Machine and Control Technology

Our Service

When laser beam sources of high power and beam quality are used in laser material processing, delivery systems are required to guide the radiation at high dynamics to the processing location and to focus it precisely. In close cooperation with research partners, Fraunhofer ILT develops system solutions for customized production tasks that provide high speeds and efficiencies. For example, optical scanning systems based on polygon scanners and acousto-optic deflectors reach very high processing speeds in surface processing with ultrashort pulse lasers. These systems make it possible to scale existing processes and to use new machining processes in the industry. Combinations of high-precision, fast laser position control and laser scanners with synchronously coupled machine axis systems are used for high-speed machining in laser beam cutting. In addition, Fraunhofer ILT develops system solutions that enable active path correction for combined beam positioning by robots and scanners using adapted sensors.

For control technology, Fraunhofer ILT focuses on sensor integration in existing systems, real-time control of components and sensors, and high-precision position detection, position control and component position detection. For this, the institute develops software modules for the control and automation of processes that are optimized especially for laser material processing.

The range of services offered includes feasibility studies, the development of tailor-made machines and controls, the integration of developed processes into existing manufacturing environments, as well as workshops and individual consultation.

System Technology for Laser Powder Bed Fusion.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
System Technology for Laser Powder Bed Fusion.
Polygon scanner system for laser material processing.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
Polygon scanner system for laser material processing.
Machine tool for laser polishing.
© Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany.
Machine tool for laser polishing.

Processing Systems

  • Special optics for laser materials processing
  • Product-oriented laser processing systems

Control Technology

  • Sensor integration in existing machines
  • Real time control of additional components (sensors, actuators)
  • High-precision of TCP position determination, work piece position detection, and position control

Procedure-Adapted User Interfaces

  • Ergonomic user support
  • Adaptive machine control

High-Speed Machine Technology

  • Fast optical and mechanical laser scanning technology
  • High-precision, fast position control of the laser beam
  • Synchronous / coupled axes

Brochures and Flyers

Our brochures and flyers offer a quick view onto the service portfolio “Machine and Control Technology“. Find more detailed information in the “project results“ tab.


Brochure “Polygon Scanners for Laser Material Processing“


Brochure “Software Tools for Laser Material Processing“


Brochure “System Technology for Laser Material Processing“


Brochure “Process Control in Laser Materials Processing“

Brochure “System Engineering for Powder-Based Laser Cladding“


Laser technology can solve demanding tasks in many different industries. Whether as a tool in automotive production, as measuring equipment in the environmental sector, as a diagnostic or therapeutic instrument in medical technology or as a communication medium in space technology, the laser provides multiple uses with high productivity and high efficiency.

Read up about the innovations of the Fraunhofer ILT in a few selected industries and convince yourself!


Dolkemeyer, J., Funck, M., Morasch, V.
Flexible Automatisierung in der Produktion der Zukunft
RWTH-Themen Nr 1, 30-35