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  • Consumer safety / 2016

    Making sure that packaging is properly sealed

    Research News / 28.4.2016

    Sealing bars fitted with thin-film sensors (left). White light interferometer image of a measuring point with conducting tracks approx. 250 nm thick and 600 μm wide (right).
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    Sealing bars fitted with thin-film sensors (left). White light interferometer image of a measuring point with conducting tracks approx. 250 nm thick and 600 μm wide (right).

    If food packaging or drug packaging is not properly sealed when the customer buys the product, it reflects poorly on the manufacturer. In the future, a thin-film temperature sensor will allow companies to carry out fast and reliable inline detection and rejection of packaging which has been incorrectly sealed.

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  • Following the automotive industry’s lead / 2016

    Bringing medical products to market faster

    Research News / 28.4.2016

    Exhibit to demonstrate the application potential of the hardware-in-the-loop method using the example of a heart assist pump.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    Exhibit to demonstrate the application potential of the hardware-in-the-loop method using the example of a heart assist pump.

    Developing medical devices takes a lot of time: large parts of the control systems can be designed and tested only once the hardware is ready. Using the hardware-in-the-loop method, which Fraunhofer researchers have transferred from automotive engineering to medical products, development times and costs can be slashed by up to 50 percent.

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  • Project NanoUmwelt / 2016

    Detecting minute nano amounts in environmental samples

    Research News / 28.4.2016

    Detail of a microscopic image of a human lipid cell: untreated at the top, treated with gold nanoparticles at the bottom. The particles accumulate in the lipid droplets of the cell.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IBMT

    Detail of a microscopic image of a human lipid cell: untreated at the top, treated with gold nanoparticles at the bottom. The particles accumulate in the lipid droplets of the cell.

    It is still unclear what the impact is on humans, animals and plants of synthetic nanomaterials released into the environment or used in products. It’s very difficult to detect these nanomaterials in the environment since the concentrations are so low and the particles so small. Now the partners in the NanoUmwelt project have developed a method that is capable of identifying even minute amounts of nanomaterials in environmental samples.

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  • Audio technology / 2016

    3D sound for the Zurich Opera House

    Research News / 28.4.2016

    With SpatialSound Wave, sounds are easily positioned in the space via the tablet. In the Zurich Opera House, the sound engineers use the software to record sound effects and spatial acoustics live.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IDMT

    With SpatialSound Wave, sounds are easily positioned in the space via the tablet. In the Zurich Opera House, the sound engineers use the software to record sound effects and spatial acoustics live.

    With the audio software SpatialSound Wave from Fraunhofer, sounds can be positioned freely in the room, so that visual and acoustic events coincide realistically. In the Zurich Opera House the three-dimensional sound has been in use since January. The sound technicians adjust sound effects live and enlarge spaces acoustically.

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  • Smart Harvesters / 2016

    Automatically Harvesting Cauliflower

    Research News / 28.4.2016

    The “Spargelpanther”, developed in a previous project, will also be harvesting cauliflower and leaf lettuce in the future.
    © Photo ai-solution GmbH

    The “Spargelpanther”, developed in a previous project, will also be harvesting cauliflower and leaf lettuce in the future.

    Machines that harvest vegetables pick everything at once – even unripe heads when harvesting cauliflower. This is why human helpers often perform this tedious job. In the future, a machine will make selective harvesting possible fully automatically. Fraunhofer researchers are developing this smart harvester together with industry partners.

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  • Hannover Messe 2016: Human-Machine Interfaces / 2016

    Stepless control devices with flexible pressure sensors

    Research News / 25.4.2016

    or controlling music, light and ventilation in cars.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ISC

    ... or controlling music, light and ventilation in cars.

    Silicone is so soft and flexible that it is easily deformed by the pressure of a finger. Researchers at Fraunhofer have recently created sensors made from this flexible material, making it easier to steplessly control devices. At the Hannover Messe, they are presenting a glove that can measure pressure and a steering wheel that lets the driver control music, light and ventilation at the touch of a finger (Hall 2, Stand C16/C22).

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  • Medtec 2016: Additive manufacturing methods / 2016

    More options for personalized medicine

    Press Release / 7.4.2016

    Cut through a ceramic microreactor which was manufactured additively: the complex channels as well as the fluidic connections at the top were printed together with the whole component.
    © Photo Fraunhofer

    Cut through a ceramic microreactor which was manufactured additively: the complex channels as well as the fluidic connections at the top were printed together with the whole component.

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a particulary flexible additive manufacturing method that allows them to produce bone implants, dentures, surgical tools, or microreactors in almost any conceivable design. At the Medtec medical technology tradeshow in Stuttgart, the scientists from Dresden will show their research results.

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  • Professor Dr. rer. nat. Georg Rosenfeld is the new Executive Vice President for Technology Marketing and Business Models since 1 April 2016.
    © Photo Bernhard Huber/Fraunhofer

    Professor Dr. rer. nat. Georg Rosenfeld is the new Executive Vice President for Technology Marketing and Business Models since 1 April 2016.

    Professor Dr. rer. nat. Georg Rosenfeld is the new Executive Vice President for Technology Marketing and Business Models since 1 April 2016. He has been with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft since 1999, and most recently he has served as Director of Research.

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  • Hannover Messe 2016: Sensor heads based on standard components / 2016

    Terahertz technology reaches industrial maturity

    Research News / 1.4.2016

    The researchers at Fraunhofer have packaged the transmitting and receiving unit for terahertz radiation into a handy little sensor head with a diameter of only 25 and a length of 35 millimeters.
    © Photo Fraunhofer HHI

    The researchers at Fraunhofer have packaged the transmitting and receiving unit for terahertz radiation into a handy little sensor head with a diameter of only 25 and a length of 35 millimeters.

    Terahertz is a new technology in which nondestructive testing of components and surfaces is possible. Until now, these devices and, in particular, the sensor heads have been expensive and unwieldy. Researchers at Fraunhofer have now succeeded in making sensor heads more compact and, thus, cheaper, which facilitates their handling considerably. First prototypes are already being used for the production of plastic pipes. They are also very well suited for analyzing coatings of fiber composites. From April 25 to 29, 2016, these new sensor heads are being presented at the Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Stand C16/C22).

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  • Hannover Messe 2016: Virtual Vehicle Development / 2016

    Real environmental data in real time for simulations

    Research News / 1.4.2016

    Virtual vehicle development is becoming increasingly important. Researchers at Fraunhofer are offering a system that takes into account realistic environmental influences like road surface, weather and driving maneuvers in driving simulations.
    © Photo Fraunhofer ITWM

    Virtual vehicle development is becoming increasingly important. Researchers at Fraunhofer are offering a system that takes into account realistic environmental influences like road surface, weather and driving maneuvers in driving simulations.

    In computer aided vehicle engineering, you need accurate data on various environmental influences. This is the only way developers can conduct tests that simulate the experience of a real car. At the Hannover Messe, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are presenting a quick and inexpensive system that collects real data at normal driving speeds and processes this data in real time as fine-grained and coarse-grained data for 3D driving simulations.

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