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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Manufacturing Technologies for the Future of the European Space Industry

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Erfolgreicher Start einer Ariane 5 Trägerrakete.
    © ESA/CNES/Arianespace

    Outer space has never before seemed so close, with spaceflight hovering within reach. To enhance the competitiveness of European space transportation systems, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are developing innovative manufacturing technologies for rocket components in the ENLIGHTEN project. The researchers will be presenting their results at the Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Booth B24) from April 22 to 26, 2024.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Solutions for efficient and trustworthy artificial intelligence

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Ein systematisches Vorgehen in Kombination mit KI-Prüftools hilft dabei, Schwächen von KI-Modellen ausfindig zu machen.
    © Fraunhofer IAIS / Zertifizierte KI

    There is a high demand for AI solutions in industrial applications. These solutions need to be efficient, trustworthy and secure in order to be used in series production or quality control, for example. However, the new possibilities opened up by generative AI also raise questions. Can users rely on what a chatbot says? How can vulnerabilities in an AI model be detected early on during development? At the Hannover Messe 2024, the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS and the institutes of the Fraunhofer Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Alliance will be presenting two exhibits and several use cases centering on trustworthy AI solutions.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Roll embossing: New system revolutionizes production of bipolar plates

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Hohlprägewalzen von Bipolarplatten mit der BPPflexRoll. In der neu entwickelten Technologie wird die Struktur der Bipolarplatte durch ein Walzenpaar geprägt.
    © Fraunhofer IWU

    Climate-friendly fuel cell systems, which are set to power machines such as vehicles in the future, are still rare and expensive these days. There are several reasons for this, including the complex and costly process used to produce bipolar plates — a key component in electrolyzers and fuel cells, which are needed for many hydrogen systems. The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU has now taken a major step toward lower costs and mass production of bipolar plates by introducing an innovative sys-tem for roll embossing: BPPflexRoll. The Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting one component of the system at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 2, Booth B24, at Hannover Messe 2024 from April 22 to 26.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    AI in workplace settings: a hands-on experience

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Das KI-Infomobil bringt Fachleute und Demonstratoren zu den Betrieben.
    © Ludmilla Parsyak, Fraunhofer IAO

    Allaying anxieties, emphasizing potential — with their KI-Studios (AI Studios), experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO are bringing workplace artificial intelligence to life. Their KI-Infomobil (AI Infomobile) will be appearing at the Hannover Messe from April 22 to 26. Guests are welcome to visit Fraunhofer at Booth B24 in Hall 2 to learn how AI technologies work, where they can be used, and how they can make people’s work easier.

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  • Alice Kirchheim succeeds Michael ten Hompel / 2024

    Prof. Alice Kirchheim becomes new institute director at Fraunhofer IML

    Press Release / April 02, 2024

    Prof. Alice Kirchheim wird neue Institutsleiterin am Fraunhofer IML.
    © Fraunhofer IML

    Change at the top of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML: As of April 1, Prof. Alice Kirchheim is taking over the Material Flow Systems department at Fraunhofer IML, along with the Chair of Material Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University. Kirchheim, a scientist with outstanding experience in automation in intralogistics, will also be a valuable addition to the institute in Dortmund thanks to her expertise relating to the digital transformation and the use of AI in logistics. She is succeeding Prof. Michael ten Hompel, who is retiring after 24 years as the institute director at Fraunhofer IML and the holder of the same chair.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Helmet with vibration sensor for excavator drivers

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Der Piezo-Elektret-Wandler ist unauffällig im inneren Befestigungsriemen des Helms eingearbeitet. Das Foto zeigt einen Demonstrator der Technik.
    © Ursula Raapke / Fraunhofer LBF

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a helmet with an integrated acceleration sensor for drivers of construction vehicles. The helmet sensor measures harmful vibrations that affect the body. A software analyzes the sensor signals and shows the stress on the affected person. This allows corresponding relief measures to be taken. A flexible piezo-electret film serves as the sensor. A demonstration model for the Flexeras project will be presented at the joint Fraunhofer booth at the Hannover Messe (April 22–26, 2024, Hall 2, Booth B24).

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2024 / 2024

    Circular economy: A digital EU product passport for batteries

    Research News / April 02, 2024

    Ab Februar 2027 benötigen alle in der EU neu auf den Markt gebrachten Traktionsbatterien über 2 kWh, die etwa in Elektrofahrzeugen verbaut werden, einen digitalen Batteriepass.
    © iStock

    Starting in February 2027, all new traction batteries, two-wheeled vehicle batteries and industrial batteries with a capacity of over 2 kWh that are marketed in the EU will require a digital battery passport. The purpose is to ensure transparency and sustainability in the battery value chain, reduce environmental impacts and encourage the secondary use of batteries. The Battery Pass Consortium, with the participation of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK, is developing frameworks and recommendations in terms of content and technology for implementing the passport. Researchers from Fraunhofer IPK are responsible for the design and implementation of the technical standards. From April 22 to 26, 2024, they will be at the Hannover Messe (Hall 2, Booth B24) presenting a draft technical reference standard designed to enable battery passports — and all types of digital product passports — to be implemented in a way that is scalable and interoperable.

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  • Fraunhofer at the DMEA / 2024

    Shaping the future of healthcare with AI

    Press Release / March 26, 2024

    © Fraunhofer IGD

    Better patient care, more efficient processes and effective networking of stakeholders: The increasing digitalization of the healthcare sector is making all of this possible. To support these advances, Fraunhofer experts are developing systems based on artificial intelligence (AI) that can be used effectively and in compliance with data protection regulations. Nine Fraunhofer units will be presenting their research results at the DMEA 2024 trade show, held in Berlin from April 9 to 11, 2024. The researchers will be available for discussions and insights into the future of healthcare IT at Booth D-108 in Hall 2.2.

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  • Anniversary / 2024

    Fraunhofer: 75 Years of Innovation

    Press Release / March 25, 2024

    © Fraunhofer

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the world's leading applied research organizations, is celebrating its 75th anniversary on March 26.

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  • New president’s spokesperson / 2024

    Monika Landgraf is moving to Fraunhofer

    Press Release / March 13, 2024

    © Markus Breig, KIT

    From May 1, 2024, Monika Landgraf will head the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Science Communications section, which comprises the Science Policy, Press and Media, Corporate Media, and Multimedia and Brand Communications departments. The journalism graduate will also take over as Fraunhofer press officer and report directly to Prof. Hanselka in her role as the president’s spokesperson.

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