Hanover Trade Fair 2019

Fraunhofer is presenting the results of its research at the Hannover Messe 2019 from April 1 to 5 in Hanover. Visit the joint Fraunhofer booth:

Hall 2, Booth C22

Hall 17, Booth C24

Hall 6, Booth A30

Press Releases


Logistics 4.0 – Trustworthy Product Tracking with Cognitive Sensors and Blockchain Technology

In order to maintain leading global market positions amid increasing network-ing and digitization, industries nowadays need internet systems with cognitive capabilities and highly secure shared data spaces. At the Hannover Messe 2019, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence »Cognitive Internet Technologies« CCIT will be presenting these key technologies by demonstrating an example from the field of logistics: seamless, trustworthy product tracking by means of cognitive sensor and blockchain technology.


Flexible bipolar plates made of polymers make it possible to build compact batteries

Whether used for power supply or in electric cars, current battery systems are based on a series of interconnected individual cells. A new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost effectively.


Interactive control to guide industrial robots

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have developed an innovative technology enabling people and large industrial robots to work together in an intuitive way that feels a lot like human teamwork. Using the benefit of this technology, robots can recognize gestures, faces and postures to make this collaboration that much safer and more efficient.


Networked manufacturing for Industrie 4.0 – cross-border collaboration

Industrial enterprises increasingly operate across multiple locations. Fraunhofer researchers will be collaborating with Swedish experts to show how Industrie 4.0-style networked manufacturing can even extend across borders.


Joining gun bonds metal and plastic within seconds

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a joining gun that creates a connection between metal and thermoplastic materials within seconds. This gun is of a modular design and can easily be integrated into the production process, for example by mounting on a robot arm in place of a spot welding gun.


Cross-industrial network strengthens municipal industrial regions

The DYNAFLEX® High-Performance Center develops flexible solutions and system proposals, as well as operating and business models for sustainable cross-industrial networks. With an interactive exhibit, Fraunhofer UMSICHT is presenting a real-life example.


Radar Sensors Increase Efficiency of Production and Automation

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF develops compact and high-resolution radar systems, which can significantly increase the efficiency of different industrial processes.


Original remains original

New product protection procedure simply and efficiently equips vehicle license plates with safety features: Together with the company Erich Utsch AG scientists of the Fraunhofer IWS Dresden have developed a process for the protection of license plates for motor vehicles. The development is triggered by the fact that many of the established product protection concepts are either too inflexible or uneconomical. The results will be presented at the Hannover Messe 2019.


"Hands free ... so that people can take care of their major business"

The Oldenburg based branch of Fraunhofer IDMT will be attending Hannover Messe to present a speech-to-text process documentation system to be used in industrial settings. The system allows users to efficiently capture various kinds of information with the help of automatic speech recognition, leading to significant time and cost savings.


Smart acoustic sensors for minimum machine downtime

The Oldenburg based branch of Fraunhofer IDMT will be presenting the latest version of its intelligent system for acoustic condition monitoring. The experts have developed a solution that uses smart acoustic sensors to monitor the condition of an industrial machine by analyzing the sound it produces.

»International Data Space«-Architecture implemented in first digital ecosystems«

Fraunhofer ISST presents the first implementation based upon the reference ar-chitecture of the »International Data Space« at Hannover Tradefair, in Hall 2, Booth C22. Deutsche Telekom is one of first telecommunication companies, implementing this architecture within corporate reality.


A smart soft orthosis for a stronger back

When workers in Germany call in sick, back pain is often to blame. It frequently affects employees in logistics, manufacturing and services where physically strenuous patterns of movement are part of the daily job routine. In a bid to prevent back problems, Fraunhofer researchers have come up with ErgoJack to offer a smart soft orthosis that supports workers with real-time motion detection. A prototype of this smart vest will be presented live at Hannover Messe from April 1 through 5, 2019, at Booth C24 in Hall 17.


Go-anywhere cleanroom

CAPE® is a transportable, tent-like cleanroom facility developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA. It can be installed both indoors and in unexposed outdoor locations, and takes less than an hour to set up. The inspiration for this innovative new development came from a project with OHB System AG, one of the key players in the European space industry. CAPE® helps to protect delicate parts during the manufacturing process as well as to avoid any cross-contamination. It also provides a controlled environment in which to sterilize equipment and components.


High-speed 3D printer for high-performance plastics

The additive manufacture of large-volume plastic components is a time-consuming undertaking. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU have now developed Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM), a system and process that is eight times faster than conventional 3D printing. Visitors will be able to see the ultrafast 3D printer in action at the Fraunhofer Booth C22 in Hall 2 during the Hannover Messe from April 1 through 5, 2019.


Smart solutions to join carbon fiber reinforced plastics and metal

The engineering of lightweight vehicles requires manufacturers to combine functional metal components with lightweight, highly durable carbon fiber reinforced plastics. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a variety of solutions for joining such disparate materials – and will be showcasing their technology at this year’s Hannover Messe on April 1-5, 2019 using an e-scooter demonstrator (Hall 17, Booth C24).


Smart voice assistant answers your questions

Voice assistants are becoming more and more prevalent in every area of our lives. At this year’s Hannover Messe, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS are teaming up with au-tomaker Volkswagen to showcase a new voice interaction system that caters to domain-specific knowledge. Drawing on the techniques of “informed” machine learning, the system goes far beyond the capabilities of most Alexa, Siri & co. skills – and has been specifically designed for use in industry.


3D measurement technology permits gesture-based human-machine interaction in real time

Humans and machines will increasingly support each other in the workplace. For processes to be efficient, the machine must respond to the human worker without any time delay. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IOF are making this real-time interaction possible.


Data-driven modeling and AI-based image processing to improve production

At Hannover Messe 2019, Fraunhofer FIT will present data-driven modeling supporting production planning and optimizing resource utilization. The models help to understand and optimize complex processes, and can be used as predictive tools. In addition, we demo a system that uses AI-based image processing to monitor and evaluate, in real time, the situation and behavior of people, e.g. in a production setting. The system may be used, for instance, to automatically raise the alarm if a person is sitting or lying on the floor, indicating a dangerous situation. Meet us in hall 2, booth C22.


Hermes Award

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, has been appointed the new chair of the HERMES AWARD jury and will thus play a key role in the ongoing growth and development the world’s leading technology prize over the years ahead.


Data@Hand – optimizing processes in the most various applica-tions with AI

Data@Hand detects deviations from the normal operation of a machine, a component or a production installation - and can also be used in medicine. It optimizes processes on the basis of artificial intelligence using principles of machine learning.