Person at a test bench © Copyright: AWK Verein, Foto: Foto Studio Strauch

The Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium (AWK) is both: a networking event and an information hub. Traditionally, participants from a wide range of disciplines meet every three years in Aachen to exchange ideas about the production of tomorrow.


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Working Groups


The WZL currently maintains close contact and exchange with the industry in 17 working groups and thus offers a forum for a lively exchange of experience.

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CNC Competence Centre

CNC Competence Centre © Copyright: WZL/Winandy

The CNC Competence Centre is part of WZL's internal test bench production and specializes in the individual production of highly complex turned and milled parts.


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Consortium Benchmarks

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Consortium benchmarking is a concept for integrating proven success patterns into your own company within a very short time.


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Digital in NRW: Competence for SMEs

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Since the beginning of 2016, "Digital in NRW - Competencies for SMEs" has been successfully supporting medium-sized companies in the field of digitisation. The Federal Ministry of Economics (BMWi) has approved an extension of the competence center, which is part of the funding initiative "Mittelstand 4.0 - Digital Production and Work Processes", until 2020. During the two-year funding period, innovative topics of digitalization are planned.




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