The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains 58 Institutes, at over 40 different locations throughout Germany. A staff of some 12,500, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of over one billion euros.
Fraunhofer IPA includes the Robotic Systems department whose research areas encompass all the subject areas connected with robot deployment and automatable production processes, as well as the development of robotic systems and their key components. A wide range of development tools, laboratories and testing facilities are available for development projects, trials and demonstrations. Specifically in developing technologies for cable-driven parallel robots, Fraunhofer IPA has developed simulation tools, control techniques and numerous prototypes for research purposes and industrial customers.