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As a certified manufacturer of steel structures for the entire construction sector, AK Anatol covers the entire vertical range of manufacture in-house. In addition to the manufacturing processes of cutting and joining, the company has expertise and tools for powder coating of such steel structures. Since its foundation in 2004, the company has established itself on the market as a system supplier with know-how in the production of constructions with different materials. Due to the excellent links to the research landscape, AK Anatol has access to the latest findings and state-of-the-art technologies. The company from Zary supports the network on the one hand with its wide range of production and on the other hand as a partner in projects for optimization and substitution of conventional production technologies.

ARC Solutions GmbH

ARC Solutions GmbH s a software system house for development, manufacturing, standardization and maintenance oriented towards the success of its customers. In trusting partnership with their customers, they design integrated, future-proof solutions for the product lifecycle (PLM) including strategic parts and master data management. To this end, standard systems from leading providers such as Siemens PLM Software are linked with the company's own REMARC series products.As a service provider to the manufacturing industry, ARC Solutions has a high level of expertise in the use, management and linking of product-relevant data. This is always a challenge when introducing and efficiently using virtual technologies. ARC Solutions GmbH is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001.

BEWA Spółka z o. o. Spółka Komandytowa

Through the company BEWA, founded in 1993, the network receives professional support in the field of concrete elements and the corresponding production processes. Due to the complex requirements of the process chain starting with the mixing of the concrete, the production of the reinforcements and the final processing (cutting, drilling, cutting to size), the company is available with a lot of process knowledge along the value-added chain. Thus, the product portfolio also includes plants for the separation of rainwater and technologically used water as well as for the treatment of domestic and commercial waste water. The company's clientele includes private and governmental players who, in addition to comprehensive individual technical advice, also appreciate the functionality, originality, durability and, last but not least, the aesthetics of the products and services provided.

BMF GmbH - Bernstein Mechanische Fertigung

The BMF GmbH is specialized in the production, especially milling, turning and grinding, of individual parts, small series and prototypes. Highly qualified employees use the most modern machines to implement individual customer wishes in a production-ready manner. In addition, the company offers innovative blasting systems in its service portfolio. These enable uniform and reproducible surface structures with minimal technical and energy input. The central blast wheel with the patented blade geometry throws the blasting medium against the components located on a satellite image. The workpieces are moved on a conical orbit around the rotating blast wheel. This novel arrangement of the functional elements and their kinematics (superimposition of rotary and swivel movements) result in the surfaces of the parts to be processed being blasted uniformly, thus achieving an optimum surface quality.

Comline Elektronik Elektrotechnik GmbH

Comline Elektronik Elektrotechnik GmbH develops and manufactures innovative solutions for vehicle wiring and on-board electronics. In addition, Comline Elektronik supplies well thought-out complete solutions in the field of electronics, from small series to large batch sizes. Since 2013, the Comline Sensor Systems division has added miniaturized MIR spectrometers for a wide range of applications in the fields of oil condition diagnostics, medical, environmental and process measurement technology to the portfolio. The innovative "IRSphinx" series sets new standards in the field of hand-held MIR spectrometers. The small, portable IRSphinx from Comline enables robust measurements in the particularly significant mid-infrared range (MIR) with a wavelength between 5.5-11 µm without moving parts. The measurement can be performed directly in process chains or on-site at machines. The system can be calibrated for a wide variety of substances and thus several parameters can be determined from one spectrum (multimeter-capable).

DeSonic GmbH

The DeSonic GmbH based in Chemnitz is a manufacturer of ultrasonic cleaning systems and aqueous-based cleaning systems in standard and special plant construction. From ultrasonic generators to fully automated cleaning lines, the company serves everything from a single source and from its own production and builds on innovative systems for optimal operation and control. The various services, such as rental, cleaning, equipment and maintenance service complete the company portfolio.

Dr. Binde Ingenieure, Design & Engineering GmbH

As an experienced partner, Dr. Binde Ingenieure, Design & Engineering GmbH has stood for innovative product developments and services in the field of CAE for more than 20 years. As a specialist in the field of "Predictive Engineering", the company offers its services around MKS, FEM, CFD and EMAG analyses. Furthermore, the know-how is transferred to customers within the scope of consulting and training and they are supported in the integration of innovative technologies into the existing design process. As specialists for Siemens Simcenter and the modules Simcenter Pre/Post and Motion Simulation, Dr. Binde Ingenieure, Design & Engineering GmbH offers its entire competence and performance for calculation and simulation tasks with a focus on linear and non-linear structural analysis, electromagnetic, thermal and flow calculation and kinematic/dynamic simulation.

EDC Electronic Design Chemnitz GmbH

As a medium-sized company with its headquarters on the Smart Systems Campus in Chemnitz, EDC Electronic Design Chemnitz GmbH sees itself as a partner for the development and production of customer-specific electronic solutions from integrated circuits to machine control. It offers its customers modular development platforms in the fields of automation, fieldbus, drive control technology, visualization and IC design, which significantly reduce development risks and costs with a maximum of flexibility. In the age of Industry 4.0, modern machines and plants must integrate themselves into a complex process and data structure and at the same time meet the highest level of efficiency and reliability. EDC Electronic Design Chemnitz GmbH brings these aspects together cost-effectively for innovative ideas of its customers and designs optimally coordinated software solutions.

In addition to customer-specific hardware development such as the creation of complex electronics, development of control electronics based on modular processor platforms, integration of modern IoT interfaces as well as retro-fit solutions and much more, the company's portfolio of competencies also includes the development of customized software systems with hardware-related firmware development for sensor, control and regulation electronics, application-specific software with adapted user interfaces, implementation of network-compatible client and server applications.

EKF Automation GmbH

The EKF Automation GmbH, founded in 1991 in Dresden, has stood for innovative solutions and design challenges in the fields of automation, robotics and special machine construction for three decades and has since developed into a company with almost 60 employees. As an ISO 9001 certified company, you bring your skills and experience in the field of production lines and robot cells to the network. These include the planning and conception, but also the technical realization including manufacturing and assembly as well as the commissioning of the complex manufacturing and assembly processes and the corresponding service.

Flender GmbH

The Flender GmbH is one of the leading suppliers of gearboxes, industrial couplings and additional components for gearbox peripherals. The company embodies comprehensive know-how in all areas of mechanical drive technology. As a Siemens subsidiary, Flender GmbH combines the process reliability and stability of a global corporation with the customer proximity and pragmatic approach of a medium-sized company. The plant in Penig, with its wide range and depth of production, acts as a test field for new Industry 4.0 technologies within the network and is available for consultation.

Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU)

The Fraunhofer IWU conducts research on the development of production systems, machines and components and their peripheral areas. The focus is primarily on problems arising from the increasing demands on productivity, manufacturing accuracy, flexibility and energy and resource efficiency in developments in mechanical and plant engineering. The research activities of the Machine Tools Department are focused on the development of particularly economical high-performance machines for metal cutting under consideration of increasing digitalization. A special field of activity at IWU is the machining robot and the mechanical piezo-based surface hammering. Its portfolio covers process chain development with the topics market analysis, process chain investigation, process optimization and development of manufacturing concepts.

GBZ Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG

The GBZ Mannheim GmbH & Co. KG is an established manufacturer of inductors, cutting tools, tools for processing cables and plastic pipes. Tools as well as spare parts are designed, developed and manufactured for a wide range of applications in mechanical engineering. The company has technological expertise and customer contacts in numerous industries such as the printing industry, energy supply, automotive, their supplier industry.

GKN Driveline Deutschland GmbH

GKN is an international engineering company divided into three business units: GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Aerospace. With 22,000 employees, GKN Driveline Deutschland GmbH is a leading global supplier of driveline systems and solutions to the automotive industry. As a global supplier to leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of driveline systems from the smallest, ultra-low-cost passenger car to the most sophisticated premium vehicle. The Mosel site provides the network with a renowned OEM partner with a wide range of manufacturing expertise and breadth.

H+E Produktentwicklung GmbH

The H+E Produktentwicklung GmbH offers solutions for various industries as an engineering service provider and contract manufacturer. These include, among others, tool and mould making, appliance, household and medical technology, aerospace, automotive and special machine construction. The portfolio of H+E GmbH includes research and development, simulation, prototype production, post-processing, testing and documentation. Thereby, manufacturing processes for the machining and additive component production are combined. The network partner has comprehensive knowledge of post-processing and surface refinement of additively manufactured components. The close exchange with end customers as well as with manufacturing partners, especially in the field of surface finishing and coating, enables a deep understanding of criteria regarding suitable geometric quantities (units of measurement) as well as their determination with appropriate measuring equipment in the industrial environment.

Hegewald & Peschke Meß- und Prüftechnik GmbH

The company Hegewald & Peschke Meß- und Prüftechnik GmbH has been developing, producing and selling high-quality machines, systems and software solutions for materials, parts and component testing since 1990. The focus is on the realization of customer-specific solutions in the field of mechanical and electronic testing. For the physical quantities force and length, including temperature measurement, a complete engineering service is offered for the development and production of measuring and testing technology. The range of solutions provided extends from the highly sensitive testing of thin layers and micro-components under temperature and climatic impact, through classical materials testing, to the testing of components at maximum forces of 1,000 kN. For each of these applications, the software package tailored to the testing problem is supplied from our own development. The company Hegewald & Peschke Meß- und Prüftechnik GmbH has developed into a manufacturer of its own machines up to the conception and implementation of automated testing systems. In the fields of construction, electrical engineering and software development, Hegewald & Peschke Meß- und Prüftechnik GmbH maintains close cooperation with universities such as the Technical University of Chemnitz as well as Fraunhofer and Leibniz institutes.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

The Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has set itself the goal of shaping the digital future of the printing press industry. The portfolio includes products for prepress, press and postpress, consumables and software solutions. The special competence of the company lies in the creation of a smart overall system consisting of equipment, software, service and consumables. Around 11,500 employees work together with sales partners at 250 locations in 170 countries to meet customer-specific requirements. The company's location in Brandenburg an der Havel supports the network especially in technical and technological questions in the field of metal-cutting mass production with the supporting auxiliary processes and provides know-how in process and machine monitoring.

University of Applied Sciences Mittweida

The University of Mittweida with its 150-year history is centrally located in Saxony. The Faculty of Engineering is one of the five faculties of the university. In addition to the professors and staff, the versatile equipped laboratories are an important basis for the high quality teaching and research of the faculty. The faculty's teaching and research areas are in the field of digital production as well as product and process development. A significant part of the research of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences is carried out by the professorship Factory automation. This is where the competencies lie, for example, in the work areas:

  • Automation technology,
  • Hydraulics und Pneumatics as well as
  • Robotics,
which are brought into the cooperation network META.


The company HSC-Solutions is a service provider with the core competence hardware, software and consulting. The development of suitable network solutions, the acquisition of data with mobile devices and the company's own ERP as well as the provision of consulting services are just a few examples of their portfolio. Especially in the areas of data management, data banks and data analysis, hsc-solutions offers complete solutions for database-oriented software, starting with the draft, design and implementation. In addition, it supports customers in data modeling, performance optimization and necessary data migrations. For this purpose, hsc-solutions can rely on many years of experience with well-known DB systems such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.

Lehmann UMT GmbH

As a small medium-sized family business in mechanical engineering based in Vogtland, Saxony, LEHMANN-UMT GmbH develops and manufactures complete plants as well as components of individual conveyor and filter technology and offers a range of services from customer advice, customer-specific development and production/assembly to service and maintenance. Its portfolio offers a large selection of state-of-the-art filter plants and systems for the respective application. One example of this is the vacuum suction filter, which cleans liquids such as coolant or process water by suction without filter aids. It can be used in a wide range of applications, such as grinding, turning, drilling, milling, lapping or graphite machining.

MAVEG Maschinen-Vertriebs-Gesellschaft mbH

An extensive portfolio in the field of metal-cutting machine tools and cleaning systems, their service and sales characterizes MAVEG Maschinen-Vertriebs-Gesellschaft mbH. The relevant business units in the network are the cleaning systems, which are developed and manufactured in our own production facilities. The company MAVEG Maschinen-Vertriebs-Gesellschaft mbH continues to support the network with user know-how and knowledge of the market.

novajet GmbH

The Novajet GmbH offers as an innovative start-up company novel technology in the field of water jet technology. Machine tools are developed, built and serviced over the entire service life of the plant, which are based on the suspension jet. The development of series production as well as special solutions is carried out. In addition to the portfolio of Novajet GmbH, contract manufacturing is offered.

pro-beam systems GmbH

The pro-beam systems GmbH is considered to be a worldwide leading company in the field of electron beam and laser beam technology. In particular, the company offers electron beam welding and drilling as well as surface coating. The service portfolio ranges from contract manufacturing at pro-beam to the development of a customer-specific system. pro-beam also sees itself as a partner in the development of economical manufacturing processes.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Lang, the Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry in the fields of basic research (transition metal complex chemistry, organometallic chemistry), industrial application (vapor phase deposition, spin-on and spray coating processes, joining technology, nanomaterials, homogeneous catalysis, chemical sensors, water analysis and treatment) and the synthesis and analysis of pure substances and mixtures in the application field of inorganic and organometallic chemistry.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship of Management Accounting and Control

The teaching and research area of the Professorship of Management Accounting and Control comprises strategic management as well as investment calculation and management. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Prof. h. c. Uwe Götze, research and teaching is conducted in the areas of cost accounting, cost management and cost-oriented product development. Furthermore, controlling as well as general management techniques are among the research fields of the Chair of Business Administration III. In the network, the work content is increasingly oriented towards the cost accounting of products, processes and services that are available to companies as Industrie 4.0 technologies. The costs as well as the monetary and technological potentials are made accessible to a broad circle of interested parties by means of concrete application scenarios.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship Manufacturing Metrology

The professorship Manufacturing Metrology at TU Chemnitz researches and teaches under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Sophie Gröger in the fields of definition and metrological proof of geometric properties. The focus is on the application-oriented qualification of technical surfaces. For the realization of the intended investigations, current hardware and software is available in a broad spectrum. This includes, on the one hand, various versions of stylus instruments for contact measurement. Furthermore, optical measuring instruments for the contactless and planar recording of surfaces are available in different resolution classes down to the nanometer range and with different physical operating principles. Thereby a highly precise acquisition and evaluation of surface structures in comparison of several methods is guaranteed.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship for private law and intellectual property law

The Professorship for Private Law and Intellectual Property Law at Chemnitz University of Technology conducts research and teaches in the areas of innovation and technology law under the direction of Prof. Dr. jur. Dagmar Gesmann-Nuissl. In the area of modern technology/technology-related corporate law, we also deal with very specific and current issues at the interface of technology, innovation, economics and law, which are usually brought to us by institutions or companies.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship Composites and Material Compounds

The Professorship Composites and Material Compounds deals with the production and characterization of metal, ceramic and polymer matrix composites as well as the suitable combination of foreign material groups to innovative material composites. Further research focuses include low-heat joining processes with ultrasonic support as well as the development of brazing processes for various material combinations. The professorship has extensive expertise in the field of alloy development and metallurgy as well as extensive possibilities for material characterization. Based on this expertise, the Professorship of Composite Materials and Composite Materials will significantly support developments in the field of manufacturing process development, where alternative approaches for the structural design of compliant robot systems are being developed.

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Professorship Production systemes and -processes

A wide range of machinery, state-of-the-art robots, 3D sensor technology and interaction devices as well as best-equipped laboratories enable the Professorship Production Systems and Processes under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Dix with the experience of application-oriented projects together with industrial partners to realize future-oriented research and development tasks in the context of Industry 4.0. The Chair of Production Systems and Processes is divided into three departments: Machine Tools and Machining Technologies, Process Informatics and Virtual Production, and Control Engineering:

  • The department of Machine Tools and Machining Technologies sees itself as a designer and developer of efficient machining technologies and process chains as well as novel methods for the analysis and optimization of machine tools. Its research focus includes resource-efficient process and manufacturing design, application-oriented evaluation of machine tools and their components, and cooling (lubrication) concepts for efficient high-performance machining.
  • The division process fnformatics / virtual product development researches in an interdisciplinary team innovative, virtual techniques for application in industrial environments. The applications range from virtual reality (VR)-supported design reviews or trade fair presentations using a mobile VR system to complex industry 4.0 solutions.
  • As a competence partner for the control and regulation of mechatronic systems in research, industry and teaching, the expertise of the division of control and feedback control technology lies in the identification of mechatronic systems, the controller design under consideration of various criteria as well as in control loop performance monitoring, among others for mechatronic systems.

Uniwersytet Zielonogórski

The University of Zielona Góra is a state university, which resulted from the merger of the Politechnikum Zielona Góra and the Pedagogical University in 2001. With more than 18,000 students and 10 faculties, it is very diversified and closely linked to the regional economy through numerous partnerships. Several centres are associated with the University, such as the Science and Technology Park, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer and the Institute of Highway Technologies and Innovations. With the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the network is supported by a competent and well-connected partner that is well established in research and teaching. Thanks to its research and educational activities, the Faculty popularizes modern design, technology, educational, organizational and social solutions. The Faculty offers services ranging from the innovative application of theoretical knowledge in various fields such as mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, organization and management to sociological and social expertise. The Faculty employs highly qualified scientific staff and cooperates with numerous academic centres in Germany and abroad. As a regional market leader in scientific research and teaching in the fields of mechanical engineering, materials engineering, biomedical engineering, business administration and production engineering as well as safety engineering, the faculty trains competent specialist staff. Within the network, Uniwersytet Zielonogórski assumes the role of international coordinator and supports research in the fields of machine and process monitoring, sensor technology and machine learning. It is the direct contact for the regional Polish companies and is in close coordination with the network management at the TU Chemnitz.