How can future technical systems be developed efficiently and securely?

This is the key question that the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM, which has been the newest institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since January 2017, is working on.

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Advanced Systems Engineering for intelligent technical systems

Systems Engineering has the potential to incorporate diverse subject areas and aspects by focusing on the multidisciplinary system and including the entirety of all development activities. We want to exploit this potential by further enhancing Systems Engineering regarding effective and efficient development of intelligent technical systems.

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Expertise for intelligent mechatronics

Fraunhofer IEM provides expertise in intelligent mechatronics to organizations in the context of industry 4.0.

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Our Research Departments


Control Engineering

We provide solutions for the challenges that result from increasing complexity in mechatronic systems. We use model-based design methods for the control, automation and optimization of intelligent technical systems.


Product Engineering

Intelligent technical systems and industry 4.0 start with product engineering and are based on excellent engineering achievements. For us, product engineering is a holistic process ranging from potential analysis, innovative product ideas to series production taking the entire product life cycle into account.


Software Engineering

In the competence field software engineering, we develop processes, methods and tools to develop high-quality software-intensive systems. Software increasingly penetrates into technical systems such as in mechanical and plant engineering, automation technology or in the mobility and transport sector: The innovative features of these systems are already based primarily on software. This will continue to increase in the future. The quality of offered products and services will therefore largely depend on the quality of the software.

Our range of services

  • X-in-the-Loop development and test environments
  • Modeling, simulation and virtualization
  • Intelligently controlled manufacturing machines
  • Technology planning
  • Mechatronic system description
  • Prevention against piracy
  • Augmented Reality in industrial application
  • Integrated mechatronic systems through 3D-MID
  • Performance enhancement via Virtual Prototyping & Simulation
  • Pattern-based requirement specifications
  • Software architecture
  • Customized integration of engineering tools

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM

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