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  • Industrie 4.0 for the cosmetics industry / 2019

    Personalized skin cream from a mini beauty plant

    Research News / 1.4.2019

    Die Beauty-Minifabrik enthält eine komplette Produktionsstraße.
    © Fraunhofer IPA/Rainer Bez

    Throughout the day, our skin is exposed to a range of hostile elements: wind, rain, sunlight, central heating, vehicle emissions... It is vital therefore to ensure it receives proper care. Most importantly, this means choosing a skincare product that is suitable for your type of skin. Fraunhofer researchers have now come up with a commercially viable method of producing a facial skincare product that is precisely tailored to the actual condition of your skin. What’s more, it contains nothing but essential ingredients.

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  • Increased power grid reliability / 2019

    Artificial intelligence automatically detects disturbances in power supply grids

    Research News / 1.4.2019

    Andre Kummerow, a researcher at the Advanced System Technology (AST) branch of Fraunhofer IOSB, working on an algorithm.
    © Fraunhofer IOSB-AST/Martin Käßler

    The grid is changing as the big, centralized providers of the past are replaced by smaller, distributed suppliers. Keeping such complex networks running stable requires high-resolution sensor technology – AI provides a way to make accurate predictions and automatically detect any disturbances or anomalies in real time. Here is how Fraunhofer researchers developed the compression techniques, algorithms and neural networks to make a power supply fit for the future.

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  • Autonomous driving: Making road tests much easier / 2019

    A drive-in movie for the vehicle radar

    Research News / 1.4.2019

    Illustration of the ATRIUM radar target simulator.
    © Fraunhofer FHR

    Sensors in autonomous vehicles have to be extremely reliable, since in the future motorists will no longer constantly monitor traffic while underway. In the past these sensors were subjected to arduous road tests. The new ATRIUM testing device from Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR now makes it possible to move a large portion of these road tests to the laboratory. ATRIUM puts on a show for the vehicle’s radar sensor, generating artificial scenery that comes very close to the actual conditions encountered in street traffic.

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  • Digitalizing the development process for handlebar grips / 2019

    Greater comfort for cyclists

    Research News / 1.4.2019

    Ergonomic bicycle grip.
    © Ergon International GmbH

    Cycling is healthy, keeps the body supple, exercises the joints and strengthens the back. A company that places great value on comfort is Ergon International GmbH, which manufactures ergonomic bicycle accessories. Handlebar grips play an important role in cycling comfort. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF are working with the Koblenz-based company on methods and tools for accelerating and digitalizing the development process for ergonomic bicycle grips.

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  • Truck tires with less abrasion / 2019

    Synthetic rubber outperforms natural rubber

    Research News / 1.4.2019

    Initial testing of tires made from the nature-identical, biomimetic synthetic rubber BISYKA shows that they achieve around 30 to 50 percent less abrasion compared to natural rubber tires.
    © Fraunhofer IAP/Till Budde

    Natural rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply. Synthetically produced rubber, on the other hand, has not yet been able to match the abrasion behavior of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tires. But now, for the first time, a new type of synthetic rubber has been developed that achieves 30 to 50 percent less abrasion than natural rubber.

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  • Ceremony to mark the start of the anniversary year / Statement of intent to set up Institute for Cognitive Systems / 2019

    70 years of Fraunhofer – 70 years of future

    Research News / 26.3.2019

    © Fraunhofer / Marc Müller

    The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. was founded in Munich on March 26, 1949, to help rebuild Germany’s economy. It is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, as are the Federal Republic of Germany and its constitution, the Basic Law. With its clear focus on new key technologies and markets, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has become the German economy’s innovation engine and Europe’s leading organization for applied research. The anniversary year is an occasion for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft not only to look back, but also to look ahead to the future by preparing strategic initiatives for Germany and Europe. The anniversary year will kick off with a ceremony on the date of the founding, followed by a Bavarian State Reception in Munich. The Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will join the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the event to state their intent to establish an Institute for Cognitive Systems in Bavaria.

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  • Hannover Messe 2019: Machine learning dialog systems for business / 2019

    Data@Hand – optimizing processes in the most various applications with AI

    Press Release / 19.3.2019

    Data@Hand erkennt Abweichungen vom Normalbetrieb einer Maschine
    © Fraunhofer IGD

    At Booth A30 in Hall 6 at the 2019 Hanover Trade Fair the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD will be presenting Data@Hand, a basic automated data analysis technology for a variety of application scenarios. 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 optimiz-es processes on the basis of artificial intelligence using principles of machine learning.

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  • Hannover Messe 2019: Additive manufacturing / 2019

    High-speed 3D printer for high-performance plastics

    Research News / 1.3.2019

    SEAM can accelerate the additive manufacture of plastic components eightfold over conventional processes. The process achieves this ultra-fast production speed by combining 3D printing with the motion system of a machine tool.
    © Fraunhofer IWU

    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.

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  • Hannover Messe 2019: Ergonomics support for industry and logistics staff / 2019

    A smart soft orthosis for a stronger back

    Research News / 1.3.2019

    ErgoJack in side view.
    © Fraunhofer IPK

    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.

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  • Hannover Messe 2019: Portable system for contamination-free manufacturing / 2019

    Go-anywhere cleanroom

    Research News / 1.3.2019

    CAPE® is as flexible as a tent, providing an ultra-clean manufacturing environment that complies with air cleanliness standards all the way up to ISO class 1.
    © Fraunhofer IPA/Rainer Bez

    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. Serving as a “cleanroom on demand”, CAPE® is the ideal solution for any industry needing to keep the production process free of contamination and yet not requiring any permanent sterilized cleanroom facility. Fraunhofer IPA will be showcasing the system at this year’s Hannover Messe, April 1 to 5, 2019 (Hall 17, Booth C83).

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