During the EMO Hannover, the WGP organises the “Production for Tomorrow” symposium on 21st September 2017. Eight speakers from renowned WGP-Institutes will present the production of tomorrow. Their speeches will not so much focus on the digitalisation and networking aspect but instead focus on the classic technology. In this way, the scientist set a counterpoint to the WGP-special exhibition “industry 4.0 area”, which will be open during the EMO Hannover.



What:         WGP-Symposium
When:        19th September 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where:       EMO Hannover 2017, Convention Center CC, Room 3B
Language:  English
Cost:           185 Euro, before 18th of August 155 Euro



Words of Welcome

Energy transition, electro-mobility, medical products – in all fields of a modern-day society, there is a need for high-precision mechanical parts and components, all of which have to be produced on machine tools. Digitisation of the company, horizontal and vertical networking of the machines concerned, these will be vital steps towards the production operation of the future. This notwithstanding, the attention currently centred on the topic of Industry 4.0 should not result in our overlooking the numerous innovations being introduced in conventional technologies – especially since networking as such is at present coming up against the limits of the possible much too often and at too many points. Innovations in the fields of metrology, drive technology or laser-beam sources are steadily upgrading the quality of machine tools in regard to precision, availability, efficiency and productivity.

The German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP), a grouping of leading German mechanical-engineering professors, is responsively attuned to ongoing developments, not only in terms of Industry 4.0, but also and particularly in regard to technological innovations for machine tool components, tools and automation concepts.

With our symposium entitled “Production for Tomorrow”, we are – in contrast to the industry 4.0 area special show – quite deliberately aiming to guide the focus of attention to precisely those innovations which independently of the networking concept will guarantee the high-end quality of machine tools for many years to come.

My hope is that you will gain some inspiring insights into tomorrow’s technology and enjoy some fruitful discussions as you progress your own networking within the context of the WGP’s symposium.


Prof. Eberhard Abele
President of WGP


09:30     Registration / Get-Together


10:00     Keynote
Production Engineering 2025 – Challenges and opportunities
Prof. Eberhard Abele, President of the WGP

Mashine technique

10:30     Intelligent machine components for the production of tomorrow
Prof. Hans-Christian Möhring, Institute for Machine Tools (IfW), Stuttgart

10:55     Next Level Testing of PLC Code for Machine Tool Controls
Karl Kübler, Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), Stuttgart

11:20     New approaches for pushing the limits of machine tools
Berend Denkena, Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW), Hannover

12:00     Coffee Break


High efficient manufacturing processes

12:20     Novel drilling tools for industrial applications
Prof. Jan C. Aurich, Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Production Systems (FBK), Kaiserslautern

12:45     Hybrid machining strategy for high-performance milling of difficult-to-cut materials
Christopher Praetzas, Institute for Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW), Darmstadt

13:10     High speed ultra-precision manufacturing
Dr. Lars Schönemann, Foundation Institute for Material Technology (IWT), Bremen

13:35     Continuous Production Line for Multifunctional Bifurcated Sheet Metal Profiles
Stefan Köhler, Institute for Production Engineering and Forming Machines (PtU),  Darmstadt

Networking Lunch 13:35