Enterprise labs let companies and scientists actively collaborate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML and implement innovations »Made in Germany« in direct cooperation.

The common path from topic identification to the market-ready business case is in the focus. The symbiosis of theory and practice enables the implementation of ideas that are directly geared to the customer's business processes. Companies do not only require innovative concepts and technologies of the scientists – they develop them together.

With the Enterprise Lab Center, Fraunhofer IML created an environment where companies can live interdisciplinary cooperation with researchers. In addition to state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies (3D printing, SMD manufacturing, etc.), temporary workplaces are provided in modern coworking spaces for the project partners in order to cooperate on site in the lab teams.

This format serves medium-term, strategic cooperation for diverse and cross-sector research directly with the customer in Dortmund. This enables companies to closely participate in developingthe design of tomorrow's solutions.



  • Access to current research and development
  • Interdisciplinary, highly qualified teams for the laboratories
  • Active contribution to designing the future research and development
  • Use of the extensive research infrastructure (laboratories, experimental areas and workshops)
  • Shortening time-to-market

Keller & Kalmbach
Future Lab

The Enterprise Lab focusses on both improving the cooperation with customers and partners along the supply chain and optimizing the physical and digital processes – in view of a sustainable, future-oriented and promising business model.

Trade Finance
Innovations Lab

New payment transaction and financing solutions for trade finance will be developed and brought to market on the basis of innovative technologies such as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Smart Contracts and the Internet of Things.


The new form of cooperation helps to develop technologies and processes that meet the requirements for flexibility and speed and that can be quickly implemented.

DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and

The »DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitalisation« combines research and development of Fraunhofer IML with the future-oriented international orientation of DB Schenker - and is therefore intended to produce innovative logistics solutions.


The aim of the joint development is to digitize the world's largest open pallet pool. The standard Euro pallet is the most important load carrier in logistics. Numerous systems in conveyor and storage technology, means of transport and packaging, are designed for EPAL Euro pallets. In Europe alone, the association has over 500 million pallets in circulation.


In the joint Enterprise Lab, the focus of the cooperation is on smart container management. Through the use of NB-IoT technologies, central control and recording technologies are to be installed in the logistics area in a cost-effective and durable manner.

SICK AG Enterprise Lab

The cooperation will primarily involve the topic of the Internet of Things. Some exemplary domains are the cellular transport vehicles, the openID-Center, the InBin or the automatic parking system of Serva TS.

Telekom Open IoT Labs

Up to six Fraunhofer IML scientists and three IoT experts from Deutsche Telekom will jointly develop, test and bring Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to market. The aim is to optimise processes in the manufacturing, logistics and aviation industries.

Würth Enterprise Lab

In the Enterprise Labs company representatives and Fraunhofer IML researchers work together on innovations. The cooperation is flexible and provides companies with access to the research facilities of the Fraunhofer Institute.