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  • EARTO prize for Fraunhofer

    Fraunhofer researchers receive an Innovation Prize this year from the European Association for Research and Technology Organisations EARTO for the development of software that protects companies from theft and improper use of data. In addition, Frank Treppe, Division Director of Corporate Strategy and International Affairs at Fraunhofer, has been elected as EARTO Vice President. Together with EARTO President Maria Khorsand, he will be representing 350 institutions conducting applied research in Europe.

  • Prof. Manfred Hauswirth becomes new Executive Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS

    The Senior Vice President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft appointed Prof. Dr. Manfred Hauswirth to Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communications Systems FOKUS in Berlin. Hauswirth will assume his new post on October 1, 2014. Concurrently, he will take over the professorship in "distributed open systems" at the Technical University of Berlin. Prof. Dr. Popescu-Zeletin will retire from his position as Executive Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS effective September 30, 2014.

  • Glasstec 2014

    Lead-free glass decor

    Whether on baby bottles, beer mugs or perfume bottles, imprints on glass consist mainly of lead oxide. Fraunhofer researchers have developed printing inks for glass that do not contain any toxic elements. At the glasstec tradefair from October 21st to 24th in Düsseldorf, they are going to present the new imprints (Hall 15, Booth A33).

  • Glasstec 2014

    Variable glass coatings to stop condensation on windows

    Thin-film coatings impart new properties to glass in applications as diverse as window glazing, solar cells and touchscreens. With the Megatron® sputtering system, it is now possible for the first time to vary the materials in these coatings in any way and to produce entirely new coatings with improved surface quality. The researchers will be presenting the Megatron® at the glasstec trade fair in Düsseldorf from October 21 to 24 (Hall 15, Booth A33).

  • Trade fair EuroBLECH

    Inspection system for high-strength steels

    High-strength steels are in demand as lightweight construction materials. Now Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new inspection system that allows them to examine the materials contact-free. They will be showcasing the MAGNUS technique at the EuroBLECH 2014 trade fair in Hannover, October 21-25.

  • Combatting periodontal pathogens

    A total 12 million Germans suffer from periodontitis. If the inflammation remains untreated, this could lead to tooth loss. However, it is also suspected of triggering many other diseases, like cardiopulmonary diseases. Researchers are studying the interactions, and developing compounds to combat the causative agents.

  • Engineering new vehicle powertrains

    Car engines – whether driven by gasoline, diesel, or electricity – waste an abundance of energy. Researchers are working on ways to stem this wastefulness. Ultramodern test facilities are helping them to optimize the entire development process of the engine. In the laboratory, they have already raised the degree of efficiency by up to ten percent.

  • Miniature camera may lead to fewer accidents

    Measuring only a few cubic millimeters, a new type of camera module might soon be integrated into future driver assistance systems to help car drivers facing critical situations. The little gadget can be built into the vehicle without taking up space. The way it works is particularly reliable, thanks to its special encapsulation.

  • VISION

    Analyzing gold and steel – rapidly and precisely

    Optical emission spectrometers are widely used in the steel industry but the instruments currently employed are relatively large and bulky. A novel sensor makes it possible to significantly reduce their size and, moreover, enables a more precise analysis in half the time previously required.

  • Compamed 2014

    Minimally invasive surgery with hydraulic assistance

    Endoscopic surgery requires great manual dexterity on the part of the operating surgeon. Future endoscopic instruments equipped with a hydraulic control system will provide added support during minimally invasive procedures. Their outstanding sensitivity simplifies the biopsy procedure.

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