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IPEK konzipiert und entwickelt Weiterbildungsangebot im Bereich Leichtbau - Konstruktion und Auslegung

Das IPEK konzipiert und entwickelt im Auftrag der Landesagentur für Elektromobilität und Brennstoffzellentechnologie Baden-Württemberg ein Weiterbildungsangebot im Bereich Leichtbau - Konstruktion und Auslegung für Ingenieure und Entscheidungsträger.

Das dreitägige Seminar vermittelt Grundlagen zur Entwicklung von Leichtbausystemen - von der Ermittlung von Leichtbaupotentialen im Gesamtsystem, über den richtigen Materialeinsatz, bis hin zur optimalen Materialausnutzung in Einzelkomponenten.

Das Seminar findet zum ersten Mal statt im Zeitraum von 18.09.2012 bis 20.09.2012. Bei Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an Herrn Benjamin Hessenauer.

Deutsch Chinesisches Treffen Elektromobilität
Meeting of Sino-German Network on Electric Mobility at the Hannover Fair

The Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Annette Schavan and the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Prof. Wan Gang kicked-off a scientific initiative for development of electric mobility at the Hannover fair on April 23rd. IPEK presented a cooperation project with TU Berlin, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), and Tongji University from Shanghai about development methods for electrical drivetrain systems for global market.

Technical Drawing
Exam in Machine Design on 31 March 2012

On Saturday, 31 March 2012 the exam in machine design takes place.

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KIT presents CFK rim at Hannover Messe

The first carbon-rim of KIT was realized within a cooperation project between KA-RaceIng and IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering. The engineering activities initially included the analysis of different concepts. The engineering phase has been continued in greater depth using the best concept. Thereby, the main focus was the optimization of the rim shape and the lay-up. Prototypes have been manufactured with the help of sponsors, so that the previous aluminum rim from the preceding year could be replaced. As a consequence, a weight reduction of 2.5 kg per rim was possible. The carbon-rim will be exhibited in the ‘Solutions Area Leichtbau’ (Hall 6, Booth B30) at the Hannover Messe 2012 (23 - 27 April).

Students give impetus to the industry

Practical teaching is central in the "Integrated Product Development" at the IPEK: In the closing ceremony on 17th February 42 selcted students presented their new product solutions for the sheet metal processing. Project partner this year was TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG.


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Project start IN² - from INformation to INnovation

On 1 March 2012, the project IN² started - from INformation to INnovation. The goal is to develop systematically innovation through methods and knowledge management. IN² is one of thirteen funded collaborative projects, which arose at the 30th announcement of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), "Developing innovative products efficiently".

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GETLUB 2012 – The lubricant as design element!

28/29 March 2012 the second GETLUB congress about the integrated world of optimised lubrication in drive trains will be held in Würzburg. Specialists from research and industry, users and manufacturers compare notes round the topic of lubrication for two days. We'll be there - you too? 


ARMAR at the Cebit

In hall 26 stand G33 at this year's Cebit the robots ARMAR III and his successor ARMAR IV, which were developed with the participation of the IPEK, were presented. While at the joint stand of KIT and FZI ARMAR III completed his kitchen tasks routinly , his successor ARMAR IV was also presented for the first time.

The IPEK is participating in trendsetting technology for electric mobility

New battery concepts are to help the electic mobility for their area-wide breakthrough. The IPEK participates in the development of this key technology in the concrete technical system and in the development methodologies (product development & validation).


Link to the video of "Project Future"



Successful procedure of the CAE workshop

In winter semester 2011/2012 the always well visited CAE workshop took place at the IPEK. The feedback of the students was supremely positive again. The suggestions of the students for the advancement  of the event will be regarded on the next event. We want to thank you for your constructive notes.

The test results will be announced on 12 march 2012.


"Product development in practice" - The fuel cell in car not without a humidifier

In the third and last lecture of the seminar series "Product development in practice" on 17 january 2012 in winter semester 2011/12,  the fuel cell in car was presented and the necessity of a humidifier was shown.

Thomas Schmitt
Thomas Schmitt successfully completes the final examination

Our former apprentice Thomas Schmitt completed his apprenticeship on january 24, 2012 as industrial mechanic with great success and now he supports our IPEK workshop team as a skilled worker.

„Best paper award” of ICSEEM 2011 goes to IPEK

The International Association of Engineers (IAENG) has awarded the paper with the title "Interdisciplinary Functional Systems Modeling Approach Applied for Hybrid Powertrain Development" as best paper of the International Conference on Systems Engineering and Engineering Management 2011.

To the publications of IPEK

Tobias Düser bei der Preisverleihung
Dr.-Ing. Tobias Düser has won the „Young Drive Experts Award 2011“

Within the frameowrk of the International CTI Symposium "Innovative automobile-transmission and Hybrid & Electric drive" the "Young Drive Experts Award" was awarded for the third time.

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„Product development in practice" - Virtual product development

In the second lecture of the seminar series "Product development in practice" the topic aboout virtual product development was in focus. Herr Dipl.-Ing. Bernd Hapke authorized officer from TECOSIM Technische Simulation GmbH visited IPEK on 13 december 2011

IP Final event 2012

In winter semester 2011/12 42 selected students have tackled a task with the topic "Development of innovations in processes round the manufactoring of blank sheets wiht focus on 2D laser machines" with our project partner TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG. They will present their amazing  solutions on the final event which take place on 17 February 2012 and at the following "Get-Together" they will gladly allocate for your questions and discussions together with the IPEK team. To take part at the final event an announcement is requiered.

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Powertrain in the loop: IPEK inaugurates a new test bench

The powertrain in the loop test bench procured under the Excellence Initiative allows the institute's scientists to investigate advanced ways of developing complex conventional and alternative drive systems and sub-systems.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Kuhn
IPEK mourns the loss of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Kuhn

The IPEK – Institute of Product Engineering – at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) mourns the loss of

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Kuhn

who died on 15 November 2011 at the age of 79.

Up until 1997 Prof. Kuhn held the Chair of General Machine Design. In Peter Kuhn we have lost a scientific mentor, good friend and patron of the institute.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife and relatives.

On behalf of the IPEK team

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. A. Albers

Dr.-Ing. Mirko Mebold becomes Professor of Product Development and Engineering Design at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Dr. Mirko Meboldt – former member of the scientific staff at IPEK and PhD student of Professor Albers – has been appointed Professor of Product Development and Engineering Design at ETH Zurich. He came out on top in a globally advertised selection process and attributes this largely to the extensive skills in research, teaching and management acquired under the research assistant program at IPEK.

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IPEK at the technology day 2011 of e-mobilBW - The best prerequisite for electric mobility

Minister Theresia Bauer acquainted herself at first hand about KIT's exhibited demonstrator of electric vehicles, which was designed and built primarily by IPEK within the framework of the Competence E research project.

Carl-Benz memorial lecture 2011

The KIT centre for mobility systems invites all interested parties to the Carl-Benz lecture on 24 November.

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"Product development in practice" - New shape-determining manufacturing method for lightweight construction - use of electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT)

Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Kallee, sales manager at PSTproducts GmbH, stood in for Dr. Pasquale as a guest at IPEK on 8 November in the series of seminars "Product development in practice" of the IPEK (Institute of Product Engineering) held in cooperation with the EKV (design, construction and sales) working party of the VDI (German association of engineers). The title of his lecture was: "New shape-determining manufacturing method for lightweight construction - use of electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT)".

Auftakt geraetekonstruktion
Inaugural event for device design lecture

The inaugural lecture "Device design" from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Matthiesen at the IPEK Institute of Product Engineering took place on 17 October 2011. In this semester, twenty chosen students learn for the first time how to build equipment and evolve design strategies using real examples from industry. A central role in this regard is played by diverse hand-operated example appliances which unite the different engineering disciplines. In the associated project work, students are able to try out devices, analyse design implementation and learn how to develop them further. 

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WiGeP Logo
1st general meeting of the WiGeP

The first general meeting of the Scientific Association for Product Development WiGeP - Berliner Kreis & WGMK took place in Paderborn on 29 September 2011. Besides intensive scientific dialogue, the formation of the specialist groups and WiGeP's executive board were the key elements of the first general meeting. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers, head of IPEK – the Institute of Product Engineering at KIT, will lead and represent WiGeP in the coming three years as chairman of the board and head of the specialist group "Product development methods and processes".

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Inaugural event for the main subject "Integrated product development 2011/12"

The inaugural event for the main subject "Integrated product development 2011" took place on 10 October 2011 at this year's project partner TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG in Ditzingen. Through guided tours and lectures, the 42 chosen students gained an insight into the technologies, products and structures of the TRUMPF GmbH. At the focus of the inaugural event was the announcement of this year's task to be accomplished: "The development of innovative technologies for sheet metal processing".

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IPEK will receive state promotional finance for electric mobility from 2011 until 2015

As part of the state initiative for electric mobility, the state of Baden-Württemberg is promoting collaboration between academia and industry with 2.5 million euros in the period 2011 to 2015. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is also benefiting from this, with the IPEK - Institute of Product Engineering having a significant involvement. IPEK together with another KIT institute, four Fraunhofer institutes (ISI, ICT, IOSB and IWM) and numerous partners from industry forms the "Regional ECO Mobility 2030 - REM 2030" innovation cluster. By virtue of its expertise in the research fields "Drive system engineering" and "Methods- and Process development", IPEK is firmly anchored in the innovation cluster.  




Authors from IPEK have contributed to many chapters in the "Manual of lightweight construction"

The manual of lightweight construction (Hanser Verlag) will be available from 1 September 2011. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers, head of the IPEK Institute of Product Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) along with IPEK employees participated in the production of the approximately 1,000 page manual including chapters such as "The product development process", "Virtual product development" or "Lightweight system construction".

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Das Elektrorennfahrzeug KIT11e auf dem Rollenprüfstand
KA-RaceIng tests the performance of the KIT 11e on the IPEK acoustic roller test bench

On 2 August 2011 KIT's formula student racing team tested their new electric racing vehicle KIT11e on the IPEK acoustic roller test bench with Vehicle in the loop technology. This included carrying out a measurement of performance to determine the status quo of the KIT11e.
IPEK has for some time supported the team in various areas, from development and construction of new and innovative components through to test bench trials, and is also pleased to act as a technical point of contact.


Accolades for the best machine design students

Students have been awarded accolades once again this year for particularly outstanding project work in the workshops for lectures on the study of machine design 3 and 4. 

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Prof. A. Albers welcomes interns from North America

Interns J. Maragh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, S. Sanders from the University of Calgary, Canada and M. Whitzer from Drexel University, USA were welcomed to IPEK by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Albers. For three months they will support the research work of the friction systems group and the robotics project group.

Open day 2011

KIT held an open day on 2 July 2011 at Campus East under the slogan "The future of mobility". A report from the IPEK's standpoint can be found here.


Prof. Albers
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Albers on the AFT e.V. position on the financing of university teaching

What is the way forward with the financing of university teaching? Anja Schreiber spoke with AFT's president Prof. Dr.-lng. Dr. h.c. Albert Albers. The interview can be found here.


Excursion to TRUMPF

The IPEK made an excursion to TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen Co. KG in Ditzingen on 19 July 2011. A brief overview of TRUMPF  and the essential data about the excursion can be found here.


Exkursion VOITH
Excursion to VOITH

A full-day excursion to VOITH took place on 17 June. VOITH is active in the paper, energy, mobility and service sectors. VOITH Paper was a partner of IP in 2010/11. A brief overview of VOITH and the essential data about the excursion can be found here.


IPEK at the 4th Graz symposium Virtual vehicle


The 4th Graz symposium "Virtual vehicle – ViF" took place from 12 to 13 May. http://www.gsvf.at/cms/ 

During the two-day symposium, questions were discussed about the early design phase of vehicles and the use of virtual techniques in the product development process. The IPEK was represented by Prof. Albers and presented the integrated approach to research as well as research work having regard to the established IPEK-XiL approach (x in the loop). An enhancement by the automated optimisation of several vehicle sub-systems in parallel was also presented for the first time. The research work at the IPEK attracted a lot of interest and lively discussions in the context of new approaches to future development processes. The feedback from science and industry underlines the chosen integrated approach to research for the development of complex mechatronic products, in this instance with a particular focus on the vehicle drive train.

Badische Neueste Nachrichten
Spin-off iuvaris in the Badische Neueste Nachrichten (newspaper)

The spin-off iuvaris  was featured on 12 April 2011 in an article in the scientific section of the Badische Neueste Nachrichten. Read the article here.

Iuvaris is currently developing an intelligent pen to assist in the diagnosis and therapy of graphomotoric dysfunction, especially in children. Together with partners, iuvaris wants to individually support the children afflicted, doctors and therapists. It aims to cater for the needs of children as well as those of doctors and therapists.

More information can be found at www.iuvaris.de  .


1/7/2010 - Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Matthiesen strengthens IPEK's team

After 7 years in industry where he was responsible for design and development, Dr.-Ing. Sven Matthiesen has returned to the IPEK. He takes over the professorship for equipment design in order to establish a further new research area at the IPEK. At the same time, Prof. Matthiesen is going to contribute to the institute's diverse courses, especially those that involve machine design.

We are very pleased to have Sven Matthiesen back in the team again and look forward to our common future.