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  • parts2clean 2013 / 2013

    A laboratory for all (cleaning) situations

    Press Release / 17.10.2013

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    From engine block to cloth wipe: “CleanLab 2020” comprises the entire bandwidth of industrial cleanliness technology in a single cleanroom concept.

    Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA will present a new laboratory for industrial cleaning at the parts2clean trade fair in Stuttgart, October 22-24, 2013. Thanks to “CleanLab 2020,” dirt particles on a scale ranging from the nano to the micro and found on and in components, surfaces and liquids in a wide variety of industries can be analyzed for the first time. At the same time a contiguous clean room provides a site where components can be cleaned and any impurities extracted and investigated.

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  • parts2clean 2013 / 2013

    Keeping an eye on component cleanliness

    Press Release / 17.10.2013

    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    View into the analysis sieve: The sensor system “PuriCheck” can be connected to all standard cleaning systems.

    There are exceedingly strict cleanliness guidelines for components in sectors such as the automobile industry. And yet monitoring of the process for parts purification has been inadequate to date. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a sensor-based measurement system that is integrated directly in the cleaning system, where it registers and analyzes particles caught up in the cleansing fluid. The researchers are presenting their now-marketable innovation at this year’s parts2clean.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IME

    Scientists from Fraunhofer have transformed the ordinary dandelion from a weed into an agricultural crop that produces an abundance of natural rubber.

    Rubber can be extracted from the juice of the dandelion. Yet the decisive breakthrough to industrial manufacturing is proving to be a tough step. Working jointly with industry and science, the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME has optimized the cultivation and production engineering over the past few years. Now the researchers – in collaboration with Continental – are building the first ever pilot system to extract vast quantities of dandelion rubber for making tires: an important milestone on the path to rubber procurement in Europe.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    The process starts with the automated, mechanical disruption of the tissue sample.

    Before a cancer patient embarks on a course of treatment, tests can be carried out to establish whether or not the chosen cytostatic agent combination is likely to be effective. But the time-consuming and expensive nature of traditional testing methods is prohibiting their widespread use. Collaborating with DITABIS Digital Biomedical Imaging Systems AG and scientists from Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a cost-effective, automated system that allows doctors to determine which medications will prove most benefit for each patient. The “DiagnoSYS” system will be on show at BIOTECHNICA 2013 (Booth E09 in Hall 9), which will take place from October 8-10 in Hannover, Germany.

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  • © Photo Fraunhofer IWM

    Sensors measure the elongations that arise in solar modules. Their operating life can be calculated from this data.

    Solar modules are exposed to many environmental influences that cause material to fatigue over the years. Researchers have developed a procedure to calculate effects of these influences over the long term. This allows reliable lifespan predictions.

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  • © Photo Martin Wagenhan / Fraunhofer IAF

    Little larger than a shoebox, the demonstrator was developed as part of the IRLSENS project. It is a quick and automated way to analyze water samples at the waterworks itself.

    To keep drinking water clean, experts are constantly monitoring our supply to check it for contaminants. Now laser technology will give them a helping hand: a new system automatically analyzes water samples at the waterworks itself.

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  • K 2013 / 2013

    Non-toxic flame retardants

    Research News / 1.10.2013

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    Many multi-plug connectors pose a fire risk, as they can overheat if the current flow is high. Flame retardants in the connector can prevent fires or slow the spread of the blaze.

    Electronics, vehicles, textiles – almost all modern-day products contain some form of plastic. Its high combustibility means it must be protected from naked flames. New techniques simplify the production of environmentally friendly flame retardants.

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  • Newsflash

    Research News / 1.10.2013

    Micro-technology saves jet fuel +++ Sensors protect the Rotterdam quayside +++ 95 percent less lubricant

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  • Taking a close look, whatever the scale

    Research News / 1.10.2013

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    Through the eye of the XXL CT scanner: A car reveals its innermost secrets at the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT in Fürth.

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Development Center X-ray Technology work with the biggest and smallest computed tomography scanners in the world – equipment that is able to scan everything from entire shipping containers to tiny biological samples.

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  • Nano-dwarves turn tumor assassins

    Research News / 1.10.2013

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    Cervical carcinoma cells can be selectively and effectively killed off with encapsulated anti-cancer agents (left). Doxorubicin being prepared – one of the agents frequently utilized in chemotherapy (right).

    Chemotherapy is often preferred for fighting cancer, but its side effects can be considerable. A new technique may reduce these in future: nanoparticle-encapsulated substances could kill off tumor cells selectively. This will be easier on patients.

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