Press Releases

  • After handing over the grant approvals issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (L-R):  Prof. Matthias Kleiner, President Leibniz Association, Prof. Bernd Tillack, Institute Director Leibniz Institute for Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (IHP), Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon AG, Prof. Johanna Wanka, Federal Research Minister, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Hubert Lakner, Chairman Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics, Prof. Günther Tränkle, Institute Director Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH).
    © Photo Fraunhofer Microelectronics / A. Grützner

    To reinforce the position of Europe’s semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz Associa-tion, come up with a concept for a cross-location research factory for microe-lectronics and nanoelectronics. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing support with the necessary investment. On April 6, 2017, Education Minister Professor Johanna Wanka handed over the grant approvals – 280 million euros for Fraunhofer and 70 million euros for Leibniz.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: acoustic quality inspection / 2017

    More objective than human hearing

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    The Fraunhofer IDMT offers procedures for the end-of-line inspection of car parts, such as motors for seats, for the sake of automated quality analysis by means of airborne sound measurement.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IDMT

    In industrial production, the testing of machines and products by means of acoustic signals still takes a niche role. At the Hannover Messe 2017, Fraunhofer is exhibiting a cognitive system that detects erroneous sounds more objectively than the human ear (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22). The technology has successfully passed the initial practical tests and there detected up to 99 percent of the errors.

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  • Hanover Trade Fair 2017: Functionalization of three-dimensional surfaces with cold plasmas / 2017

    Cold plasma: Get started with the Disc Jet

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Plasmas are often found in the center of stars – on Earth, the electrically charged gas mixtures are a rare occurrence, such as in lightning discharges or aurora borealis lights. However, you can provide some help with high heat or high electrical voltages. Fraunhofer researchers have produced cold plasmas and used them for the surface treatment of temperature-sensitive materials. In doing so, recesses or undercuts were no longer a problem, thanks to a new technology – the Disc Jet can reach everywhere.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017 – Industrie 4.0 production facilities / 2017

    New security procedures secure the intelligent factory

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    At the Hannover Messe from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present two new procedures for the protection of Industrie 4.0 production facilities (Hall 2, Booth C16/C22): here, a self-learning system recognizes security incidents in manufacturing facilities without knowledge of the underlying system architecture. Hardware-based security modules report manipulation tests on machines and components.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: interconnected processes / 2017

    Secure cloud platform connects production and IT

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    The manufacturing service bus (MSB) is a universal interface for connecting cyber-physical and digital tools.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IPA

    In collaboration with industrial partners and the Fraunhofer Group for Production, researchers at Fraunhofer IPA have created Virtual Fort Knox, an online marketplace that brings together manufacturing companies and providers of IT solutions. The hybrid cloud platform enables SMEs in particular to digitalize and design more efficient production flows and to develop new business models – very much in the spirit of Industrie 4.0. At Hannover Messe from April 28–24, the researchers will demonstrate the added value offered by a marketplace for industrial applications (Hall 17, Booth C18).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Interconnected process systems / 2017

    The process industry on the way to Industrie 4.0

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Digital plant monitoring for predictive maintenance. The requisite interconnectivity of plants is based on their digital twin.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IFF

    As far as the process industry is concerned, the road to Industrie 4.0 is still long. Fraunhofer researchers and engineers are working on interconnecting process systems so that they can be serviced and maintained predictively. They are combining operating data with employees’ knowledge. The researchers and engineers will be presenting their development at Hannover-Messe (Hall 2, Both C16/C22) from April 24 to 28.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: 5G – the ultrafast wireless communications standard / 2017

    Industrie 4.0 in real time

    Research News / 3.4.2017

    Der Mobilfunkstandard 5G ist eine Schlüsseltechnologie für Industrie 4.0.
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    With data transfer rates of 10 gigabits a second and a latency of just one millisecond, the 5G wireless communications standard is creating the conditions required for the tactile internet. This in turn will open up the door to new industry, transportation and medical applications. Fraunhofer researchers work on the underlying technology and have developed practical concepts to solve one of the most challenging problems – high-speed low-latency data transfer that is also entirely reliable. The new concepts and technologies will be on show at Hannover Messe 2017.

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Individualized mass production / 2017

    Flowing transition between design and simulation

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    With the newly developed simulation software a Fraunhofer IGD employee examines whether the desired design can be realized.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IGD

    The individualized mass production up to the individual item is a promise of the future delivered by Industrie 4.0. It can only be implemented if there are suitable test methods for the feasibility of individual designs. At the Hannover Messe 2017 from April 24 to 28, 2017, Fraunhofer researchers will present a simulation solution that automatically determines whether the customer‘s desired design can be realized (Hall 7, Booth D11).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Heavy-duty robots / 2017

    New safety technology enables teamwork

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    Good teamwork: The robot hands a component to its human colleague.
    © Photo Fraunhofer IWU

    Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard factory employee safety. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with an ingenious security concept and intelligent robot control. This technology will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team. The researchers will present this concept at the Hannover Messe from April 24-28 (Hall 17, Booth C18).

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  • Hannover Messe 2017: Sovereign control over data / 2017

    Industrial Data Space empowers new business models

    Press Release / 27.3.2017

    Among other things, the Industrial Data Space offers solutions for real-time monitoring of food transports.
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    Sharing and utilizing data together with business partners – a delicate subject for companies that fear losing control over their own data. This may be about to change, however; with the Industrial Data Space, companies can share data while stipulating who is allowed to use it and for what purpose. At the Hannover Messe, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is premiering the reference architecture model for this concept, which will form the basis for many new data-centric business models.

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