ICTM Aachen

Joint Initiative to Speed-up Innovations in Turbomachinery Industry

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ICTM Partner Community

The ICTM Partner Community is a workgroup of industry partners and R&D institutions of the ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing in Aachen.

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Collaborative R&D 2019

Collaborative R&D projects are selected by the ICTM partner community during the annual meetings to create high synergies and significant benefits in particular for pre-competitive issues.

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ICTM Conference 2021 – Save the Date

The 6th ICTM Conference in Aachen will take place on February 24–25, 2021.

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ICTM Academy

The ICTM Academy offers an advanced training program dedicated to turbomachinery manufacturing and repair.

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ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing in Aachen

Turbomachinery is a key enabler to increase efficiency and to reduce emissions for multiple applications such as aeronautics, power generation, oil and gas production or in the automotive industry.

Aim of the ICTM Aachen is to speed up technological innovations and to transfer them into industrial applications. It employs the full technology portfolio of all of its members to provide excellent R&D for turbomachinery manufacturing.

The ICTM Aachen offers an integrated and interdisciplinary platform which focuses on production and repair technologies primarily, providing R&D solutions in the full range of competencies of the participating research institutes. As turbomachinery manufacturing is a highly interdisciplinary market the ICTM Aachen will also pursue R&D approaches geared to design trends and the use of advanced materials.

The ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing in Aachen was founded as a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL of the RWTH Aachen University as well as the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP of the RWTH Aachen University. 


Two partners joined the ICTM Aachen Community in 2020

News/ 2020-01-30

We welcome Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH and Baker Hughes Company as new industry partners at ICTM Aachen. 

We are looking forward to working with you!

Three new partners strengthen the ICTM Aachen

News/ 2019-04-05

With our new partners GE Avio S.r.l., Pratt & Whitney and TYROLIT Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski KG, we are expanding our knowledge in the manufacturing of engine components as well as know-how in grinding technology.

We welcome our new partners to the ICTM Community and look forward to working with them!

Turbomachinery manufacturing – getting the balance between environmental protection and productivity

Press Release/ 2019-03-14

A new term was coined recently at the “5th Conference of the ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing Aachen”, which was held on February 6 and 7, 2019. Some 200 participants from 18 countries discussed the best ways to achieve an “ecolonomic” form of turbomachinery manufacturing and deployment – in other words one that reduces both their cost and environmental impact.  

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ICTM Conference 2019: "Digitalization and sustainability are boosting turbomachinery manufacture"

Press Release/ 2019-02-25

Over 200 experts from 18 countries converged in Aachen 6-7 February for the fifth conference of the ICTM International Center for Turbomachinery Manufacturing Aachen. Speakers from some of the leading companies in the sector reported on current developments and future-oriented technologies for the manufacture and uses of turbomachines and their components in aerospace and power generation.

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ICTM Conference 2019 in Aachen: Digitalization emerges as a leading-edge engineering trend for turbomachinery construction

Press Release/ 2018-12-11

Digitalization of the production process has allowed turbomachinery components to be manufactured more efficiently than ever before: The core question to be addressed at what is now the fifth ICTM Conference to take place 6 and 7 February 2019 in Aachen and hosted by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Laser Technology ILT and for Production Technology IPT is “How do high levels of data consistency, continuity and availability along with more robust processes and greater production transparency result in a more economically efficient process chain?” Online enrolment for conference attendance is now open and there is an early-bird discount for bookings made by 17 December 2018.

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ICTM Conference 2019: Program and registration are online!

Information / 2018-11-06

Digital production is a strong enabler to increase efficiency in manufacturing turbomachinery components. By fostering a high level of data consistency, continuity and availability, more robust processes as well as higher transparency can be obtained leading to increased economic process chains and proof of certification in the future. Additionally, combining approaches of Industrie 4.0 and process-specific develop- ments will open up new opportunities for manufacturing complex turbomachinery components.

This year‘s ICTM Conference will deal with interdisciplinary approaches as well as the development of manufacturing processes to enhance efficiency in production and repair as well as increase lifetime of modern turbomachinery components.

Aachen is a leading competence center of excellence for application-oriented turbomachinery manufacturing. In recent years, multiple industrial cooperations were initiated and enhanced. At the conference, you will be able to see latest developments presented by experts from industry and research. We are looking forward to meeting you at the ICTM Conference 2019 in Aachen.

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3D-Printing: Support structures to prevent vibrations in post-processing operations for thin-walled parts

Press release / 2018-07-11

One of the main features of additive manufacturing processes such as 3D-printing is that the complexity of the component shapes it produces, is virtually unlimited. However, high surface quality in metallic components can frequently be achieved only via milling or grinding finishing operations. Milling operations conducted on thin-walled parts in particular often cause vibrations which impact negatively on part accuracy and on machining time. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen will be presenting special-purpose support structures which can eliminate these vibrations in post-processing operations at Farnborough International Airshow from 16 – 22 July 2018.

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Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Heinen

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

Phone +49 241 8904-443

Fax +49 241 8904-6443

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Dipl.-Ing. Torsten Moll

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8904-272

Fax +49 241 8904-6272