The chair FAPS was founded in 1982 as part of the newly established Erlanger Fertigungstechnik under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Feldmann. In 2009 Prof. Dr.-Ing Jörg Franke took over the leadership of the chair FAPS. The overarching objective is to network all sub-functions of a factory into a computer-integrated overall concept.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke concentrates research on innovative manufacturing processes for mechatronic products.
The development work covers the complete process chain, which starts with the packaging of electronic components, focuses on the assembly of electronic modules (printing, mounting, soldering, testing), completely covers the manufacturing processes for electrical drives (in particular winding processes, connection techniques, magnet assembly), focuses on processes and systems for final assembly and also considers the development of contacting systems and the laying of cable systems.
At its two locations in the campus of the Technical Faculty in Erlangen and in the former factory premises of the AEG in Nuremberg, the Chair FAPS employs about 100 staff members - of which about 75 % are financed by third-party funds - from interdisciplinary disciplines such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mechatronics, mathematics, chemical engineering, communication sciences and industrial engineering. For the above-mentioned production processes, high-performance machine and plant technology for the production of mechatronic products is currently available on an area of around 2,500 square metres. The qualification of mechatronic components and systems can be carried out on the basis of existing test systems for climate, temperature change and vibration loads. Modern EDP systems offer the possibility of computer-aided development and simulation of products and processes.
A main project of the chair FAPS is the Bavarian Technology Center for Electric Drive Technology. This E|Drive-Center supports medium-sized companies in the analysis and optimization of the application, the production-related design as well as the production process design of components and systems of electrical drive technology.
Furthermore, in the E|Home Center in Nuremberg, integrated solutions for private living will be developed across faculties and with strong participation of different companies. On the basis of the researched fundamentals, solutions, products and services for the living of tomorrow will be developed at the E|Home-Center in close cooperation with several Bavarian universities and companies of the private sector.
Another focal point is the Green Factory. The Green Factory in Bavaria combines the research competencies of all disciplines relevant to energy-efficient production, e.g. mechanical/manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering, information technology, process engineering, materials science, economics, looks at all major types of energy, e.g. for movement, for lighting, for information processing, for manufacturing processes as well as for heating, cooling and air-conditioning control, and is dedicated to the use of energy in production, in logistics as well as in administration. With a clear focus on energy efficiency in production and Bavaria-wide interdisciplinary cooperation, Green Factory Bayern is to be expanded into an internationally visible research network.
In addition, the chair FAPS cooperates intensively with the Research Association Spatial Electronic Assemblies (3-D MID) e.V. for the further development of technologies for the integration of mechanical and electronic functions on injection-molded circuit carriers (www.3d-mid.de).
In teaching, the chair FAPS is mainly involved in the four fields of study of the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- International Production Engineering and Management
The training is emphatically strengthened by the modern experimental facilities for parts production, assembly and electronics production.