WZL hosts this year's Annual Congress of WGP


The Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University held this year’s Annual Congress of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktionstechnik WGP for the second time in a row. The two-day congress unites around 75 speakers from all production-engineering institutes in Germany. Various sessions offer the opportunity to take part in lectures given by the present speakers.


The awarding of the Otto-Kienzle commemorative coin to Dr.-Ing. also marked the first day. Frederik Zanger from the wbk Institute for Production Technology of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT. The Otto-Kienzle commemorative coin is awarded annually by the WGP to young scientists who have achieved outstanding achievements in the field of Manufacturing Technology. Zanger receives the award for his research on the combination of machining processes with mechanical surface treatment.

After the award ceremony, the presentations of the sessions determined the congress. The topics covered included machines and data of the future, assembly and production systems, material and manufacturing systems, product development and resource efficiency or production of the future. The presentations of the both congress days were supplemented by the presentation of the Best Paper of the individual sessions. The best of the previously submitted papers were presented and discussed individually.

The four leading professors Christian Brecher, Thomas Bergs, Robert Schmitt and Günther Schuh, among others, who also actively participated in the various technical discussions, led the subsequent sessions. An evening event with the keynote speech by Prof. Will van der Asten concluded the first day of the congress.

The second day was again dominated by various presentations in the five sessions. Furthermore, the participants had the opportunity of a guided tour through the WZL and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering IPT. Prof. Schmitt took the opportunity to present the four chairs Manufacturing Technology, Machine Tools, Production Engineering and Production Metrology and Quality Management, which are part of the new Production Engineering Cluster. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to gain an insight into the hall of the Chair of Production Metrology and Quality Management, MARS. Here, group leader Christoph Storm and Benjamin Montavon, among others, explained various processes and research projects that are located in the hall.