Research cooperations

inpro has an extensive network of highly competent partners in science and industry.
We participate in publicly funded collaborative research projects with partners from science and industry, and this allows us to build new competencies and provides valuable stimuli for inpro’s innovation work.  Why not work with us and become our cooperation partner?

inpro has been or is involved in the following projects:

DigitalTwins can make industrial production processes more efficient, flexible and sustainable. We have already been able to demonstrate the benefits of DigitalTwins for automotive production in numerous projects.

In the new research project FertiRob, we now want to use the potential of DigitalTwins for the automated production and assembly of stacks and electrolysers for hydrogen production together with our project partners in the sub-project “Simulation models as part of the digital product twin” (funding code: 03HY113N, duration: 04/2021 to 03/2025).

FertiRob is a sub-project of the BMBF lead project H2Giga. We are looking forward to an exciting collaboration with our partners ABB, Automation W+R GmbH, Autoproc, Boll Automation GmbH, EKS InTec GmbH, ESSERT, FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co. KG, IBG Automation GmbH, ISRA VISION, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), let’s dev GmbH & Co. KG, Ruhr University Bochum, RIF and Schmalz.

With a view to the large-scale suitability of hybrid materials with integral connections in primary components, the question of how to deal with the different linear expansions of the materials used when heat is introduced is still unresolved. To research this open question, inpro started in April 2020 together with the partners Otto Fuchs KG, INVENT GmbH, DDP Specialty Products Germany GmbH & Co. KG and TÜV Süd Product Service GmbH as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Stability and System Reliability (LBF ) the BMBF-funded joint research project “Design and optimization of hybrid connections with special consideration of the different thermal expansions of the material partners – GOHybrid”. The overall goal of the joint research project is to reduce stresses in the integral hybrid connection made of metal and fiber composite plastic (FRP) by means of design, material selection and construction in such a way that a relevant lightweight construction potential can be tapped. As a result of this project, a significant increase in the marketability and the industrial application of hybrid materials in primary components is expected.

In the BMBF-funded project “Integrated implementation of hybrid construction methods in series production – hypro”, a process chain (physical and virtual) for fibre-composite plastic-metal hybrid structures is being set up, which, due to its practical relevance, shows a competitive way of using hybrid materials in industrial applications. The core of this process chain is a flexible production cell using injection moulding combination technology, which allows a versatile and fully automated plasma-based pretreatment of a wide range of metallic materials before the subsequent direct injection moulding of thermoplastics. The continuous inline acquisition of process data in the tailored plant, tool and handling technology provides a comprehensive database for process analysis. Digitizing hybrid structures in development, characterization and production and combining real and simulation data enables calculation-supported non-destructive inline quality assurance and the prediction of component properties. Based on the virtual representation of the process chain, methods for the efficient design and layout of hybrid structures are developed. A total of ten partners are involved in the joint project, which started on May, 2020. Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG, Bamberg is project coordinator.


The aim of the joint research project “DigiBody – Digital Process Chain for the Illustration and Optimization of Joining Technology in Body-in-White” started in April and funded by the BMWi is to be able to predict the quality of bonded joints in components subjected to complex loads with the aid of digital models. For virtual, cost-effective process optimization, the interactions of real production, product and operating information are taken into account. The intention is to increase the degree of accuracy in the simulation of manufacturing processes for the early digital validation of vehicle design statuses. This enables a minimization of the mechanically joined connections, up to the vision of a completely bonded bodyshell. inpro is responsible within the research association for the simulative assurance of the dimensional accuracy of the folding process.


This EU project aims at a breakthrough in modeling of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). These steels are increasingly being used within the automotive industry but have a challenging forming behavior. An extremely fast crystal plasticity code will be used to derive macroscopically observable anisotropic plastic properties from complex 3D artificial multi-phase microstructures. This will be directly coupled to efficient Multi-Scale code, leading to numerically very efficient state-of-the-art models for forming processes of dual-phase steels. The resultant multi-scale material model will be demonstrated for realistic microstructures in an industrial FE-Code to predict product properties after forming of a large automotive part.


Language of control technology for Industry 4.0

Development of laser-based joining technologies for dissimilar lightweight construction

Collaborative project: resource-efficient hybrid construction for lightweight car bodies

Collaborative project: manufacturing and recycling strategies for electro mobility for recycling of lightweight structures in fibre-reinforced plastic hybrid construction

Collaborative project: integral production of hybrid lightweight sandwich structures in particle foam composite moulding for high volumes

In the research project PROLEI, construction methods with plastic-metal hybrid composites are qualified for industrial series production.