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  • Hannover Messe 2015

    Low-vibration sawing and sanding

    No matter whether it’s a drill or an oscillator, handheld power tools produce powerful vibrations. But a new anti-vibration system almost entirely eliminates that uncomfortable shaking sensation you get when using such tools: The FEIN MultiMaster oscillator vibrates up to 70 percent less and is only half as loud as its predecessor. Fraunhofer researchers developed the technology in collaboration with FEIN and will be presenting the system at Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Booth C22) from April 13 to 17, 2015.

  • CeBIT 2015

    Encryption for everyone

    In the wake of the revelations that intelligence agencies have been engaged in mass surveillance activities, both industry and society at large are looking for practicable encryption solutions that protect businesses and individuals. Previous technologies have failed in practice because they were too expensive or not user friendly enough. Fraunhofer has launched an open initiative called “Volksverschlüsselung” with the aim of bringing end-to-end encryption to the masses. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting a prototype of their easy-to-use software and the infrastructure concept behind it at CeBIT 2015 (Hall 9, Booth E40).

  • CeBIT 2015

    Panoramas for your tablet

    Most people are familiar with the fictional world of “Star Trek,” in which the characters can use a holodeck to create and interact with virtual worlds. It is possible to recreate a similar effect in the real world using 360-degree panoramic images. Researchers are bringing them now to our tablets – including individual camera work and editing.

  • Protecting nerve tissue during bowel surgery

    After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic area. The experts are currently working on a solution for minimally invasive surgery.

  • Power vest

    Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with serious health issues. Together with the industry, Fraunhofer researchers are developing a vest designed to take the burden off caregivers and others with physically demanding jobs.

  • Predicting pesticide loads more accurately

    The EU wants to further improve the authorization process for plant protection prod-ucts. The different national procedures for this are supposed to be further harmonized. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a software for estimating the transfer of pesticides into surface water initially in Germany.

  • Hannover Messe 2015

    Virtual vehicle testing – modeling tires realistically

    Manufacturers conduct virtual tests on vehicle designs long before the first car rolls off the assembly line. Simulation of the tires has remained a challenge, however. The software tool “CDTire/3D” from Fraunhofer researchers now models the wheels realistically. The software takes into account the heat that is generated during driving and how the properties of the tires change.

  • High-precision radar for the steel industry

    Steel is the most important material in vehicle and machinery construction. Large quantities of offcuts and scraps are left over from rolling and milling crude steel into strip steel. New radar from Fraunhofer researchers measures the width of the strip during fabrication to an accuracy of micrometers and helps to minimize scrap.

  • Fraunhofer and the German federal government are paving the way for an Industrial Data Space

    Together with partners from industry and with support from the German federal government, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is launching an initiative to create a data space available to industry all over the world: the Industrial Data Space. Access and usage of the Industrial Data Space will be safeguarded by a set of uniform standards. The goal is to develop secure solutions in the face of wall-to-wall digitalization and the rapid shifts in industrial manufacturing and business processes that come with it.

  • New head of Fraunhofer IAP

    Professor Alexander Böker has been heading the Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm since February 1, 2015. He will be taking over this position as Professor Hans-Peter Fink, who headed the Institute since 2006, enters retirement in March 2015. Böker is simultaneously appointed to serve as Chair of Polymer Materials and Polymer Technologies at the University of Potsdam.


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