the participants on site in Aachen, but also a worldwide audience of experts can attend the event, irrespective of possible continuing travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

AWK´21 Session Topics

  • Architecture of a Networked, Adaptive Production
  • Digital twins in the Production Cycle
  • Data Sciences in Production
  • Sustainable Productivity


About the Conference

Experience top-class keynote speakers, an international industry exhibition, institute tours and breakout sessions on the success stories of Industry 4.0, focusing on how the value of technological and economic innovations can be measured, exploited and implemented in terms of more sustainable production in the future.

The traditional conference aims to present and reflect on the latest developments in production technology. Thus, it is both a network meeting and an information hub: in exchange with more than 1,000 participants from different disciplines and fields, a lecture program featuring top-class speakers and tours of the hosting research institutions, AWK’21 offers a unique insight into trends in applied research and development in industry and science.


Plenary Speakers

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katja Windt, SMS group GmbH
  • Lars Wagner, MTU Aero Engines AG
  • Ola Rollén, Hexagon AB
  • Dr.-Ing. Stefan Spindler, Schaeffler AG
  • Ronnie Leten, Ericsson
  • Dr.-Ing. Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Trumpf
  • Dr. Christina Reuter, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
  • Saori Dubourg, BASF
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