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  • Fluorescence measurement technology / 2022

    A new precision method — fluorescence measurement technology for quality assurance in production

    Research News / May 19, 2022

    Die Gewinner des Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preises 2022 für ihre neue Präzisionsmessmethode mit extremer Geschwindigkeit und hoher Robustheit: Dr. Alexander Blättermann (links) und Dr. Albrecht Brandenburg.
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    “Qualitative” and “quantitative” may be just a couple of letters apart, but the difference is huge. When it comes to fluorescence measurement technology, for example, it has so far been used almost exclusively for qualitative analyses. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM is successfully using the method to obtain quantitative measurements with a high local resolution, and is receiving the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize in recognition of this achievement.

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  • Sustainable agriculture / 2022

    Disinfecting seeds safely and sustainably using electron treatment

    Research News / May 19, 2022

    Die Gewinner des Fraunhofer-Gründerpreises 2022: André Weidauer, Christian Süß und Ceravis-Partner Maik Schwarz (v.l.n.r)
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    Chemical seed treatment rids seeds of fungi, viruses and bacteria. However, this comes at a high cost: The active agents used can also have harmful effects for farmers, the soil and the environment. On the other hand, electrons can be used to treat seeds in an environmentally friendly, sustainable and economical way — a method which helped the E-VITA GmbH start-up, a joint venture of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP and Ceravis AG, to win the Fraunhofer Founder Award for 2021.

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  • Internet of Things / 2022

    Always ready to receive — RFicient chips for a sustainable Internet of Things

    Research News / May 19, 2022

    Die Gewinner des Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preises 2022 für den energiesparenden RFicient®-Chip: Dr. Heinrich Milosiu, Dr. Markus Eppel und Dr. Frank Oehler (v.l.n.r).
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    Keeping things constantly connected to the internet costs energy — a lot of energy. Even small Internet-of-Things nodes run out of battery entirely in just a few weeks. All of this is changing with the RFicient® chip, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, which saves power consumption by up to 99 percent. This development is a big step forward for the Internet of Things and has secured the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the developer team.

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  • New hope for cancer treatment / 2022

    Unique measurement technology — 3D-based position control in radiotherapy

    Research News / May 19, 2022

    Die Gewinner des Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Preises 2022 für 3D-basierte Lagekontrolle in der Strahlentherapie: Dr. Peter Kühmstedt, Dr.-Ing. Christoph Munkelt und Matthias Heinze (v.l.n.r)
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    New hope in the fight against cancer: A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF has worked closely with Varian Medical Systems (Fraunhofer IOF’s industrial partner) to develop a novel system for tumor radiotherapy, which improves cancer patients’ chances of recovery. The scientists behind the project were awarded the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for the overall system, which is ready for production.

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  • Mechanical components / 2022

    Virtually frictionless — virtual material probe sheds light on the friction gap

    Research News / May 19, 2022

    Die Gewinner des Wissenschaftspreises des Stifterverbandes »Forschen im Verbund« 2022: Prof. Dr. Matthias Scherge (links) und Prof. Dr. Michael Moseler.
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    Ensuring that power plants operate without breaking down and that vehicles run energy-efficiently ultimately depends on just a few atoms. A virtual ma-terial probe makes it possible to see, and therefore control, tribological processes at the atomic level. A team of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM is being awarded the Stifterverband Science Prize 2022 for this development.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2022 / 2022

    Artificial intelligence – but please be trustworthy!

    Research News / May 02, 2022

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    To date, entrepreneurs have not put a lot of trust in artificial intelligence – many processes are still performed manually. An example of how artificial intelligence and control technology can be combined to create a completely trustworthy system is RoboGrinder: A grinding machine developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM, which eliminates up to 40 percent of grinding processes. It can be seen at the joint Fraunhofer booth at the Hannover Messe 2022 from May 30 to June 2 (Hall 5, Booth A06).

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2022 / 2022

    Reference-factory.H2 – electrolyzer and fuel cell production of the future

    Research News / May 02, 2022

    Die Referenzfabrik.H2 ist ein Produktionssystem, das auf physischen und virtuellen Komponenten beruht. Darin werden ein Referenzdesign und neue bzw. spezifisch optimierte Technologie- sowie Automatisierungs-lösungen geschaffen.
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    Hydrogen is a key element in the energy transition. To ensure that hydrogen can become generally established as an energy source, it must be produced at market prices, in sufficient quantities and in a climate-neutral manner, and used with a high CO2 reduction rate. This requires affordable, robust hydrogen systems in the form of electrolyzers and fuel cells. With the intent of launching their serial production in the future, Reference-factory.H2 provides both a design for guidance and a modular system based on new and specifically optimized technologies. This shall contribute to the economically viable production of electrolyzers and fuel cells, accelerate their market breakthrough and massively reduce the cost of hydrogen. Reference-factory.H2 will be presented for the first time at the joint Fraunhofer booth at the Hannover Messe 2022 from May 30 to June 2 (Hall 5, Booth A06).

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  • Anhand eines Umformpressen-Demonstrators können sich Besuchende live ein Bild über die Funktionsweise des intelligenten Nutensteins machen. Die vom smartNotch übertragenen Prozessdaten werden dabei auf einem angeschlossenen Terminal visualisiert.
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    Forming presses are widely used as key elements of industrial production processes. From automotive technology to refrigerators, almost every product we encounter contains formed parts. The purchasing costs of these machines can reach double-digit millions, and it takes a great deal of time to set up and adjust precisely as needed. Given such a high level of investment, buyers expect machinery of this kind to keep running efficiently for a long time without any loss in quality. At the Hannover Messe 2022, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT will demonstrate how cognitive transformation of industrial processes can improve the efficiency of forming machines (Hall 5, Booth A06). The technology that serves as the basis for the exhibit is smartNOTCH – a cognitive T-slot.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2022 / 2022

    Production control with the Fraunhofer Edge Cloud

    Research News / May 02, 2022

    Mögliche Anwendungsgebiete der Fraunhofer Edge Cloud.
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    Today, public cloud systems can be used for outsourcing computationally intensive applications and storing large amounts of data. However, these systems are not designed for millisecond-accurate control of machines in production environments. They are not freely configurable and are difficult to connect to real-time-capable networks. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT has developed the Fraunhofer Edge Cloud in collaboration with other institutes and its partner German Edge Cloud to show companies how they can use local cloud systems to monitor their machines and plants and exchange sensor information. The hardware and software architecture of the Fraunhofer Edge Cloud will be showcased using various example applications from May 30 to June 2 at the Hannover Messe 2022 at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 5, Booth A06.

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  • Fraunhofer at the Hannover Messe 2022 / 2022

    Temporary, local 5G network to help fight forest fires

    Research News / May 02, 2022

    Die komplette Hard- und Software des  5G+ Nomadic Node passt in wenige mobile Server-Koffer.
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    When it comes to activities such as fighting forest fires, monitoring construction sites or providing multimedia services at sports and other mass events, a reliable, secure 5G campus network is often needed locally and temporarily to ensure maximum network coverage on the entire site. Thanks to the 5G+ Nomadic Node from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, this kind of non-public, temporary network can be set up at short notice in order, for instance, to connect emergency forces with each other or control firefighting robots remotely. The entire hardware and software fits into a couple of mobile server rack containers. The operation of the adapted 5G mobile network with a satellite connection will be presented at the Hannover Messe 2022 from May 30 to June 2 at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 5, Booth A06.

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