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  • Prof. Alexander Verl becomes Executive Vice President

    Prof. Alexander Verl assumed his position as Member of the Board and Executive Vice President for Technology Marketing and Business Models on 1 April 2014. He moves from Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA to senior level management of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The new department has been created to further develop potential within Fraunhofer – by utilizing the results of research and marketing research achievements.

  • Detecting diamonds with X-ray technology

    X-rays penetrate objects and reveal information about its contents. Using two X-ray spectra, you can identify different materials. And now, a new algorithm is making it possible to find diamonds in the rock.

  • Freighter without crew

    Ships of the future will soon be steered across the Seven Seas – unmanned. A new simulator is helping propel these plans forward. Partners from five different countries engineered the design of the autonomous freighter.

  • Wire inspection: As fast as a world-class sprinter

    Pipes, rails, and wires are manufactured at high speeds. A new optical inspection system reviews the workpieces at 10 meters a second and finds defects in real time that can be as narrow as a single hair.

  • Mobile robots support airplane manufacturers

    In production facilities, robots, and people will soon be working side-by-side. A new mobile assistant is intended to support technicians in the airplane manufacturing industry when applying sealant, measuring, and testing – without putting them at risk.

  • Analyzing living cells quickly and accurately

    In order to investigate inflammation, tumors or stem cells, medical practitioners analyze living cells. Non-invasive optical procedures such as Raman spectroscopy accelerate this procedure. Researchers have now developed it to industrial scale.

  • Environmental hormones – tiny amounts, big effects

    Empty nets and few species – environmental hormones are believed responsible for the diminishing numbers of fish. How damaging are these substances really, though? Studies that depict a complete picture of the lives of fish provide clues.

  • Smaller microchips that keep their cool

    Temperatures often over 200 degrees C occur in geothermal and oil production – conventional microelectronics hit their limits there. Researchers have now fabricated compact microchips that can keep their cool even at 300 degrees C.

  • Newsflash

    High-performance plastics – developed in kilo quantities +++ Route-specific load analysis for vehicles +++ Nanostructures – even on curved surfaces

  • Hannover Messe 2014

    Big Data keeps complex production running smoothly

    Industrial plants must function effectively. Remedying production downtimes and breakdowns is an expensive and time consuming business. That is why companies collect data to evaluate how their facilities are doing. At the Hannover Messe Digital Factory, from April 7 – 11, the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation IOSB will show how operators can analyze these huge amounts of data and use it as an early warning system when problems threaten (Hall 7, Booth B10). This will keep their facilities running more reliably and save energy.