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  • Smart agriculture and water management / 2018

    Fraunhofer establishes new research center in Portugal

    Press Release / 16.2.2018

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    Fraunhofer has joined forces with Portugal’s national funding agency for science, research and technology (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia FCT) to establish a new research center focusing on the topics of smart agriculture and water management. The Fraunhofer Center is set to commence its work in Portugal at the end of 2018. Both parties have put their name to a cooperation agreement, signed in Porto.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2018 / 2018

    Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes

    Press Release / 6.2.2018

    The scanning system is able to measure any component in real time, making protracted teaching processes a thing of the past.
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    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. This is made possible by the first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time. The autonomous scanning system will be on display at the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 and at the Hannover Messe proper from April 23 to 27, 2018 (Hall 6, Booth A30).

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2018 / 2018

    Fully exploiting the possibilities of Industrie 4.0

    Press Release / 6.2.2018

    The goal of the High Performance Center for Networked, Adaptive Production is a completely digitalized and connected manufacturing Environment.
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    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 with the goal of evaluating all recorded production data with intelligent algorithms in real time and flexibly adapting processes accordingly. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6 and at the Hannover Messe proper from April 23 to 27, 2018, they will demonstrate what diagnostic and forecasting possibilities this yields for the manufacture of demanding products for various sectors.

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  • Hannover Messe Preview 2018 / 2018

    Cognitive sensors in production processes

    Press Release / 6.2.2018

    In the test and application center L.I.N.K. at Fraunhofer IIS in Nuremberg, researchers are testing cognitive sensor systems with localization and networking technology.
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    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. As a consequence, neither subsequent processes nor advance planning can benefit from data recorded. To facilitate the linking up of production processes, the exchange of application-specific data and the optimization of procedures, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Nuremberg is working on developing identification, localization and communication technologies for cognitive sensors and systems. At the Hannover Messe Preview on February 6, and at the Hannover Messe itself from April 23 to 27, 2018, the researchers will be demonstrating various solutions and data-driven applications in an engine assembly process (Hall 2, Booth C22).

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  • Automation in agriculture / 2018

    Lightweight robots harvest cucumbers

    Research News / 1.2.2018

    A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first
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    Automation-intensive sectors such as the automotive industry are not the only ones to rely on robots. In more and more agricultural settings, automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. As part of the EU’s CATCH project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK is developing and testing a dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers. This lightweight solution has the potential to keep crop cultivation commercially viable in Germany.

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  • Additive Manufacturing / 2018

    Efficient use of resources in manufacture of metal components

    Research News / 1.2.2018

    Structurally optimizedwheel bearing for an ultralightweightvehicle designedfor Additive Manufacturing– made in the 3D-PrintingLab for Metals and Structural Materials at Fraunhofer EMI.
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    Additive Manufacturing has established itself in many industrial sectors as a method for making plastic parts. The 3D printing of metals is on the road to becoming a similar success story. In the newly opened 3D-Printing Lab for Metals and Structural Materials at the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI, researchers have investigated how resource- efficient the manufacturing process is when lightweight aluminum components are manufactured using additive methods. They discovered that even marginal reductions in the material and resources used per component yield high cost savings in series manufacturing.

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  • Binder for lignin-based paints / 2018

    A step towards independence from fossil resources

    Research News / 1.2.2018

    Instead of happening as a result of one big discovery, independence from fossil resources will most likely take place gradually. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen have succeeded in taking another step in this direction. The scientists are now able to produce a paint primer on the basis of lignin, which, for example, can be obtained from plant residues. It is free of petrochemical raw materials and therefore has a significantly improved CO2 balance.

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  • Camera technology in vehicles / 2018

    Low-latency image data compression

    Forschung Kompakt / 1.2.2018

    Cameras are installed, for example, in reverse lamps. They help with parking or detect obstacles. To minimize the size of the image data, video compression techniques are used. Thanks to the development work of the Fraunhofer HHI, this now happens almost without delay.
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    The number of cameras in cars is increasing. However, through the flood of data the internal networks are being pushed to their limits. Special compression methods reduce the amount of video data, but exhibit a high degree of latency for coding. Fraunhofer researchers have adapted video compression in such a way that a latency is almost no longer perceivable. It is therefore of interest for use in road traffic or for autonomous driving. This technology will be on display at the Embedded World from 27 February until 1 March 2018 in Nuremberg in hall 4 (booth 4-470).

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  • Studying the effect of ambient conditions in the climate chamber / 2018

    Machine tools receiving a check-up

    Research News / 1.2.2018

    Thanks to the removable ceiling, entire machine tools can be lifted into the environmental chamber via crane.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWU

    Influences like temperature variation, drafts, and air humidity can heavily compromise precision. The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is exposing machines to various climate zones around the world without actually shipping them to Southeast Asia, Canada, or Brazil: A newly inaugurated climate chamber is able to test how ambient conditions affect the function of lathes and other machines.

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