Hanover Trade Fair 2018

Fraunhofer is presenting the results of its research on the Hannover Messe 2018 from April 23 to 27 in Hanover. Visit the joint Fraunhofer booth:

Hall 2, Booth C22: Main Booth, Factory of the Future

Hall 6, Booth A30: Digital Solutions and New Materials

Hall 17, Booth C24: Production



Press Breakfast

Tuesday, April 24, 10.00-11.00, Hall 6, Booth A30


Press Releases


From the quantum level to the car battery

New developments require new materials. Until recently, these have been developed mostly by tedious experiments in the laboratory. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI in Sankt Augustin are now significantly shortening this time-consuming and cost-intensive process with their "Virtual Material Design" approach and the specially developed Tremolo-X software.


All-purpose talent in aircraft manufacturing

In aircraft manufacturing, much of the milling, drilling and assembly is still done by hand. This is because the raw components vary not only in size and design, but also in shape accuracy. Small differences are unavoidable in extremely lightweight and elastic materials, which poses a challenge for automated processing. Working with an industrial consortium, Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a mobile robot that is able to handle these high requirements.


Transmitting measuring data wireless in real time

Sensors continuously record measurements in plant and machinery to check that everything is running according to plan and to enable any errors in the industrial production environment to be recognized at an early stage. However, as a rule, evaluation of the data is decentralized and takes place after a time lag. In contrast to this, the 5G wireless standard permits direct, wireless measurement in real time.


Measuring and evaluating noise directly on the machine

At the Hanover Trade Fair from April 23 – 27, 2018, Fraunhofer will demonstrate the prototype of a new cognitive system for the predictive maintenance of production facilities (Hall 2, Booth C22). Intelligent battery-powered acoustic sensors process audio signals from machines and systems on the spot.


MIALinx connects machines

MIALinx, a web-based application from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manu- facturing Engineering and Automation IPA, connects machines, sensors and data to an agile network. Building on a previous project called Sense&Act, this latest advance brings a great measure of adaptability to plants and, as an added perk, optimizes machine maintenance. MIALinx even interfaces with old lathes and milling machines.


A forming press goes Industrie 4.0

Digitalization in manufacturing will mean that “smart” machines learn to communicate with one another and function autonomously. Yet many manufacturers are uncertain about what to expect. How will this new connectivity work? Fraunhofer researchers at Hannover Messe (April 23–27, 2018) will be on hand to answer these questions.


Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes

Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out.


Fully exploiting the possibilities of Industrie 4.0

Researchers from three Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes are working together in the Fraunhofer High Performance Center for Networked, Adaptive Production to realize the complete connectivity of machines and sensors.



Cognitive sensors in production processes

As a direct result of Industrie 4.0, industrial production is becoming increasingly customized. And industry’s long-term goal is batch size one. In practice, however, digitalization still frequently means individual solutions that are only partially connected or not connected at all.


Intelligent materials, components and systems

It sounds like Science Fiction, and yet it has already become reality for the scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU: wireless power transmission.


Digitalization and surface technology

Digitalization is a topic that affects and moves all industries. Thus, the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Technology IST appears for the first time in the area of »Digital


Airborne-sound based quality assurance

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT has developed a method for acoustic condition monitoring in industrial production.


Development and Fast Analysis of 3D Printed HF Components

3D printing is becoming increasingly important for the development of modern
high frequency systems.


Real-time layer thickness measurement with terahertz

Terahertz is a key technology for non-destructive material testing. Major advantages are examinations without physical contact and the analysis of complex systems with a low contrast range, in which established methods like ultrasonic usually fail.


The Giant: A Large, Powerful and Precise Robot

With a flexible designed robot that allows to handle heavy payloads over long ranges, Fraunhofer IGP responds to demands of modern production processes in the shipbuilding and offshore industries.


Production and energy supply of the future

How can manufacturing companies use more “green” electricity in the future? How can the process industry react to the shift in the raw material base from petroleum-based input materials to biomass?


Millimeter-wave radars for efficient industrial sensors

See what is hidden from the human eye. Preserve the view when optical sensors fail. Radars make the invisible visible.


Digital workplace design in production

Fraunhofer IEM shows opportunities of digital work at the Han-nover Messe 2018. In the future, the mixed mock-up could not only enable efficient workplace planning, but also revolutionize the collaboration of development teams.

Meet the “Research Fab Microelectronics Germany” at the joint Fraunhofer booth

From April 23 to 27, seven Fraunhofer institutes within the Group for Microelec-tronics will present the “Research Fab Microelectronics Germany” (FMD) – the One-Stop-Shop for the complete micro and nanoelectronics value chain.