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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017: Workpiece in dialog with machine / 2017

    Components with responsibility

    Research News / 9.2.2017

    The smart manufacturing network serves as an enabler for connected, adaptive production processes.
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    The smart manufacturing network serves as an enabler for connected, adaptive production processes.

    Industrial manufacturing usually follows rigidly programmed processes, in which individual work steps and machines are tightly scheduled. This makes production inflexible and causes problems if devices fail or unscheduled com- ponents need to be processed at short notice. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 9, 2017, Fraunhofer developers will be presenting new software that allows each individual component to tell the machine what has to be done. By breaking away from central production planning, factories can achieve unprecedented agility and flexibility, very much in the spirit of Industrie 4.0.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017 / 2017

    Looking inside materials the smart way

    Press Release / 9.2.2017

    AR-system for intelligent inspection and quality control of safety-critical objects.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZFP

    AR-system for intelligent inspection and quality control of safety-critical objects.

    Aircraft, trains and power plants have to be inspected regularly. Detecting damage too late could pose safety risks and often results in expensive downtimes. Now, researchers are using the 3D SmartInspect sensor and inspection system to transfer established testing routines into tomorrow’s digital world.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2017 / 2017

    Industrie 4.0: Virtual twin controls production

    Press Release / 9.2.2017

    Smart Factory 4.0: processed blanks are lifted onto an automated guided vehicle (AGV).
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPK

    Smart Factory 4.0: processed blanks are lifted onto an automated guided vehicle (AGV).

    With an innovative new concept, researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK want to turn the vision of Industrie 4.0 into reality. A digital twin models the entire production process and permits direct intervention into manufacturing at all times. Real and virtual production merge into an intelligent overall system.

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  • Smart sun protection / 2017

    Automatically darkening windows in a wide range of colors

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Organic monomers mixed into a special resin darken window glass.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IAP

    Organic monomers mixed into a special resin darken window glass.

    Electrochromic glass darkens automatically when the sun shines and keeps the heat out. Previously it was available only in blue, and switching times were also long. Now, a new process makes it possible to manufacture other glass colors for the first time. And compared to previous models, switching is nearly ten times faster.

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  • Experiment on the ISS / 2017

    Algae survive heat, cold and cosmic radiation

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    The many different organisms from all participating partners were all mounted in such trays and then exposed to space on the outside of the ISS for one and a half years.
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    The many different organisms from all participating partners were all mounted in such trays and then exposed to space on the outside of the ISS for one and a half years.

    In a long-term experiment on the International Space Station, Fraunhofer researchers studied how the extreme conditions in space affect algae. Fraunhofer conducted this experiment in close cooperation with German and international partners. Research findings could benefit industrial applications and perhaps a mission to Mars.

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  • CeBIT 2017: VR in Industrie 4.0 / 2017

    Complex 3D data on all devices

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.

    A new web-based software platform is swiftly bringing the visualization of 3D data to every device, optimizing the use of, for example, virtual reality and augmented reality in industry. In this way, Fraunhofer researchers have brought the ideal of “any data on any device” a good deal closer.

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  • Consumer protection / 2017

    App reveals constituents

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Per Smartphone den Apfel auf Pestizid-Rückstände untersuchen – das ist bald möglich.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFF

    Per Smartphone den Apfel auf Pestizid-Rückstände untersuchen – das ist bald möglich.

    A new app from Fraunhofer development engineers looks directly inside objects and displays specific constituents. It has numerous uses: For instance, apples can be scanned for pesticide residues. Applications will be added successively following the Wikipedia principle.

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  • CeBIT 2017: Analysis software for neural networks / 2017

    Watching computers think

    Research News / 1.2.2017

    Fraunhofer HHI’s analysis software uses algorithms to visualize complex learning processes (schematic diagram).
    © Photo Fraunhofer HHI

    Fraunhofer HHI’s analysis software uses algorithms to visualize complex learning processes (schematic diagram).

    Neural networks are commonly used today to analyze complex data – for instance to find clues to illnesses in genetic information. Ultimately, though, no one knows how these networks actually work exactly. That is why Fraunhofer researchers developed software that enables them to look into these black boxes and analyze how they function. The researchers will present their software at CeBIT in Hannover from March 20 to 24, 2017 (Hall 6, Booth B 36).

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  • CES: Ultra-thin camera developed / 2017

    Compound eyes for industry and smartphone

    Research News / 3.1.2017

    The first prototype of the technology transfers the images from the camera to the smartphone by Bluetooth via a transmission box.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IOF

    The first prototype of the technology transfers the images from the camera to the smartphone by Bluetooth via a transmission box.

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process enabling the production of a two millimeter flat camera. Similar to the eyes of insects, its lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets. Following nature‘s model, the researchers have named their mini-camera concept facetVISION. At the CES technical trade fair in Las Vegas, they will be presenting it from January 5 to 8, 2017 ( LVCC Hall, South Hall 1, booth 20944).

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  • Using electrons to inactivate viruses / 2017

    More efficient vaccine production

    Reserach News / 3.1.2017

    Viral inactivation by means of electron irradiation.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IZI

    Viral inactivation by means of electron irradiation.

    Many vaccines contain viruses that are inactivated to prevent them from harming recipients. This is generally achieved by adding chemicals. Fraunhofer scientists are taking a different approach, using low-energy-electrons to irradiate the pathogens. The advantages of this new method are that it produces no toxic waste and provides a faster and less aggressive way of rendering pathogens inactive.

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