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  • International Data Spaces / 2019

    Fraunhofer presents key component for digital data exchange according to European values

    Press Release / 22.2.2019

    The digital networking of the world is forging ahead. This makes new business models, smart services and innovative service offerings possible. The prerequi-site for this is the secure exchange of data in the value added chain. Mean-while, the calls for German and European solutions in the fiercely competitive market for industrially compatible cloud-based solutions are becoming louder and louder. The International Data Spaces (IDS) initiative, established under the auspices of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, enables open data marketplaces for business where data can be securely exchanged between trustworthy partners. On February 22, 2019, the International Data Spaces Association presented con-crete results with experts and decision-makers from research, industry and poli-tics, gave perspectives on further developments and discussed necessary in-vestments in local data sovereignty and AI.

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  • © Fraunhofer IWU/Ines Escherich

    Cognitive systems and artificial intelligence are key technologies in value creation and will play a crucial role in deciding Germany’s future viability for technological growth. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is continuously expanding its expertise in this area, on both a cross-institute und cross-institution basis; this leading research organization has simultaneously launched two new research centers at a founding event on February 11. These centers will focus on strategic technologies of primary importance to Germany’s success as an industrial location. In addition to the official founding of the Fraunhofer Center for Cognitive Production Systems CPS at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU in Dresden, Fraunhofer and the Technische Universität Dresden also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the creation of the Center for Explainable and Efficient AI Technologies CEE AI.

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  • Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS in Braunschweig, Germany / 2019

    Joint research platform for energy storage systems

    Press Release / 7.2.2019

    The new Fraunhofer Project Center for Energy Storage and Systems ZESS was inaugurated today, February 7, 2019. Located at the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) in Braunschweig, it is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST – in close cooperation with the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The purpose of the new project center is to develop existing energy storage systems, both mobile and stationary, to the level of industrial maturity, and to demonstrate new solutions at a level of technological maturity of four to six.

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  • Mobile World Congress 2019: Test software for Car2X communication / 2019

    IT in cars: Computers on standby

    Research News / 1.2.2019

    Software-based wireless solution for Car2X commu-nication from Fraunhofer HHI.
    © Fraunhofer HHI

    In the future, cars will exchange data via radio and warn each other about obstacles and accidents. There are currently various radio standards in existence to allow this. However, it is almost impossible to compare them, because the requisite hardware is not yet on the market. To address this lack, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute, HHI have developed a software system that will enable users to analyze the future wireless technology. For manufacturers, this is an ideal solution for testing interesting radio applications at an early stage.

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  • Using machine learning to analyze social media data / 2019

    Software that can automatically detect fake news

    Research News / 1.2.2019

    To identify fake news, Fraunhofer FKIE’s new machine learning tool analyzes both text and metadata.
    © Fraunhofer FKIE

    Invented stories, distorted facts: fake news is spreading like wildfire on the internet and is often shared on without thought, particularly on social media. In response, Fraunhofer researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts, deliberately filtering out fake news and disinformation. To do this, the tool analyzes both content and metadata, classifying it using machine learning techniques and drawing on user interaction to optimize the results as it goes.

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  • Novel cooling concept for eco-friendly mobility / 2019

    Directly-cooled electric motor made from polymer materials

    Research News / 1.2.2019

    Sectional view of the elec-tric motor. The core of the motor is a stator consisting of twelve individual teeth, which are wound upright using a flat wire.
    © Fraunhofer ICT

    Making electric cars lighter also involves reducing the weight of the motor. One way to do that is by constructing it from fiber-reinforced polymer materials. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT are working together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT to develop a new cooling concept that will enable polymers to be used as motor housing materials. And that’s not the only advantage of the new cooling concept: it also significantly increases the power density and efficiency of the motor compared to the state of the art.

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  • Digitizing Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Finds / 2019

    Facial Recognition for Coins

    Research News / 1.2.2019

    Combined coin base color and surface scan
    © Fraunhofer IFF

    Countless historical coins that differ from each other only in details are in storage at German state museums. Unlike paintings, these archaeological artifacts may not be labeled, marked or barcoded. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF developed a scanner and analysis software in collaboration with the Saxony-Anhalt State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology, which digitally capture the visual features of coins and describe them exactly in a matter of seconds. The scanning system can be used to identify and recognize coin finds.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2019 / 2019

    Networked manufacturing for Industrie 4.0 – cross-border collaboration

    Press Release / 24.1.2019

    Fraunhofer employees have established an international network with experts from Sweden. Together, they are researching Industrie 4.0 solutions for connected, adaptive production based on the example of gear manufacturing.
    © Werkzeugmaschinenlabor of the RWTH Aachen WZL, Peter Winandy

    Industrial enterprises increasingly operate across multiple locations. That has led to growing calls for connected manufacturing environments and centralized monitoring of production processes. At the Hannover Messe Preview on January 24, 2019 and Hannover Messe from April 1 to 5, Fraunhofer researchers will be collaborating with Swedish experts to show how Industrie 4.0-style networked manufacturing can even extend across borders. One of the key components in controlling and monitoring connected machines is the fast 5G mobile communications standard.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2019 / 2019

    Interactive control to guide industrial robots

    Press Release / 24.1.2019

    The robot detects the component in the worker’s grasp and cautiously follows it until she hands it over.
    © Fraunhofer IWU

    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. Fraunhofer IWU is set to present this innovation at the Hannover Messe Preview in hall 19 on January 24, 2019, and at the Hannover Messe in hall 17 at booth C24 from April 1 through 5, 2019.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2019 / 2019

    Joining gun bonds metal and plastic within seconds

    Press Release / 24.1.2019

    The joining gun bonds metal and plastic in seconds and can be mounted on a robot arm in place of a spot welding gun, for example.
    © Fraunhofer IWS

    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. At the preview leading up to the Hanover Trade Fair on January 24, 2019 on the trade fair grounds in Hall 19, scientist Annett Klotzbach will be demonstrating the advantages of the joining gun.

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