Members Community

The European 4.0 Transformation Center (E4TC) offers technology vendors and manufacturing companies a unique platform for long-term membership and cooperation:

E4TC’s partner portfolio consists of renowned research institutes and long-standing members of RWTH Aachen Campus – technology vendors or manufacturing companies focusing on digital transformation in their respective areas of expertise. The E4TC bundles and integrates their capabilities and transformational know-how.

Atlas Copco Tools Central Europe

Atlas Copco Tools Central Europe GmbH is part of the Industrial Technique business area of the Atlas Copco Group. Being a pioneer in the field of Smart Connected Assembly they supply intelligent solutions towards economic, secure and ergonomic manufacturing processes to a widest variety of industries. Committed to sustainable productivity.


Bossard is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, and among the market leaders in fastening technology in Europe, America, and Asia-Pacific, with a successful history of over 180 years. Bossard offers the full range of fastening elements, application engineering and consulting services to optimize production and assembly processes, as well as customer logistics solutions for C-parts management.

Demonstrationsfabrik Aachen

The Demonstration Factory is a core element of the Cluster Smart Logistics on RWTH Aachen Campus, and aims at a tight linkage of industrial practice, research and professional education. The offering includes prototype and pre-series production, as well as joint research projects about Industrie 4.0 in a real industrial setting.


EPLAN develops CAx, configuration and mechatronic solutions and advises companies in the optimization of their engineering processes. Standardised procedures, automated sequences and consistent workflows are key improvement levers. EPLAN provides custom concepts for system implementation, installation and smooth integration into the IT/PLM landscape – based on standard engineering solutions.


FIR is a non-profit, intersectoral research institution concerned with business organization and corporate development with the aim to establish the organizational basis for the digitally integrated company of the future, covering service management, information management, production management and business transformation. FIR offers attractive and demanding professional education programs for experts and managers.

Fraunhofer IPT

IPT develops systems solutions for production. We focus on the topics of process technology, production machines, production quality and metrology as well as technology management. Our clients and cooperation partners represent all fields of industry: from aerospace technology to the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as tool and die making companies and the precision mechanics, optics and machine tool industries.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is an industry leading technology company that provides leading Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to serve manufacturing, logistics, energy production, and other industries. HPE is accelerating the digital transformation of industries by bringing compute power closer to where assets, machines and people generate data, reducing latency, increasing security, delivering real-time insights for better and faster decisions.


For more than 60 years, Liebherr stands for a large, continually developing range of sophisticated products and services. Exceptionally practical, seasoned and proven engineering as well as a consistently high quality level ensure customer benefits in all product areas, which include Aerospace and transportation systems, Components, Construction machines, Gear cutting technology and automation, Maritime cranes, Material handling technology, Mining, Mobile and crawler cranes, as well as Refrigeration and freezing.

Lorch Schweißtechnik

Lorch Schweißtechnik GmbH is a leading manufacturer of electric arc welding systems for industrial applications, metalworking, partially automated solutions and robot automation systems. For 60 years, Lorch’s premium quality systems have been manufactured in Germany at one of the world’s most cutting-edge manufacturing plants for welding equipment and exported to more than 60 countries. The welding equipment engineered by Lorch merges first-rate suitability for real-world applications with superior ease of use and outstanding efficiency, setting new technological standards in the marketplace.


Running for 120 years as a family business, Miele is a leading premium brand of household appliances for the kitchen, laundry and floor care as well as appliances for use in commercial businesses and medical facilities. Miele offers its customers products that set standards in durability, performance, ease of use, energy efficiency, design and service.


PTC is a global technology provider of the leading IoT and AR platform and field-proven solutions (CAD, PLM, Requirements Management, Service Lifecycle Management) that transform how companies create, operate and service products. PTC has over 28,000 customers world-wide.


WZLforum offers seminars and workshops covering state-of-the-art and the most innovative developments in production management based on the work of the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, Complexity Management Academy and Lean Enterprise Institute.