The wbk (Institute of Production Science) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with its nearly 100 employees is related to the Faculty of Mechanics.
The three departments Manufacturing and Material Engineering, Machines, Equipment and Process Automation and Production systems, directed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Volker Schulze, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gisela Lanza, focus on applied research, education and innovation in production science at the KIT.
Besides the research activities in the classic areas of mechanical and plant engineering, the wbk puts the emphasis on developing production science for enabling technologies such as energy engineering, medical engineering, electric mobility and photovoltaic systems. On one hand, the Institute analyses how classic production technologies and systems can be applied to new materials and on the other hand, it conducts research in up-scaling manufacturing processes and designing future factories and their networks.
With its modern and comprehensive equipment, the wbk offers its scientific employees and students excellent conditions for theoretical and experimental research work. The aim is to communicate the inclusive understanding of processes related to plants and automation as well as networking factories.
In cooperation and joint projects with industrial partners, the wbk develops solutions for various topics in production engineering and, with a particular view to the future, also works on methods and processes for the production of tomorrow.