Center Tailored Joining

Center "Tailored Joining" – Concentrated competence in Dresden

Joining is a central production challenge and also a significant cost factor. In many cases current joining technology developments offer significant improvements and impulses. Therefore the Fraunhofer IWS in cooperation with the TU Dresden and other partners established the joining technology center “Tailored Joining”. The center is designed to provide an overview to users of joining technology, to show the different processes, their advantages and limitations. New developments will be presented and industrial solutions will be shown.

The basis of the center is formed by the enormous bandwidth of available joining technologies in Germany and also internationally. Fraunhofer IWS performs research on all of these methods:

Our partners at the “Chair Joining Technologies and Assembly” at the TU Dresden concentrate their research work on processes and tools in the field of

  • thermal joining (arc welding, brazing),
  • forming,
  • mechanical joining (screwing and pressing) and
  • hybrid joining.

The scientists focus their work on the comprehensive planning of processes for installation, handling and joining processes.  

Since 2014 the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Dresden has actively supported our center with its expertise in the field of electron beam technology.

Special effort is spent on presenting a fair comparison of the various solutions. The goal is to provide the user with insightful help when selecting which technology best meets the application’s needs.


Dresden represents a unique cluster of know-how in the field of joining and welding. The Fraunhofer IWS, the Institute of Manufacturing Technology of the TU Dresden and the University of Applied Sciences have been conducting research on this topic for many years. Besides thermal procedures like laser beam welding, electron beam welding and arc welding, joining processes such as friction stir welding, magnetic pulse welding, mechanical joining, adhesive bonding and hybrid technologies are of particular interest. This brochure provides an overview of available joining technologies and applications and offers service for component design, process monitoring, sensor technology and optical measuring techniques. Our goal is to further expand and to bundle the existing expertise in this field.


Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden

At the Institute of Manufacturing Technology, TU Dresden, the basics of the main fields of manufacturing technology are investigated and the corresponding production processes are further developed.


Chair of Joining Technology, HTW Dresden

At the University of Applied Sciences Dresden a wide range of joining technologies are available for research and process development. Besides conventional arc and pressure based joining, research work focusses on high-power electron-beam technologies for thermal and non-thermal processes.