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  • Fraunhofer and Stef Wertheimer promote applied research in Israel

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is strengthening its ties to Israel, a world leader in technology. To that end, Europe’s largest organization for applied research is cooperating with the Israeli industrialist Stef Wertheimer. The goal of the partnership is to bring Fraunhofer institutes together with companies, research institutions, and the public sector in Israel.

  • Compamed 2014

    Fewer surgeries with degradable implants

    Until now, in cases of bone fracture, doctors have used implants made of steel and titanium, which have to be removed after healing. To spare patients burdensome inter- ventions, researchers are working on a bone substitute that completely degrades in the body. Towards this end, material combinations of metal and ceramic are being used.

  • A coating that protects against heat and oxidation

    Researchers have developed a coating technique that they plan to use to protect tur- bine engine and waste incinerator components against heat and oxidation. A topcoat from micro-scaled hollow aluminium oxide spheres provides heat insulation, in the lab, already proved more economical than conventional techniques.

  • Versatile bonding for lightweight components

    New materials are making cars, planes and all sorts of other things lighter. The catch is that many of these materials can’t be welded. Now there’s an alternative joining me- thod available – gradient adhesives provide an extremely good way of ensuring joined parts stay joined for their entire service life and hold up well in the event of a crash.

  • Health screening for industrial machines

    Germany’s Industry 4.0 initiative aims to develop industrial machinery with built-in intelligence based on smart self-monitoring functions. Researchers have now come a step closer to the ideal of a self-maintaining machine. A technology developed as part of the iMAIN project provides real-time online monitoring of unprecedented quality.

  • Detecting leaks in biogas plants by laser

    Servicing biogas plants is challenging. Leaks from which methane escapes are particularly problematic – from a security, a technical, an economic as well as an environmentally friendly perspective. Researchers are working on a technique that helps to better detect leaks. In this process, a laser discovers the leaks from several meters away.

  • Electric cars without drivers

    E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver. Researchers are working on electric cars that can travel short distances autonomously. On the basis of cost-effective sensors, they are developing a dynamic model that perceives the environmental situation.

  • MEDICA 2014

    Endoscopy with panoramic view

    Whether physicians examine or operate on the bladder wall with an endoscope, they can catch a glimpse of only a miniscule section of the organ – their viewpoint is like that of someone looking through a keyhole. But soon, however, this perspective could be broadened to a panorama. ‘Endorama‘, a new software program, assembles this panorama from all the images acquired. Researchers from Fraunhofer IIS will present their research project at MEDICA, the medical device technology fair in Düsseldorf, from November 12th to 15th, 2014 (Hall 10, Booth G05).

  • COMPAMED 2014

    Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely

    Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute-and-a-half. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the prototype at the COMPAMED trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12th to 14th.

  • electronica 2014

    Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3D and real time

    Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be made visible using this camera. It is especially suitable for industrial applications, for example in quality assurance during the manufacture of magnets. A prototype will be on display for the first time at electronica 2014 in Munich from November 11-14 (Hall A4 / Booth 113).

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