The Institute for Manufacturing Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) of Erlangen-Nürnberg was founded in 1982 as part of the Department of Production Engineering. The overall objective of FAPS focuses on linking various sub-functions to the holistic concept of a computer-integrated factory. A special research topic is the assembly of devices with electronic and mechanical components (3-D-MID).
Research topics at the Institute are organized in three main areas that are linked conceptually and by information technology. The area of Planning and Control is influenced by the continuous progress in electronics and leads to new possibilities of interconnecting simulation, programming and control. The overall aim in the area of Production Cells and Assembly is to develop optimal system solutions with adapted automation. The challenge in the production of electronic/mechatronic components lies in the development of new high-quality technologies and system solutions.
Currently the institute has about 50 employees and possesses a combined laboratory space of over 2000 m2 at the Nuremberg and Erlangen locations. The laboratory at Erlangen is dedicated to the fields of Planning and Assembly, whereas the laboratory at Nuremberg is dedicated to electronic production purposes.
Manifold partnerships between industry and universities have been established within these research areas. This has led to several national and international cooperation projects. The relatively high share of external sponsorship for research projects serves as a basis for technologically up to date laboratory equipment and an efficient structure of the research staff. Besides the basic equipment, about 70 % of the budget is financed through industry projects as well as public founded projects.