RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading technology oriented universities in Germany and Europe. Since its founding in 1870 engineering has been carried out at a high level both in education and research. With its very dense network of industry contacts, research at RWTH Aachen University is demand driven and continuously ranks in the first places of European university evaluations. Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) - Research at the ITA covers the complete textile production chain. Four divisions research production technology, develop new materials and discover innovative concepts for technological products. ITA employs about 80 scientific employees from various scientific and engineering disciplines, 40 service employees and over 120 student assistants. The institute has about 170 machines at its disposal, ranging from small sewing machines to 5 meter-high braiding machines. Over 85% of the funding is covered by public and industry projects.