KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

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Experts for precision

For more than 20 years, the KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing has been dealing with the constantly growing problems in the machining of new materials and the increasing demands on machining, mainly in the field of grinding processes, but also in the field of unconventional machining processes (vibration and laser-assisted). In addition to research, teaching is an important area of activity, and we also offer our industrial partners from Germany and abroad the opportunity to do a doctorate, providing them with concrete and innovative solutions to practical problems.

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  • KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (I4850)

Our areas of expertise


  • Optimisation of machining production processes (geometrically indeterminate and determinate)
  • Optimisation of precision machining
  • Approaches to solving machining production and superfinishing problems for industry
  • Tool development
  • Machine tool development
  • Organisation of seminars
  • Training seminars for industry
  • Training of students, assignment and supervision of theses and student research projects
  • Awarding and supervision of doctorates
  • International contacts and cooperation with other research institutes worldwide
  • Literature research for industry partners

Our industry partners

Nowhere else in the world is there such a concentration of companies whose products require grinding and precision machining. However, the research institutes that focus on this area are located far away from our region and are based at the universities in Aachen, Bremen, Hanover, Braunschweig and Berlin. The KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing has maintained very close contacts with industrial companies for many years and offers concrete and innovative solutions for practical problems. In addition, the KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing organises regular grinding seminars lasting several days with a high practical relevance. For the members of the "Grinding Technology" working group, research is carried out in the areas requested by the partners. This usually involves solving practical problems in the machining of new materials and new requirements for ultra-fine machining.

The industrial partners show their confidence in the activities of the institute through their support and cooperation with the KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.
The KSF - Institute for Advanced Manufacturing has successfully carried out projects with the following partners in recent years:

  • Aesculap AG
  • AKE Knebel GmbH
  • ALSTOM Power Systems
  • Bärhausen GmbH & Co. KG
  • Breyer GmbH
  • Carl Zeiss
  • SMT AG
  • Dittel Messtechnik GmbH
  • Diamantgesellschaft TESCH GmbH
  • Dorfner Schleifmittelwerk GmbH
  • Elbe Schleifmittelwerk GmbH
  • ELB-Schliff Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH
  • EMAG Salach Maschinenfabrik GmbH
  • Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co.KG
  • Ernst Knoll Feinmechanik
  • FELA Leiterplattentechnik GmbH
  • Grieshaber GmbH & Co. KG
  • Haas Schleifmaschinen GmbH
  • Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hugo Kern und Liebers GmbH & Co.
  • ibg Prüfcomputer GmbH
  • Jäger-Enigneering GmbH
  • Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG
  • KWH Mirka Ltd
  • Levitec GmbH
  • LUK GmbH & Co. KG
  • MAG IAS GmbH
  • Magnetfabrik Schramberg GmbH & Co.
  • Mahle GmbH
  • Meister Abrasives AG
  • Ortlieb Präzisionssysteme GmbH
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Sick Stegmann GmbH
  • Sirona Dental Systems GmbH
  • Supfina Grieshaber GmbH & Co. KG
  • Thielenhaus Technologies GmbH
  • Trumpf Laser GmbH+Co.KG
  • Tyrolit Schleifmittelwerke Swarovski K.G
  • ZF Friedrichshafen AG
  • Zwilling J.A. Henckels AG
  • Further partners: Diamantwerkzeuge Ceratonia Diamond Business